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BASEBALL: Beamer headed to the Class 4A Final Four after two state wins
The Todd Beamer baseball team is heading across the mountains to play in the Class 4A State Semifinals.
The Titans (18-6) assured themselves a spot in the state's final four with two wins Saturday at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma over Jackson and Tahoma. Beamer shut out Jackson, 4-0, and slipped by South Puget Sound League foe Tahoma in the quarterfinal nightcap, 3-2.
The Titans will now travel to Pasco's Geza Stadium where they will see another familiar face. Beamer will take on the Kentwood Conquerors at 7 p.m. Friday in the second semifinal game. The Puyallup Vikings, another SPSL team, will take on perennial power Richland in the first semifinal at 4 p.m.
Beamer and senior left-hander Matt Bower dominated the Jackson Timberwolves in their first-ever state tournament game Saturday morning at Heidelberg. Bower, who is bound for Washington State University, struck out 11 and threw a complete-game four-hitter against last year's state runner-up from Mill Creek.
The victory improved Bower's season record to 6-2 and lowered his already-miniscule earned-run average to 0.50. He has allowed four earned runs in 56 1/3 innings pitched and is slated to take the ball against Kentwood on Friday.
Bower got all the offense he would need in the third inning when they tallied a single run. The Titans added three insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth. Pinch-hitter Taylor Davis led off the inning with a walk, which started the three-run inning. After consecutive bunt singles, Richie Apigo collected an RBI on his only hit to make it 4-0.
Lawyer Braun finished 1 for 3 with a run and Brett Oyer was 1 for 4 with a run.
Against Tahoma, the Titans got another huge game from Oyer, Beamer's senior shortstop. Oyer finished 3 for 4 at the plate and threw 3 2/3 shutout innings in relief to earn the victory. It was the third time Tahoma (17-7) and Beamer have played in the baseball postseason, with the Titans winning two of three, including Saturday's loser-out contest.
Beamer took a 2-0 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the third inning, the last coming on an RBI single by Oyer.
But the Bears responded with two runs of their own in the bottom of the third on a two-run home run from Jason Smith to tie the game.
Oyer came in for Beamer starter Scott Sunitsch in the fourth inning and hand-cuffed the high-power Tahoma offense the rest of the day. He gave up just two hits in his 3 2/3 innings of work.
Jarred Prather tallied the game-winning RBI in the top of the fifth on a single.