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Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 Highclimbers win 2 of She/ton base ,rll ominates at home By EMILY HANSON emif@masoncoun com Dalton Hutson's home run was the spark the Shelton baseball team needed last week. The Highclimbers were tied 1-1 in the bottom of the third inning April 1 at home against Foss when Hutson stepped to the plate. With teammate Jesse Danford on third, Hutson knocked the ball over the 330-foot fence marker to give Shelton a 3-1 lead. The Highclimbers went on to de- feat Foss 11-2. "Hutson has home run power ev- ery swing," head coach Craig Gregory said. "He's been having a tough time so it was good to see." Hutson said the Highclimbers played fundamental baseball against the Falcons. "We had one error, but it was a physical mistake error and you can correct those easily," Hutson said. For the game, Hutson went 2-4 with a double, two runs and two RBI. He was also hit by a pitch. Austin Wells pitched a complete game for the Highclimbers. He struck out seven batters and allowed one walk. Foss garnered six hits on Wells. Journal photo by Emily Hanson Shelton pitcher Austin Wells faces a Foss batter April 1 during the Highclimbers' home game. Wells pitched a complete game, with seven strikeouts, one walk and six hits. "Wells was really good around the plate," Gregory said. "There were no earned runs." Drew York led the Highclimbers going 3-3 with a double, an RBI and one run. York said the whole team hit the ball well. "One base hit just gets everyone fired up," York said. "But today, ev- eryone was hitting." Trevor Gregory went 3-4 with one run scored, an RBI and two stolen bases, while Danford went 2-4 with two runs scored"and a stolen base. "That was a good win for us," coach Gregory said. "Foss is one of the bet- ter teams in our league." Shelton followed the victory with a 9-5 loss April 3 at Yelm. "Defense was not very good as we had seven errors and nine walks," Gregory said. Brent Smotherman started on the mound. He allowed four hits, five walks.and struck out one batter in 2 2/3 innings, yielding six runs. "This was Brent's first varsity start and for a young guy, he has a large amount of potential," Gregory said. "We didn't play much defense behind him, but he did a good job in his first start." Brett McLeod pitched 1 1/3 innings with one strikeout. He walked two and allowed two hits. Yelm scored two runs against McLeod. Hutson pitched the final three in- nings with one hit, two walks and two strikeouts. He allowed one run. At the beginning of the week, Shel- ton defeated Lincoln 11-2 in Tacoma. Starting pitcher McLeod threw 3 2/3 innings with six strikeouts. He threw four walks and allowed three hits and three runs. Because the game was tied when Trevor Gregory came in as relief, Gregory earned the win. In 3 1/3 innings pitching, Gregory struck out three batters and threw one walk. He allowed three hits. Gregory went 3-5 at the plate with two RBI, while McLeod went 2-3 with two RBI. Kevin Scott went 2-2 with a double and Brady Jones went 2-3. The Highclimbers (3-4) play at 4 p.m. tomorrow at home against Wil- son. FLY ONTHE SIDELINE State c,f Mason County spring sports teams ith the first month of spring sports behind us, I thought I'd take a moment to catch readers up on how the Masor County teams are doing. Nearly every Shelton team has won at least one contest so far this season. The baseball team is 3-4 after two victories lasi week, while the fastpitch team is 4-2. On the golf course, the boys are 2-2 while the girls are 0-4. The Shelton boys soccer team has achieved the most success thus far. It is5-1 after a dominating 6-1 victory at home against North Thurston last week. On the tennis courts, the Shelton girls are 2-2 and head coach John Perry has repeat- edly stated how happy he is with how the girls By EMILY are playing HANSON this spring. Finally, the track and field team has competed well so far this season. Both the boys and girls teams have ; won one meet and finished second at another. Several Highclimbers have won indi- vidual events also. Up in Belfair, the Bulldogs have experienced some suc- cess this season as well. The baseball team is 3-4. Although the fastpitch team is 0-4, head coach Rachael Joye has said the team is im- proving its skills and working hard. Although there are not enough North Mason girls for a full girls golf team, Brooke Mills has been steady this season. The boys team de- feated North Kitsap in its first match of the season and is competing well. The North Mason girls ten- nis season has been hampered by weather quite a bit this season and the team is 0-3. The Bulldogs track and field team has comPeted at just two meets so far this sea- son, but they're making their names known. Sophomore Tegan Davis- court set the school's record in 200 meters at the first meet of the season, while the boys team won the second meet. Finally, although the teams in Matlock compete on a smaller scale than the rest of the county, they are putting forth a lot of effort also. Because of weather condi- tions and schedule changes, the baseball team has played just one game so fir. Although the Owls lost in five innings, the team -- now in its second season -- didn't give up against last year's 1B WIAA State Champion, Lake Quinault: The track and field team has seen a few successes at this point, also. Senior Hannah Frost has won the girls discus at both meets the Owls have compet- ed at. She is also the school's first Division I siguee in more than a decade. With warmer weather com- ing into the area -- it was 67 degrees and sunny as I wrote this Monday -- I hope to see less game cancellations and more success for Mason Coun- ty teams. I also hope to see more sports fans in attendance. CORRECTION In last week's Shelton fastpitch article "S,I-IS dominates Mount Taho- ma" the winning pitcher was incorrectly stated. Morgan Mitchell was- the winning pitcher. The Journal regrets the error. Call 426.4412 to subscribe to the Journal -- Serving All of Mason County Since 1886 [ Community Spelling Bee 360.426.4743