If there’s one flaw that frustrates Meridian coach Steve Slesk more than anything it’s a lack of execution.
With a bi-district championship on the line against Cedar Park Christian, the difference between a win and a loss arguably came down to the Trojans’ inability to perform in a handful of key situations.
“I’m not taking anything away from that team, they are a solid team, but we didn’t play very well today,” Slesk said. “We didn’t execute, and that’s what we are about.”
Meridian took an early two-run lead, but a missed opportunity to turn a crucial double play in the fourth ended up haunting the Trojans as they suffered a 3-2 loss Saturday, May 14, at Joe Martin Field.
The Trojans (12-10) qualified for the regional round of the Class 1A State Tournament last Saturday, but the loss forces Meridian to travel to Castle Rock next week to open regional play. The Trojans will face District 3’s No. 2 seed.
Still, reaching state is an impressive accomplishment for a Meridian club that opened the season 1-6.
Meridian managed only two hits against hard-throwing CPC starter Michael Attalah, but the Trojans were able to score one in the first and one in the second after getting leadoff runners on base.
Derek Campfield was able to keep the Eagles off the board until the fourth inning, but Cedar Park had three singles sandwiched around a flyout and tied the game at 2-2 when Meridian was unable to turn an inning-ending double play.
“That double play where we made a bad throw to first, we should of got out of that inning and the game’s probably over,” Slesk said.
Cedar Park Christian took advantage of back-to-back Campfield walks in the fifth and scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run soon after.
Tyler Linderman and Lucas Hemenway were responsible for Meridian’s two hits.
Nooksack Valley earns return trip to state
Noah Rawls wasn’t about to allow an illness damper the Pioneers’ bid at another trip to the Class 1A State Tournament.
Despite battling an ailment all week, the standout senior pitcher struck out eight and threw a complete game to life Nooksack Valley to a 7-3 win over King’s in a winner-to-state, loser out game Saturday, May 14, at Sehome High School.
Nooksack Valley (10-12) dropped its following third-fourth place game 5-0 against Overlake.
“I knew he’d throw strikes, and his velocity was not up where it normally is, but I knew he’d give us everything he had,” said Nooksack Valley coach Scott Gelwicks of Rawls.
Casey Bauman drove in two runs in the fourth to give Nooksack Valley a 2-1 lead over King’s and the Pioneers tacked on four more in the inning to seal the win.
The win sets up a regional round Class 1A State Tournament matchup against District 4’s No. 1 seed at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in Castle Rock.
Cedar Park Christian 3, Meridian 2
Cedar Park Christian
WP: Michael Attalah. LP: Derek Campfield. Highlights: Meridian: Tyler Linderman 1-3; Lucas Hemenway 1-3, SB, R; Brady Moore 0-3, RBI
Nooksack Valley 7, King’s 3
WP: Noah Rawls. LP: Jake Welch. Highlights: Nooksack Valley: Casey Bauman 1-3, 2 RBI; Koert Weidkamp 1-2, R; Noah Rawls 1-2, 2 RBI, BB.
Overlake 5, Nooksack Valley 0
WP: Matt Kelleran. LP: Kyle Veldman. Highlights: Nooksack Valley: Evan Nietling 1-2, Mark Coppinger 1-3.
We didnt come in ready to go and that was a bit disspoitned.
From that standpoint it was fourth time we played them this uyear. Not gpoing to fool them alot. They can hit the ball no doubt about it and we didnt make some plasy we should have.
Your gonna have game sliek tah when you dotn play well. Youre going to play well dont ahve time to grow up.
He wlaked aboupl, which really ddnt cost us a whoel lot. Didnt play great defnes. Only gave up fiv runs, and was one where it ocudl ahve bene alot worse.
Noah Rawls 8 Ks, I knew he’d throw stirek and veolicty not up where it is and but I knew hed give it us everything he had. 8Ks. Thats rpetty decent outing. 8 hits, 3 ER and 1 BB.
Ddint ahve best suttf and fastball djumping and when sick and gave 100 epcent of what he have.
Done to CAstle Rock Tenino. Theyw er ethrid or fourth and int aht league and Meridian Hoquiam. We got eoebetter ogf the drall.