The Prairie baseball team exploded for six runs in the bottom of the sixth to erase a three-run deficit and beat Spanaway Lake 7-5 in a loser-out game at the 3A bi-district tournament on Saturday.
The Falcons need to win two loser-out games next week to reach state. The first game will come Wednesday against league-rival Kelso.
Down 4-1 in the sixth, the Falcons got their rally going with singles by Connor Smith and Ty Hebert. Trey Hebert singled to cut the deficit to 4-2, and Tucker Bartlett’s single made it 4-3.
After the second out, the Falcons had consecutive singles by Brady Majewski, Josh Kuzmovich, Josiah Nickel and Smith to give Prairie a 7-5 lead.
Spanaway Lake cut it to 7-6 on a triple and single to lead off the top of the seventh. After the Sentinels added another single, Caleb Jones was called in to pitch. He got the first hitter he faced to hit into a game-ending double play.
In the first game, a 4-1 loss to Bonney Lake, the Falcons were limited to one run on five hits over 5 1/3 innings by Ethan Stevens-Day.
Smith had a perfect day at the plate for Prairie, going 3 for 3 with a walk.
Evergreen eliminated — Evergreen lost 5-2 to Wilson of Tacoma and was eliminated from the 3A bi-district tournament.
Wilson took a 3-0 lead after four innings. Evergreen cut the margin to 3-2 on David Montei’s two-run double in the top of the fifth.
But the Plainsmen could get no closer as Wilson added single runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
In their first game of the day, a 7-6 loss to Shelton, the Plainsmen scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh and had runners on first and third when the final out was recorded.
In the seventh, the Plainsmen loaded the bases on two walks and an error. Taylor Birchem was hit by a pitch to bring home the first run, and Montei scored the second run with a sacrifice flies.
Singles by Randy Yeakley and Nate Tomas cut the deficit to 7-6 before a groundout on a 3-2 pitch ended the rally.
Woodland falls — Woodland lost a six-run lead and fell 7-6 to Black Hills in a play-in game to the 2A district tournament.
Bailey Huston’s home run gave Woodland a 6-0 lead in the third inning, a lead the Beavers carried into the sixth inning when Black Hills tallied five runs.
Black Hills scored two runs with two out in the seventh to win it.
Ridgefield wins — Ridgefield goalkeeper Joe Lindbo made the pivotal save in the penalty kick shootout to propel Ridgefield to a 3-2 win at Aberdeen in the first round of the 2A district tournament.
Hunter Abrams and Ethan Wirchak scored goals for the Spudders in regulation, which ended in a 2-2 tie.
After neither team scored in overtime, the Spudders took the shootout 5-4 to advance to the district semifinals.
Ridgefield will play Columbia River on Tuesday at Kiggins Bowl, with the winner clinching a berth to state.