The Capital High School boys baseball team defeated visiting River Ridge High School 12-0 Tuesday, April 27, 2021 at Waits Field in Olympia. The Cougs (9-4, 8-3 3A SSC) put up four runs in the first and second innings and were led by senior Jordan Ziegler who pitched the entire five innings of a shortened game in 3A SSC play.
Capital was celebrating “Senior Night” and played all nine of its graduating seniors. Mitchell Armstrong went three for three with a double and three RBI’s. Ziegler gave up three hits with four strikeouts and dominated a frustrated River Ridge team. “I felt really good on the mound and the offensive explosion early took the pressure off me,” remarked Ziegler. “It was really fun for all the seniors to get a win like that.” Ziegler was re-charged after defeating league leading Timberline (9-3, 9-3 3A SSC), 5-4 Saturday in extra innings in Lacey.
For River Ridge (3-11, 3-9 3A SSC) Head Coach Chad Arko it was a frustrating way to end the season. “We are a very young team with only two seniors and it was a great year for some of the younger guys to get some Varsity experience,” Arko stated. “It has just been great to be out here and play. I’m excited about the future for River Ridge and especially the next two years.”
Capital Coach Brian Shannon was thrilled to see so many on his team contribute. “Jordan pitched great, Mitch had a great day at the plate and Ryan Hanna had some nice at bats as well,” Shannon stated. “We have continued to improve as the season has gone on and the boys have played really well as of late, winning seven of our last eight.”
Capital travels to North Thurston Thursday, April 29, to finish the year at 4 p.m. against the Rams (7-5, 7-5 3A SSC).