The following baseball teams have clinched a spot in the Class 4A state tournament:
Lake Washington clinched with a win against Skyline; Newport beat No. 5 Redmond to clinch its spot (then both Skyline and Redmond — two of the highest-ranked teams all season — were eliminated last night by Inglemoor and Issaquah).
You can follow the KingCo 4A tournament at the very informative KingCo baseball site; the championship game between Lake Washington and Newport is Thursday night, and I’ll be out there to cover it.
Last night, I was out at Everett Memorial to watch Marysville-Pilchuck, which won the WesCo North this year, beat Monroe to clinch one state berth. And then Snohomish, the defending state champ, beat Kamiak on a two-hit shutout by Braden Allen. With two dangerous pitchers, Snohomish should be tough to be in the state tournament.
For information on the other local tournaments, keep reading…
In the Metro tournament, there will be a pair of winner-to-state games on Thursday at the Southwest Athletic Complex. Bainbridge will play Bishop Blanchet — Bainbridge won both meetings this season — and then Eastside Catholic will play O’Dea in the other semifinal. The championship game is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Southwest Athletic Complex.
In the KingCo 3A tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, Juanita shocked Mount Si and Sammamish beat Mercer Island last night. That sets up semifinals on Thursday night between top-ranked Liberty and Sammamish and between Juanita and Bellevue. The winner-to-state championship game is at 1p.m. Saturday at Bannerwood.
In the West Central District 4A tournament, three SPSL North teams remain: Tahoma (winner-to-state game against Gig Harbor), Kentwood (winner-to-state game against Olympia) and Kentlake (loser-out game against Bellarmine Prep).
In the WCD 3A tournament, the local teams — Highline, Auburn Mountainview, Enumclaw, Mt. Rainier and Hazen — all face long roads to the state tournament, after each of them except for Hazen (which started in the loser-out round) lost in their first-round games.