It was a hot day in Tacoma on Saturday when two Olympic League teams met in the district tournament. But the real heat came from Trojan pitcher Kipp Cartharius who threw a full game no-hitter against Klahowya.
Olympic and Klahowya played this weekend to decide who would continue on to the state tournament and whose season would end.
The first few innings flew by as neither the Trojans nor the Eagles seemed capable of getting a hit. One half inning ended so quickly that a spectator going to the bathroom would have likely missed all three at-bats.
Olympic broke the game open in fourth due in part to miscues on the part of the Eagles defense.
Olympic short stop Trevor Ward stole second base early in the inning. Klahowya catcher Matthew Page tried to make the throw to second base but it sailed past and Ward took advantage of the situation by advancing to third.
Cartharius got on base later in the inning when he was walked by Dylan Kieffer. Cartharius shuffled slowly toward second base in a confusing standoff and took it easily when Page never stood up or made a throw to cut him off.
That set the stage for Noel Torres. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, the spotlight was firmly planted on the Trojan center fielder — and he didn’t disappoint.
Torres blooped a hit over the second baseman’s head, bringing in both runners to score the first points of the game and give Olympic a 2-0 lead over the Eagles.
Olympic tacked on three insurance runs in the top of the sixth. The first came with runners on the corners when the runner on first attempted to steal second.
It didn’t look good for Olympic when Klahowya easily got him in a pickle, but while the infield was distracted on the other side of the diamond the runner on third took off for home.
The throw home was bobbled, the runner scored and Klahowya got no outs from the play.
Olympic’s Kevin Beamish came up to plate later in the sixth and hit a bomb to deep center field, taking the fielder back nearly to the fence. The center fielder had a good jump on the ball, and made it back in time, but couldn’t hang on as the final two runs scored.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth Olympic was up 5-0. The Trojans just needed to make it through the last two innings without committing any major errors.
Cartharius was relentless, coming out and shutting Klahowya down in the final two innings to close out the game — getting not only the shutout, but the no-hitter.