Ed Knaggs has remarked often this spring about how quickly the prep baseball season flashes by.
The Wenatchee baseball coach has led the Panthers onto the field for 12 regular-season game dates since March 15, and will do so again today in the postseason.
Further south, the Ephrata Tigers will begin their postseason journey at Othello on Wednesday.
Wenatchee will play a single loser-out contest against the Davis Pirates at 1 p.m. at Richland High School.
The winner of that game plays the host Bombers for a berth in the Big Nine/GSL sub-regional.
The Panthers were swept by both Davis and Richland in the regular season.
Ephrata visits Othello on Wednesday for a loser-out contest at 4 p.m.
The Huskies beat the Tigers in single games on April 19 and April 26.
Here are brief looks at both matchups:
Wenatchee vs. Davis
Records: Wenatchee 7-12, 4-8; Davis 11-9, 6-6.
Coaches: Wenatchee, Ed Knaggs. Davis, Pete Orgill.
Key players: Wenatchee, C.J. Gettman, jr., 1B/P; Colby Adamek, sr., SS. Davis, Markus McClurkin, sr., 2B; Jens Jensen, jr., 1B/P.
Previous matchups: Davis swept Wenatchee 14-2 and 7-2, April 22 at Rec Park.
Wenatchee key to victory: Defensive issues have plagued the Panthers all season, and they made eight errors in the two games against Davis. Gettman gets the start over talented but erratic sophomore Dustin Driver, but the whole staff will be available.
Ephrata vs. Othello
Records: Ephrata 9-11, 8-10; Othello 16-4, 14-4.
Coaches: Ephrata, Jason Laugen. Othello, Larry Gonzalez
Key players: Ephrata: Josh Snider, sr., P/1B/C; Chandler Gribble, fr., C/P. Othello: Mando De Leon, sr., P/3B; Caleb Garza, jr., SS/P.
Previous matchups: Othello beat Ephrata 8-2 on April 29 and again 6-2 on April 26.
Ephrata key to victory: Laugen said that Othello can be a streaky team, but if the Huskies get hot at the right time it could mean trouble for the Tigers, who have been shaky on the mound and in the field at times this season. Snider and De Leon square off in a matchup of staff aces.
Monday’s prep roundup
Big Nine boys 4A Pod
Call it a scouting mission.
The Wenatchee boys golf team placed third in its final Big Nine 4A pod of the regular season on Monday, but more important to Panther coach Stan Opp was his team getting familiar with the nooks and crannies of Moses Lake Country Club.
The district tournament will be held on that course in two weeks.
“We wanted to get used to the course and learn where not to put the ball,” said Opp. “Some of the kids had a hard time adjusting. The greens were pretty fast.”
Randy McNair of the host Chiefs won the event, firing a 70. Richland won the team title.
Chase Miller was Wenatchee’s top finisher, carding an 81 that tied for sixth.
Miller, who went to the state tournament last season, is gearing up for another postseason run.
“He’s been there before, so we’re hoping he can handle the pressure,” Opp said. “Some kids succumb to the pressure at this time, but he’s been OK with it.”
Big Nine girls 4A Pod
The Wenatchee girls golf team placed fourth out of five full teams at Sun Willows Monday in the fifth league-wide tournament of the spring.
The day’s proceedings were shortened to nine holes after wind and rain swept over the par-72 course.
Jordan Takasugi carded a 42 over the front nine to place fifth overall.
The top three spots were occupied by golfers from first-place Richland.
Kristin Strankman and Mary McDonald tied atop the leaderboard, each shooting 38.
Jesús Sanchez scored two goals as the Manson Trojans routed the Liberty Bell Mountain Lions 7-0 on the road Monday.
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