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April 20, 2009 at 1:52 PM

State baseball rankings (4/20)

To introduce this week’s rankings, here are the five most anticipated area showdowns of the week*:

5. Lake Washington at Redmond, Tuesday. There could be a lot of power in this one. The three KingCo 4A leaders in home runs are all in this game: Redmond’s Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto, and Lake Washington’s Erik Folkers (each has four). Both teams are tied for the league lead in their respective divisions and could really use this win.

4. Mt. Rainier at Highline, Wednesday. The lead in the Seamount will be on the line Wednesday, when the two teams at the top of the league standings meet (provided they win tonight). Mt. Rainier won the first meeting 10-2, with Highline pitchers unable to get out Gio Bonifacio (3-for-4 with three RBIs).

3. Kentlake at Tahoma, Wednesday. After last season’s trip to the semifinals, Kentlake’s highly-anticipated season started with a 1-2 thud, highlighted by a 6-2, nine-inning loss to rival Tahoma. Now Kentlake has won six straight and is looking to get back to the top of the league, and a win against Tahoma would get the Falcons closer. But Tahoma is hot, too, having won five straight.

2. Liberty at Bellevue, Friday. Liberty leads the KingCo 2A/3A at 10-1, and the No. 4 Patriots are 11-2 overall. If Bellevue (8-3 in the league) is going to make a run at the league championship, the Wolverines are going to have to get this game. Look out for Bellevue slugger Nick Moyer, who has an OPS well over 1. Liberty’s Eric Peterson is a guy Bellevue will have to be concerned about.

1. Eastside Catholic vs. Bishop Blanchet, Wednesday at EC and Friday and Blanchet. No. 1 plays No. 2 in another spectacular setting. A year ago, these two teams were each 14-0 in the Metro League when they met in the final two games of the season. Eastside Catholic won both. Now they meet for another back-to-back series, with both teams undefeated in the league and a sweep will likely decide the Metro Mountain championship. Baseball, as we talked about a couple weeks ago, is always unpredictable, but this series could shed some light on who will be the favorite in this year’s state tournament.

Class 4A

1. Richland 11-1

2. Puyallup 12-1

3. Southridge (Kennewick) 11-1

4. Kelso 7-1

5. University (Spokane) 9-1

6. Bothell 11-3

7. Skyline (Sammamish) 11-3

8. Marysville-Pilchuck 10-2

9. Kentwood (Covington) 8-1

10. Tahoma (Maple Valley) 9-2

On the radar: Bellarmine Prep, Central Kitsap, Central Valley, Jackson, Kamiak, Kennewick, Kentlake, Lake Washington, Redmond, Snohomish, Woodinville

Class 3A

1. Bishop Blanchet 10-0

2. Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) 8-1

3. Columbia River (Vancouver) 9-1

4. Liberty (Issaquah) 11-2

5. Timberline (Lacey) 10-2

6. Bellevue 9-3

7. Prairie (Brush Prairie) 11-3

8. Mt. Rainier (Des Moines) 8-3

9. West Valley (Yakima) 9-3

10. Auburn Mountainview 12-3

On the radar: Bainbridge, Enumclaw, Ferndale, Highline, Kennedy, Lynnwood, Mount Si, O’Dea.

*Weather permitting, that is. Always check to make sure the game is still going to be played.

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