Glenwood/Trout Lake edged Lyle 4-3 last Saturday to win its first Yakima Valley District 5 Class B baseball championship and berth to the state regional playoffs.
G/TL, in its second season as a combined team, got a four-hit complete-game performance from freshman David Wasgatt in the championship game at Naches High School.
G/TL (14-7) opens regional action at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Selah's Carlon Park, against the No.-2 team from District 7.
Greater Columbia B League champion Lyle (16-6) travels to Mead High School in Spokane to take on the No.4 out of District 7, also on Saturday.
Both teams must win twice to advance to the state Class B final four in Yakima on May 24-25.
"If we just keep doing the basics the way we've been doing them all year, that'll win some ballgames for us," G/TL Coach George Hinderliter said.
"The basics" for G/TL include solid pitching, sound defense, and timely hitting.
"If we can start out fast, pitch well, keep our errors down, keep our strikeouts down and put the ball in play, we could do fairly well," Hinderliter added.
Wasgatt had the pitching part down in G/TL's district title-clinching victory.
He struck out eight, walked five, and yielded two earned runs in out-dueling Lyle's Chad Myers and Saul Hernandez, who combined on a five-hitter.
Moreover, Wasgatt needed just four pitches to retire the Cougars in the last of the seventh inning.
Defensively, G/TL committed two errors; one of those misplays allowed one Lyle run to score in the sixth.
At the plate, Marcus Van Laar and Roy Browning both went 2 for 3 with one run batted in for G/TL.
Van Laar had an RBI double in the first inning that scored Derek Kavanagh. He tripled to lead off the fourth and scored on Browning's single.
Browning then stole second base and came home on Wasgatt's single. Wasgatt stole second, moved to third on David Kavanagh's sacrifice bunt and scored on a passed ball to make it 4-1, G/TL.
Lyle evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the second when Tyler Essex (2 for 2) doubled to drive in Hernandez.
In the sixth, Hernandez (1 for 2) singled to send Brandon Essex home with Lyle's second run, then scored when G/TL center field Ben Anderson bobbled Tyler Essex's single up the middle.
After Hernandez struck out the side in the top of the seventh, the Cougars came out first-pitch swinging in their final bid to get a rally going.
The first two batters flied out and grounded out. However, Brandon Essex got the tying run aboard when G/TL's first baseman dropped his pop up.
But Essex, while trying to advance on a hard shot between first and second, was called out when the ball struck him in the leg.
"That was kind of a weird play to end the game, but we'll take it," Hinderliter said.
Myers, who went four innings, took the loss. It was the senior right-handers first defeat in 12 decisions.
Glenwood/Trout Lake 6, Klickitat 3 --
Mark Miller had two hits and three runs batted, and David Wasgatt, Ben Anderson and Derek Kavanagh combined on an eight-hitter as G/TL eliminated the Vandals.
Miller doubled with none out in the bottom of the fourth inning to drive in G/TL's first two runs and tie the game.
He then scored the go-ahead run on David Kavanagh's RBI single. Kavanagh gave G/TL a 4-2 lead when he came home on Kris Huffsmith's basehit.
G/TL tacked on two runs in the fifth with a run-scoring double by Anderson and Miller's RBI single.
Anderson got credit for the win, working a scoreless fourth inning in relief of Wasgatt.
Derek Kavanagh threw the final three frames, allowing one run and one hit, and striking out six, to pick up the save.
Jason Dean, who gave up nine hits, suffered the loss for the Vandals, who finished 10-10.
Dean (1 for 2) staked Klickitat to a 2-0 lead with a two-run single in the top of the third.
Lyle 10, Riverside Christian 0 --
Chad Myers and Saul Hernandez scattered five hits as the Cougars ousted the Crusaders in five innings.
Myers earned the victory to remain unbeaten at 11-0.
Hernandez had one of Lyle's five hits and accounted for two RBIs.
LEAGUE ACTION ROUNDUP
At Klickitat 13-4, Sunnyside Christian 10-3 --
The Vandals secured the GCB's third district playoff seed with the May 3 sweep of the Knights.
Michael Payne got the win in the opener, in which the Vandals scored 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Jeremy Dean helped the Klickitat cause by driving in three runs. He finished with a single, double and triple in five trips.
Jason Dean belted a pair of doubles in four at-bats and knocked in three runs.
Sonny Heath contributed a two-run single. Tyler Schultz slugged an RBI triple, and Adam Bauer and Scott Spino added run-scoring singles.
Bauer, Payne, Jason Dean, Jeremy Dean and James Brewer each scored two runs.
In the nightcap, the Vandals untied a 1-1 game by scoring three times in the bottom of the fourth on three hits and two walks.
Heath (2 for 3) singled to bring in two of those runs, then scored on Jeremy Dean's basehit.
Dean scored Klickitat's first run of the game, coming home on Jason Dean's double in the bottom of the first.
Payne again got the win, pitching a complete game. He allowed a run and two hits in the second and two runs on a walk and two hits in the sixth.
Klickitat 21, at La Salle 11 --
The Vandals scored 13 runs in the final two innings to break open an 8-6 game on April 30.
Jeremy and Jason Dean went a combined 4 for 7 and scored five runs, and Travis Cleveland batted 3 for 5 with three runs to lead the Vandals' 15-hit attack.