Look ahead: Playoffs begin Saturday for some spring sports

Baseball and soccer reach final stages of season

There is no time to relax. It is playoff time.

For some teams, in fact, Saturday brings an opportunity to qualify for state.

Yes. State.

The Mountain View baseball team, for example, plays one game Saturday and if the Thunder prevail, they will qualify for the Class 3A state tournament.

Andrew Gulliford of Mountain View is back safely to the bag in a game earlier this season. Gulliford and the Thunder are hoping to qualify for the Class 3A state baseball tournament with a win Saturday in the bi-district tourney at Propstra Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz
Andrew Gulliford of Mountain View is back safely to the bag in a game earlier this season. Gulliford and the Thunder are hoping to qualify for the Class 3A state baseball tournament with a win Saturday in the bi-district tourney at Propstra Stadium. Photo by Mike Schultz

Evergreen’s baseball team also has a chance to make it to state Saturday but would have to win back-to-back games.

Meanwhile, the Columbia River boys soccer team opens the Class 2A District 4 tournament Saturday. The Chieftains are the defending state champions.

Here is a look ahead, featuring the teams from Clark County that have qualified for the postseason.

Class 4A

Baseball: The Camas Papermakers won the 4A Greater St. Helens League title and will play Tuesday at Propstra Stadium in a 4A bi-district tournament. Camas takes on Auburn Mountainview, with the winner qualifying for state and advancing to the bi-district semifinals. The loser falls into the consolation bracket.

Skyview, No. 2 in the league, has to win back-to-back loser-out games, with the first game on Tuesday, to get to the final four of the consolation bracket. From there, three of those teams will make it to state.

Union plays Saturday in a loser-out, then must win two more loser-out games next week to reach the final four of the consolation bracket.

Boys Soccer: The Skyview Storm repeated as league champions. They will play Thursday in a winner-to-state, loser-out match in the bi-district.

Camas, the No. 2 team from the league, also plays Thursday but must win that match and another on May 11 to advance to state.

Union, No. 3, plays Tuesday in a loser-out contest. If the Titans win, they will play another loser-out game on Thursday, with the winner qualifying for state.

Softball: Battle Ground is in control of the league, which will continue into next week. The bi-district play-in games are May 14, with the rest of the bi-district starting on May 17.

3A

Baseball: Mountain View cruised to the 3A GSHL title with a 14-1 record. With the league title, the Thunder advance directly to the bi-district quarterfinals. The Thunder will play Bethel or Peninsula at 4 p.m Saturday at Propstra Stadium. The winner of that game goes to the bi-district semifinals and also qualifies for state. The loser would fall into the consolation bracket and must win three in a row to go to state.

Evergreen finished second in the 3A GSHL and also has a chance to make it to state on Saturday. The Plainsmen would have to win two in a row. They face Capital in Tacoma at 11 a.m. and would play again at 2:15 p.m. if they win. A loss in either game sends Evergreen to the consolation bracket.

Boys Soccer: Mountain View went 9-0-1 in league play to claim the top seed. The Thunder will play Monday or Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the bi-district. The winner of that match qualifies for state. A loss would mean a trip to the consolation bracket and the need to win two in a row.

Prairie, the No. 2 seed, and Evergreen, the No. 3 seed, are in loser-out matches Saturday. Winners advance to the bi-district quarterfinals.

Softball: Mountain View has already clinched the top seed from the 3A GSHL with a week to play in the regular season. The bi-district softball tournament begins May 16.

2A

Baseball: The Columbia River Chieftains went 11-1 in league play to take the title. They will open up the District 4 tournament on Tuesday against Centralia. This is a traditional eight-team, double-elimination tournament. The two teams that reach the championship game will advance to state, and the surviving team in the consolation bracket will join them. Ridgefield and Woodland are in the tournament, as well.

Boys Soccer: Undefeated Columbia River (and defending state champion) is the big favorite but that also means it has the biggest target as postseason begins. The Chieftains open the District 4 tournament with a home match at 2 p.m. Saturday against W.F. West. Like baseball, this is a traditional eight-team, double-elimination tournament. Woodland and Ridgefield are also in this tournament.

Softball: Woodland, the defending state champion, and Ridgefield play today in a key regular-season contest. But the league has a week to play still. Both of these teams will be in the district tournament, which begins May 16.

1A

Baseball: Columbia White Salmon is the league champion. La Center and King’s Way Christian have also advanced to the district tournament, which begins play on Monday.

Boys Soccer: Winlock-Toledo is the league champion. Seton Catholic is the No. 2 seed. The district tournament begins Monday.

Softball: Castle Rock is in control in league play, which continues through next week. The district tournament begins May 15.

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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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