Weekend playoffs stretch into Monday for local baseball, softball teams

Commentary: Tim Martinez

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor

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Well, we almost got through last week without leaving holes in this week’s schedule.

Almost, but not quite.

At least no local team is left waiting on their fate for the next round of postseason play. But there are teams still trying to figure out where they will play in the next round, when they will play and against whom.

That’s because last weekend’s very unstable weather did not allow every game to be played. So some teams will play Monday to decide where they go next.

Or at least they will try.

In 2A softball, things looked like they would be sorted out until Columbia River rallied in the seventh to beat Ridgefield on Friday. That left the Chieftains and Spudders tied atop the 2A Greater St. Helens League standings.

The teams will play a tiebreaker game Tuesday to determine the top two seeds to the district tournament. Again, I should say they will try. The game is set for 4 p.m. at Hudson’s Bay High School.

The district tournament starts Thursday in Longview with Hockinson  and Woodland joining the Chieftains and Spudders.

The Columbia River baseball team locked up a berth in the 2A state tournament with its win over Hockinson on Saturday. But none of the other scheduled games in Chehalis could be completed.

So River will travel north on Monday to play for seeding. The Chieftains will play the winner of Centralia-Black Hills (to be played earlier on Monday) at 5:30 p.m. at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey. That facility has an all-weather field, which is a good call because they may need an all-weather field on Monday.

If River wins the seeding game, the Chieftains will play Highline of Burien at 10 a.m. Saturday in the 2A regional in Centralia. If the Chieftains lose, they will play North Kitsap of Poulsbo at 1 p.m. Saturday in the regional at Auburn High School.

Mountain View baseball also couldn’t complete its Saturday schedule, so the Thunder will face Bonney Lake at 4 p.m. Monday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma for state seeding.

If the Thunder win, they will face Snohomish at 10 a.m. Saturday in the 3A regional at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. If they lose, they will play Edmonds-Woodway at 1 p.m. at Sherman Anderson Field in Mount Vernon.

Again, a lot of this is weather-contingent. Monday’s forecast looks rather wet in Vancouver and Tacoma.

But at least these teams get the chance to try to play Monday. The Skyview softball team wasn’t that lucky.

The Storm were supposed to play Battle Ground on Saturday in the 4A GSHL 3/4 playoff game. But it was canceled, not postponed, on Saturday, and Battle Ground was awarded the No. 3 seed from the 4A GSHL based on the Tigers finishing third in the regular-season standings.

The schedule window was simply too tight to attempt to move Saturday’s game to Monday.

Now, Battle Ground will play Kentlake on Tuesday in a play-in game into the bi-district tournament Friday and Saturday. Tuesday’s game will take place at 3:30 p.m., also on the all-weather fields at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.

Starting Wednesday, the weather looks pretty good the rest of the week for baseball and softball games.

Here’s a look at where other Clark County boys soccer and baseball teams will be playing in the state tournament this week.

Boys soccer

4A: Camas vs. Sunnyside — The Papermakers will host Sunnyside at 6 p.m. Wednesday in a first-round game at Doc Harris Stadium. If Camas wins, it likely will be headed to Spokane for a quarterfinal matchup on Saturday.

3A: Prairie vs. Kamiakin — The Falcons will make the trip to play Kamiakin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Chiawana High School in Pasco for a first-round match.

2A: Columbia River vs. Highline — The Chieftains will host Highline at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kiggins Bowl. River would be home again Saturday for a quarterfinal match if it advances.

2A: Ridgefield vs. Kingston — The Spudders travel to Poulsbo to play Kingston at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at North Kitsap High School. Ridgefield will be on the road again Saturday should it advance to the quarterfinals.

Baseball

Battle Ground — The Tigers advance to state on a hot streak, having won their last 11 games including all four in the bi-district tournament. Battle Ground will play Kentwood at 1 p.m. Saturday at the 4A regional at Foss High School in Tacoma. The winner meets Bothell or Kennedy Catholic at 4 p.m.

Skyview — Two losses Saturday in the bi-district tournament sent the Storm to the 4A Eastern Regional. Skyview will play West Valley of Yakima at 1 p.m. Saturday at Yakima County Stadium. The winner meets Wenatchee or Walla Walla at 4 p.m.

King’s Way Christian — The Knights face Cascade Christian of Puyallup at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 1A regional at Castle Rock. The winner faces Montesano or Overlake at 4 p.m.

Tim Martinez is the assistant sports editor/prep coordinator for The Columbian. He can be reached at 360-735-4538, tim.martinez@columbian.com or follow his Twitter handle @360TMart.