North Thurston comes up short of baseball Final Four

Staff reportMay 19, 2013 

Mount Si took advantage of four North Thurston errors Saturday to edge the Rams, 3-2, in the regional round of the Class 3A state baseball tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

“We just had far too many critical errors today,” North Thurston coach Lance Baker said.

Mount Si picked up the win with a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

“We went for the forceout at second, and we were just a little late on it,” Baker said. “It’s a tough loss to end our season on.

“We don’t make those errors, it’s a 2-1 game, and we are still playing.”

The Wildcats scored on errors in the first and third innings to grab a 2-0 lead.

“None of the errors were fielding,” Baker said. “It was all on throwing errors. You can’t do that this late in the season and expect to win.”

The Rams tied the score in the top of the sixth, when Hayden Maliska and Ande Grantham each had an RBI.

Tyler Ridgeway, who also had a double, picked up the loss, giving up six hits in seven innings.

Mount Si defeated Meadowdale, 7-2, in the regional final to advance to the semifinals, which begin Friday at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.

North Thurston ended its season at 19-7.


W.F. West 7, Centralia 4: The Bearcats advanced to the 2A state semifinals for the fourth time in five years by knocking off their Lewis County rival in an all-Evergreen Conference final in Chehalis.

The Bearcats will play Clarkston, a 9-6 regional final winner over West Valley (Spokane), at 7 p.m. Friday at County Stadium in Yakima.

W.F. West, which won the state championship in 2010, defeated Olympic, 4-2, in the opening round, while Centralia knocked off Sumner, 7-4.

The Bearcats defeated Clarkston, 12-4, for the third-place trophy in 2011.


Tenino, Rochester rained out: Tenino and Rochester’s games at Volunteer Field in Anacortes were rained out.

The games have been rescheduled for Sunday. Tenino will play Cascade Christian at 10 a.m., while Rochester meets Cedar Park Christian at 1 p.m. Winners advance to play at 4 p.m.


Bi-districts rained out: Olympia and Timberline must wait until Monday to try and wrap up state tournament berths as rain again delayed play at the West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament in Spanaway.

The Bears and the Blazers both need one more win at Sprinker Recreation Center to advance to state.

Olympia will play Puyallup at 1 p.m. Monday in a 4A loser-out game. Timberline, which defeated Kennedy, 12-6, in the first round, will face Enumclaw at 11 a.m. Monday in the 3A quarterfinals.


4A districts: Olympia will send both its doubles teams to the Class 4A state girls tournament.

Catty Zhang and Rachel Kelson took the sixth seed at the West Central District 4A tournament at the Capitol City Tennis and Athletic Center, and teammates Gemma Robinson and Alli Bautista secured the seventh seed.

The 4A state tournament, which begins Friday, will be held in Richland.

3A districts: North Thurston claimed the West Central District 3A championship by sending all three of its singles players to the state tournament.

Freshman Ainsley Winterrowd finished second, junior Sidney Smith took fourth and senior Shanelle Enlow secured the district’s fifth-place berth to the Class 3A state tournament, which begins Friday in Kennewick.

The Rams won the Narrows League with a 6-0 record.

2A districts: Madelyn Hougan and Rachel Howard won the doubles title, and McKenzie Click and Emily Barclift finished third to help Tumwater take home the 2A District 4 team championship.

Both doubles teams advance to the Class 2A state tournament, starting Friday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.

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