Saturday Recap: Rain and United Come Out on Top
A busy Saturday in the world of Lewis County sports came up a bit lame thanks to Mother Nature — except for on the pitch.
United, the Toledo-Winlock combination soccer squad, beat Hoquiam 1-0 in Vancouver for the District 4 1A Soccer Tournament championship. Gustavo Barragan scored the game’s only goal in the 38th minute to help United win its second-straight district title. United (17-1, on a 17-game winning streak) now plays at Centralia’s Tiger Stadium on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the first round of the State 1A tournament against Overlake.
Baseball, however, wasn’t so lucky. In District 4 2A tournament action in Chehalis, Columbia River beat Hockinson, 4-1, in the 10 a.m. consolation semifinal, and Centralia and Black Hills got two-thirds of an inning in before the game was called on account of rain. The wet conditions helped the Wolves get four runs in the top of the first inning, and the game will pick up with two outs in the top of the first and Black Hills up 4-0 on Monday, at 3:30 p.m., on the turf field at the RAC in Lacey. The winner will then, theoretically, play Columbia River for third place in the tournament and regional playoff positioning; the third-place team will play its regional games in Centralia, while the fourth-place team will play in Auburn.
Meanwhile, out in Mossyrock, the District 4 2B tournament came within a game of being wrapped up. Kalama beat Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 12-5 in the fifth-place game, and Napavine beat Toutle Lake 5-4 in the third-place game. At that point, however, literal storm clouds shrouded the field and after a half-hour of deliberation tournament officials determined the first-place game between Adna and Wahkiakum would have to be pushed back to Monday at 4:30 p.m. (The players, however, took matters into their own hands and got a pickup game going out in center field.) PWV, as the #6 seed, will play its regional game at Davis HS in Yakima; #5 Kalama will play the District 4 champ in Adna; #4 Toutle Lake will play in Anacortes; #3 Napavine will play in Adna; the eventual runner-up will play in Anacortes; and the district champ will play in Adna. Check out a bracket here.
The tennis folks, meanwhile, finally moved their playoffs indoors for the final day of the Evergreen 2A Conference sub-district girls tournament at Steamboat Island Tennis Center. Centralia’s Rachel Wilkerson beat W.F. West’s Sydney Cameron for the EvCo singles title; Centralia’s Ellie Corwin and Hannah Jeffries beat Tumwater’s Nicole Howard and Mikayla Kee for the doubles title; and WF West’s Megan Wilks and Mya Davis beat a Black Hills duo for third.