ADNA, Wash. - Waitsburg-Prescott's baseball team reached the Class 2B regional tournament Saturday in Adna, and found itself playing Concrete in the first game.
In 2010, W-P was in the same spot, and Concrete won a 5-4 decision that left a bitter taste in W-P coach's Dustin Snedigar's mouth.
On Saturday, W-P handed Concrete 3-1 to advance.
"That was a little bit of revenge," Snedigar said.
In the second game in Adna, W-P faced Toutle Lake, grabbing a 1-0 first-inning lead and answered the Duck's third-inning run to take a 2-1 lead.
Toutle tied it up in the fourth, and the teams played a stalemate into the 10th inning.
The Ducks plated two in the top of the 10th, W-P was unable to answer and the season came to a close for W-P.
"It was a great effort on both sides," Snedigar said. "It depended on who scored the last run."
W-P, which lost six seniors last season, finished 15-8 after a 1-4 start.
"I'm proud of our kids for playing hard, we had lots of holes to fill," Snedigar said. "We were a hit away from getting in (to the state semifinals). We only lose three seniors (to graduation), so next year will be even more competitive."
W-P pitted Zach Bartlow on the mound against a Concrete pitcher who was "by far the best we've seen all year, a hard-throwing righty," Snedigar said.
Bartlow struck out 10 Lions in the complete-game victory, his 10th of the season to one loss.
W-P scored all three of its runs in the fifth inning behind four straight hits.
"The way Zach was throwing, that was pretty much enough," Snedigar said.
Against Toutle Lake, missed opportunities cost W-P.
"It was one of those situational games," Snedigar said. "Dalton (Estes, W-P's starter who went seven innings) threw well enough to win that game, we just couldn't get the bats going for him."
W-P had runners on base, but attempts to move them around just didn't work.
"We were trying to move them with bunts, but one went back to the pitcher and he caught another out of the air," Snedigar said. "They rallied and got some runs on. We had some nice catches deep in the gap that saved us a couple runs. Then it was four innings of pretty much who was going to give up that run."
In the 10th, Toutle Lake followed a hard grounder for a single by moving the runner to second on a passed ball. A hit-by-pitch put another Duck aboard, and a bunt moved them over. A ball to center field allowed a run, and the second runner scored on an over-run ball.
"That was the ball game," Snedigar said. "We stranded 10 runners. We certainly had our opportunities, all we needed was one hit or a deep ball. But give them credit, they played solid defense."
While the season comes to an end, Snedigar said the season saw many bright spots.
"We started 1-4 and ended 14-4," he said. "We beat DeSales for the first time in 10 years, which is a big step for us. We're seeing development our of our baseball program.
"The future's really bright for us," Snedigar said. "We have a good mix of freshman with experience, some sophomores and good leadership with juniors that will be seniors."
W-P 3, Concrete 1
W-P 000 030 00 - 3 7 1
Concrete 001 000 00 - 1 6 6
Bartlow and Allenan. Kales, NA (6) and Sitcher.
HR - none.
Hits - W-P: Estes, Herzog 2, Bartlow, Manzano, Paxson. Con: Sitcher, Kales, Clark, Fleeman 2, Rogge.
Toutle Lake 4, W-P 2
Toutle Lake 001 100 000 2 - 4 7 1
W-P 101 000 000 0 - 2 7 2
Keefe, Hayes (8) and Wherry. Estes, Herzog (8) Allenan.
HR - none.
Hits - Toutle: Hayes, Fuller 2, Keefe 2, Toms, Curry. W-P: Manzano, Estes 2, Herzog 2, Stevens.