Sumner stifles Steilacoom to remain undefeated

Spartans erase early deficit with quick-strike offense, including Torgison's homer

Staff writerApril 9, 2014 

Sumner pitcher Gage Whitehead throws a strike on Thursday afternoon in a game against Steilacoom.

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Chase Torigson will never forget his 17th birthday. The Sumner High School baseball player blasted a two-run home run to center field in the bottom of the third inning on Thursday to lead the Spartans to a 12-2 win against the Steilacoom Sentinels in Sumner.

Steilacoom jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first, but it didn’t take long for Sumner (8-0) to find its stride.

The Spartans answered with three runs in the bottom of the first and four more in the fourth to put the game out of reach.

Torgison said he’s glad his team is undefeated, but he added it’s not a time to get complacent.

“We have haven’t had the greatest competition, but we have gotten the job done,” he said. “We’re undefeated, and everything is going great. We’re going to get better as the season goes on. I feel like we can handle the pressure really well. We know where we want to go and know what we want to do.”

Gage Whitehead, Chris Uhler and Tysen Fischlin finished the game with two hits apiece for the Spartans. Sophomore pitcher Collin Wolf struck out three in two hitless innings of relief.

“We’re pretty excited about Colin,” Sumner head coach Casey Adcox said. “He is one of our starting infielders, and he is working his way into a nice little niche as a pitcher for us, which will be huge later in the season. He has a couple of pitches that have a lot of movement, and he can neutralize the running game, too.”

Adcox is glad to see Torgison find his stride at this juncture of the season.

“Being a big football player for us (starting quarterback for the past three seasons), he sometimes doesn’t get the out-of-baseball-season reps,” Adcox said. “As the season goes on, he usually dials it in. He is starting to get into a groove a little earlier than normal right now. It’s good to see.”

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