After 2A South Puget Sound League baseball champion Sumner High School defeated Olympic, 8-2, in the West Central District III quarterfinals at Franklin Pierce High School, there was only one thing left for Spartans coach Casey Adcox to say to his team.
“We’re heading back to state, you guys,” he said in a matter-of-fact tone.
This is the fifth consecutive year the Class 2A top-ranked Spartans have punched their ticket to the state playoffs.
“Sumner’s been a school for what, 100 years now. It’s had a baseball program for about 45 years,” Adcox said. “There’s been some great guys who’ve played for the school throughout the years, but I don’t think there’s been a team quite like these guys here.”
Sumner (19-1) will move on to the semifinals against Fife (15-6), which defeated Sequim, 5-0, in the earlier game at Franklin Pierce. The game will be Saturday at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton.
For the Spartans, it begins and ends with the starting pitching, and their win Wednesday was no different as Christian Parsons, a Lower Columbia College commit, dominated the Trojans’ lineup throughout.
Parsons finished with a complete game while striking out four. He was charged with one of Olympic’s two runs.
After Parsons retired the first two hitters he faced, Olympic standout Shane Matheny lit a 1-0 fastball to bring Kipp Cartharius home from second. The rocky first inning was nothing new for Parsons.
“They have some good hitters that can hit me hard. I’m someone who gets stronger as the game goes on,” Parsons said. “I started using my change-up first to set up my fastball.”
Parsons kept the Trojans off-balance to induce 13 groundball outs.
“Nobody competes more out there than Parsons,” Adcox said. “He’s smart and a competitor. He’s one of those guys that get stronger as the game goes by.”
Adcox is relieved his team is heading back to state.
“We’ve been ranked No. 1 in (the) state for five weeks now, so it’s been on their minds,” Adcox said. “I just wanted them to stay focused today and get to state. Now that’s done. We can relax and just focus on our seeding (for state).”
White River 4, Klahowya 2: Pitcher Zach Rohrbach pitched a complete game and struck out eight batters as the Class 2A No. 8-ranked Hornets picked up the West Central District III quarterfinal win.
White River (18-3) will face the winner of Franklin Pierce and North Kitsap in the semifinals.
Gig Harbor 2, Skyview 1: Conor Scanlan’s sacrifice fly brought home Michael Toglia with the winning run in the sixth inning, and the Tides survived a loser-out game at Heritage Field.
Toglia hit a one-out triple to center field in the sixth. Two batters later, Scanlan had the clutch RBI.
The Tides (15-8) will play Union of Camas on Saturday for a berth to the regional playoffs.
4A WCD/SW BIDISTRICT
Kentridge 7, Olympia 3: Kentridge scored five unearned runs, including three in the third inning, to win a 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict loser-out baseball game at Art Wright Field in Kent.
“We didn’t play as well as we did (Tuesday) night,” said Olympia coach Steve Roth, whose team finishes with a 10-13 record.
The Bears went ahead, 1-0, in the first inning on Tyler Wambold’s RBI single, but Kentridge pulled ahead for good with four runs in the third.
3A WCD/SW BIDISTRICT
Shelton 4, Decatur 2: Shelton clinched a regional berth by upsetting top-seeded Decatur.
Shelton (11-13) will face Columbia River at 1 p.m. Saturday in the 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict semifinals at Auburn Mountainview. Shelton’s last state berth was in email@example.com Staff writers Todd Milles and Meg Wochnick contributed to this report.