The Todd Beamer High School baseball team advanced for a shot at the state playoffs with an 11-inning 6-5 consolation victory over Yelm in the 4A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament at Kent’s Art Wright Field.
In the bottom of the 11th with bases loaded, senior shortstop Taylor Davis sent a shot off his bat that landed in the outfield to score the winning run from third base.
“It was great to have him in that position to come up in that spot,” Beamer coach Jerry Peterson said.
Andy McBride earned the win for Beamer. Davis led the offense with four hits and three RBIs.
“It was a pitching battle,” Peterson said, “a clean game for 11 innings. We didn’t walk a batter after the sixth inning.”
The Titans will face Decatur, which ended Emerald Ridge’s season with a 2-0 win Thursday. They beat Decatur in all three regular-season games and now will play for a fourth time at 4 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Puyallup.
“Our kids are excited and play well,” Peterson said. “We’re confident going into every game. It’s been a tough two weeks.”
The Panthers broke a 3-3 tie with two runs in the top of the sixth inning. They advance to face Columbia River, which beat Capital, 11-3, at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heidelberg Park.
Samons struck out 10 in seven innings and allowed just four hits. He also went 1 for 3 with a pair of RBIs as Franklin Pierce advanced in the 2A bidistrict tournament to face Port Angeles in a winner-to-state game at 10 a.m. Saturday at Franklin Pierce.
Washington tied the game at 4 with two runs in the top of the seventh, when Jacob Nelson reached on a throwing error on a ball hit to shortstop.
The Patriots started the season 1-8-1 before ripping off an eight-game win streak to reach the postseason under first-year head coach Jason Stippich.
So when they tied the game in the seventh?
“That’s just been our season, to be honest,” Stippich said. “Comeback kids. It’s been an awesome roller-coaster ride.”
River Ridge advances to face Sammamish in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Franklin Pierce.
Davis is now at 2B Life Christian, but on Thursday the school clinched its second consecutive state berth — the Eagles made state last season with a combined team with Charles Wright Academy.
He sees a few similarities between his current team and those he had at Curtis.
“It might be different competition, but the kids here want to win just as bad,” Davis said.
Life Christian pitcher Drew Joyal was on his way to a one-hit shutout before Wakiakum got a triple and a run in the bottom of the seventh inning.