Timberline High School baseball defeated rival North Thurston at the RAC Wednesday, March 30, 9-1 on a strong pitching effort from Ethan Mathis. With the win the Blazers (5-4, 4-2 SSC) move into second place in a competitive South Sound 3A Conference. North Thurston (3-6, 3-3 SSC) took the first game Tuesday 9-6 and currently is tied for third in the 3A SSC with three other teams.

Timberline head coach Mark Rubadue thought his team played great and was happy with the effort coming off the loss Tuesday. “We have a good mix of upper and lower classmen this year,” Rubadue remarked. “My older players are learning how to be good leaders and my young players are learning how to compete.”

The Blazers play a non-conference game Friday, April 1 at 2A Tumwater and then play back-to-back series against the Gig Harbor Schools, including Peninsula who currently at 5-1 hold the top spot in the conference.

North Thurston hopes to continue to build consistency after spilling the series. Coach Pete Peppley likes the way the team chemistry is building heading into the mid part of the season.

“We are finding our way at the plate and our pitching has been very good,” Peppley stated. “We are just starting to play as a team, like we have talked about.” Brett Haggerty led the Rams Tuesday striking out 14 batters in five innings giving up just one run and two hits.

North Thurston hosts Centralia Friday. They then will play Peninsula during the spring break window and then take on Central Kitsap.


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