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Andrew Hines

Arlington freshman Jacob Burkett throws a strike late in the game against the Crusaders at Sherman Anderson Field on May 19..

The Arlington and Marysville-Pilchuck boys baseball teams competed in the first round of the 3A State Tournament on May 19.

The Eagles matched up with the Eastside Catholic Crusaders in the first game of the day. The Eagles got off to a hot start as they opened the first inning with two runs, but allowed four runs to the Crusaders in the bottom of the same inning. Eastside Catholic shut out Arlington through the next three innings while adding on a run of their own, entering the fifth inning up 5-2. In the top of the fifth, the Eagles tied up game with three big runs. However, the Crusaders answered back with a run in the bottom of the inning and kept that lead through the seventh inning. Eastside Catholic walked away with the 6-5 victory.

The Tomahawks took on the Bonney Lake Panthers right after the Eagles finished their game. The Panthers took over early as they scored seven runs over the first two innings while only allowing Marysville-Pilchuck to score once. In the third inning, the Tomahawks started to make a comeback with four runs, closing the gap to 7-5. Over the next four innings, Marysville-Pilchuck only scored one more run and allowed five runs to the Panthers. In the end, Bonney Lake earned the 12-6 win.

"I think the future is extremely bright. We started a lot of young guys and only have five seniors on the roster. This senior class made three trips to the State Tournament and you have to give them a ton of credit," said Arlington Head Coach Scott Striegel.

Andrew Hines

Coby Nelson, Tomahawks senior, takes off from first base to steal second against the Panthers at Sherman Anderson Field on May 19.

The Eagles were led by Michael Tsoukalas, Gavin Rork and Owen Bishop. Tsoukalas had one hit, and earned two RBIs, one run, a stolen base and a double. Rork was walked twice, crossed the plate twice and also stole a base. Bishop pitched for 10 strikeouts through five innings and also added on a hit with two RBIs.

"We battled all year, North and South. The biggest thing is that you can never give up until the bottom of the seventh. Looking at next year, we will be restarting as we graduate 12 seniors and figuring out what we have," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach James Day.

The Tomahawks were led by Baily Alvis, Colby Phelps and Jordan Lulton. Alvis was the leadoff hitter, went 2-4, had two runs, two stolen bases and two singles. Phelps also went 2-4 at the plate and added on a run, two RBIs, a stolen base and two singles. Lulton almost went perfect at-bat, 3-4, while adding on a run, a stolen base and three singles.

With their losses both teams have ended their season. They will look to the offseason in order to rebuild and come back to the State Tournament next year.

 

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