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State 4A, 3A, 2A baseball primer: Is an all-Kent final in 4A looming in Pasco?

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on May 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm with No Comments »
May 23, 2013 1:07 pm

4A, 3A championships at GESA Stadium, Pasco
2A championships at County Stadium, Yakima

Tickets: Single passes – $9 for adults, $7 for students and senior citizens. Tournament passes – $15/$10.

** CLASS 4A
Kentwood (21-5): Even after losing 10 players from last year’s state title-winning squad, the Conquerors are in the semifinals for the third time in the past four seasons. Great hitting lineup, including All-Area player of the year Reese McGuire at catcher.

South Kitsap (20-5): The Wolves last reached the semifinals 10 years ago – the same year they won the title. In just his first year, coach Marcus Logue has retooled program, even without ace pitcher Kellen Traxel, who’s missed the past two months with a left triceps injury.

Kentridge (20-8): No player was born the last time the Chargers made it this far (1991). They don’t care – they keep swinging big, and hitting it far. Junior Joe Wainhouse batted .412 with 12 doubles, three homers and 23 RBI this season.

Skyview (20-6): The Storm has never reached the 4A semis. In fact, the school’s first-round loss last year was itss only other appearance in the tournament in school history. Skyview prides itself on balance, but also has an ace in pitcher Ian Hamilton.

Friday semifinal schedule: Kentwood vs. South Kitsap, 4 p.m. Kentridge vs. Skyview, 7 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third-place game at 1 p.m. State title game at 7 p.m.

** CLASS 3A
Mount Si (18-5): The Wildcats won the KingCo 3A regular season and postseason tournament titles. Next is trying to add their second state championship in three seasons. First-year coach Zach Habben hopes star pitcher Chase Karis can lead them there.

West Seattle (20-5): After a 2-2 start, the Wildcats went on to win the Metro League. And now they are making their first trip to the state semifinals. Sam Hellinger has a 2.08 ERA in 67 innings on the mound, and also owns a .416 batting average.

Kennewick (21-3): Nobody comes into the final four hotter than the Lions, who have won 18 of their past 19 games. JJ Hancock has done it all, hitting a key RBI triple in the state opener, and a home run to send Kennewick to the 3A semifinals for first time since 2008.

Auburn Mountainview (24-3): Also a newcomer to the state semifinals. SPSL 2A player of the year Nick Brooks comes in with a scorching bat (.549, four HR, 42 RBI) and nearly unhittable pitching arsenal (10-0, 1.44 ERA, 91 strikeouts in 63 innings).

Friday semifinal schedule: Mount Si vs. West Seattle, 10 a.m. Kennewick vs. Auburn Mountainview, 1 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third-place at 10 a.m. State title game at 4 p.m.

** CLASS 2A
Tumwater (17-7): The Thunderbirds had one state victory in team history (back in 1990) coming into the tournament, and now is one win away from reaching their first state championship.

Archbishop Murphy (23-2): Defending 2A champions have unbeatable pitching duo in Zander Clouse and Derrick Mahlum, who are a combined 17-0 the past two seasons.

Clarkston (19-4): Bantams reached the 2A semifinals in 2011, but lost their final two games. In these playoffs, DePaul Blunt has won three consecutive outings, and recorded two game-winning hits.

W.F. West (22-3): The 2A EvCo champions are in the final four for the fourth time in the past five seasons. League player of the year Brady Calkins, a pitcher, also was a state runner-up in golf Wednesday.

Friday semifinal schedule: Tumwater vs. Archbishop Murphy, 4 p.m. Clarkston vs. W.F. West, 7 p.m.

Saturday schedule: Third-place game at 1 p.m. State title game at 7 p.m.

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