Cedarcrest baseball makes it to the finals with semifinal win…so here’s our thoughts on today’s 2A championship game between CHS and Selah

Good Saturday morning. The Cedarcrest High School baseball team is waking up this morning in Yakima getting ready for a chance to bring home perhaps another state title.

Cedarcrest took a 3-0 lead and held off a seventh-inning rally by Fife to beat the Trojans 3-2 in the WIAA state 2A semifinals at Yakima County Stadium in Yakima. Ben Lemery led the way, going 2-4 with two RBI’s, as the Red Wolves were able to make some things happen offensively against Fife ace pitcher Tanner Knapp, who came into the game 9-0 with an 0.17 earned run average. Knapp suffered his first loss of the season yesterday, allowing all three Red Wolves runs, one earned, on eight hits, striking out eight, in a complete game effort. Aaron Davenport also pitched a complete game, with the Cedarcrest sophomore allowing two unearned runs on six hits, also with eight strikeouts.

Cody Banks was 2-3 with a double, two runs scored and a walk, while Blaine Wagner also had two hits and an RBI. The Red Wolves meet Selah for the title this afternoon at 4:00 p.m., so let’s go ahead now and preview and pick today’s matchup.

CASCADE 2A CONFERENCE BASEBALL
WIAA STATE 2A BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
CEDARCREST RED WOLVES VS. SELAH VIKINGS
YAKIMA COUNTY STADIUM, 4:00 P.M., – ELI SPORTS (HERE) OR WIAA.TV ($9.95, HERE)

This is it. The final game of the season, and the final game in the high school careers for several Cedarcrest seniors, all of whom who’ve had big roles to play in getting the Red Wolves to this championship game. We just mentioned the efforts of Lemery, Banks and Wagner, but today’s likely pitcher also is a senior. Jake Jewell is 6-1 on the season, and his hard work last Sunday in the Red Wolves’ regional final win over Liberty, in which he pitched eight strong innings to get the win, helped propel Cedarcrest to this weekend’s activites east of the mountains. One has to assume that Jewell will be quite fired up for this shot to bring home a championship trophy to the Lower Valley.

But to get that championship home, they’ll have to beat a Selah team that is ranked at the top of the Washington Baseball Poll 2A rankings and ranked at the top of the MaxPreps Washington State high school baseball rankings across all classifications. Selah is 24-1 and their lone loss this spring came in Central Washington Athletic Conference play, to Prosser.

Yesterday, the Vikings beat Ellensburg in their semifinal 5-1. Dustin Yates led the way for Selah with a hit and two RBI’s; he will be one to watch for sure if you are a CHS fan. Other players to watch include Cort Dietrich and Dac Archer, both of whom had hits yesterday.

But, the depth of this Red Wolves lineup came through yesterday. In addition to the three seniors – Wagner, Banks and Lemery – all getting two hits, junior outfielder Josh Goodrich, who’s only hitting around a modest .250 and was in the eighth spot in yesterday’s batting order, stepped up with a hit and run scored as well. That depth has proven them well all season, and should be a factor again today.

So, how do we see this? Well, on paper, we didn’t expect this CHS team to beat a tough Kingco squad in Liberty in the regional final, and they did. On paper, we didn’t expect this team to be able to solve the dominant Knapp yesterday, and they did. So what if Selah’s 24-1 and ranked as the best in the state? Again, on paper, the Red Wolves are the underdog. They, however, have thrived in this role the last two games, so there’s no reason why these seniors can’t just go out and finish this job and bring home their second championship trophy in school history. They won the thing back in 2009 and to win that crown, guess who they had to beat? Selah. So we’re having to guess those Vikings are getting a bit of a history lesson today. But, we say, history’s going to repeat itself and for the second time in five years, the Snoqualmie Valley will be home to a high school state baseball champion. The Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal predicts the Cedarcrest Red Wolves will be your 2016 2A WIAA state baseball champions.

CEDARCREST 6, SELAH 3

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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