Here's a preview of this weekend's 4A and 3A state baseball tournaments at Gesa Stadium in Pasco:
When, whereTickets: Today, Saturday at Gesa Stadium, Pasco
TicketsTickets: All day — $9 adults, $7 seniors (62 and over) and students (age 5-11 or 12-and-over with valid ASB card), free children under 5. All tournament — $15/$10/$10.
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Today: Kamiakin vs. Bishop Blanchet, 10 a.m.; Kelso vs. Eastside Catholic, 1 p.m.; Richland vs. Puyallup, 4 p.m.; Todd Beamer vs. Kentwood, 7 p.m.
Saturday: 3A third-fourth game, 10 a.m.; 4A third-fourth game, 1 p.m.; 3A championship 4 p.m.; 4A championship, 7 p.m.
Richland Bombers (21-5)
Colors: Green and gold
Coach: Ben Jacobs
Last state semifinal: 2011 (third)
Best finish: First (2009, beat Puyallup 4-3; 2007, beat Snohomish 7-3; 2005, beat Skyline 2-1; 1999, beat Hudson’s Bay 5-4)
State history: 21st appearance, 36-17 record, 4 1sts, 2 2nds, 3 3rds, 1 4th
Top players: C Corey Morris, sr. (.359, 2 HR, 15 RBI, 29R); OF Connor Moore, sr. (.354, 4 2B, 3 3B, 18 RBI, 24R); OF Dalton Johnson, sr. (.354, 14 RBI, 15R); P/SS Mason Hilty, jr. (.297, 4 2B, 3 HR, 21 RBI; 10-2, 1.12 ERA, 74.2 IP, 19 BB, 80K, 3 saves); OF Elijah Gardaya, sr. (.294, 18 R); DH Gibson McGeorge, so. (.298, 19 RBI); P Levi Broeske, jr. (8-1, 0.96 ERA, 51.2 IP, 17 BB, 25K)
Take note: Only team in the 4A field not from the South Puget Sound League. ... Bombers are making their sixth consecutive trip to the state semifinals, 10th under Jacobs and 11 overall. Morris is starting in his fifth final four game. ... Pitching and defense have been the cornerstone for Richland, with much of the offense generated with small ball. ... Bombers are 6-0 in postseason.
Colors: Purple and gold
Coach: Marc Wiese
Last state semifinal: 2009 (second, lost to Richand 4-3)
Best finish: Second (2009)
State history: 18th appearance, 7-17 record, 1 2nd
Top players: P/OF Matt Becker, sr. (.469, 7 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 34R, 10 SB; 8-1, 0.29 ERA, 49IP, 28 BB, 64K); 2B Evan Peterson, sr. (.455, 7 2B, HR, 18 RBI, 33R, 17 SB); T. McDowell (.415, 8 RBI, 12R); C/P Brenden Illes, fr. (.408, 12 2B, 25 RBI, 25R); 1B Quinn Rawson, so. (.346, 8 2B, 3 HR, 28 RBI); 3B/P Lee Larson, sr. (.326, 6 2B, 4 3B, 27 RBI, 27R); P Ryan Harris, jr. (8-1, 2.06 ERA, 51IP, 27 BB, 59K).
Take note: Becker was MVP of SPSL South. ... Six player have 17 or more RBIs. ... Beat Issaquah 3-1 in first round of state, then knocked off Lake Stevens 6-5 after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning. ... Have won twice against Beamer and once against Kentwood, and lost once to each team.
City: Federal Way
Colors: Forest Green, navy and silver
Coach: Jerry Peterson
Last state semifinal: Never
Best finish: None
State history: First time
Top players: OF Sam Kosbab, sr. (.371, 6 2B, HR, 18 RBI, 11R); 3B/P Richie Apigo, sr. (.365, 12 RBI, 15R); OF Lawyer Braun, so. (.343, 4 2B, 3 3B, 11 RBI, 13R); SS/P Brett Oyer, sr. (.338, 27R; 2-1, 2.62 ERA, 24 IP, 9 BB, 19K); P Matt Bower, sr. (6-2, 0.50 ERA, 56.1 IP, 17 BB, 81K);
Take note: The Bears are making good on their first trip to the state playoffs since the school was built in 2003. Beamer beat Jackson 4-0 in the first round of state, then knocked off Tahoma 3-2. ... Beat Puyallup 7-2 in district after losing twice to Vikings in regular season. ... Deep and talented pitching staff has eight shutouts this season.
Colors: Blacker, silver and kelly green
Coach: Mark Zender
Last state semifinal: 2010 (first, beat Richland 8-0)
Best finish: First (2010; 2000, beat Kelso 10-2)
State history: 13th appearance, 19-12 record, 2 1st, 2 2nd, 1 3rd, 1 4th
Top players: P Skyler Genger, sr. (.386, 11 RBI); P Taylor Jones, sr.; C Reese McGuire, jr. (.460, 6 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 21R); 2B Cash McGuire, sr. (.469, 11 RBI, 21R, 12 BB, 2 SO); 3B Lucas Gately, sr. (.417, 14 RBI, 20R). Note: Stats are through regular season.
Take note: Finished 19-0 in regular season, then lost 5-4 to Puyallup in SPSL district opener. Bounced back with back-to-back shutouts, including 3-0 vs. Puyallup. ... Conks beat Edmonds-Woodway 3-0 in first round of state and topped Redmond 5-0 in quarterfinals. ... Jones injured groin vs. Redmond and is questionable this weekend.
Kamiakin Braves (17-9)
Colors: Scarlet and gold
Coach: Ryan Carter
Last state semifinal: 2011 (fourth)
Best finish: First (4A 1994, beat South Kitsap 5-1)
State history: 15th appearnace, 19-15 record, 1 1st, 1 2nd, 1 3rd, 2 4th
Top players: P/SS Jesse Houser, sr. (.500, 11 2B, 4 3B, 22 RBI, 23R; 8 SB; 5-1, 3.15 ERA); 3B/SS Drew Oord, sr., (.390, 7 2B, 20 RBI, 27R); C Ty Earley, jr. (.387, 6 2B, 26R); CF Andrew Castillo, sr. (.371, 5 2B, 2 3B, HR, 27 RBI, 7 SB); 3B/1B Nolan Earley, sr. (.348, 12 RBI, 12R); 2B Logan Jackson, sr., (.338, 21R 11 SB); P David Marshall, so. (5-1, 1.78 ERA). Note: Stats are regular season only.
Take note: The Braves have taken the hard road to Gesa, going 5-0 in must-win games. Houser has started four of those games, including three just to get to state. ... Beat Mt. Spokane 11-2 in first round after losing to the Wildcats 1-0 in sub-regional; beat city rival Kennewick 2-0 after losing to Lions 13-3 in district. ... Oord has delivered two walk-off hits in loser-out games.
Colors: Green and gold
Coach: George Monica
Last state semifinal: 1996 (first, beat Selah 10-7)
Best finish: First (1996)
State history: 18th appearance, 12-16 record, 1 1st
Top players: P Max Schwabe, sr.; 3B/P Peter Johnson, sr.; OF/P Eric Kimpton, sr.; P/3B Brian McFaul, sr.; IF Nate Backes, sr.; IF Sam Holberg, so.
Take note: Lost Oregon State-bound pitcher Max Engelbrekt to torn ACL during basketball season and started the year 6-7. Since then, the Braves have won 10 of 12. ... Beat Mountain View 7-5 in first round, then came back from four runs down to top Columbia River 10-9 in quarterfinal.
Colors: Blue and gold
Coach: Scot Meeker
Last state semifinal: 2008 (second, lost to Kennewick 24-12)
Best finish: First (4A 1995, 8-4 over Wenatchee)
State history: 9th apperance, 17-8 record, 1 1st, 2 2nd, 1 3rd, 1 4th
Top players: P/OF Slate Miller, sr.; P/IF Corbin Sims, sr.; P/IF Cobi Johnson, jr.; P/1B Quintin Hakkinen, jr.; SS/2B Taylor Radcliffe, jr.; 2B Cody Rodgers, sr.
Take note: Hilanders entered the postseason as the fourth seed from the Greater St. Helens League but went 4-0 in the bi-district tournament, then knocked off O’Dea (3-0, Johnson 4-hitter) and Mount Si (5-2) in the first two rounds of state, despite being outhit 15-10 in those games. ... Kelso spent spring break down in California, going 5-0 in Anaheim Lion’s Club Tournament.
Colors: Navy blue, orange and white
Coach: Kyle Larsen
Last state semifinal: Never
Best finish: Quartefinals four times (last time in 2007)
State history: 11th appearance, 4-10 record, 0 places
Top players: C/1B Braden Wolgamott, sr. (.362, 3 HR, 20 RBI); 3B/1B Heyden Meier, jr. (.361, 2 HR, 16 RBI); P/C Jeff Kepple, jr. (.358, 29 RBI); SS Jeffrey Bohling, sr. (.347, 9 2B, 2 HR, 18 RBI, 28R, 11 SB); P/OF Alex Foley, jr. (5-1, 1.98 ERA, 53 IP, 49K, 19 BB); P/IF Blake Gillespie, jr. (3-4, 2.53 ERA, 52.2 IP, 48K, 17 BB).
Take note: Have won eight straight since being swept by Bishop Blanchet, including a 6-4 win over Braves in Metro League championship. ... Foley threw two-hit shutout in 1-0 first-round win over Mount Vernon, striking out six and walking none. ... Gillespie threw three-hitter in 5-1 quarterfinal win over Timberline. ... Bohling hit pair of walk-off home runs in extra innings in wins leading up to state, one against Blanchet.