The No. 2 seed in the Class 3A South Puget Sound League came down to the final game of the season.
The Sumner High School baseball team can thank Auburn Mountainview, which beat Bonney Lake twice last week to clinch the No. 1 seed and hand the Panthers their first two losses.
The Spartans then handed them their next two losses.
Sumner beat Bonney Lake twice in as many days — closing out with a 9-2 victory Tuesday evening — to claim second place.
“We want to be playing well going into the playoffs, that’s for sure,” Sumner coach Casey Adcox said. “When you’re playing your league rival, that’s like playoff baseball right there.
“We rose to the challenge.”
With the win, Sumner (15-5; 11-3 3A SPSL) will play 3A Narrows League No. 5 seed Capital (11-9; 8-6 4A Narrows) in the first round of the 3A West Central/Southwest bidistrict tournament at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kelso High.
The loss moves Bonney Lake (15-5; 10-4) to third place in the 3A SPSL, and the Panthers will play Wilson (11-8; 9-5 3A Narrows) at 10 a.m. Saturday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.
Unlike Monday’s game that took extra innings for Sumner to win 1-0, the Spartans came out firing in the first inning against Bonney Lake when designated hitter Johnny Staley laced a single into left field that scored Collin Wolf from second.
The Spartans scored two more runs in the second, with Nathan Harrell driving in a run on a single to push Sumner’s lead to 3-0.
“I think the kids came out and played loose, but they knew what they had to do,” Adcox said. “They executed and with a little bit of pressure off — that’s good going into the playoffs.”
The Spartans piled on five more runs in the fourth after Bonney Lake gifted Sumner with seven bases behind five walks, an error and a hit batter. Noah Massey drove in the fourth and fifth runs of the inning with a single to push the lead to 8-0.
“You know, we just didn’t come out here ready for them today,” Panthers coach Mike Olson said. “Feel sorry for us for yesterday’s loss as we came out ready to play. Not today because we didn’t play like I’ve seen them play this year.”
Rogers 3, Decatur 2: Troy Johnston broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run single in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Rams to the No. 4 seed out of the 4A SPSL to the 4A West Central District tournament.
Johnston finished 2 for 4, scoring a run and driving in two. Jake Talbot allowed two runs (one earned) and four hits and six innings for Rogers.
The win pits the Rams (14-6; 9-3 4A SPSL South) against the SPSL’s No. 2 seed in the district tournament. The Puyallup and Todd Beamer game for the league’s No. 1 berth to the district playoffs was postponed to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Kent Memorial Park because of rain. The loser of that game would then play Kentwood for the league’s No. 2 and 3 seeds.
Decatur continues its play in the SPSL tournament at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Kent Memorial Park for the No. 4 or 5 seeds.