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Baseball roundup: Camas tops Sumner to punch ticket to state

Seton Catholic clinches program’s first state berth

By Columbian staff
Published: May 7, 2024, 10:11pm

Camas avenged a loss in last year’s District 3/4 baseball tournament by beating Sumner 9-3 on Tuesday to clinch a Class 4A state playoff berth.

It’s the third consecutive year 4A Greater St. Helens League champ Camas has reached the state tournament.

Matt Manjooran and Charlie Barr each went 3 for 4. Both had RBI singles in a three-run second inning as Camas took a 5-1 lead on their home field.

That was enough support for Andrew Miller, who allowed six hits over seven innings, striking out four.

The top three hitters in the Camas batting order scored six runs with Anthony Forner, Jared Forner and Manjooran crossing the plate two times each.

Sumner beat Camas 4-3 last year in a similar winner-to-state game, forcing the Papermakers to win two consecutive games to reach state.

With their state ticket punched, the Papermakers next play in the bi-district final four Saturday at Art Wright Field in Kent.

ROGERS-PUYALLUP 3, SKYVIEW 0 — Talan Robertson allowed two hits and struck out nine as the Rams ended Skyview’s season.

Caden Spanier went the distance for the Storm, allowing seven hits, one walk and striking out six.

3A District 3/4 Playoffs

PRAIRIE 2, TIMBERLINE 1 — Nate Merritt allowed five hits and one walk over seven innings as the Falcons prevailed in a loser-out game.

Cam McCray had two hits, including an RBI single that tied the game in the third inning. Jake Drogos put Prairie ahead with an RBI single in the fourth.

Prairie faces Capital in another loser-out game Wednesday.

EVERGREEN 2, AUBURN RIVERSIDE 1 — Hayden Blanford and Skyler Heys had RBI singles in a two-run second inning as the Plainsmen won a loser-out game on the road.

Jesse Santos and Landon Rayner worked around trouble, stranding 10 Auburn Riverside hitters.

Evergreen faces Auburn Mountainview in another loser-out game Wednesday.

KELSO 6, GIG HARBOR 1 — Bryce Collins allowed three hits, one walk and struck out nine as the Hilanders clinched a state playoff berth.

Kelso had four singles and took advantage of two errors in a five-run second inning.

Up next, the Hilanders face Peninsula in a bi-district semifinal game Saturday at Auburn High School.

Kelso (19-1) is the top-ranked team in the WIAA’s Class 3A RPI rankings.

2A District Playoffs

RIDGEFIELD 2, ROCHESTER 0 — Rocco Wright allowed three hits over seven innings, striking out seven to lead the Spudders to a first-round win.

Nate Olmos went 2 for 3, including an RBI single that put the Spudders on the board in the third inning.

Ridgefield faces defending district champ W.F. West in a winner-to-state semifinal on Wednesday at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

COLUMBIA RIVER 8, SHELTON 2 — The Rapids scored five runs in the first inning and won handily despite just four base hits.

Columbia River took advantage of eight walks and six errors by Shelton to reach the district semifinals and a winner-to-state matchup against reigning state champ Tumwater on Wednesday in Ridgefield.

TUMWATER 10, MARK MORRIS 0 — Liam Karlson allowed three hits over six innings as the Thunderbirds cruised into the district semifinals.

W.F. WEST 3, R.A. LONG 0 — Connor Coleman and Cole Ozretich held the Lumberjacks to two hits in a first-round game in Chehalis.

R.A. Long faces Rochester in a loser-out game Wednesday.

1A District Playoffs

SETON CATHOLIC 11, MONTESANO 1 — The Cougars erupted for nine runs in the fourth inning to clinch the first state berth in program history.

Dalton Woods doubled twice and had four RBI in the semifinal game in Hoquiam.

Kolten Gesser went 2 for 3 with three RBI and was the winning pitcher, allowing three hits over five innings.

The Cougars, who finished second in the Trico League, will face Tenino in the district title game Saturday at Castle Rock High School.

TENINO 3, LA CENTER 1 — Kellan Knox held the Wildcats to three hits and the Beavers made three first-inning runs stand to reach the district title game and clinch a state berth.

Garrett Maunu pitched a complete game for La Center, allowing four hits and striking out six.

The Trico League champ Wildcats saw an eight-game win streak snapped. To reach state, they must win two loser-out games starting Friday against Elma.

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ELMA 4, CASTLE ROCK 1 — Trevor Rogan went 2 for 3 with an RBI double in the first inning as the Rockets saw their season come to an end.

KING’S WAY CHRISTIAN 7, EATONVILLE 3 — The Knights rallied for five runs in the sixth inning to keep their season alive.

Reece Johnson went 3 for 4 with two doubles and Noah Myers added two hits for the Knights.

Hunter Gaudet went the distance after allowing three runs in the first inning. He surrendered five hits, one walk and struck out five.