Pitching and defense have been hallmarks for the Sumner High School baseball team this season as it rolled to a No. 1 state ranking and into the Class 2A regional championship game against Anacortes on Saturday at Yelm High School.
The pitching was as advertised in the final — senior Logan Christensen allowed no Anacortes hits. But the Spartans committed two throwing errors on one sixth-inning play that led to a run, giving the Seahawks a 1-0 upset victory and a berth in the 2A state semifinals next week in Yakima.
“We got no-hit today,” Anacortes coach Kevin Matthews said. “Baseball is a funny game sometimes.”
Anacortes junior Jordan Neville drew a one-out walk in the sixth, the last of four free passes issued by Christensen.
When Neville tried to steal second base, Spartans catcher Bryan Adkins’ throw skipped into the outfield. Center fielder Tysen Fischlin’s throw to third to catch the advancing Neville sailed into the dugout, allowing the runner to trot home.
Defense “has kind of been the rock for us,” Sumner coach Casey Adcox said. “To lose the game that way … that’s baseball. We’ve been the beneficiary at times. Today, they were.”
The game was a pitching duel between two left-handers. Christensen struck out seven and hit a batter along with the four walks. Sumner managed three hits and one walk off Anacortes junior Matt Irving but never mounted a serious threat.
After his team staked him to the slimmest of leads, Irving retired the Spartans in order in the sixth and seventh innings.
Anacortes (17-9), which defeated W.F. West, 10-3, in a morning game to earn its spot in the regional final, will play a state semifinal game at County Stadium in Yakima.
Sumner finished its season at 23-2.
Tumwater 3, White River 1: The Hornets were denied their first regional victory since 2002 after Garrett Terrell pitched a no-hitter into the fifth inning to lead the Thunderbirds.
Tumwater’s Keenan Milligan hit a home run and a triple.
White River ended its season at 19-6 and challenged Sumner for the 2A South Puget Sound League regular-season title until the final day of the season, only to take second.
Archbishop Murphy 3, Fife 2: The Trojans start one senior, and it showed.
ATM scored its runs on a wild pitch and what Fife coach Shane Nixon said were two textbook double play balls that instead resulted in a pair of force outs and runs scored as the Trojans lost in the regional round for the second consecutive season.
Fife’s Connor Anderson and Daniel Peugh each had two hits. Jaden Hassell, who scored the tying run, reached second base with two outs in the seventh but was stranded there to end the game.
“I told them afterward, ‘The worst thing a coach can say is thank you, but you underclassmen, you know what it takes to get here,’ ” Nixon said. “We have to work on stuff, but I believe we will be back.”
Woodland 5, Life Christian/Charles Wright 3: The first-year experiment that was the combined Life Christian and Charles Wright team came to an end as Woodland escaped regionals.
Woodland, which later beat South Whidbey, 1-0, to advance to the final four and improve to 23-1, used an unfortunate play to do so.
LCA/CWA scored first with a run in the top of the third inning, but Woodland tied it the bottom half of the inning and went ahead after a two-out fly ball to right field went off the LCA/CWA right fielder’s glove and allowed two runs to score.
Coach Gregg Leach said he doubted the schools would combine to form a team next year.
“We would love to, but it’s probably not going to happen,” Leach said. “Life Christian is going down a class, and a couple Nisqually (league) coaches weren’t too happy about it.”
Staff writer TJ Cotterill contributed to this report.