I’m back at the Regional Athletic Complex (RAC) in Lacey for the final day of Class 3A state softball tournament.
I’m able to more frequently update during games via twitter @SandyRinger1, but I will have final scores here.
I will also try to add updates from the 4A and 2A tournaments, where we have local teams in the semifinals.
Kamiakin takes an unprecendated third straight 3A state championship with a 4-2 victory over Enumclaw. It was the only loss of the year for the Hornets, who still enjoyed a fabulous season.
Kudos to both teams. I’ve got writing duties now, so an signing off.
The 4A title game doesn’t start until 6, so check the WIAA website and twitter feeds for updates. I did see where Richland finished third and Bethel fourth, so hats off to those squads as well.
That’s it for me for the RAC in Lacey!
Congratulations to Lake Washington, which beat Othello 4-0 to win the 2A state championship! What a fantastic season for the Kangs!
Shadle Park edges Prairie, 4-3, to earn the third-place trophy in 3A. Prairie finishes fourth. Great tournament for both teams.
In 4A consolation play, Redmond elimianted Snohomish, 3-2, and is playing Bethel for a spot in the third- and fourth-place game against Richland, which knocked out Woodinville, 5-2.
A shout-out to Glacier Peak for an outstanding tournament, although the Grizzlies will go home without a trophy (top four). They lost 10-9 to Prairie in 10 innings and wind up tied for fifth.
Prairie, which lost 5-4 to GP in the opening round Friday, will play Shadle Park for third and fourth places. That game will start in about 15 minutes. Shadle scored two runs on an error in the bottom of the seventh to eliminate rival University, 4-3.
Just saw where Lake Washington blanked Lynden 10-0 in five innings to advance to the 3A championship game. Very cool for the Kangaroos!
Here’s that other 4A semifinal score: Walla Walla 7, Bethel 4. I admit I was pulling for Bethel, making its first state appearance. That would have made it an all-SPSL South Division final. Instead, Puyallup plays Walla Walla. Bethel needs a win to secure a trophy.
Kamiakin closes out a 13-3 win over Shadle Park to move on to the 3A title game for a third year in a row.
University eliminates Juanita, 7-4.
So, at 11 a.m., U-Hi plays Shadle (again — they are Greater Spokane League rivals) and Glacier Peak winds up facing Prairie again (GP beat the Falcons 5-4 in 8 innings in Friday’s opening round after trailing 4-0).
Those losers are out, and the winners are assured of trophies. They will meet at 1:30 to decide third and fourth places, followed by the championship tilt at 3:30.
Those final two games are going to be webcast by the WIAA.
Enumclaw wins a tough battle with Glacier Peak, 4-3, to advance to the 3A championship game. Looks like the Hornets will play Kamiakin, the two-time defending champs. No final yet, but Kamiakin has a sizeable lead over Shadle Park.
In consolation play, Prairie eliminated Holy Names, 11-1 in 6 innings. University-Juanita loser-out game is still in progress.
One 4A semifinal score I’ve seen thus far: Puyallup 5, Woodinville 0. The Vikings will play either Bethel or Walla Walla for the championship.
I meant to give a shout-out yesterday to Lake Washington, which won both of its games yesterday in the 2A tournament in Selah to advance to the semis. The Kangaroos play Lynden at 10 a.m.
In the 4A semis at 9 a.m. in Spokane, it will be Bethel vs. Walla Walla and Woodinville vs. Puyallup. You can read our story from the Friday games here.
In the 3A tourney, the 9 a.m. semifinals feature Kamiakin against Shadle Park and Glacier Peak against Enumclaw. You can read my story on yesterday’s games here.
You can find all of the brackets on the WIAA website here.
Below are notes from Friday.
And in the final elimination game of the day here at the 3A tournament, it was an amazing comeback by Holy Names. The Cougars gave up 10 runs to Ferndale in the first inning, then wind up winning it 14-13 in the bottom of the seventh on Claire McCarthy’s walkoff, two-run home run!
Holy Names still has trophy hopes Saturday.
Be sure to check back for more blog updates then.
In other 3A elimination games Friday, University beat Bainbridge, 3-1; Juanita topped Mountain View, 4-1; and Prairie clubbed Bonney Lake, 11-2. The Holy Names-Ferndale game is still in progress and it’s a wild won. Ferndale scored 10 times in the first inning, but Holy Names has rallied and it’s 12-12 in the sixh!
Finally got the last 4A quarterfinal score: Woodinville 8, Beamer 5.
So, in Saturday’s semifinals it will be Bethel vs. Walla Walla and Woodinville vs. Puyallup.
Very cool to see Bethel in the 4A semis in their first-ever trip to state. The Braves beat Moses Lake 8-2 in the quarterfinals.
Still waiting to hear on a final between Woodinville and Beamer.
I’ve seen these quarterfinal scores from 4A: Puyallup 4, Snohomish 1 and Walla Walla 5, Tahoma 1. Still waiting on the others.
We have the 3A semifinal pairings set. Kamiakin (a 9-2 winner over Ferndale) will play Shadle Park (which beat Bonney Lake 5-1), while Glacier Peak (a 5-2 winner over Juanita) faces Enumclaw (which thumped University 13-2). Those will be at 9 a.m. tomorrow, with the championship game set for 3:30.
We have four loser-out games to finish today’s 3A action.
That other loser-out 3A game wound up Holy Names 10, Meadowdale 5.
The quarterfinals are started on three fields (one late because of the Holy Names game). Winners advance to the semis, while losers play again at 6 against the earlier winners of loser-out games (hope that makes sense!).
In 3A loser-out games thus far it was Bainbridge 5, Liberty 0; Mountain View 10, Mount Si 1 and Prairie 12, Columbia River 2. The Holy Names-Meadowdale game is still in progress.
Local 4A teams did well in the final four first-round games over in Spokane. Woodinville beat Camas, 6-3; Beamer topped Richland, 5-1; Snohomish blanked Wenatchee, 4-0, and Puyallup blitzed Emerald Ridge, 18-8.
So, the 4A quarterfinal games are Bethel vs. Moses Lake, Walla Walla vs. Tahoma, Woodinville vs. Beamer and Snohomish vs. Puyallup.
And the rest of the 3A quarterfinals are set as Juanita beat Columbia River, 5-2; Enumclaw drilled Holy Names, 10-4; and Glacier Peak erased a 4-0 deficit against Prairie to win 5-4 in the eighth! Rebecca Willis had the RBI single to win it for the Grizzlies.
So at 4 p.m. it will be Juanita vs. Glacier Peak, University vs. Enumclaw, Ferndale vs. Kamiakin and Shadle Park vs. Bonney Lake.
Right now we have four loser-out games: Bainbridge vs. Liberty, Mountain View vs. Mount Si, Columbia River vs. Prairie and Meadowdale vs. Holy Names.
It’s on to the quarterfinals for University of Spokane, which blanked Meadowdale 4-0.
Here are some 4A first-round scores: Bethel 9, Newport 7; Moses Lake 2, Battle Ground 1; Walla Walla 5, Lake Stevens 4; Tahoma 15, Redmond 5.
Boy, was I off in suggesting Redmond and Battle Ground might meet in the semifinals! Great start for Tahoma, which has had a habit of starting slowly in tournament play.
All four quarterfinal 3A games are scheduled for 4 p.m. We have two of those pairings set now: Ferndale vs. Kamiakin and Shadle Park vs. Bonney Lake.
And among the 2 p.m. loser-out games will be Bainbridge vs. Liberty and Mountain View vs. Mount Si.
The other three opening games are now in the books. I twas Ferndale 12, Bainbridge 5; Shadle Park 5, Mountain View 4; Bonney Lake 14, Mount Si 9.
It was a wild game between Bonney Lake and Mount Si (and so much for my prediction that Mount Si would reach the semifinals). Bonney Lake broke a 9-9 tie with five runs in the top of the seventh, three coming on a double by freshman Joey Ahern, who earlier had a two-run HR.
Mount Si lost despite two HRs and a double by pitcher Paige Wetherbee.
We now have a break with the official “opening ceremonies” before the next first-round games (scheduled for noon, but might be a little late since these ceremonies were supposed to start at 11).
Those other first-rounders feature Columbia River v. Juanita, Prairie v. Glacier Peak, Meadowdale v. University and Holy Names v. Enumclaw.
First final of the day: Kamiakin 12, Liberty 6. The Braves are looking for a third straight state title and were as-advertised offensively in the opener with three home runs, including a first-inning grand slam by Carlie Richards.
I will post updates as I can, and you can also get them on twitter @SandyRinger1.
I hope to get updates from 4A and 2A as well and add them. We have a freelance reporter covering 4A for us and you can follow him @SteveChristilaw. I plan to retweet his updates and also any from the WIAA.