State baseball roundup: Sumner and Puyallup head for collision, Tumwater to defend title
The high school baseball state playoffs continued Saturday morning and afternoon around Washington.
No. 11 Sumner 8, No. 3 Richland 4 (9 innings)
After edging West Valley of Yakima in eight innings in the opening round Saturday morning, the Spartans added another extra-innings victory in the quarterfinals to upend Richland at Richland High School.
Tied at 4-4 through seven, Sumner’s offense eventually posted a four-run ninth to lift the Spartans to the semifinals for the third time in program history and first since 2016.
Jaxen Mentink led off the decisive frame with a walk, followed by singles from Chase Kreuger and Brayden Adcox to load the bases.
Walker Nixon then drove in what turned out to be the decisive run on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-4, but the Spartans added three more runs before the inning was over.
Sean Ryan drove in two more on a single to right, and Bradley Carl’s double to right gave Sumner the final four-run advantage.
Earlier on, the Bombers got on the board first in the first on a Charlie Johns single, but the Spartans answered in the second on a Parker Tromp base hit to left.
The Spartans took their first lead three batters later on a single to right by Carl.
But, Richland responded in the third, taking the lead back on a two-run home run from Chris Daniels that made it 3-2. Sumner tied it again in the fourth on a single from Davis Jaquez.
The Bombers took the lead a final time in the fifth on a Dallas Bennett sacrifice fly, but the Spartans answered again with one out in the seventh on a single from Adcox to make it 4-4, where the score stayed until the ninth.
Adcox, Tromp and Kreuger all tossed multiple innings for the Spartans in the victory. Kreuger earned the win behind three scoreless one-hit frames to close out the game.
Sumner (18-8) advances to play valley rival Puyallup in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday at Funko Field in Everett.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two 4A South Puget Sound League programs this spring.
Sumner won the first, 5-3, in the first of two league meetings, while Puyallup won the second, 6-3. The Vikings also won the most recent meeting between the two, 7-1, in the 4A West Central/Southwest district semifinals last week.
No. 2 Puyallup 4, No. 7 Jackson 0
Seattle U commit Brett Ellingson tossed a complete game shutout to lead the 4A South Puget Sound League champions to the 4A state semifinals for a second consecutive season Saturday afternoon at Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup.
The Vikings left-hander allowed three hits in seven scoreless frames, allowing two walks while striking out four to earn the win.
Puyallup’s offense, meanwhile, put up runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth, and took a lead they never lost four batters into the bottom of the first, when a Tristan Ringrose grounder to short drove in the game’s first run.
Riley Sanoy drove in a second run in the second on a sacrifice fly to left, a Cameron Hale sacrifice fly gave the Vikings a three-run lead in the fourth and Ringrose’s RBI single to center in the fifth made it 4-0.
Puyallup (24-3) advances to play valley rival Sumner in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday at Funko Field in Everett.
This will be the fourth meeting between the two 4A SPSL programs this spring.
Sumner won the first, 5-3, in the first of two league meetings, while Puyallup won the second, 6-3. The Vikings also won the most recent meeting between the two, 7-1, in the 4A West Central/Southwest district semifinals last week.
No. 5 Tahoma 5, No. 4 Olympia 0
Tahoma is back in the 4A state semifinals for the first time in more than a decade.
After blanking No. 12 Skyline in the first round earlier Saturday at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey, Tahoma ended the evening by piling up five runs in the fifth and sixth, and shutting out defending 4A state champion Olympia.
“We’re rolling right now,” Bears starter Adam Jay said. “We’re rolling. Feeling really good. Everybody is swinging it good.”
Saturday’s contest was a rematch of last weekend’s 4A West Central/Southwest district semifinals matchup, which Olympia won, 3-1.
This meeting was scoreless through four frames before Tahoma broke through with a three-run fifth to take a decisive lead.
“The game was a stalemate for a long time, and you’re just hoping you can strike first,” Tahoma coach Brett Jaime said.
“They beat us last weekend. That’s a tough team,” Jay said. “We battled. We just kept the energy up the whole game. Even when they put up a few zeros … we just kept going.”
Tahoma loaded the bases with two outs, and center fielder Griffin Bye cleared them with a double to the wall in left center.
“Griffin Bye just stepped up,” Jaime said. “He’s a senior, and had one of his best at-bats of the postseason.”
Tahoma added two more runs with two outs in the sixth. Conrad Henkel doubled to left center to drive in Washington commit Carson Ohland from first, and Henkel later scored on an error to make it 5-0.
Meanwhile, Jay continued to keep Olympia’s offense off-balance, allowing just two hits in the fourth in a seven-inning complete game shutout. Jay struck out nine while walking two in the win.
“The biggest thing was being able to throw my curveball with two strikes, getting a few strikeouts and then just getting ahead early,” he said. “Changeup was not working the best at the beginning, but it got there.”
Jay struck out two in the last frame, and got an infield pop out for the final out of the game to send Tahoma to the final four for the first time since 2009.
“It’s huge,” Jaime said. “We’ve got 13 seniors on the team, so it’s nice for them to be able to make it to the final four and keep playing.”
Tahoma (24-2) will play top-seeded Eastlake at 7 p.m. Friday at Funko Field in Everett for a chance to return to the title game for the first time since 1988.
“This group is just special,” Jay said. “We’ve got a lot of guys. Our senior class is good, and we’ve got a bunch of young guys coming up.”
Olympia, which won last week’s 4A West Central/Southwest district championship, ends the season at 20-5.
No. 11 Sumner 2, No. 6 West Valley of Yakima 1 (8 innings)
First baseman Chase Kreuger drove in the game-winning run in the top of the eighth to send the Spartans to the quarterfinals Saturday morning in Richland.
The game tied at 1-1 heading into extra innings, Sumner third baseman Davis Jaquez walked to lead off the eighth, and scored from second two batters later on Kreuger’s RBI line drive single to right to give the Spartans the decisive 2-1 lead.
Oregon-bound right-hander Jacob Bresnahan struck out the Rams’ first batter in the bottom of the seventh, and the Spartans turned a game-ending double play two batters later to close out the victory.
Earlier on, the game was locked in a scoreless tie until Sumner left fielder Bradley Carl drew a bases-loaded walk with one out in the top of the fifth to make it 1-0.
West Valley responded later in the inning on an error following a Tommy Meluskey infield grounder to again even the score.
Two more scoreless frames followed before Kreuger’s go-ahead hit in the eighth.
Bresnahan was brilliant in an eight-inning complete game, allowing the one unearned run on four hits while walking two and striking out seven.
Sumner (17-8) faces the winner of Saturday afternoon’s first-round game between No. 14 Mount Si and No. 3 Richland later Saturday at Richland High School for a trip to the semifinals.
No. 7 Jackson 4, No. 10 Federal Way 2
The Timberwolves broke up a 2-2 tie with four hits in the bottom of the sixth to advance to the quarterfinals Saturday morning at Heritage Recreation Center in Puyallup.
The 4A Wesco champions took an early lead with a pair of runs in the second on an error, following an infield grounder from third baseman Sean Bang that scored both first baseman Caden Davis and right fielder Matt Dickert.
Federal Way rallied with runs in the fifth and sixth to tie the game. Center fielder Isaiah Afework’s single made it 2-1 with two outs in fifth, and the Eagles scored the tying run with two outs in the sixth on a balk.
But, Jackson answered not long after. Center fielder Ryan Nakajima and Davis opened bottom of the sixth with back-to-back base hits, and designated hitter Chase Halvorsen singled to right drove in go-ahead run. Bang doubled to left moments later to add another and make it 4-2.
Jackson reliever Drew Pepin then retired the side in order in the top of the seventh to close out the win.
The Timberwolves (21-4) advance to play the winner of No. 15 Hanford-No. 2 Puyallup later Saturday afternoon in Puyallup.
The Eagles’ season ends at 15-8.
No. 5 Tahoma 10, No. 12 Skyline 0
Tahoma blanked Skyline and mercy-ruled the Spartans in six innings, an emphatic first-round victory that sends the Bears to the state quarterfinals.
Senior starter Logan Pierce twirled a two-hit complete game, with no walks and a strikeout. His shutout was efficient, needing only 72 pitches to dominate Tahoma’s first state contest this season.
Tahoma’s offense exploded for six runs in the third inning, encapsulated by senior outfielder Conrad Henkel’s three-run blast to left field.
Henkel finished with four RBIs, a game-high. Senior shortstop Jack Dodge tallied a game-high three hits, adding three RBI.
Dodge’s run-scoring single in the sixth was an effective walk-off, Tahoma’s tenth and game-sealing run.
The Bears play again Saturday in the state quarterfinals, their opponent still undetermined.
No. 1 Eastlake 4, No. 16 Rogers 1
The top-seeded Wolves scored the go-ahead run in the fourth, and added two more in the fifth to continue on to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals in Sammamish.
Eastlake first baseman Cole Murawski drove in the game’s first run with two outs in the second on a single to center, but the Rams answered with left fielder C.J. Brewer’s RBI single to center the next frame to tie the game at 1-1.
The Wolves loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth, though, and grounder to short from Murawski drove in what turned out to be the game-winning run.
A base hit from Eastlake second baseman Levi Joyce and fielder’s choice from catcher Jack Edmunds scored two more for the Wolves in the fifth.
Oregon State-bound right-hander Bryce Johnson tossed a complete game for Eastlake in the win, allowing the one run on four hits while striking out 11 and walking one in seven innings.
The Wolves (23-2), who won the 4A KingCo title and 4A Northwest/SeaKing district championship earlier this spring, play the winner of No. 9 Camas-No. 8 Kamiakin later Saturday at Eastlake High School for a trip to the semifinals.
Rogers ends the season at 15-11.
No. 2 Puyallup 6, No. 15 Hanford 5
Puyallup survived Hanford’s four-run rally in the final frame and won in Saturday’s opening round, 6-5, to advance in the state bracket.
Once in control of a 6-0 lead, Hanford plated a run in the fifth — and four more in the seventh — before sophomore Mason Pike entered in relief for the final out. He induced the game-ending flyout with two aboard, earned the save, and pushed Puyallup to the quarterfinals later Saturday.
In the first inning, Pike smoked a two-run double to left field, which drew first blood. In the third, he drove an RBI single to center, which pushed Puyallup’s lead to three.
After Puyallup catcher Kai Halstead was intentionally walked to load the bases in the fourth, infielder Tristan Ringrose proved Hanford’s move a miscalculation and doubled to left, scoring three. The Vikings doubled their lead and led by six.
Puyallup meets No. 7 Jackson in the 4A quarterfinals later Saturday at Heritage Park. First pitch is to be determined.
No. 4 Olympia 5, No. 13 Moses Lake 4
The Bears clawed back from a four-run deficit to fend off Moses Lake in Saturday’s opening round at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.
Down 4-0, Olympia exploded for five runs in the fifth inning. Moses Lake plunked Logan Shepherd and walked Lincoln Berg; and Trace Pruitt plated both on a double to left field.
Junior infielder Jack Skelley plated two more with a bases-loaded single later in the fifth, which tied the game. With two outs, senior outfielder Sax Matson scored the decisive run on a wild pitch.
Olympia’s Riley Snow delivered 2 2/3 innings of one-hit, scoreless relief, walking none and whiffing four. He struck out the final two hitters of the contest — both looking — to seal the victory.
Matson, the starter, tossed 4 1/3 innings of four hit ball. He allowed four runs (two earned) and struck out one, walking three.
Shepherd, Skelley, and Pruitt logged multi-hit games; the latter two drove in two runs apiece.
Olympia will play again in Saturday’s state quarterfinal, meeting neighboring-seed No. 5 Tahoma.
No. 4 Lake Washington 1, No. 5 Timberline 0
Cooper Neilson drove in the game’s lone run on a fielder’s choice with one out in the fourth, and that proved enough to lift Lake Washington to a quarterfinals win Saturday night at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.
The two programs combined for five hits in a game that featured stellar performances from both starting pitchers.
Kangaroos starter Carsen Mann, a TCC commit, earned the victory, allowing three hits across seven scoreless innings while striking out seven, including the final two batters of the game.
Lake Washington advances to play No. 9 O’Dea in the semifinals at 1 p.m. Friday at Funko Field in Everett.
Timberline, the 3A South Sound Conference and 3A West Central/Southwest district champion, ends the season at 21-4.
No. 3 West Seattle 4, No. 14 Stadium 0
Washington commit Matthew Henning tossed a no-hitter to lift the Wildcats past Stadium on Saturday morning at the Southwest Sports Complex in Seattle.
Henning retired 21 of the 22 batters he faced, striking out nine in seven complete innings, and allowing only one base runner on a two-out walk to Tigers third baseman Tristan Luxenberg in the third.
West Seattle (21-3) scattered runs across four different innings to advance to Saturday afternoon’s quarterfinals.
Wildcats shortstop Caden Fahy grounded into a fielder’s choice in the first to drive in what turned out to be the decisive run, and added a second RBI in the third on a sacrifice.
Left fielder Sabin Tomlinson also drove in a pair of runs on singles to right in the fourth and sixth.
West Seattle plays the winner of the next game between No. 11 Southridge-No. 6 Edmonds-Woodway for a trip to the semifinals later Saturday afternoon.
Stadium, which advanced out of the opening round with a win over Gig Harbor earlier this week and was playing in the state playoffs for the first time since 2007 as a 4A program, ends the season at 19-6.
No. 5 Timberline 7, No. 12 Shorewood 3
Junior shortstop Gage Reeser’s RBI double jump-started a four-run sixth inning and helped push Timberline into the 3A state quarterfinals.
The Blazers outlasted Shorewood, 7-3, behind a trio of multi-hit performances and a complete game from junior starter Marcus Olson, who allowed three runs on four hits.
Shorewood erased an early, three-run deficit on a pair of RBI singles in the fifth inning. But Timberline’s rally shortly ensued, and Olson retired the Storm in order in the seventh to seal a victory.
Timberline’s sixth-inning surge began with a pair of hit batters, which put two men aboard for Reeser’s decisive double. Senior third baseman Bailey New ripped another double to right field in the frame, scoring Reeser.
Senior first baseman Tyler McClellan punctuated scoring in the frame with a single to center field, plating New.
Timberline plays again Saturday in a state quarterfinal versus No. 4 Lake Washington. First pitch is slated for 7 p.m.
No. 3 W.F. West 8, No. 6 White River 5
White River carried a one-run lead into the fifth, but the Bearcats posted a four-run frame to take a lead they never lost in a quarterfinals win on Saturday afternoon at W.F. West High School in Chehalis.
Connor Coleman tied the game on a single to center for the Bearcats three at-bats into the bottom of the fifth to spark the decisive rally.
Jeron Martin’s grounder two batters later drove in the go-ahead run, and a Gavin Fugate double to center later in the inning gave W.F. West the final 8-5 advantage.
The Hornets loaded the bases with two outs in the seventh, and sent the potential go-ahead run to the plate, but Fugate entered the game in relief for the Bearcats, and struck out the only batter he faced to end the contest.
Earlier on, White River took the game’s first lead on a Ty Rogers single to left in the top of the first.
W.F. West answered in the fourth on RBI singles from Avery Staloch and Deacon Meller, and Isaiah Nachatilo-Smetzler scored on a passed ball as the Bearcats took a 3-1 lead.
White River took it back in the third, though. Rogers doubled in a run, Titan Seibert singled in another and Finn Still doubled in a third before Landon Hill drew a bases-loaded walk to give the Hornets a 5-3 advantage.
The Bearcats cut the lead to a run later in the frame on a Ross Kelley grounder, and posted the decisive four-run frame two innings later.
W.F. West (20-5) advances to play 2A Evergreen Conference rival Tumwater in the semifinals at 4 p.m. Friday at Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham.
White River ends the season at 17-6.
No. 2 Tumwater 11, No. 10 Archbishop Murphy 0
T-Birds starter Alex Overbay delivered his most-important performance this season: a five-inning, one-hit shutout that pushes Tumwater into next weekend’s state semifinals.
Aside from surrendering a fourth-inning double, Tumwater’s star senior was untouchable. Overbay walked two and struck out six — he also hit a batter — but allowed only four total baserunners throughout five frames.
Tumwater broke open the floodgates using a five-run third inning, started by four consecutive singles and encapsulated on Brayden Oram’s run-scoring triple.
Meanwhile, Overbay was 2-for-2 with two RBI and a walk. He doubled home sophomore Derek Thompson in the fourth, kick-starting a four-run frame.
Overbay struck out the side in the fifth, signaling a mercy-rule win. Tumwater needed just four innings to score its 11 runs.
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Junior Eddie Marson logged a 3-for-3 performance, adding a game-best three RBI.
Four T-Birds logged multi-hit games, in total: Overbay, Carson, Thompson, and senior outfielder Kyler Collier (2-for-3, 2 RBI).
Tumwater, the defending champions, will play in Bellingham next weekend to defend their title. First is a state semifinal at Joe Martin Stadium on Friday against 2A Evergreen Conference rival W.F. West.
No. 5 Lynden 3, No. 4 Enumclaw 0
Lynden starter Coster Parcher tossed a complete game shutout to lift the Lions past Enumclaw in the quarterfinals Saturday afternoon at Auburn High School.
Parcher allowed three hits across seven innings while walking three and striking out two to earn the win.
The Lions took a lead they never lost with one out in the first on a RBI single from Lincoln VanDiest, Campbell Nolte added a second run in the fourth, and River Langstraat scored on a wild pitch in the sixth to make it 3-0.
Lynden (21-6) advances to play top-seeded Selah in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham.
The 2A South Puget Sound League champion Hornets end the season at 21-4.
No. 1 Selah 8, No. 9 Fife 0
Selah starter Eian Peralta tossed a one-hit shutout, striking out four to lead the Vikings past Fife in the quarterfinals Saturday at Selah High School.
Peralta retired 21 of 22 batters faced, allowing the one base hit to Fife’s Andrew Olson with one out in the first. The right-hander then retired the next 17 before Olson reached on a hit by pitch to lead off the seventh.
Selah tallied a three-run third, four-run fourth and added one more in the seventh in the win. The Vikings’ offense tallied only three hits in the contest, but drew 16 walks.
Selah (22-3) advances to play No. 5 Lynden in the semifinals at 7 p.m. Friday at Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham.
Fife ends the season at 15-10.
No. 4 Enumclaw 4, No. 13 Burlington-Edison 0
Oregon commit Cooper Markham tossed six no-hit innings, helping combine for Enumclaw’s shutout in Saturday’s first-round contest over Burlington-Edison.
The Hornets are dancing to the state quarterfinals, much in part to Markham’s no hits, four walks, and eight strikeouts across his six frames.
Leadoff shortstop Noah Seabrands collected a game-high three hits, and four Hornets drove in runs for Enumclaw’s victory.
The Hornets jumped out early, using a pair of runs in each of the first two frames. Junior infielder Garrett Chavis drove in the game’s first run on an RBI fielder’s choice, enough support for Markham’s gem.
Junior reliever Will Scharf tossed a scoreless seventh inning of relief, adding two strikeouts to cinch the win.
Burlington-Edison’s Eddie Stewart broke up Enumclaw’s combined no hitter with a one-out single to left field in the seventh inning.
Still, Enumclaw advances and plays again later Saturday in the quarterfinals against the winner of No. 12 North Kitsap-No. 5 Lynden.
No. 6 White River 6, No. 11 Hudson’s Bay 5 (11 innings)
Senior shortstop Ty Jacobs stood at the plate with an opportunity for a walk-off best fit for a dream. Down a run with two outs in the 11th inning -- and with runners on the corners -- any extra-base hit could score both.
Jacobs fouled off strike one and swung through strike two, quickly down 0-2. Down to his final strike, he took ball one and cranked the 1-2 to left field with White River’s season on its last gasp.
Aaden Rathbun, at third, jogged home to tie the game. From first, Jackson Rock ran on contact and hustled home for the game-sealing score, a magical comeback over Hudson’s Bay in the first round of the state tournament on Saturday at W.F West High School.
The Hornets’ bid for a title lives, now one of eight clubs left in the 2A bracket.
White River rallied twice to shock Hudson’s Bay, first in the seventh inning. The Hornets plated two in their final frame to force extras before Jacobs’ walk-off hit in the 11th.
Rock plated the game-tying run in the seventh, the score then 3-3, and finished with a game-high three hits; he and Jacobs tallied two RBI apiece.
Senior starter Finn Still tossed 6 1/3 innings and allowed just one earned run (three total), walking three and striking out seven.
White River plays again Saturday versus No. 3 W.F. West in the 2A quarterfinals. First pitch is to be determined.
No. 9 Fife 8, No. 8 Clarkston 6
A six-run fifth inning propelled Fife’s win over Clarkston in Saturday’s first round.
Senior outfielder Jack Erickson delivered a two-run double in the frame, which gave Fife the deciding lead at Selah High School.
Erickson drove in four runs on three total hits, both game-highs. His RBI single in the first inning scored senior starter Aiden Graham and opened scoring.
Graham lasted 5 2/3 innings on the mound, surrendering four hits and six runs (five earned) with six walks and seven strikeouts.
Fife senior Braden Bedell entered in relief for the final four outs and struck out Clarkston’s Parker Hayes to end the game.
Fife advances to Saturday’s state quarterfinal to meet top-seed Selah.
No. 1 Selah 9, No. 16 Steilacoom 0
The bracket’s top seed blanked Steilacoom in Saturday’s first round at Selah High School, 9-0, to advance in the state bracket.
The Vikings are now three wins from a state title. Selah will meet either No. 8 Clarkston or No. 9 Fife in a quarterfinal contest later Saturday.
No. 2 Tumwater 8, No. 15 Grandview 2
Tumwater stormed for eight unanswered runs and handled Grandview in Saturday’s first-round state contest.
The T-Birds advanced to a later quarterfinal and meet No. 10 Archbishop Murphy at Wheeler Field in Centralia.
No. 9 Bellevue Christian 4, No. 8 Tenino 2
Three runs in the sixth and seventh lifted the Vikings past Tenino on Saturday morning at Parker Field in Yakima.
The Beavers scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first when pinch runner Hunter Sweet scored on a balk, and carried that lead until the fourth, when a single from Bellevue Christian left fielder Ryder Brickman tied it at 1-1.
The Vikings added two more runs in the sixth on a single from catcher Luke Evenson to take the lead for good, and scored one more in the seventh on an infield single from Brickman to make it 4-1.
Tenino right fielder Michael Vasser singled in a run with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to two, and the Beavers then loaded the bases on an error, but Bellevue Christian starter Taylor Franklin ended the game with his ninth strikeout of the contest.
Franklin allowed the two runs (one earned) on four hits with the nine strikeouts in seven complete innings to send the Vikings to the quarterfinals.
Bellevue Christian (18-5) advances to play the winner of No. 16 King’s Way Christian-No. 1 Naches Valley later Saturday at Parker Field for a trip to next weekend’s semifinals.
Tenino ends the season at 19-6.
This story will be updated.