Baseball: 2A, 1A, state semifinals at a glance

May 23, 2013 

Tumwater’s Garrett Terrell delivers a pitch against Fife during the 2A baseball regional playoffs at Yelm High. Terrell pitched a two-hit complete game in beating the Trojans, 4-1. Terrell also had the key defensive play that preserved the T-Birds’ 3-0 quarterfinal win over North Kitsap.

DEAN J. KOEPFLER/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER

State baseball championships
Class 2A
When: Friday-Saturday, County Stadium, Yakima
Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for students/seniors (single-day); $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (tournament pass)
Friday's semifinal games
4 p.m.: Tumwater (17-7) v. Archbishop Murphy (23-2)
7 p.m.: W.F. West (22-3) v. Clarkston (19-4)
The skinny: W.F. West in the state semifinals? Sounds like a broken record. This is the Bearcats’ fourth appearance in the past five years, coming away with two third-place finishes and winning the state title in 2010. Senior Brady Calkins, the 2A EvCo MVP, is fresh off a runner-up finish at the 2A state golf tournament at Chambers Bay. It could be an all-EvCo title game Saturday should Tumwater get past Archbishop Murphy and its ace pitcher, Pacific Lutheran-bound Derrick Mahlum (11-0. 0.69 ERA). ... On April 17, Tumwater was 7-6 overall and in the midst of a three-game losing skid after its 7-4 loss to W.F. West, the eventual league champions. Since then, Tumwater has been on a roll. Two players are batting better than .300 (Justin Graham, .397 and Garrett Terrell (.361), but pitching and defense has carried the T-Birds. Elijah Hill sports a 0.91 ERA with a 5-0 record and Terrell is 6-3 with a 1.26 ERA and 68 strikeouts.

Class 1A
When: Friday-Saturday, County Stadium, Yakima
Tickets: $9 for adults, $7 for students/seniors (single-day); $15 for adults, $10 for students/seniors (tournament pass)
Friday's semifinal games
10 a.m.: Montesano (25-1) v. Tenino (14-10)
1 p.m.: Cashmere (22-2) v. Cascade (15-9)
The skinny: Each of the two semifinal games feature league foes -- the 1A Southwest Washington Evergreen Division (Montesano and Tenino) and the Caribou Trail League (Cashmere and Cascade of Leavenworth). The last time Tenino made the state semifinals was 2011 when it advanced to the 1A title game before losing to Chimacum. Speedy centerfielder Devante Harris remains a hit- and run-scoring machine (.514, 38 hits, 36 runs) and Zack and Zeb Chamberlain both have better than 400 batting averages. ... Few teams have had success against left-hander Layne Bruner, a WSU signee, and Montesano, which is averaging 9.7 runs per game. Bruner is 9-0 with a 0.59 ERA. Its only loss came against Woodland (3-2) in the District IV tournament.

-- Meg Wochnick, staff writer