District play begins for fastpitch teams

With just a single blemish on an otherwise perfect season, the Panthers open West Central/Southwest District tournament play today.

BONNEY LAKE

With just a single blemish on an otherwise perfect season, the Panthers open West Central/Southwest District tournament play today.

District action will play out May 19 and 20 at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

As the top entry from the Pierce County League, Bonney Lake opens district play at 10:15 a.m. Friday against Mountain View High, the No. 4 squad from the Greater St. Helens League. The Panthers will play twice Friday, at 2:15 p.m. with an opening-round win or at 2 p.m. with an opening loss.

The double-elimination district tournament brings together 16 teams and will eventually advance five to the Class 3A state tournament.

Bonney Lake was slated to wrap up its regular season Tuesday with a nonleague game against Auburn Riverside; results came too late to be included here. The Panthers concluded the Pierce County League campaign Saturday with an easy, 22-1 victory over Mount Tahoma. That allowed Bonney Lake to finish with a perfect 14-0 record in PCL play. Through Saturday’s contest, the Panthers were 18-1 overall.

WHITE RIVER

With a South Puget Sound League Mountain Division title tucked away, the Hornets now look forward to the two-day West Central District tournament that will advance five teams to the Class 2A state tourney.

District festivities are set for today and tomorrow, May 19 and 20, at the Sprinker Recreation Center in Spanaway.

White River opens district play at 4 p.m. Friday, having earned an opening-round bye. The Hornets will square off against a foe determined earlier in the day. With the tourney’s double-elimination format, White River will also play Saturday; the Hornets will take the field at 11:15 with a Friday victory or 9:15 a.m. with an opening loss.

The Hornets wrapped up league play with a 12-0 record, as rainy spring weather forced cancellations of two league games against Evergreen. Those would have made no difference in the postseason scenario, so they were not made up.

As the Mountain champ, White River traveled to Orting Friday to take on the Cardinals, who captured the Sound Division title. With a 14-11 victory – keyed by a big, five-run first inning and five more during the crucial sixth and seventh innings – the Hornets earned the SPSL’s No. 1 seed into district play.

The victory at Orting, which had been rained out a day earlier, featured big games by Megan Vandegrift, who scored five runs, and Ashley Long, who had two homers on the way to five RBIs.

ENUMCLAW

With a pair of lopsided tournament victories under their belts, the Enumclaw High girls head into West Central/Southwest District tournament play.

The tourney brings together 16 teams for two days of action at the Kent Service Club Ballfields. When the dust settles, eight will have punched tickets to the Class 4A state tournament.

Enumclaw begins district play at 4:30 p.m. today, taking on South Kitsap, the No. 3 entry from the South Puget Sound League. Win or lose, Enumclaw plays again at 7 p.m.

The district tourney is a double-elimination affair.

Enumclaw’s trip through the NPSL 4A postseason tourney was a rather simple journey that featured a couple of blowout wins. The Hornets exploded for 11 runs during the first inning of a 23-7 win over Todd Beamer and kept the game to five innings during a 14-3 win over Kentlake. Rylee Agnew was the winning pitcher in both contests.

Enumclaw entered postseason play as the No. 3 squad from the NPSL 4A, having finished with a league record of 9-5. The team is 12-6 overall.

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