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Martinez: Baseball, soccer playoff seeding coming into focus

High school sports

By Tim Martinez, Columbian Assistant Sports Editor
Published: May 2, 2023, 9:48pm

Three more league champions were crowned on Monday.

Prairie baseball wrapped up the 3A Greater St. Helens League title with its win at Kelso.

Camas soccer clinched the 4A GSHL title with its 1-1 draw against Union.

And Heritage secured its first-ever 3A GSHL title in boys soccer with a win over Kelso.

And now these teams, along with several others, will begin the postseason march with district play-in games in boys soccer starting as soon as Thursday.

So here is a quick rundown of playoff positioning in boys soccer and baseball in all three Greater St. Helens Leagues.

4A soccer

League champion Camas enters the 4A bi-district tournament as the No. 1 seed from the GSHL and will host the South Puget Sound League No. 3 team on Saturday in a winner-to-state match.

Skyview and Union play Wednesday. If Skyview wins or ties, the Storm will be the No. 2 seed and will host the SPSL No. 8 team in a loser-out match on Saturday. Union would then be the No. 3 seed and would play at the SPSL No. 5 team in a loser-out on Saturday.

If Union beats Skyview, the Titans would be the No. 2 seed and Skyview would fall to No. 3.

3A soccer

Heritage will enter the bi-district tournament as the No. 1 seed. The Timberwolves will host Central Kitsap at 2 p.m. Saturday in a winner-to-state match.

Mountain View will be the No. 2 seed and will host the South Sound Conference No. 5 team in a loser-out match Saturday.

If Evergreen beats Kelso on Wednesday, Evergreen will face Bainbridge in a bi-district pigtail match on Thursday, with the winner advancing to a bi-district loser-out game Saturday at the Pierce County League No. 3 team. If Evergreen falls, Prairie moves into the No. 3 seed.

2A soccer

Columbia River in the 2A GSHL champion and will host the winner of a Thursday play-in match on Saturday in a district first-round match.

Hockinson is the 2A GSHL No. 2 seed and will host the Evergreen Conference No. 3 team Saturday.

R.A. Long is the 2A GSHL No. 3 seed and will play at the EvCo No. 2 on Saturday.

Hudson’s Bay can wrap up the No. 4 seed with a win over Ridgefield on Wednesday. The Eagles would then travel to play Aberdeen at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Fort Vancouver and Woodland play Wednesday in a match that will essentially be for the No. 5 seed to the district playoffs. The No. 5 seed will play the EvCo No. 4 team in a district play-in match on Thursday.

4A baseball

Camas is the 4A GSHL champion and will host Sumner in a winner-to-state match on May 9.

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Union is the No. 2 seed and will host Emerald Ridge in a loser-out match on May 9. Skyview is the No. 3 seed and would play at Rogers-Puyallup in a loser-out on May 9.

3A baseball

Prairie is the 3A GSHL champion and will host the South Sound Conference No. 2 team on May 9 in a winner-to-state match.

Kelso is the No. 2 seed and will host the South Sound Conference No. 5 team in a loser-out match on May 9.

Mountain View is the No. 3 seed and will face Bainbridge in a bi-district play-in game on Friday at Tumwater, with the winner advancing to a bi-district loser-out game May 9 at the Pierce County League No. 3 team.

2A baseball

With two rounds of league play on Wednesday and Friday, there is still a lot to be settled in the very tightly bunched 2A GSHL.

We can say that Ridgefield (12-2 in league), Hudson’s Bay (11-3), Columbia River (12-4), Mark Morris (10-4) and Hockinson (8-6) will all advance to the district playoffs.

Ridgefield plays two games against Hockinson, while Hudson’s Bay and Mark Morris will meet twice.

If the Spudders win both of their games, they will be the league champions and the No. 1 seed to the district tournament. They can also earn that distinction with one win and one Bay loss.

Also, Hockinson will be locked into the No. 5 seed with one loss or one Mark Morris win. The No. 5 team from the 2A GSHL will play at the 2A EvCo No. 4 team in a district play-in game on Saturday.

The possible combinations involving Bay, River and Mark Morris are a bit too much to sort out right, so you’ll just have to stay tuned as games are played this week.

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