SPOKANE — All season long, the defending 1A state champion Cashmere baseball team has been defeating its opponents by big margins.
On Saturday, however, the Bulldogs had to win two one-run games to claim the Caribou Trail League/Northeast A League Bi-District championship.
Cashmere beat Chewelah 10-9 in its first game to clinch a state berth, then defeated Colville 4-3 in the district championship game to earn the district’s top seed.
The Bulldogs will play Bellevue Christian at 1 p.m. Saturday at Eastmont High School.
“I couldn’t be happier with how we dealt with adversity,” said Cashmere coach Jeff Carlson. “We didn’t play our best baseball, and we had to play some people out of positions due to injuries and other things, but we found a way to win. We showed a lot of character in how we were able to deal with everything.”
In the first game, Cashmere built a 6-1 lead after five innings and held on for the victory despite giving up eight runs to Chewelah in the final two frames. Nick Tarver earned the save for winning pitcher Colton Loomis, who pitched five innings and struck out six despite nursing a sore ankle.
Kyle Weiler had three hits, including a fifth-inning home run, for the Bulldogs.
Against Colville, Cashmere was without the services of catcher Tyler McNair, who was ejected from the first game. But Tarver threw a complete game, striking out nine, and Trenton Johnson’s sixth-inning single scored Tarver with what proved to be the winning run.
Class 2B districts
Warden and Kittitas will face off for the district championship at Dan White Field on Tuesday after defeating Riverside Christian and Brewster, respectively on Saturday afternoon.
Warden thumped Riverside Christian 15-0 in the first semifinal, and the Coyotes needed nine innings to upset Brewster 6-4 in the other half of the bracket.
The loser of the Warden-Kittitas game will play the winner of the Brewster-Riverside Christian matchup for the the second and third seeds to the state tournament.
Brewster 3, Cascade 2, OT
Brewster won the tri-district title with an overtime victory Saturday.
The Bears advance to state as the No. 1 seed from the tri-district and will host Royal in the first round. Tri-district runner-up Cascade will host Highland in first-round action.
Okanogan 3, Warden 0
Okanogan shut out Warden in an elimination game at the Apple Bowl on Saturday to grab the third seed from the tri-district tournament.
The Bulldogs will go on the road to face Wahluke in first-round state tournament action Tuesday.
Class 4A districts
Wenatchee’s Hudson Barnhart and Clint Vidano both made it through to the semifinals at Yakima’s Kissel Park on Saturday, and are on a crash course to meet for the title when the tournament resumes today.
Barnhart and Vidano both breezed through their first three matches on Saturday.
“We’re fully expecting them to play each other, but we’re after bigger fish than the district title,” Wenatchee coach Ron Zielinski said of his dynamic duo. “I promised Clint he could play singles this year after I talked him into doubles a couple of times in the past.
“They’re both hyper-competitive guys, so they both want to win, but they know they’re teammates, too.”
Wenatchee also has a pair of doubles teams in today’s semifinal round.
The Panthers’ No. 1 duo, Nick Mandelis and Lucas Tilly, won 6-0, 6-0 in both matches Saturday after a first-round bye.
The No. 2 team of Nathaniel Noyd and Scott Willis won three matches in straight sets.
Class 3A districts
Justin Yusi went 2-1 in singles play Saturday to advance to the play-backs, as did the doubles team of Aaron Lince and Josh Waterhouse. They need one more win to secure a top-six finish, and can still place as high as third.
Class 4A districts
Wenatchee No. 1 singles player Alexa Glomb and the doubles team of Eve Hansen and Kim Willis both lost in quarterfinal matches on Saturday. They’ll have to win today to stay in the tournament at Kissel Park.
Class 3A districts
Bekah Waterhouse won three matches without losing a game Saturday to advance to the semifinals in the girls 3A singles bracket.
Natalie Merrill is also still alive in the singles playback bracket, and the doubles team of Sarah Waterhouse and Shannon O’Rourke will also be in action when play resumes at 11 a.m. Tuesday.
Class 1A districts
Despite heavy rains across the region, the Caribou Trail League’s softball disticts was the only event to get washed out.
The first option would be to make up the games today in Chelan, but those fields were partially underwater Saturday and it was not known at press time if they would be playable today.
World sports writers Brian Adamowsky and Corey Voegele contributed to this report.