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May 26, 2010 at 9:42 AM

State softball brackets posted – Kentlake draws defending champs

I was anxious to see the state softball brackets this morning, now that the West Central District seeds had been finally decided.

You can find the 4A bracket here.

My first reaction was a big “WOW!” when I saw that second-ranked Kentlake is paired against No. 5 Kelso in Friday’s opening round. Kelso is the defending champion and was ranked No. 1 in the state early on. The Highlanders fell to a lower seed by losing to Heritage in the Southwest District tournament. They then eliminated third-ranked Woodinville, 1-0 in eight innings, I believe, to get back to state.

I’m sure neither team is happy with the first-round matchup. But I’m also sure both coaches will use that old “You’ve got to play them all sometime if you’re going to win it all” adage.

I’ll be there for that first pitch at 9 a.m. Friday at S.E.R.A. in Tacoma (please don’t rain, please don’t rain, please don’t rain).

It’s an outstanding field. Inglemoor, the surprising KingCo champion, gets a dangerous Jefferson team in the opening round. Unbeaten and top-ranked Jackson will face Stadium of Tacoma.

I honestly don’t see any games where you can pencil in the winner. You’d think No. 4 Walla Walla would have an easy time with Emerald Ridge, which went into the West Central District tournament as a No. 10 seed, but the Jaguars played lights out in their last three games, so that one could be interesting, too.

You can find the 3A bracket here.

And how’s this for a first-round showdown: No. 1 Sedro-Woolley vs. No. 2 Union? Both were 19-1 a week or so ago. Sedro-Woolley fell to a lower seed after losing to Everett in the Northwest District tourney.

And here’s another eye-opener — No. 3 Prairie vs. No. 4 Holy Names. Prairie put itself in position to play a high district seed by losing to Capital in the West Central/Southwest Bi-District quarterfinals. The team that bumped the Falcons? Capital — and that’s the team No. 7 Bainbridge will open against Friday.

No. 6 Juanita, the Sea-King District champion, has an interesting first-round game with Mount Rainier, which was one of the surprise teams at last year’s state tournament.

Everett, which got hot at the right time to earn the top Northwest seed, will face Camas in the first round.

If you are interested in the state brackets for the other classifcations (and for all sports), you can find them here.

One final thought for this weekend: Please don’t rain, please don’t rain, please don’t rain.

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