Prep Baseball & Softball

Class 1A Castle Rock regional preview

Montesano

Bulldogs

Record: 21-2

Runs per game: 9.4

Runs allowed per game: 3.1

League (place): 1A Evergreen (first)

District (seed): Southwest (third)

State appearances: 12 (10-12)

Final Fours: Two

State titles: None

Coach: Mike Bruner

Quick look: After falling 4-2 to Hoquiam in the district semifinals, the Bulldogs rebounded to beat Elma 4-1 to earn a trip to state and Castle Rock 19-10 in the third-place game. Scoring in double figures is not uncommon for Montesano, which reached 10 or more runs 11 times.

Nooksack Valley

Pioneers

Record: 8-15

Runs per game: 4.7

Runs allowed per game: 4.1

League (place): Northwest Conference (tied for 10th)

District (seed):1/2 (second)

State appearances: Five (4-5)

Final Fours: One

State titles: None

Coach: Scott Gelwicks

Quick look: The Pioneers scored three runs in the seventh to send a bi-district semifinal against Cascade Christian to extra innings and then scored two runs in the eight to earn a trip to state, before losing 2-1 to Meridian in the district title game.

Klahowya

Eagles

Record: 19-1

Runs per game: 8.6

Runs allowed per game: 2.2

League (place): 1A Olympic (first)

District (seed): West Central (second)

State appearances: Six (0-6)

Final Fours: None

State titles: None

Coach: Dan Zuber

Quick look: The Eagles bea Vashon Island 2-0 in the district semifinals, before losing 4-1 to Seattle Christian in the title game. That loss ended the Eagles’ 19-game winning streak. Senior ace Jacob Gotchall has been instrumental for the Eagles all season.

Hoquiam

Grizzlies

Record: 15-5

Runs per game: 7.0

Runs allowed per game: 3.1

League (place): 1A Evergreet (third)

District (seed): Southwest (first)

State appearances: 14 (18-14)

Final Fours: Four

State titles: One (1980)

Coach: Steve Jump

Quick look: The Grizzlies outscored Castle Rock, Montesano and King’s Way Christian (all state qualifiers) by a combined score of 16-3 in the district tournament. Hoquiam has scored in double figures 10 times this year and shut out opponents five times.

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