OLYMPIA — Capital had two goals in a 5-minute span of the second-half to secure District IV’s final state boys soccer berth with a 2-0 victory over Centralia on Saturday night in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at Ingersoll Stadium.
The Cougars (10-7-1) are the only 2A Evergreen Conference team to advance to state out of District IV after winning three straight loser-out games to reach state. They defeated River Ridge (1-0), Aberdeen (2-0) and Centralia after its opening-round loss to Mark Morris (1-0) on May 4. Capital faces Tyee on Wednesday in the first round of the Class 2A state tournament. It’s the Cougars’ third trip to state in the past four years; last year, Capital lost to Mount Vernon, 2-0, in the 3A state playoffs.
After the teams played through a scoreless first half, the Cougars (10-7-1) got on the board in the 45th minute, when Ethan Meyers converted a goal off a cross from Nick Boatright. Capital’s insurance goal came in the 50th minute from Kellen O’Neill’s tap-in of a shot off a free kick.
3A WCD/SW BIDISTRICT SOCCER: HAZEN EARNED A NO. 1 SEED INTO THE 3A STATE TOURNAMENT WITH BY BEATING SHELTON, 3-0, ENDING THE HIGHCLIMBERS’ SEASON AT 8-6-2.
4A WCD/SW BIDISTRICT BASEBALL
Emerald Ridge 7, Olympia 4: After the Bears’ 8-1 victory over Kentridge in the day’s first game, Olympia couldn’t get any closer than three runs late against the Jaguars in the fifth-/sixth-place regional seeding game. Olympia will face Lake Stevens at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium in its regional game.
Leo Valenti went 2-for-4 and scored a run for the Bears.
3A WCD/SW BIDISTRICT BASEBALL
North Thurston 5, Bonney Lake 0: The Rams bounced back from a 10-4 bidistrict semifinal loss to Peninsula to beat the 12th-seeded Panthers in the third-/fourth-place seeding game at Auburn Mountainview. The Rams (19-6) earned the bidistrict’s No. 3 seed into the regional playoffs and will play Mount Si at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.
Columbia River 9, Shelton 0: Clark Bryant threw a complete game, and Oscar Goldberg drove in three runs as the Chieftains clinched a 3A regional berth with their win over the Highclimbers. Shelton, which was shut out for the second straight game, ends its season at 12-11.
2A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
Mark Morris 8, Capital 7: Garrett Cash’s RBI single scored Cameron Mosier with the winning run to cap the Monarchs’ eight-run rally in the seventh inning that beat the Cougars. Capital’s season ends at 7-16.
Capital, the fifth-place team from the 2A Evergreen Conference, had a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the seventh the Monarchs started off the inning with three straight walks issued by Capital starter Thomas Kerr. The Cougars had a 4-0 lead after three innings, thanks in part to two Mark Morris errors and a two-run double.
Centralia 10, Mark Morris 4: The Tigers won two loser-out games at Bearcat Stadium in Chehalis to earn the final district berth to regional. Centralia, which topped Aberdeen, 4-3, in the day’s first game, will face Sumner at 10 a.m. Saturday in the 2A regional at W.F. West.
1A DISTRICT IV BASEBALL
Woodland 14, Tenino 3 (6 innings): The Woodland Beavers earned their first district title since 1985 and the district’s No. 1 seed into regionals, getting 10 strikeouts from pitcher Trevor Huddleson in the title game win over the Tenino Beavers.
Center fielder Devante Harris got Tenino on the board in the top of the third with a one-out double as part of a two-run inning that pulled Tenino within 5-2. Tenino will be the district’s No. 2 seed into regionals, and will play Cascade Christian at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Anacortes’ Volunteer Field.
Montesano 13, Rochester 3 (5 innings): The loss dropped the Warriors to the No. 4 seed to regionals, and they’ll play Cedar Park Christian at 1 p.m. next Saturday in Anacortes.
2A EvCo subdistrict: It was an all-Tumwater doubles final at the 2A EvCo subdistrict meet, which wrapped up Saturday. Rachel Howard and Madelyn Hougan topped teammates McKenzie Click and Emily Barclift in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4, as the T-Birds claimed the top two spots into next week’s 2A District IV tournament – Thursday and Saturday at the Capitol City Tennis and Athletic Center. The top five singles players and doubles teams advance to state.
In singles, Centralia’s Anna Scheibmeir defeated Capital’s Lauren McCann, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0, for the singles title. Scheibmeir defeated McCann in straight sets in both of their matches during the regular season. Capital’s No. 2 doubles team of Dani Tabor and Gjurasic took the fourth doubles seed to district.