Avery Foltz went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and drove in six runs as the Thunderbirds pounded Stanwood 9-1 in a district-tournament opener.
SHORELINE — Coach Wyatt Tonkin never knows who the star will be for his top-ranked Shorewood High School baseball team. On Saturday, it was junior left fielder Avery Foltz.
“Every day, it’s a different guy,” Tonkin said. “Today, we had a fantastic game from Avery.”
Foltz went 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles and drove in six runs as the Thunderbirds began the postseason with a 9-1 win over Stanwood in the Northwest 3A District tournament.
Tuesday night, the T-Birds (19-2) meet Ferndale at Meridian Park in a winner-to-state game. Stanwood (6-14) plays at Mountlake Terrace Tuesday night in a loser-out game.
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In Saturday’s other district-tournament openers, Ferndale beat Terrace 2-0, Glacier Peak edged Oak Harbor 2-1 and Meadowdale upset second-ranked Marysville-Pilchuck 6-1.
Sam Boone threw a complete game for Shorewood, allowing one run and five hits while striking out five to notch his ninth win.
Foltz’s first double gave Shorewood some breathing room. In the third inning, he roped one into the gap to bring in two runs for a 4-1 lead. His second double, in the fifth, drove in two more and gave the T-Birds a 7-1 edge.
Stanwood had taken the lead in the top of the first on a run-scoring single by third baseman Tyler Givens, but never seriously challenged again.
“The first inning was pretty scary,” Foltz said, “just because a lot of people haven’t scored on us this year.”
Ben Andrews was the primary table-setter for Shorewood, going 1 for 1 with two walks and scoring three runs.
Shorewood has made deep playoff runs the past three years but this team is special, said Tonkin, who last week got his 250th career victory.
“Their chemistry is unbelievable,” he said. “I can’t describe it. It’s just one of those things we haven’t had in a long time.”