That was then, this is now.
Or so players for Lyle, Glenwood/Trout Lake and Klickitat will be thinking when they take the field at Naches High School this Saturday for their opening games of the Yakima Valley District 5 Class B Baseball Tournament.
The single-elimination tourney -- which offers two regional playoff berths -- begins at 10 a.m. with a game between second-seeded Glenwood/Trout Lake (12-8) and third-seeded Klickitat (10-9).
That loser-out contest will be followed by a matchup pitting top seed Lyle (15-4) against the winner of Tuesday's Sunnyside Christian-Riverside Christian play-in game.
Saturday's winners will play for the district championship and seeding in next weekend's Class B regional playoffs.
The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association's Class B regional bracket has the No. 1 team from District 5 entertaining District 7's No. 3 team at Selah High School, and District 5's No. 2 team making the long trip to Spokane to meet the No. 4 team out of District 7 at Mead High School.
Precise dates and times for all regional games have not yet been announced by WIAA.
However, it is known that all Class 2A, 1A and B regional tournament winners (four in each classification) will advance to the 2002 state championships in Yakima on May 24-25.
The 2A, 1A and B semifinals will be played on Yakima Valley Community College's Parker Field. The finals will be held at Yakima County Stadium the following day.
At Lyle 18-11, La Salle 2-2 --
The Cougars claimed the Greater Columbia B League pennant with a double-header sweep last Saturday.
Senior Chad Myers threw a one-hitter in the opener to boost his record to 10-0. He struck out seven, walked three and gave up one earned run in five innings of work.
He also banged out an RBI double and scored three runs to help his cause.
Brandon Essex, Devan Essex and Saul Hernandez all belted two-run doubles for the Cougars, who connected for 12 hits.
Ryan Johnson and Chris Locke both went 2 for 3 with a pair of runs. Locke also stole two bases.
In the nightcap, Hernandez hit a solo home run and pitched six innings of two-hit ball as Lyle prevailed, 11-2.
The exchange student from Mexico struck out nine, walked two and allowed one earned run in improving to 4-4.
Myers gave back in game two as good as he got in game one, going 2 for 4. He had a run batted, stole three bags and scored twice.
Johnson also went 2 for 4, with a run-scoring double and two steals. James Stanovich added an RBI double.
At Riverside Christian 6, Glenwood/Trout Lake 4 --
The Crusaders snapped a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the fourth inning last Saturday en route to beating G/TL for the third time this season.
Roy Browning led G/TL's eight-hit attacking, batting 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
Derek Kavanagh was the losing pitcher. He gave up 11 hits in six innings in his duel with RC's Kyle Tompkins, who fanned nine in a complete-game effort.
Glenwood/Trout Lake 4, at Lyle 2 --
David Wasgatt threw four shut-out innings and Marcus Van Laar slugged a two-run homer April 30 as G/TL handed the Cougars their second league loss.
Wasgatt, a freshman, worked five innings, allowing four hits and one earned run. He struck out three and didn't walk a batter.
Derek Kavanagh earned the save by pitching a scoreless seventh inning.
Van Laar, who finished with three hits in four trips and two runs scored, staked G/TL to a 2-0 lead with his first-inning home run off losing pitcher Saul Hernandez.
Jacob Hinderliter was 1 for 4 and also scored twice for G/TL.
Chris Locke went 1 for 2 and had Lyle's only run batted in. Ryan Johnson doubled for the Cougars' lone extra-base hit.
At Wahtonka 10, Lyle 5 --
The Eagles scored three times in the bottom of the fourth last Thursday to break a 4-4 tie in the non-league game in The Dalles, Ore.
Ryan Johnson went 2 for 4 for Lyle, with a triple and two runs. Chris Locke was 2 for 3 with a run and two steals.
Saul Hernandez, who absorbed the loss in relief of Chad Myers, hit a two-run double and scored once. James Stanovich added an RBI single.