Prep playoff picture clearing up

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Bellarmine senior pitcher Chelsea Smith with the wind-up. The Lions are still in the hunt for a berth into the 4A WCD district fastpitch tournament. The 5-2 loss to the Curtis Vikings on Tuesday, April 24, didn’t help matters though. Photo by Rocky Ross

With just a handful of regular season games remaining on the spring sports docket, league races are heating up around Tacoma. While the toast of baseball and fastpitch still look like the Vikings of Puyallup, the picture around the other leagues is looking varied and exciting. Athletes from the City of Destiny are hitting full stride now in hopes of pushing their team all the way to the state championships, which begin on Tuesday, May 22 with the state golf tournament at various courses throughout Washington.

In 4A fastpitch, the top six teams will advance to the district tournament. It will be tough on the fifth and sixth seeds, as they will have to get through a “play-in” game to find themselves with a spot in the tournament field. The Curtis Vikings (7-2 4A SPSL) went a long way in solidifying a second or third seed to the tournament with their 7-2 win at Bellarmine on Tuesday, April 24. The Lions (5-6) are still in position for a tourney-berth, but the road is going to be tough while they currently sit in fifth place.

Freshmen Inga Larson (8) and Delaney Rettko track down a short fly ball. Photo by Rocky Ross

The top-five teams from the 3A Pierce County League will advance to the district tournament. At the moment, Stadium (7-1) and Wilson (5-2) sit in second and third place, respectively. Mt. Tahoma (1-8) and Lincoln (0-7) have shown quite a bit of grit, but it hasn’t turned into runs for the T-Birds and Abes. The Friday, May 4, showdown between Bonney Lake (8-0) and Stadium is going to be a huge game.

The Fife Trojans (8-2) are currently in second-place in the 2A SPSL and look like a cinch for the district tournament. Foss (6-4) and Steilacoom (8-2) also look to be close to punching a ticket to the post-season if they can put a couple more wins on the board.

Everyone is trying to keep up with Puyallup in 4A SPSL baseball. The defending state champions finally crashed back to earth on Thursday, April 19, when South Kitsap pulled off a huge 3-2 upset. However, the Vikings still look like the class of the league, if not the entire state. Curtis (10-5) currently sits in third place, with the top-six teams advancing to districts. Bellarmine (4-10) is in a three-way race for the final seed with Emerald Ridge and Rogers.

Curtis sophomore Alaina Wilson takes a strong cut. The Vikings currently sit in second place in league play. However, the final stretch of games will put Curtis to the test, as the Vikings will hit the road in six out of their last eight regular season contests. The Tacoma Weekly Game of the Week is a boys’ soccer showdown, with Stadium at Mt. Tahoma on Friday, April 27, at 6:30 p.m. Photo by Rocky Ross

The top-six teams from the 3A PCL advance to the district baseball tournament. Currently, Wilson (7-4), Stadium (6-5) and Mt. Tahoma (5-6) are in position to make it to the post-season. Bonney Lake (11-0) is running away with the league title.

Nobody has touched the Fife Trojans (12-0) in 2A SPSL league play so far. Franklin Pierce (8-4), Washington (6-7) and Steilacoom (7-5) are all in the running for one of the eight seeds to the district tournament.

Puyallup (12-2-0) and Sumner (11-2-0) are in a dead-heat for the 4A SPSL boys’ soccer crown. Curtis (3-8-3), Rogers (3-8-3) and Bellarmine (3-8-1) are all in a dogfight for the sixth, and final, berth into the district tournament.

As it stands right now, all four Tacoma schools from the 3A PCL are looking like locks to advance to the district soccer tournament. League-leading Stadium (10-0-1) needs to hold-off the surprising Mt. Tahoma T-Birds (7-1-3) over the final weeks to secure their second-straight league title. Wilson (6-3-2) sits in third place, while the Lincoln Abes (5-4-2) are looking strong in the fifth position.

Franklin Pierce (10-0-2) is currently the toast of the 2A SPSL Mountain Division. The Cardinals are followed closely by Washington (9-2-1), with Fife (8-4-0) and Foss (8-4-0) all looking bound for the district tournament. Clover Park (9-2-0) is also having a fantastic season and is ready for the playoffs.

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