White River aiming for state | Baseball

The White River Hornets opened their playoff run with close victories Friday and Saturday and are now just one win away from a berth in the Class 2A state tournament.

The postseason debut was a 4-2 victory over Port Angeles and win No. 2 was a 2-1 thriller against Lindbergh that gave White River a subdistrict title.

The Hornets (19-3 overall) play again today, Wednesday, in a 7 p.m. matchup against either Kingston or Franklin Pierce. The winner-to-state contest will be at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds.

Saturday’s first run was delivered by courtesy runner Alec Anastasi, who scored on a ground ball that was misplayed. The second run came when Cole Johnson doubled, stole third and scored on a wild pitch.

Friday, Tanner Williams had two hits and scored twice to lead the offense, which started the game with a three-run first inning. Starting pitcher Ryan Bird went three innings and Zach Rohrbach tossed the final four to get the win.

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