When Eastside Catholic shortstop Jeff Bohling stood at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning against Bishop Blanchet Saturday, Crusaders coach Kyle Larsen said he couldn’t explain why, but it felt like something special was about to happen.
Bohling, who hit a walk-off home run against O’Dea earlier in the week, hit his second in as many games against the Braves in the Metro League title game.
Moments like that make the playoffs. All across the state players made moments that helped their teams advance to the state playoffs.
In some cases, those moments produced upsets that eliminated some of the state’s top programs, causing some serious shifting in the final Class 4A and 3A state rankings.
After carrying an unblemished record into the postseason, Seattle Prep lost its last two games. Mount Vernon, which started the year 20-0, suffered its first loss against Mountlake Terrace in the Northwest 3A District title game.
Those losses allowed Mount Si, the defending champion, to reclaim the top spot in the rankings this week.
After a wild weekend, the rest of the top 10 was difficult to sort and, even now, a case could be made for all of the teams still playing to have a spot in the rankings.
In Class 4A, Lake Stevens takes over the top spot this week, although, similar to 3A, the state playoffs are wide open.
Here this week’s Class 4A and 3A state rankings:
1. Lake Stevens (22-1)
2. Kentwood (21-2)
3. Puyallup (19-5)
4. Richland (19-5)
5. Tahoma (Covington) (16-6)
6. Redmond (15-8)
7. Mead (Spokane) (19-5)
8. Edmonds-Woodway (17-6)
9. Gonzaga Prep (Spokane) (19-6)
10. Beamer (Federal Way) (16-6)
1. Mount Si (Snoqualmie) (19-3)
2. Mount Vernon (20-1)
3. Kennewick (18-7)
4. Kelso (16-7)
5. Peninsula (Gig Harbor) (18-4-1)
6. Mountain View (Vancouver) (19-4)
7. Mountlake Terrace (14-8)
8. Eastside Catholic (Sammamish) (16-5)
9. Kamiakin (Kennewick) (15-9)
10. Mount Spokane (17-7)