I just got back from covering the final day of the West Central District 4A, 3A and 2A softball tournaments in Spanaway.
You can find my story here.
I didn’t get a chance to do the 4A title game justice. It started almost an hour late and got over five minutes before my deadline. It looked as though Emerald Ridge might lose for the first time this season, down 1-0 in the bottom of the seventh against Camas. But the Jaguars rallied for a 2-1 victory.
I was impressed with both teams and think they have to be considered contenders for the state title this weekend in Spokane.
The 3A final was kind of disappointing, since Peninsula went with a mostly JV lineup to rest starters and give bench players some tournament experience and Enumclaw rolled, 14-0 in five. Enumclaw led 10-0 after one inning and also subbed freely.
But that shouldn’t take away from a fine tournament by the Hornets.
The 2A title went to White River, 4-0 over Fife — thanks to a grand slam by Brooklyn Isaacs.
Click on the classification you are interested in for the complete bracket. Note that nationally ranked Woodinville, the defending 4A state champion, opens against Skyview of Vancouver — and that’s no gimmee.
Also note the absence of Walla Walla, which won the 2011 title and lost to Woodinvillle in last year’s final. The Blue Devils failed to advance, losing to Central Valley and Richland in the Eastern Regional tourney.
I’ll have more on the matchups later this week, particularly in 4A, 3A and 2A, but that’s it for tonight.