Prep baseball: Skyview clinches 1st state berth

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James Brooks delivered a two-run single in the fourth inning to give the Skyview baseball team the lead, and the Storm pulled away from there for a 7-2 win over Stadium of Tacoma, clinching Skyview’s first trip to the Class 4A state playoffs.

Skyview will face Rogers of Puyallup in a state seeding game at 1 p.m. Saturday in Puyallup. Skyview will play in the Everett or Tacoma regional.

Brooks’ hit in the fourth gave Skyview a 3-1 run. The Storm added two runs in the fifth and sixth to pull away.

Austin Green pitched six solid innings to pick up the victory.

Columbia River 5, Hazen 4, nine innings -- Columbia River advanced to state with what could only be described as a strange victory Wednesday in the Class 3A bi-district tournament.

The Chieftains scored the winning run on a balk -- their second run of the day on such a call -- and they did not have a hit after the first inning.

Not that the Chieftains are complaining. They will play for seeding on Saturday but they know they are moving on to the state round of 16.

River scored three runs on four hits in the first inning and held the lead until the bottom of the seventh, when Hazen scored three runs to tie the game -- the last two coming in on a two-out error.

The Chieftains took the lead again in the top of the ninth. Trey Walker was hit by a pitch., then walks to Michael McCann and Austin Oury loaded the bases with no outs.

The next two River batters struck out, but a balk was called on a 2-1 count, allowing Walker to walk home.

Michael Barnes got the win in relief. Clark Bryant got the save.

Tumwater 3, Hockinson 0 -- Hockinson’s pitching and defense continued to be outstanding, but the bats went cold at the most inopportune time.

Colton Turner’s two-run single in the top of the seventh produced the game’s first runs and eliminated the Hawks from the Class 2A district tournament in Centralia.

After allowing a first-inning single, Hockinson’s Justin Babikoff pitched 5 hitless innings until Tumwater opened the seventh with a single.

The Thunderbirds tried to bunt the runner to second. But after two failed attempts, Tumwater took off the bunt play and produced another single.

A sacrifice moved runners to second and third. After a walk loaded the bases, Turner delievered his two-run single.

Hockinson hitters were limited to four hits and stranded nine runners on base. The Hawks finished the season by going scoreless in their final 19 innings.