All four of the region’s prep baseball teams took to the diamond last week for district tournament action and, in the end, the Bonney Lake Panthers were the only ones keeping their season alive.
By winning three of five games in the West Central/Southwest District 3A tournament, Bonney Lake grabbed the No. 6 seed into this week’s state tourney play.
The Panthers begin their state experience Saturday, May 19, taking on the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks. Game time is 1 p.m. at Sherman Anderson Field in Mount Vernon. In the initial state round of eight games, only the winning teams advance.
If Bonney Lake is successful against the Tomahawks, the Panthers would play a second Saturday game, taking on the winner of a contest between Arlington and Eastside Catholic. The second round is also a loser-out affair. The Class 3A Final Four matchups will take place May 25 at Gesa Stadium in Pasco, with the championship contest the following day, Saturday the 26th, also at Gesa Stadium.
The Panthers’ district trek began with two games on May 5, a victory over Prairie High and a loss to Central Kitsap. That was followed by a 16-4 victory over the Bethel Braves on May 9, setting up two more contests on May 12. In a winner-to-state, loser-our game, Bonney Lake defeated Wilson High 5-2. Then, for seeding purposes only, the Panthers fell 5-2 to Kelso.
The Hornets came within a single victory of making it to the Class 2A state tournament.
In a May 12 winner-to-state, loser-out contest, White River fell 16-6 to the Steilacoom Sentinels.
The Hornets’ postseason journey began May 5 with a victory over Kingston and a loss to Highline. That brought a loser-out game May 9 against Lindbergh that resulted in a 5-4 Hornet win. On May 12, White River again staved off elimination with a 4-2 victory over Olympic, setting up the season-ending match against Steilacoom at Franklin Pierce High School.
The Spartans opened postseason play in convincing fashion, defeating Battle Ground 9-2 on May 8.
Playing the next day at Art Wright Field in Kent, Sumner fell to Skyview 6-2 and saw its season come to and end.
The Hornets qualified for postseason play, but had their season come to an end after just a single game.
Playing May 8 at Auburn High, EHS fell to Olympia 8-4 in the opening round of the West Central/Southwest 4A district tournament.