A busy day of baseball marks the end of the CBBN 3A regular season as well as the beginning of the 4A postseason.
Bomber Field in Richland and Murr Field in Walla Walla will be hopping today with teams battling for their district lives as well as berths into sub-regionals.
At Richland, the second-place Bombers (15-5) await the winner of a 1 p.m. loser-out contest between Wenatchee (7-12) and Davis (11-9). The winner of the 4 p.m. game will play in Saturday's district championship and also lock up a berth in next week's sub-regionals.
CBBN 4A champ Walla Walla (15-5) will play host to Saturday's play as well as Tuesday's loser-out game between Chiawana (7-13) and Moses Lake (7-13). The Blue Devils will play the winner at 4 p.m.
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The losers of today's 4 p.m. games face a loser-out contest Saturday morning, while the winner advances to the sub-regional along with the two title game competitors against the Greater Spokane League.
Meanwhile, several interesting situations are developing in the 3A ranks.
Foremost, Southridge (12-0 in league) plays a pair against Kennewick (10-2) at Roy Johnson Field at 4 p.m. The Suns need just one win to secure the league title and No. 1 seed out of the CBBN into the sub-regional -- and the 10-day layoff that comes with it.
If Kennewick sweeps, the Lions win the title; a split and they are second, allowing them to skip Saturday's sub-regional play-in games.
However, if the Lions are swept and Kamiakin (8-4) takes two from Eastmont (7-5) at Dan White Field, then the two Kennewick teams will be tied and have the same quality-win points. That would force a playoff Thursday to determine who skips Saturday's elimination games. The winner would be sitting pretty, while the loser will have burned a pitcher and face a loser-out game against the No. 6 seed, likely to be West Valley (3-9).
Eastmont, which entered the season as one of the league favorites, could finish as high as third with a sweep of the Braves, or as low as fifth if Hanford (6-6) sweeps Pasco (2-10).
The Falcons, meanwhile, could tie Kamiakin for fourth at 8-6 and grab the fourth seed on quality-win points (they split with Eastmont, while the Braves would have to be swept by the Wildcats in this scenario).
Finally, Pasco's postseason hopes are alive but need a lot of help. Not only do the Bulldogs need to sweep Hanford, but they would need winless Sunnyside to sweep West Valley as well.
Kiona-Benton already has the league title and top seed into districts locked up. But the Bears (8-0) can make life interesting for the middle of the pack with a sweep at Royal (4-4) today.
That could create a three-way tie at 4-6 if Connell and River View split their twinbill today at Connell. Without any one team having swept the other two, they would be destined for a playoff to determine the third and fourth seeds into next weeks SCAC tournament.
Columbia-Burbank (5-3) is headed for the No. 2 seed, needing a sweep at Wahluke (1-7) or a split combined with at least a split by Ki-Be with Royal.
The 2A postseason opens Wednesday, with third-seeded Othello (16-4) entertaining No. 6 Ephrata (8-10) and No. 5 Prosser (12-8) playing at No. 4 Ellensburg (13-7). Both games are at 4 p.m. and loser-out.
The winners advance to Saturday's double-elimination games at Ellensburg and have a berth into regionals.