WIAA STATE SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Class 4A tournament at Merkel Sports Complex, Spokane
Class 3A tournament at Regional Athletic Complex, Lacey
Class 2A tournament at Carlon Park, Selah
Defending champions: 4A – Arlington. 3A – Kamiakin. 2A – Selah.
CLASS 4A FIRST ROUND
Gm 1: Newport vs. Bethel, 10 a.m., Field 1
Gm 2: Battle Ground vs. Moses Lake, 10 a.m., F2
Gm 3: Lake Stevens vs. Walla Walla, 10 a.m., F4
Gm 4: Tahoma vs. Redmond, 10 a.m., F5
Gm 5: Woodinville vs. Camas, noon, F1
Gm 6: Todd Beamer vs. Richland, noon, F2
Gm 7: Wenatchee vs. Snohomish, noon, F4
Gm 8: Emerald Ridge vs. Puyallup, noon, F5
Rest of schedule: Friday – Quarterfinals start at 4 p.m. Saturday – Semifinals are at 9 a.m., with the title game set for 5 p.m.
4A tournament skinny: At quick glance, there’s no clear-cut favorite among the 4A ranks, but Snohomish enters Spokane with the field’s top mark of 22-1. Its only loss? To Lake Stevens in the district title game. The Panthers have never won a state title in fastpitch. Two newbies in the bunch -- Battle Ground and Bethel -- could meet in the state quarterfinals should they both win their first-round games. Both squads are making their state tournament debuts. Two Puyallup teams -- Puyallup and Emerald Ridge -- square off in the first round; the teams split their regular-season meeting in the SPSL South Division.
CLASS 3A FIRST ROUND
Gm 1: Ferndale vs. Bainbridge, 9 a.m., Field 1
Gm 2: Liberty vs. Kamiakin, 9 a.m., F2
Gm 3: Shadle Park vs. Mountain View, 9 a.m., F3
Gm 4: Bonney Lake vs. Mount Si, 9 a.m., F4
Gm 5: Columbia River vs. Juanita, noon, F1
Gm 6: Prairie vs. Glacier Peak, noon, F2
Gm 7: Meadowdale vs. University, noon, F3
Gm 8: Holy Names vs. Enumclaw, noon, F4
Rest of schedule: Friday – Quarterfinals start at 4 p.m. Saturday – Semifinals are at 9 a.m., with the title game set for 3:30 p.m.
3A tournament skinny: She might only be a sophomore, but Enumclaw’s Quinn Briedenbach already is one of the state’s premier players, trying to lead the Hornets to their first state title in fastpitch. At 24-0, Enumclaw is the only team in the 16-team field with an undefeated record and Briedenbach is a big reason why: 0.33 ERA with a .550 batting average. But on the other side of the bracket is two-time defending state champion Kamiakin of Kennewick, and the Braves’ only loss to a Washington team is 4A state-bound Richland. University of Spokane, is making its 11th state appearance since 2000, while Ferndale, near the Canadian border, is in state for the first time.
CLASS 2A FIRST ROUND
Gm 1: Othello vs. Sultan, 10 a.m., Field 1
Gm 2: Tumwater vs. Fife, 10 a.m., F2
Gm 3: Anacortes vs. Colville, 10 a.m., F3
Gm 4: White River vs. W.F. West, 10 a.m., F4
Gm 5: Deer Park vs. Orting, noon, F1
Gm 6: Port Angeles vs. Lake Washington, noon, F2
Gm 7: Capital vs. Sequim, noon, F3
Gm 8: Lynden vs. Ellensburg, noon, F4
Rest of schedule: Friday – Quarterfinals start at 4 p.m. Saturday – Semifinals are at 10 a.m., with the title game set for 2 p.m.
2A tournament skinny: How good is W.F. West (22-0)? The Bearcats have shutout their opponents in 17 games while just giving up 31 runs in 22 games. They do it all -- hitting, pitching and defense. Jessica McKay leads the offense with a .593 batting average, and right behind is Ali Graham (.573) and Caitlin Reynolds (.530). Graham and Mattie Boucher, each had 11-0 record in the circle. If all shapes up well, it could be an all-2A EvCo semifinal between the Bearcats and Tumwater, led by Kaylene Glasgo (.549 BA, zero errors in CF) and Jocelyn Glasgo’s 1.94 ERA in the circle. On the other side of the bracket is Lake Washington, which competes in the 3A/2A KingCo. The Kangaroos won the Northwest district tournament.
Tickets: Daily passes are $9 for adults, $7 for students/senior citizens. Tournaments passes are $15/$10.