Peninsula the top seed in state fastpitch tournament
The Peninsula High fastpitch team won the District 3/4 championship on Saturday, May 20, at the Regional Athletic Complex in Lacey.
The Seahawks will return to the RAC next weekend — this time as the No. 1 seed in the state fastpitch tournament.
Gig Harbor also qualified for the state tournament after earning fifth place at the district tournament. The Tides are seeded ninth in the 20-team field.
Both Peninsula (against either No. 17 Yelm or No. 16 Juanita) and Gig Harbor (against No. 8 Cascade) open state tournament play at 11 a.m. Friday, May 26, at the RAC.
If both the Seahawks and Tides win, the two would play each other at 3:30 p.m. The two teams finished first and second in the South Sound Conference, with Peninsula prevailing in both head-to-head matchups by scores of 7-1 and 16-8.
The Seahawks (22-2) won the district title with a 2-0 win over Bonney Lake on May 20. Earlier in the tournament, the Seahawks beat Yelm 12-3, Evergreen 4-1 and River Ridge 13-0.
Gig Harbor (16-8) beat Thomas Jefferson 15-6 in its district opener before falling to Bonney Lake, 11-1. In consolation bracket games on Saturday, the Tides defeated Auburn Mountainview 10-1 and Timberline 6-4.
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Gig Harbor soccer ousted
A spectacular season by the Gig Harbor boys soccer team came to an abrupt and surprising end on Friday, May 19.
The Tides — seeded second into the state tournament and ranked No. 1 in the WIAA’s RPI index — lost in the first round at state to Liberty of Renton by a 3-0 score. It was a stunning result for a Gig Harbor team that entered the game 19-0 on the season, having outscored its opponents 92-14.
Look for more in the next Sports Beat column on Friday.