CASTLE ROCK — For the Montesano Bulldog baseball team, the wins just keep coming.
After taking their only loss of the season at districts to Woodland, they finished in third place in the Southwest Washington 1A District Championships. Advancing into the regional to state bracket they drew Mount Baker and had another decisive win 11-1. In the afternoon of May 18, the second game, the Bulldogs again faced the team that had initially pushed them backwards, Woodland.
Montesano was able to score off a bases loaded situation with two outs in their first at bats. Woodland evened the score at 1-1 advancing a runner to third on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a fielder’s choice.
The game was locked through the next three innings until Montesano bats found a way through the Beaver infield. Drawing a pair of walks and a Tucker Ibabao bunt, the Bulldogs found themselves in a bases loaded situation. Still hitting the short ball, Elliot Mendenhall reached on an error that also scored two runs. Next to bat, Layne Bruner, launched a ball through and out of right field, clearing the bases and scoring an additional three runs. The Bulldogs were able to blank the Beavers for the rest of the game. Bruner, working the mound struck out nine Beaver batters during the game opposed to the Woodland pitcher, Trevor Huddleston, with six, each walking four.
The Bulldogs tagged another three runs at their last at bats in the seventh making the final 9-1 and advancing to meet Tenino in the semi-finals of state scheduled for May 24 in Yakima.
With the bracket now down to the final four teams, one more Montesano win will place them in the final to face the winner of the Cascade vs. Cashmere game the following day.
The championship game is scheduled for 4 p.m. and the consolation bracket determining third and fourth will be 10 a.m.