Results and what they mean from Wednesday’s playoff game
No need for the Skyview Storm to panic.
Sure, they were on the road, in an elimination game. But they are the Skyview Storm, after all. They got this.
Sure enough, the Skyview baseball team saved its season Wednesday and will have two chances to clinch a berth to the state tournament Saturday.
Daniel Copeland, the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League’s Player of the Year, struck out 10 while giving up one earned run, and he also homered and doubled Wednesday, leading the Storm to a 6-2 win over Sumner in the consolation bracket of the Class 4A bi-district baseball tournament at Art Wright Field in Kent.
The Storm advanced to the final four of the consolation bracket — three of those teams will make it to state. Skyview takes on Kentridge at 10 a.m. Saturday and then will play either South Kitsap or Kentlake later in the day. Both games will be played at Heritage Park in Puyallup. The Storm need to win at least one game to advance.
If this all looks familiar, it is for the Storm. The 4A GSHL champions lost in the first round of bi-district last year but rallied to make state and then ended up going to the final four.
Liam Kerr’s two-run single in the second inning gave Skyview the lead for good. Copeland blasted a two-run home run in the fourth, and Ryan Pitts had a two-run single in the sixth for some more breathing room.
Copeland threw 5.1 innings and struck out 10. Pitts finished the game for the save, striking out four.
Here is a link to Skyview’s playoff philosophy, a story that was posted prior to Wednesday’s victory:
4A: Camas’ season came to an end, falling to Kentlake 11-1 Wednesday.
3A: There are no more Clark County teams alive in 3A baseball. Wilson beat 3A GSHL champion Mountain View 6-4 to end the Thunder’s season. Kelso edged Prairie 2-1.
2A: The Hockinson Hawks and Ridgefield Spudders still have a shot, both winning Wednesday in the consolation bracket of the District 4 tournament.
The Hawks scored six runs in the fifth inning, then held off Black Hills for a 12-8 victory in an elimination game. Colton Wheeler drove in three runs, and Canon Racanelli and Caleb Newman each drove in two. Hockinson will take on Tumwater at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Propstra Stadium in the consolation semifinals.
Ridgefield’s Kellen Bringhurst threw a one-hitter in an elimination game as the Spudders ended Columbia River’s season with a 5-1 victory. Bringhurst struck out eight in his complete game. He also had three hits. Ridgefield will face Centralia at 10 a.m. Saturday at Propstra.
The winners of those two games will then face each other for the final berth to state from District 4.
3A: Hudson’s Bay got the shutout Wednesday in an elimination match in the bi-district tournament. The Eagles beat Bethel 4-0. Hudson’s Bay will play next on Saturday against Gig Harbor in Lacey for a berth to state.