Naches Valley starting pitcher Cam Walker threw a complete-game seven-hitter to lead the Rangers past the Rochester Warriors, 7-2, in the Class 1A baseball state semifinals Friday night at Yakima County Stadium.
The Warriors (19-7), who captured the 1A state title in 2008, will face Kiona-Benton in Saturday’s third-place game.
Trailing 3-1 in the sixth, the Warriors had runners on second and third with no outs, then the bases loaded with two outs before Walker got Josh Larson to strike out.
The Warriors committed seven errors, and a four-run sixth inning gave the Rangers a 7-1 lead.
Lucas Eastman had a pair of hits to lead Rochester.
Tumwater stays alive in consolation round: Riding a seven-run sixth inning, Tumwater eliminated 2A Evergreen Conference foe Capital, 9-1, in the a consolation game at the Class 2A state tournament at Carlon Park in Selah.
Tumwater will play Anacortes in a loser-out game at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Leading 3-1 going into the sixth inning, the Thunderbirds got their leadoff hitter on by error, followed by a walk. Catcher Alexa McDaniel then ripped a two-run single to center field.
Two batters later, Jocelyn Glasgo hit a two-run double to make it 7-1. Glasgo also picked up the victory, improving to 19-3.
“They beat us in districts,” Tumwater coach Doug Nedrow, “and we come here and beat them in state.”
Capital’s Gentry in 2A semifinals: Capital sophomore Ty Gentry is in the 2A singles semifinals after posting two victories at the first day of the 2A boys tennis state meet in Seattle.
It’s the second consecutive year Gentry is in the semifinals after sweeping East Valley of Spokane’s Michael Manion and Sumner’s Zaylan Jacobsen in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.
He’ll face Sehome’s Brady Anderson in the semifinals. Last year, Gentry lost to Sehome’s Avery West.
Capital’s doubles team of Travis Miller and Doug Doenges are in the consolation bracket after losing to Washington’s Josh Rasmus and Jonathan Yu in their quarterfinal match.
They’ll face Ephrata’s Stenn Monson and Garner Sears for a shot at Saturday’s fourth-/seventh-place match.
Black Hills’ top doubles teams of Jimmy Do and Noah Durette are alive in the consolation bracket after topping Lindbergh’s Justin Danao and Peter Vu in straight sets.
They’ll play Sequim’s Brandon Pyne and Matthew Richards for a shot at Saturday’s fifth-/eighth-place match.
River Ridge’s Jason Trihn and Tumwater’s David Granero play in a consolation singles match for the right to advance to the fifth-/eighth-place match.
Kelson, Zhang in 4A semis: Olympia’s No. 1 girls doubles duo of Rachel Kelson and Catty Zhang are in the 4A semifinals after winning both matches in straight sets at the Columbia Basin Racquet Club.
They swept Jefferson’s Cindy Park and Crystal Lee, 6-0, 6-4, to reach the semifinals against Camas’ Jen Lewis and Hannah Gianan.
Bears freshman Ali Topp is one win away from playing in Saturday’s fifth-/eighth-place match after winning her consolation match, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, over Gonzaga Prep’s Lizzy Marcinkowski.
On the boys side, Olympia’s Kyle Wooten and Will Berghoff bounced back after their three-set opening-round loss and won two matches. They’ll face the Bellarmine Prep duo of Chris Wood and Elliot Gardner in the fifth/eighth-place match Saturday.
In 3A, North Thurston’s Ainsley Winterrowd and Sidney Smith bounced back from their first-round loss to defeat Stanwood’s Alessia Piazzi and Kylie Stevens to remain alive in the girls doubles consolation bracket. They’ll face Auburn Mountainview’s Sierra Silva and Victoria Bolshakova on Saturday for a spot in the fifth/eighth-place match later in the day in Kennewick.
NWC’s Bulger repeats: Northwest Christian senior Karen Bulger, a Hawaii signee, repeated as 2B state champion in the javelin with a winning mark of 145 feet, 11 inches at Eastern Washington University’s Roos Field in Cheney.
Teammate Elizabeth Stottlemyre, a freshman, placed fifth (119-3). Bulger won last year’s event with a meet-record 154-4.
Bulger can become a four-time state champion if she can repeat in the shot put Saturday. She enters the meet with the top mark by nearly 3 feet (41-2).