Brewster baseball returns to 2B state

The 2018 Almira/Coulee-Hartline baseball team, which will be playing for the state 1B championship Saturday in Centralia, includes (front, from left) Sean Syth, Chase Gerard, Anthony Giuliani, Cooper Correia, Garrett Heathman, Tim Hahn and Dalton Kentner; (back) Hayden Loomis, Ryan Sample, Brayton Shafer, Parker Zappone, Cooper Harris, Maguire Isaak and Gage Burchill.

YAKIMA — The Brewster High School baseball team reached the 2B Final Four tournament with two wins Saturday at Davis High School.

The Bears take on Adna in a semifinal game at 7 p.m. Friday at Wheeler Field in Centralia.

A familiar foe, Tri-Cities Prep, is on the other side of the bracket. Tri-Cities Prep plays Kalama at 4 p.m.

The Bears knocked off the Jaguars, 12-6, a week earlier for the District 5/6 baseball championship.

Semifinal losers play at 10 a.m. Saturday for third place.

Semifinal winners play at 1 p.m. in the state 2B championship game.

Brewster edged St. George’s of Spokane, 5-3 in the opening round of state on Saturday.

The Bears then blanked Asotin, 4-0, to reach the Final Four.

Joe Taylor (7-1) got the win over St. George’s, striking out five, walking three and giving up two earned runs on eight hits in six innings.

Quincy Vassar shut the door in the seventh with two strikeouts and no hits for his second save this season.

“Very fortunate to have won this game,” Brewster coach Todd Phillips said. “Not often do you make so many mistakes (2 errors) and pull out a win.

“We absolutely crushed the ball; to hit over .500 in a state playoff is ridiculous, but our base running was absolutely atrocious. That is something we pride ourselves in and we spend part of every practice on base running. We just weren’t focused today. We probably ran ourselves out of at least five runs.”

Kade Kelpman, Joe Taylor and Corey Jarrell each doubled for Brewster, which led 4-1 after three innings.

“Besides the fact that the win prolonged the season, I am glad we got it because Brewster needed to beat St. George’s in something,” Phillips said. “They knocked our girls out of title contention in the semis in soccer and basketball boys out in the quarterfinals. It was time to repay the favor. I also had to snap a three-game losing streak I had against them from my Republic days.”

Brewster finished with 12 hits to St. George’s eight hits.

Brewster (5) — McGuire 1-3, SB; Kelpman 2-2, 2B, HBP; Baker RBI; Ramirez 1-3, R; Sonneman 2-3, RBI, BB; Jarrell 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2B, BB; Jarrell 1-2, 2R, RBI, 2B, BB; Vassar 2-2, R, RBI, BB; Taylor 3-3, R, RBI, 2B.

Quincy Vassar (5-1) pitched the quarterfinal game against Asotin, striking out seven, walking two and giving up no earned runs and two hits.

“Quincy absolutely dealt,” Phillips said, noting the Panthers did not get a runner in scoring position (second) until the seventh inning with one out.

“He did not give them anything for free,” Phillips said. “Made them earn it all day. It didn’t hurt that we played good defense behind him.”

Corey Jarrell and Isaac Baker each doubled.

“Our base running was much better this game,” Phillips said. “I felt that we were more focused. Executed when we needed to. Especially am proud of our plate approaches. Drove their starter’s pitch count up early and were able to get to their third guy earlier.”

Brewster finished with six hits and no errors to Asotin’s two hits and two errors.

“We are happy for the kids who have been on the team the past four years, who have suffered the pain of losing that quarterfinal game,” Phillips said. “We stopped a three-year losing streak in that game.”

Brewster (2) — McGuire 1-4, SB; Gebbers 1-3, R; Kelpman BB; Baker 2-3, RBI, 2B, BB; Ramirez R; Sonneman R, RBI, SB, BB, HBP; Jarrell 2-3, R, RBI, 2B, BB; Vassar BB.

College Place2, Okanogan 1

SPOKANE — College Place eliminated Okanogan, 2-1, in the first round of the state 1A tournament May 19 at Ferris High School.

On the other side of the bracket, Freeman shut out Kiona-Benton, 10-0.

Freeman got past College Place, 7-6, to reach the state semifinals May 25 at County Stadium in Yakima.

On the other side of the bracket in quarterfinal games, Connell sent Chelan home, 4-2, while Cashmere won, 7-3, over Naches Valley.

In the quarterfinals, Cashmere blanked Connell, 5-0, to reach the state semifinals.

Cashmere takes on King’s Way Christian at 4 p.m. Friday.

Final state games are Saturday.

Okanogan went up 1-0 in the first inning against College Place.

Hunter Rubert (2-3) led off with a double. He moved to third on a double-play ball and scored on a single by Gage Wilson (2-3).

The Hawks scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, both being unearned.

It was a pitchers’ duel from there, with Wilson (single and stolen base) and Alex Nelson (single, ground ball) being the only players getting into scoring position at second for Okanogan.

College Place (20-3-1), which is near Walla Walla, got a runner to third and another to second as its only scoring threats the rest of the way.

The Bulldogs’ Conner Ashworth struck out four and walked one in the loss in six innings.

“Conner had really good command and was in complete control on the mound,” coach and father Ed Ashworth said. “He stayed down in the zone and his fastball got on batters quick and his slider was simply dirty.”

Okanogan (16-6) finished with six hits and two errors to College Place’s five hits and no errors.

“We had chances to try and score runs but didn’t get any hits,” coach Ashworth said. “We had guys on first and second twice with one out and struck out the next two at bats.

“Defensively, we were pretty good. We had two errors in the first that consisted of a bobble and missed throw that allowed them to score their two runs. After that first inning, both pitchers just went to work, and the defense was just great.”

The Hawks’ Silas Shumate struck out seven and walked one for the win.

“We made the state tournament for the fourth year in a row,” coach Ashworth said. “We have a lot to be proud of. I am extremely proud of my ball club.

“We lose two great seniors in Alex Nelson and Justin Stanley. They really played well this year. What they’ve accomplished over the past four years is awesome. They won 69 games in their four-year careers. I thank them for everything they have done for and meant to our program.”

Okanogan (16-6) finished with six hits and two errors to College Place’s five hits and no errors.

Okanogan (1) — Rubert 2-3, R, 2B; Picard 1-2, BB; Wilson 2-3, RBI; Nelson 1-3.

ACH reaches state 1B championship game

WALLA WALLA — The Almira/Coulee-Hartline baseball team won a pair of state games Saturday and will play in the state 1B championship.

ACH (26-0) will take on Colton (18-7) at 4 p.m. Saturday in the 1B state title game at Wheeler Field in Centralia.

The Warriors finished second last year, falling to Pomeroy, 6-3, in the finals.

Colton won the 1B championship in 2016.

To reach the final game, the Warriors opened state with a 7-1 win over Sunnyside Christian in the quarterfinals at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla.

ACH then blanked Pomeroy, 2-0, in the semifinals.

Pomeroy had topped Odessa, 7-3, in its quarterfinal game.

Colton edged Naselle, 9-6, then won a squeaker, 2-1, over Evergreen Lutheran in the semifinals.

Evergreen Lutheran reached the semis with a 10-4 win over Quilcene at Winlock High School on Saturday.

Against Sunnyside Christian, ACH finished with seven hits and no errors.

The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning to cruise to the win.

ACH’s Ryan Sample struck out six, walked four and gave up no earned runs on three hits.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline (7) — Gerard 1-4, R; Loomis 1-2, 3R, BB, SB, HBP; Kentner 1-3, R, RBI, 2B, HBP; Isaak 1-4, RBI; Schafer BB; Correia 2-4, 2R, 2RBI, SB; Hahn 1-3, 2RBI, SB; Zappone HBP; Guilani SB.

In the shutout against Pomeroy, Dalton Kentner struck out 10, walked to and gave up two hits.

The Warriors pushed across its runs in the top of the first inning.

Almira/Coulee-Hartline (2) — Gerard R, BB, SB; Kentner R, 2BB; Isaak 2-3, RBI, SB.

Liberty Bell, Tonasket fall out of state 2B

WENATCHEE — Liberty Bell and Tonasket fell in their opening games of the state 2B tournament May 19.

Tri-Cities Prep eliminated the Mountain Lions, 12-1, at Wenatchee High School’s Rec Park.

The Jaguars then eliminated Colfax, 5-1, to reach the Final Four at state May 25-26 at Wheeler Field in Centralia.

Wahkiakum knocked out Tonasket, 10-0, at Adna.

Kalama then eliminated Wahkiakum, 5-3.

“We couldn’t get anything going offensively and had three base runners all game,” Tonasket coach Steve Williams said. “Can’t score runs without runners.”

“The positive was that we did not beat ourselves in this one,” coach Williams said. “We made a couple mistakes defensively but that was not the difference in the game at all.

“Ben pitched one of the best games I have seen from him. He only walked one and struck out seven.

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