KENT – The Beamer Titans are saving the celebration.
Sure, getting back to the 4A state softball tournament is a big deal. But not the only goal on their list.
So, when the Titans clinched that state berth Saturday with an 11-1 victory over Emerald Ridge in the quarterfinals of the West Central 4A District tournament, their joy was tempered.
“We are not finished,” Beamer pitcher Maddie Rogers said. “We have more to do.”
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The Titans (19-6) have their sights set on the district championship and play surprising Bethel (15-8) in the semifinals Sunday at 11:30 a.m. back at the King Service Club Ballfields.
The Braves opened the tournament with a 7-1 victory over Tahoma, which was 18-0 at one point in the season, then earned their first-ever ticket to state in fastpitch by beating Gig Harbor, 11-2. Bethel’s only other state appearance in softball was in slowpitch back in 1986.
“I’m just exceptionally excited for the kids,” Bethel coach Rachael Barger said. “They’ve worked hard.”
Puyallup (21-2) and Camas (18-4) also secured state berths and meet in the other semifinal at 11:30. The championship game is set for 2 p.m. Tournament officials moved up the Sunday start times with rain forecast in the afternoon. All games were washed out on Friday.
Rogers was clutch in the circle and at the plate for Beamer Saturday. She was 6 for 8 on the day, smacking a pair of home runs in the opening 9-5 win over Yelm.
“Her bat’s really come on,” coach Brian Hering said. “She struggled early, and worked really, really hard on it. Now that she’s come around with her bat, her pitching is just on fire.”
Anna Olson’s bat was heard loud and clear in Bethel’s two wins as she homered in each game.
And then there was Kentridge’s Brianne Drury, who had two home runs in the same inning to highlight an 11-run outburst in the fifth inning of a loser-out game against Graham-Kapowsin. The Chargers (18-6) wound up winning 14-7.
Tahoma (20-2) bounced back from the loss to Bethel by eliminating Kentwood, 9-4. After managing just five hits against the Braves, three by shortstop Mia Corbin, the Bears piled up 14. Puyallup reached the semis with a 4-2 win over Olympia. The Vikings squeaked by Battle Ground 1-0 in the opening round on a home run by Kylie Perez – their only hit of the game.
3A West Central
Columbia River, Mountain View, Prarie and Enumclaw secured berths to the state tournament after they all reached the semifinals of the 3A West Central District tournament at Sprinker Fields in Spanaway on Saturday.
Columbia River knocked off Kennedy Catholic, 7-3; Mountain View beat Timberline, 4-1; Prairie beat Bonney Lake, 5-2; and Enumclaw defeated North Thurston, 8-0.
Columbia River will face Mountain View while Prairie will face Enumclaw. Both games are at 11 a.m. on Sunday.
Bonney Lake will play Auburn Mountainview and Wilson will meet Timberline in loser-out games on Sunday at 9 a.m. The winners will play for the district’s final state berth at noon on Sunday.