The Central 2B League's state tournament representatives didn’t fare too well on Saturday, with all three teams losing out in either the first round or the quarterfinals.
Neither Mossyrock nor Napavine had the fire power to unseat defending state champion Seattle Lutheran here Saturday in the first and second round of the State 2B Baseball Playoffs.
The Lutes outlasted Napavine 7-4 in the first round, and then after Mossyrock dominated Mary Walker 11-0, the Vikings fell to Seattle Lutheran in the quarterfinals, 18-1.
Seattle Lutheran 18, Mossyrock 1
MOSSYROCK — Seattle Lutheran’s 13-run rally in the seventh inning pretty much sealed the end to the Vikings' season here Saturday in Mossyrock’s 18-1 State 2B Baseball Tournament quarterfinal loss.
“The wheels just kind of fell off,” Mossyrock coach Cole Kanyer said of the final frame.
Seattle Lutheran tallied five hits in the seventh inning and took advantage of two Viking errors and five walks.
“A lot of their hits were just seeing-eye dogs or little bleeders,” said Kanyer.
Anthony St. Pierre scored Mossyrock’s lone run in the bottom of the seventh inning when he led off with a single, then advanced to third base on two balks by the Lutes’ pitcher. Tristan Watson drove in St. Pierre with a single.
“We had a great year and it was pretty exciting to get a league title and a district championship,” said Kanyer. “We would have definitely liked it to finish differently, but now we know we have room to improve and what we need to work on for next year.
“We are going to try and forget this game pretty quickly,” he added.
Jonah Bradley, Jared Taylor, Jared Parkison and St. Pierre all played their final games for the Vikings, who finished the season with a record of 15-4.
Mossyrock 11, Mary Walker (Springdale) 0
MOSSYROCK — The Vikings took care of business in their State 2B opener against the Chargers with an 11-0 win here Saturday.
Mossyrock used 5-run rallys in the third and sixth innings to dispose of Mary Walker.
Anthony St. Pierre finished the game 2 for 3 with a double, while Tanner Watson was 2-4 and John Pomeroy and Jonah Bradley each added a hit.
The Vikings rallied behind Josh Vogel on the mound, who gave up just three hits, while striking out seven with one walk and one hit batter.
“Josh did awesome on the mound,” Mossyrock coach Cole Kanyer said. “He was throwing strikes and did a really good job of locating all his pitches.
“Josh is just a bulldog out there and he really got after it and it was awesome to watch,” added the second year coach.
The win advanced the Vikings to the quarterfinals where they would take on Seattle Lutheran.
Seattle Lutheran 7, Napavine 4
MOSSYROCK — The Tigers got a rematch with Seattle Lutheran, but a few miscues in the field helped end Napavine’s 2011 baseball campaign here with a 7-4 loss in the opening round of the State 2B Baseball Playoffs.
The Saints scored 4 runs in the fourth inning to go up 6-4, taking advantage of three errors and a walk.
“Any time you give a good baseball team three extra outs, it’s going to come back to bite you,” Napavine coach Bryan Bullock said. “That ended up being the difference in the game.”
Mike Hellem had three hits in his final game for Napavine, while fellow seniors Camden Sahlinger and Trevor Alexander had two hits apiece. The Tigers recorded 10 hits and scored 2 runs in both the third and fourth innings.
It was also the final game for seniors Jordan Brown, Colton Brown and Skyler Wheeler. Napavine (15-4) made the regional portion of the state baseball tournament in three of the seniors’ four seasons.
Concrete 2, Morton-White Pass 0
ANACORTES — The Timberwolves’ season came to an end here Saturday, but it wasn’t for lack of pitching.
Morton-White Pass pitcher Kyle Kelly allowed just one hit over seven innings, but the Timberwolf bats couldn’t come up with enough timely hits in a 2-0 loss to Concrete here Saturday in the opening round of the State 2B Baseball Playoffs.
Concrete scored the only 2 runs of the game in the fifth inning, benefitting from a pair of walks, two errors and a sacrifice fly.
“It was a good baseball game,” Morton-White Pass coach Josh Brooks said. “Kyle pitched a great game.”
The Timberwolves recorded three hits in the win, from freshmen Brian Reynolds, Rylon Kolb and Zach Counts.
Kelly struck out seven, while Concrete pitcher Kyler Howell struck out eight.
In just the second year of the Morton and White Pass high school programs’ combination, Brooks said he was proud of the work the players had done — especially after winning just one game last year. This year, the team finished second in the District IV 2B tournament to secure a spot in state.
“We’re moving in the right direction,” Brooks said. “We started five underclassmen most of the year, and they got valuable experience.”
It was the final game for Morton-White Pass seniors Cameron and Devin Sume, and Keith Layman. The Timberwolves finished the season at 10-9.