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White River, Cascade Christian lose in regional baseball tournaments Sunday

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 19, 2013 at 5:54 pm with No Comments »
May 19, 2013 5:54 pm

Some had to wait an extra day to see if they could punch their ticket to the state baseball playoffs.

Apparently the rain falls harder up north, because White River (2A in Bellingham) and Cascade Christian (1A in Anacortes) had their regional baseball tournaments postponed until Sunday.

Facing one of the hottest pitchers in the state in Derrick Mahlum, White River fell to Archbishop Murphy, 2-0, in the regional semifinals at Martin Stadium.

Zander Clouse gave the Wildcats all the scoring they would need with an RBI single off Hornets’ starting pitcher Cole Johnson in the third inning for a 1-0 Archbishop Murphy lead. Mahlum drove in his teammate later in the inning with another run-scoring single.

After that, Mahlum – who is now 11-0 with a 0.65 earned-run average, and is headed to play at Pacific Lutheran – took care of the rest from the pitching mound.

“Today, we lost to the best team in the state in 2A – in one inning,” White River coach Michael Williams said. “We got beat.”

The Hornets had their biggest chance in the sixth inning. With runners at second and third base and one out, up came clean-up hitter Ryan Bird with a chance to tie the game.

Mahlum struck Bird out, then did the same to Garrett Robertson to end the inning.

In Anacortes, Cascade Christian – which did travel up north Friday and stayed an extra day in Oak Harbor after the Saturday rainout – gave up two early unearned runs in the first inning, and ended up losing to Tenino, 5-2, in the regional semifinals.

The Indians took a 3-0 lead in the third inning on Devante Harris’ solo home run to left center.

Zach Stevenson and Jordan Bradley had two hits apiece for the Cougars.

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