Enumclaw baseball claims victories over Franklin Pierce and White River

Enumclaw’s baseball team upped its South Puget Sound League 3A record to 6-2 after beating Franklin Pierce 8-4 and White River 5-4 in eight innings.

At Franklin Pierce April 5 the Hornets got a rock-solid, seven-inning mound performance out of senior pitcher Casey Clare as well as a late inning rally.

Behind 2-1 going into the top of the fifth, Enumclaw’s bats came to life as the plate work of Kailen Bickler, Eric Koenig and Kyle Thomson produced seven of Enumclaw’s 10 hits and the Hornets recorded two runs in the fifth and five runs in the sixth inning to take a commanding 7-2 lead. EHS managed to stave off a seventh inning charge by FPHS.

Thursday, EHS hosted a makeup contest with White River and won that bonus frame nailbiter 5-4.

EHS senior catcher Grant Hathaway blasted two solo home runs against White River but that wasn’t enough, as Enumclaw found itself tied with White River 4-4 going into the top of the eighth.

White River was unable to do any damage.

With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the eighth, Enumclaw’s Kyle Baumgartner hammered a rocket, allowing Michael Lucarelli to score the clincher.

Enumclaw skipper Eric Fiedler maintains his bunch is looking more efficient these days. “I have put a very high ceiling of potential on this squad,” he said.