Here’s a roundup of 4A, 3A, 2A and 1A baseball games from Saturday.
Puyallup hit three home runs on its way to an 11-5 victory over Central Kitsap in a Class 4A West Central District game at Kent Memorial Park.
The win clinched the Vikings (19-3) the district’s No. 1 seed to the state tournament, which starts Saturday.
“As soon as we knew (CK ace) Vettleson wasn’t throwing, it put us in a pretty good situation,” said Puyallup coach Marc Wiese, who’s team has earned a spot in the state tournament four out of the last five years.
Bret Bitow’s solo home run got the Vikings on the board in the bottom of the first inning, and Puyallup added two runs in the second and another in the third.
“When we score early, it sets the tone and kind of gets everything going,” said Bitow, who also had an RBI single.
Nursing a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth, the Vikings knocked Fergus out of the game on back-to-back home runs by Sal Arena (two-run) and James Harris (solo).
“We have a pretty strong lineup, so we’re used to scoring a lot of runs,” Arena said.
The first four batters in the lineup drove in six of Puyallup’s 11 runs, and even number eight hitter Eric Kimmel went 2 for 4 with two RBI.
That would be plenty for Puyallup starter Scott Kuzminsky, who pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and striking out eight.
“He’s a gritty competitor and just goes after hitters,” Wiese said of Kuzminsky. “He’s been pretty darn good all year.”
Puyallup now turns its attention to returning to the state’s final four at Safeco Field.
“We’ve achieved a couple of our goals already,” Wiese said. “(We won the) SPSL title, we won our league. And now we’re the No. 1 seed, so just we have a good day on Saturday and maybe we get an opportunity to go back to Safeco.”
Federal Way 11, Gig Harbor 1: The Eagles scored seven runs in the first inning, including a three-run home run from Taylor Forsall, and clinched their first state tournament berth since 2004.
Federal Way (16-5) has won nine games in a row and will meet Kamiak in the first round of the state playoffs at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kent Memorial Park
Kentwood 7, Olympia 3: Zach Corpuz and Avery Kain hit home runs for the Conquerors as the secured their sixth trip to state in seven seasons.
Kentwood (17-3) advances to play Skyline at 1 p.m. Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Gig Harbor 9, Tahoma 4: The Tides scored seven runs in the seventh inning to vault over the Bears in the winner-to-state, loser-out game. Spencer Manjarrez went 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and four RBI.
The Bears beat Bellarmine Prep 2-0 in a loser-out game earlier in the day.
Rogers 12, Olympia 7: Josh Howard smashed three home runs and drove in six runs, leading the Rams past the Bears in the winner-to-state, loser-out game. J.J. Nazzaro added three doubles, two runs and two RBI for Rogers, which beat Jefferson 6-4 in an earlier elimination game.
The Rams claimed the district’s sixth seed and will play Kelso at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.
Central Kitsap 7, Emerald Ridge 1: Ace Drew Vettleson pitched the Cougars into the state playoffs for the fourth straight season. The Jaguars beat South Kitsap 5-2 in a loser-out game earlier in the day.
3A WCD/SW PLAYOFFS
Capital vs. Highline, title game at 7 pm
Both teams won semifinal games earlier in the day. Jason Monda tossed a complete game and struck out 10 in Capital’s 8-2 win against Union. Highline got home runs from three players and rolled over Enumclaw 15-0.
Enumclaw 3, Union 2: D.J. Hitch held the Titans to one run and four hits over five innings, helping the Hornets claim the bi-district’s third seed to state. Tyler Carlson crushed a solo home run for Enumclaw.
2A WCD PLAYOFFS
North Mason 10, Fife 3: Riley McKean went 3-for-4 and scored three runs for the Bulldogs as they topped the Trojans in the winner-to-state, loser-out game.
Fife defeated Steilacoom 13-0 earlier in the day. Kingston earned the district’s top seed.
1A TRI-DISTRICT PLAYOFFS
Cascade Christian 3, Friday Harbor 0: The Cougars locked up their first state playoff berth in 12 seasons with the win over the Wolverines.