I’m changing things up a bit in this edition of Triple Play. Since most of the district tournaments in the area are underway, I’m going to catch you up on which teams have clinched state berths and which ones are still in the running, for 4A, 3A and 2A.
I’ll link you to the brackets and also updated the latest national rankings.
So here we go:
It’s official: the Woodinville Falcons will get the chance to defend their state title. They beat Redmond in the semifinals of the KingCo tournament yesterday, 12-4, to advance to Friday’s championship game and clinch a state berth.
That is probably not surprising to many, if any (no disrespect to Redmond, but Woodinville is considered one of the top teams in the country). After the Mustangs put up a pair of runs in the top of the first inning, the Falcons answered with nine in the bottom half and added three more in the second.
Madi Schreyer struck out 10 and got plenty of offensive help as the Falcons put together 11 hits – including a double by Alyssa O’Farrell, who drove in four runs.
A bit more surprising is the other KingCo finalist – Bothell. The Cougars, which finished fourth in the Crest Division, opened the tournament with a 6-5 upset victory over Newport, the Crown Division champion. In the semis, they took down Inglemoor, a team they had lost to twice during the regular season.
Bothell broke a 2-2 tie with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kelsie Morgan went 3-for-4 and drove in four runs and Sammy Morris, who led the league in hitting with a .673 average, also had three hits.
The championship game is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Inglemoor.
Consolation play at Inglemoor continues today as Redmond plays Newport at 4 p.m. and Inglemoor faces Ballard at 6. Those winners square off Friday at 5 p.m. in another loser-out game. The survivor of that one plays the No. 3 team out of the Northwest District tournament Saturday at 2 p.m. for a final state berth. You can find the KingCo bracket here.
Speaking of the Northwest tourney, let’s jump there. Lake Stevens and Arlington are assured of state berths after semifinal victories on Tuesday. Both beat division champs as Lake Stevens took down Snohomish, 5-3, and Arlington blanked Cascade, 13-0.
The title game is today at 5 p.m. at Sky River Park in Monroe. Before that, at 3 p.m., there are a pair of loser-out games — Jackson vs. Cascade and Kamiak vs. Snohomish. Those winners then play 15 minutes later for third place, and the right to play the No. 3 KingCo team on Saturday.
The West Central District tourney is tomorrow at Saturday at Sprinker Recreation center in Spanaway, and that’s where I will be. Half of the 4A state qualifiers come out of this massive tournament, which brings together the top teams from the SPSL, Narrows and Greater St. Helen’s League. Check out the bracket here.
Unbeaten Emerald Ridge won the SPSL title over Tahoma and opens tourney play at noon against Battle Ground, the No. 3 GSHL qualifier. If the Jags win, that could set up a dynamite quarterfinal against Bellarmine Prep or Kentlake. Bellarmine, which lost the district title game last year to Rogers, reached the Narrows League final before losing 10-2 to South Kitsap in nine innings.
SK opens at 10 a.m. against Mount Rainier, which can be dangerous with Jasmin Fullmore on the mound. Tahoma starts with Gig Harbor, while Skyview (the GSHL champ) faces Bethel – both at 10 a.m.
Semifinals are at 1 p.m. Saturday and the title game at 5.
It’s been a bit of a while Sea-King District tourney thus far – thanks to surprising Interlake. The Saints, who won the West Central 2A tourney last year, upset Bainbridge in the quarterfinals yesterday, 9-3, to clinch a state berth. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any highlights. Juanita, Holy Names and Bishop Blanchet have also punched their tickets to state.
Interlake finished just fourth in KingCo 3A/2A, but opened district play with a 13-3 win over West Seattle. The Saints will see if they can play giant killers again today as they face Holy Names in the semifinals at 2 p.m. The Cougars edged Mount Si yesterday, 7-6, after enjoying a first-round bye. The other semi pairs Juanita against Bishop Blanchet, also at 2 p.m. Juanita, the KingCo 3A champ, rolled past Seattle Prep yesterday, 15-5, while Blanchet nipped Mercer Island, 7-6.
Blanchet knocked off Holy Names in the Metro League semifinals last week, the Cougars’ first loss against a 3A team all season(their other defeat came against Walla Walla, which won the 4A state title in 2011 and was second last year).
Only one more state berth from this tournament is available. Bainbridge will look to make it the hard way again, but must win two straight today. The Spartans play Mount Si at 2 p.m. MI and Seattle Prep also play a loser-out game at 2, then the game for that fifth spot is scheduled for 4 p.m. Check out the bracket here.
Now over to the Northwest District tourney, which you can follow here.
After finishing fourth in the WesCo 3A South, Mountlake Terrace is hot at the right time and secured a state berth with a 4-3 win semifinal win over Shorecrest Tuesday. Terrace beat Marysville-Pilchuck 6-4 in the opening round and plays Meadowdale today for the title at 6 p.m. at Phil Johnson Fields in Everett.
Meadowdale advanced with wins over Oak Harbor, 7-2, and Glacier Peak, 6-3.
Marysville, which won the WesCo North, is out with back-to-back losses to Terrace and Everett, 4-3.
One more state berth is on the line today with four teams still alive. It will be Everett vs. Glacier Peak and Ferndale vs. Shorecrest, both at 4 p.m. The winners then battle for that last berth at 6 p.m.
The West Central 3A tourney is Friday-Saturday at Sprinker and has six state berths up for grabs. Enumclaw and Bonney Lake finished 1-2 out of the SPSL/Seamount sub-district tournament and enjoy first-round byes along with Wilson of Tacoma (Narrows No. 1) and Prairie (Greater St. Helen’s No. 1). Wilson, third at state last year, is coming on strong after finishing third in the Narrows during the regular season. Prairie is an annual contender. The complete bracket is here.
Lake Washington still has a shot at qualifying for state, but must win a pair of loser-out games in the Northwest District tournament in Lynden. The Kangs, who shared the KingCo 3A/2A regular-season title with Juanita (but lost twice to the Rebels), nearly nabbed that berth in the semifinals Wednesday, but fell 8-7 to Granite Falls.
LW, which beat Anacortes in the first round, 9-4, now plays Lakewood tomorrow at 4 p.m. Lakewood lost its opener to Sedro-Woolley, 10-1, then eliminated Cedarcrest, 12-2. Sedro-Woolley and Anacortes clash in the other loser-out game at 4 p.m., then the third-place contest is set at 6:30 p.m. You can find the bracket here.
Five state qualifiers will come out of the West Central District at Sprinker, again with a Friday-Saturday schedule. White River is the No. 1 seed out of the SPSL/Seamount sub-district tournament with Fife No. 2. and Franklin Pierce No. 3. Those three have first-round byes along with Sequim (Olympic No. 1).
Sumner, Lindbergh, Foster and Orting are also in the field. For the bracket, click here.
The latest national rankings
Woodinville holds the No. 15 spot in this week’s MaxPreps Xcellent 25 poll, which you can find here. Connell is at No. 18.
Over in the NFCA poll, Woodinville has inched up to No. 7 and Connell jumps in for the first time at No. 25.