The Mount Baker softball team will face a familiar foe when it opens the Class 1A State Tournament on Friday, May 29, at Columbia Playfields in Richland.
The Mountaineers (18-5) learned their first-round opponent will be the very same Elma team that kept them from their first state title with a 6-1 defeat in 2014 when the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association released its state tournament pairings on Sunday, May 24.
Needless to say, neither team will look exactly the same as they did in last year’s meeting. In fact the Eagles enter state with a 9-13 record as the fourth seed out of the Southwest District.
The winner of Friday’s game, scheduled for a noon start, will face the winner of a first-round game between Zillah (9-9) and Chelan (5-10) in a 4 p.m. quarterfinal, while the losers of the two first-round games will meet in the consolation bracket at 2 p.m.
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As the fourth seed out of the Class 2A Northwest District, the Sehome softball team knew it was going to receive a tough draw. But things couldn’t have gotten much tougher for the Mariners, as they found out they will be playing White River, a team that has to be considered among the favorites to win the 2A title this year.
The Hornets enter with a 19-1 record, with their only blemish coming April 20 against Port Angeles.
Sehome (15-9) will do its best to hand White River a second loss in a 10 a.m. game on Friday, May 29, at Carlon Park in Selah. The first-round winner will take on the winner between R.A. Long (14-5) and Ellensburg (14-3-1) in the quarterfinals at 4 p.m., while the losers of each game will meet in a 2 p.m. consolation game.
Northwest District champion Lynden (22-1), which placed third at state last year, is in the same half bracket as Sehome. The Lions will play Olympic (13-6) in a 10 a.m. first-round game and will take on either Woodland (19-3) or Fife (19-11) in the second round.
Defending state runner up Othello (18-3) is on the other side of the bracket from Lynden and Sehome.
The Squalicum baseball team is the only other Whatcom County team still alive in postseason play in a team sport. The Storm (20-6) will meet Selah (23-1) in the 2A state semifinals at 4 p.m. on Friday at Yakima County Stadium after beating Sequim and Anacortes in regional play on Saturday, May 23, at Joe Martin Field.
Centralia (16-7) and Issaquah Liberty (12-14) will meet in the other semfinal at 7 p.m.
Joe Martin Field also will play host to the Class 4A Baseball State Tournament this weekend. Decatur (15-13) and South Kitsap (19-7) will meet in the first semifinal at 4 p.m. on Friday, while Bellevue Newport (22-2-1) and Gig Harbor (25-11) will meet in the second at 7 p.m. The winner will play for the state title at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 30.