HS sports: La Center, King’s Way to battle in baseball today

Plus notes on more baseball, soccer and softball

King’s Way Christian, the defending state champion, will need a win today to defend its league title.

The La Center Wildcats are hoping to spoil that party and take the league crown all to themselves.

Hayden Williamson of La Center scored the winning run Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader against King’s Way Christian. The two teams play again today in a crucial Trico League matchup. Photo by Mike Schultz
Hayden Williamson of La Center scored the winning run Tuesday in the first game of a doubleheader against King’s Way Christian. The two teams play again today in a crucial Trico League matchup. Photo by Mike Schultz

Oh, and White Salmon will have a say as well.

It is the final day of high school baseball’s regular season, and the Trico League could finish in a three-way tie.

Or La Center could win today.

La Center travels to King’s Way Christian for a 4 p.m. game. The Wildcats have already clinched at least a share of the title, sitting at 9-2 in league play. King’s Way Christian is 8-3. Earlier this week, the two teams split a doubleheader.

Meanwhile, White Salmon will be taking on Castle Rock, also trying to get to 9-3.

All three teams will be going to the district tournament next week. Here are the scenarios:

*All finish 9-3: The teams will have gone 3-3 against each other, so it would be a true tie. League administrators have determined the seeding if such an event takes place but are waiting to release that information until after Friday’s games.

*La Center beats King’s Way Christian: La Center wins league title outright. White Salmon is No. 2 and King’s Way Christian is No. 3.

*King’s Way Christian beats La Center and White Salmon loses: La Center and King’s Way share the league title but King’s Way Christian gets the top seed by going 2-1 vs. La Center.


3A baseball: Mountain View cruised to the Class 3A Greater St. Helens League title and will open the postseason at 10 a.m. Saturday at Propstra Stadium in the bi-district tournament. The Thunder will take on Yelm.

Mountain View will play again at 4 p.m Saturday either at Propstra Stadium or on its home field, depending on the result of the first game. The Thunder hope to stay at Propstra, in the winner’s bracket, to take on the winner of Mt. Tahoma-Capital. Of the four teams playing in Vancouver on Saturday, the one team that goes 2-0 will clinch a berth to state. The one team that goes 0-2 will be eliminated. The two teams that go 1-1 will remain alive in the consolation bracket next week.

Evergreen, the second-place team from the 3A GSHL, takes on Shelton at 1 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Park in Puyallup. The Plainsmen will play again at 4 p.m. Two wins in a row will send Evergreen to state.


4A baseball: Skyview had little trouble winning the 4A GSHL this year and will open the 4A bi-district tournament Tuesday. The Storm host Todd Beamer at 7 p.m., with the winner advancing to the bi-district semifinals and a berth to state. The loser of that game will remain alive in consolation.

Camas, the No. 2 seed from the GSHL, will head to Heritage Park in Puyallup. The Papermakers would need to win two in a row in this tournament in order to have a chance to make it to state.

Battle Ground will play Saturday in a play-in game to bi-district. The Tigers take on Decatur at noon Saturday at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way.


2A baseball: R.A. Long won the 2A GSHL and is the top seed.

Ridgefield, No. 2, will host Tumwater at 4:30    p.m. Tuesday in the opener of the district tournament. Hockinson, No. 3, travels to Centralia, and Columbia River, No. 4, will be at W.F. West. Woodland is in a play-in game at Black Hills at 1:30 p.m.Saturday.



4A soccer: Skyview prevailed in a tight race for the 4A GSHL crown. The Storm will get a first-round bye in the bi-district and will host a match Thursday for a berth to state.

Union topped Heritage 4-2 Thursday night to tie the Timberwolves for second place. Both will play in Olympia, against North Puget Sound League opponents, in the first round Tuesday.


3A soccer: Evergreen is the 3A GSHL champion. The Plainsmen earned a first-round bye at bi-district and will not play again until May 12, with a berth to state on the line

Mountain View finished second and also earned a bye. The Thunder, like the Plainsmen, will play May 12.

Hudson’s Bay finished third and will play in Lacey in a loser-out, first-round match Wednesday.


2A soccer: Columbia River went undefeated in 2A GSHL play, capping a 16-0 overall regular-season record. The Chieftains open the district tournament at 5 p.m. Saturday against Washougal at Kiggins Bowl. (Washougal won the play-in match Thursday with a 4-1 victory over Centralia.)

Woodland, the No. 2 seed, will host Tumwater at noon Saturday.

Ridgefield, the No. 2 seed, goes on the road for a 1 p.m. match at Aberdeen.


Trico soccer: La Center, the No. 4 seed in the 1A district tournament, hosts No. 5 Elma in a loser-out match at 6 p.m. Tuesday.


4A softball: The softball regular season still has a few games left on its schedule. Camas leads the 4A GSHL with a 7-2 record. Battle Ground and Skyview are both a game back.

3A softball: Kelso is in control at 8-0. Prairie is in second place at 6-2.

2A softball: The Ridgefield-Woodland rivalry is intense. The Spudders took down Woodland earlier this week 4-3 in extra innings, avenging a loss to the Beavers the previous week. That leaves both teams with one loss. Don’t be surprised to see these teams tied for first at the end of the regular season.



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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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