SILVERDALE – Sumner baseball coach Casey Adcox was walking off the field at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds when he glanced up at the clear skies with warm sunshine all around – the soggy days that wreak havoc on spring sports a distant memory – when he uttered what every high school coach guiding an active team in Western Washington must have been thinking.
“It doesn’t get much better than this,” the fifth-year coach he said before pausing. “Well, maybe if you get a ‘W.’”
In the Class 2A West Central District title game, Sumner fell to Kingston, 7-3, Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers jumped on the Spartans early, taking a 2-0 lead on a couple errors in the first inning. Kingston extended its edge to 3-0 in the third.
Sumner answered in the fourth when Chayce Christensen led off with a double and scored on Brandon Boyd’s single up the middle. Tysen Fischlin followed with another single and Boyd scored from first on a throwing error, making it 3-2.
That’s as close as the Spartans got, their usually sound fielding letting them down. An error in the fourth contributed to another run for Kingston and another error in the fifth helped the Bucs add two more runs, extending their lead to 6-2.
Despite losing the district title game, Adcox was pleased with his team’s recent performance.
After a fourth-place finish in the SPSL 2A, the 11th-seeded Spartans got hot at the right time. In the district tournament, Sumner knocked off sixth-seeded Sequim in the first round, third-seeded North Kitsap in the quarterfinals and got by seventh-seeded Fife, a team that beat the Spartans twice in the regular season, in the semifinals.
“Absolutely, I feel good about where we’re at,” Adcox said. “Most games we start four sophomores and two freshmen. For a while, we were learning to play together and had some rough patches.”
In the first round of the state tournament, Sumner will play the third seed from the Southwest District at 1 p.m. Saturday at W.F. West High in a loser-out contest. If the Spartans win, they’ll advance to the quarterfinals at 4 p.m.
Kingston will take on Lynden at 10 a.m. Saturday at Yelm High
In the district semifinals, Kingston beat Interlake 5-1 and Sumner outlasted Fife, winning 6-4 in eight innings.
Boyd went 3-for-3 and his two-RBI double in the fourth inning gave the Spartans a 2-0 lead. Boyd also scored the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth when he scored from first on Fischlin’s triple.
Sophomore Logan Christensen pitched well for Sumner, allowing four hits and one run, while striking out six in six innings.