Today (5/24): T-Birds, Bears away at state tourneys; 3A softball tourney at The RAC
High school baseball
Tumwater comes into the semifinals as the clear underdog, advancing to the final four for the first time in school history. The T-Birds have lost just one game in their last ten, finishing second in the 2A EvCo behind WF West, losing to WF West in the District IV championship game and knocking off Fife and North Kitsap last Saturday to advance to the semis.
The T-Birds will face 23 win Archbishop Murphy. The Wildcats have lost just two games this season, one in their opener to Burlington-Edison and another to Cedarcrest on April 22nd. They have won seven straight since that game including a pair of two run wins over White River and Lynden in the first two rounds on Monday. The Wildcats are led by four seniors, pitcher Derrick Mahlum (11-0, 0.65 ERA), pitcher and first baseman Zander Clouse (8-2, 1.21 ERA, .451 BA, 37 RBI) and shortstop Trever Morrison (.550 BA, 5 HRs, 46 runs).
The winner moves on to face either Clarkston or WF West in the championship game at 7:00 PM on Saturday night while the loser plays in the third/fourth place game on Saturday at 1:00 PM.
The game can be heard on the Eli Sports Network.
High school softball
4A WIAA state tournament
Olympia vs. Central Valley – Merkel Sports Complex, Spokane – noon
It took some doing and a tense 15 minutes of deliberation, but Olympia made the 4A state tournament and will take on Central Valley at noon at the Merkel Sports Complex in Spokane. The Bears are led by their senior first baseman Nikki Schroeder sophomore pitcher Maddy Stensby, who has been a sensation going 19-5 with a 1.30 ERA.
Central Valley enters the game with just four losses on the season and has the advantage of playing in their hometown.
3A WIAA state tournament
WIAA state tournament – The RAC – Begins at 9:00 AM
The 3A WIAA tournament returns to The RAC in Lacey with a full slate of games planned for Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, no local teams will play in the tournament for the second season in a row. The tournament kicks off at 9:00 AM and you can find the full bracket here.