It was spring break last week for several schools, and for most others, the week of 40-degree rain that preceded this sunny weekend pushed back most of the week’s games. Yet even in a week with such a meager schedule as this one, you can already see the fluctuation in Class 4A, where the number of contending teams reaches almost two dozen.
In one week, defending 4A champ Snohomish can be No. 2, but after falling to 3-2 in WesCo, the Panthers are now somewhere in the second 10. And a surprise team like Kentwood can beat SPSL North favorites Kentlake and Tahoma back to back, and the Conks supplant those teams in the top 10. I expect Kentlake and Tahoma to be back.
The Columbia Basin Big Nine has three teams in the 4A top five, and with a sterling recent record — Richland won 4A in 2007 and Kennewick won 3A last spring — and some of the state’s top prospects — especially Kennewick pitcher Tony Bryant — there’s good reason for those teams to be there. But clearly there are many teams ready to take their place if they slip up.
There was less moving around in Class 3A, but that is often the case in most 3A sports, where the top teams tend to separate themselves. We’re just two weeks away from No. 1 Eastside Catholic playing No. 2 Bishop Blanchet twice in the span of three days (April 22 and 24).
As I mentioned last week, it takes a lot of digging to find the most current records for each team, especially with last week’s rainouts. So please notify me if a record is incorrect, and if so, please point me to where I can find the most up-to-date records for your team.
And if you’re looking for another take, Lem Elway has posted the first version of the Washington Baseball Poll this morning.
1. Richland 6-0
2. Puyallup 7-1
3. Kelso 4-0
4. Southridge (Kennewick) 5-0
5. Kennewick 6-1
6. Skyline (Sammamish) 6-1
7. University (Spokane) 5-0
8. Redmond 7-2
9. Kentwood (Covington) 5-0
10. Jackson (Mill Creek) 6-1
On the radar: Bellarmine Prep, Bothell, Central Kitsap, Curtis, Kamiak, Kentlake, Lake Washington, Mountain View, Newport, Snohomish, Tahoma, Woodinville.
1. Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) 6-0
2. Bishop Blanchet 5-0
3. Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) 5-0
4. Columbia River (Vancouver) 5-0
5. Hanford (Richland) 7-1
6. Liberty (Issaquah) 6-2
7. Timberline (Lacey) 5-1
8. Bellevue 6-2
9. Auburn Mountainview 6-1
10. O’Dea 4-2
On the radar: Bainbridge, Camas, East Valley, Ferndale, Highline, Lynnwood, Meadowdale, Mount Si, Nathan Hale, North Thurston, Seattle Prep.