As a handful of South Kitsap players solemnly lingered in their dugout, Brooks Hanson and his Skyview teammates celebrated on the field...
PASCO — As a handful of South Kitsap players solemnly lingered in their dugout, Brooks Hanson and his Skyview teammates celebrated on the field by jumping into each other and taking pictures.
“Give me a second,” said Hanson, a junior pitcher, who needed a few moments to catch his breath.
There was a lot to celebrate, most prominent of which was this: Skyview of Vancouver captured the school’s first state title in baseball by defeating South Kitsap 8-5 in Saturday’s Class 4A state championship game. The Storm also hadn’t won a playoff game before this year.
“I just love being a part of history,” Hanson said.
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Hanson pitched four scoreless innings of relief after South Kitsap put up five runs against Skyview’s starter, Mavericq Yamaguchi, in the first three innings.
Hanson entered the game with a one-run lead and made sure he protected it. Skyview scored six runs in the second inning and took advantage of nine South Kitsap errors in the game; Skyview also committed three errors in a wild game.
Avery Schmidt led Skyview with two RBI, while Ian Hamilton added three hits and an RBI.
Tyler Ludlow led South Kitsap, which had 11 hits as a team, with three hits and an RBI. Logan Knowles pitched 5-2/3 innings of relief, holding Skyview to six hits and two runs.
Kentridge 4, Kentwood 3
The Chargers took a 10-0 loss to Skyview on the chin in Friday’s Class 4A semifinal, but quickly regrouped to beat rival Kentwood for third place.
“We’ve had a classy group of guys all year long that have shown a lot of pride,” Kentridge coach John Flanigan said, “and I knew we would come out and fight.
“It just shows a lot of heart, a lot of pride.”
Joel Condreay got Kentridge on the board with an RBI double in the second inning. Travis McGuire then tacked on two more runs with another double in the fourth inning, which gave Kentridge a 3-2 lead.
Joe Wainhouse clubbed an RBI triple in the top of the seventh inning, which proved to be a vital run.
Kentwood struggled to get much going offensively after using a Kentridge error in the first inning to score a run. Bit after Kellen Wilson’s sacrifice fly cut Kentridge’s lead to one in the fourth inning, the Conquerors had perhaps their best chance in the bottom of the seventh.
Wilson and Kramer Sims, the first two hitters of the seventh, reach base for Kentwood. Michael Ciancio drove in a run with a deep sacrifice fly. That made the score 4-3 and left the tying run on second base with two outs.
Reese McGuire, Kentwood’s catcher and a future first-round draft pick, stepped to the plate, but only briefly as Kentridge intentionally walked him. That brought up Tanner Wessling, who flied out to center to end the game.
Sam Dacus pitched all seven innings for Kentridge and gave up six hits and just two earned runs.
“Sammy did a great job keeping them off balance,” Flanigan said. “They didn’t get a lot of good swings at it.”
Kentridge, which lost to Kentwood twice during the regular season, made the final four of the state tournament for the first time since 1991, when the Chargers also finished third.
“To come in here and get a trophy, and beating those guys on top of it, it was a great season,” Flanigan said. “It’s a great building block for our program.”