Olympia fell short on defense at its first Class 4A state fastpitch tournament appearance in nine seasons, committing 11 errors in two games – both losses – to Central Valley, 8-5, and Lake Stevens, 6-4, to end its season at 20-8 overall.
“We definitely didn’t bring it,” Bears coach Matt Loes said. “Sometimes, we make a few errors and sometimes we’re errorless. It just wasn’t our day.”
The Bears trailed 7-0 before making a late-game comeback against Central Valley, but five errors in one inning set the Bears back.
“If we had a few hits, we could’ve tied it, if not taken the lead,” Loes said.
2A, 1A BASEBALL
Semifinals rained out, to be played Saturday: Rain postponed Friday’s Class 2A and 1A state baseball semifinals at Yakima County Stadium, pushing all semifinal games to Saturday and the third/fourth-place and championship games to Sunday.
Games times will remain the same for Saturday’s semifinals. In 1A, Tenino and Montesano will play at 10 a.m., followed by the second 1A semifinal – Cashmere and Cascade of Leavenworth at 1 p.m. In 2A, Tumwater and Archbishop Murphy, the defending state champion, will play at 4 p.m., followed by the second semifinal – W.F. West vs. Clarkston – at 7 p.m.
Capital advances all players to semifinals: Capital is well-represented in the 2A state semifinals on the boys and girls side as singles players Lauren McCann and Ty Gentry swept their opponents in straight sets and boys doubles players Mathias Burlingame and Doug Doenges won their first match in three sets, then topped West Valley of Yakima’s Gabe Valley and Brian Ridd, 6-2, 6-2, at the Nordstrom Tennis Center in Seattle.
On Saturday morning, McCann faces West Valley’s Chloe Goyette while Gentry takes on Lindbergh’s Joe Kwiatkowski. Burlingame and Doegnes will meet Washington’s Daniel Yu and Josh Rasmus. The winner in singles and doubles advance to the title matches later in the day.
Tumwater’s Zach Drake remains alive in the consolation bracket after his 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Klahowya’s Drew Fagan. A win Saturday against Washington’s Jonathan Yu sends him to the fifth/eight-place match.
The T-Birds doubles pair of Ryan Gudbrandson and Ryan Padgett lost both their matches, and Black Hills’ Jimmy Do battled with Clarkson’s Ryan Adams but fell, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, in his loser-out consolation match.
In 3A play at the Tri-City Court Club in Kennewick, North Thurston’s three girls singles players – Sidney Smith, Shanelle Enlow and Ainsley Winterrowd – lost their opening-round and consolation matches to bow out of the tournament.
On the boys side, North Thurston’s Scott Vannerson and Jooneil Ahn played in three matches, including a 6-2, 6-2 win over Tyler Sparling and Marcus Kwon of Mountain View, but the duo fell to Hanford’s Shane Sandlin and Kevin Sands in a loser-out consolation match.
In 4A at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club in Richland, Olympia senior John Stormans, the two-time defending state champion in doubles, will play for fourth place against 4A Narrows League foe Calan Peterson of Stadium after dropping a 5-7 7-6 (7), 6-0 quarterfinal match to Gonzaga Prep’s Alex Marcinkowski. firstname.lastname@example.org