Playoff round-up

NORTH CENTRAL WASHINGTON – Baseball, fastpitch softball and boys soccer playoffs are underway, and while neither Tonasket nor Oroville are involved, the Tigers’ soccer squad can at least take some satisfaction in knowing they made their mark against a couple of state tournament-bound squads.

Manson and Okanogan, teams Tonasket tied and defeated, respectively, this season, are both playing first-round state 1A/2B games this week after both survived 1A/2B tri-district tournament play.

Okanogan defeated Manson 5-3 in May 12 at the Wenatchee Apple Bowl in the district’s third and fourth place contest. Manson won its first tournament game, 5-0 over Colville, then lost 2-0 to Cascade in the semifinal. Okanogan edged Lakeside 2-1 to open tournament play, then fell 7-0 to Chelan in the semi. Cascade beat Chelan in the championship game. The CTL claimed three of the state tournament’s 16 spots.

In 1A District 6/7 play, unbeaten Cashmere was the lone CTL survivor after beating Lakeside 4-2 in the district semifinal and Colville 8-2 for the championship. The Bulldogs open regional play with a loser-out game against Royal on May 19. Cascade lost to Colville 7-6 and upstart Okanogan lost to Lakeside 8-1 in loser-out contests.

The Central Washington League’s North and South divisions played off for their four state tournament berths. Lake Roosevelt bounced back from a 1-0 opening-round loss to Riverside Christian to defeat Kittitas 12-2 in a loser-out contest, then took down Brewster 11-3 in a seeding game for third and fourth. Brewster lost its opening-round game, 5-2 to Kittitas, but eliminated Liberty Bell 8-0 in a loser-out game before falling to the Raiders in the seeding contest on May 12.

Omak gave heavily-favored Cascade all it could handle May 12 in the CTL’s District 6 tournament, giving up a run in the seventh to fall 5-4 to the Kodiaks. Okanogan defeated Chelan in the other semifinal before losing to Cascade in the championship, 16-2. Chelan eliminated Omak from post-season play, 8-4. Chelan, Okanogan and Cascade advance to District 6/7 play this weekend.

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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