But the Grizzlies made the most of the ones they did.
Glacier Peak manufactured one run on three hits and kept the Thunderbirds' bats quiet as well, as the Grizzlies defeated Shorewood 1-0 in a winner-to-state, 3A District 1 semifinal game at Meridian Park Ball Field.
The victory sends Glacier Peak to the district championship game against another Wesco 3A South rival, Mountlake Terrace, at 2 p.m. on Saturday. It's the first district championship appearance in school history for the Grizzlies.
“We talked about that, how we weren't going to get many opportunities with (Boone),” said Glacier Peak head coach Bob Blair. “So if we got any we had to capitalize on those. Fortunately, we did.”
Glacier Peak catcher Geoff Rogers got on base in the top of the second inning with a single and was driven in one batter later when Chase Kramer hit an RBI double.
The Grizzlies managed one more hit the rest of the way against Boone, who struck out 12 in the game.
“When we played them — the three games –— early in the year, even though we lost we thought we hung with them,” Blair said. “They beat us. They're a great team. But we hung with them and we thought if we could play errorless baseball we'd have a great chance to sneak up on them. We had nothing to lose. We were the underdog. They had all the pressure on them.”
The Glacier Peak (12-10) pitchers also impressed, with starter Gabe Eatmon and reliever Cole Walchenbach scattering four hits. Shorewood threatened in the bottom of the seventh inning with runners on second and third base with one out, but Walchenbach got two pop outs to end the game and hand Shorewood (19-3) just its third loss of the season.
“We did not feel safe in any way,” Blair said. “They're the best team in the league and they've been that way for years. We knew that they were not going to go down easy and that it was going to be a battle the whole way.”
At Meridian Park Ball Field
Glacier Peak 010 000 0 – 1 3 1
Shorewood 000 000 0 – 0 4 0
Gabe Eatmon, Cole Walchenbach (6) and Geoff Rogers. Sam Boone and Jacob Bockelie. WP–Eatmon. LP–Boone. S–Rogers. 2B–Chase Kramer (GP), Steffen Torgersen (S). Records–Glacier Peak 12-10 overall. Shorewood 19-3.
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