Order seems to have returned to the State 1B softball universe.
After an anomalous fourth-place finish last year, Colton blazed its way back to the finals at the Gateway Sports Complex in Yakima on Friday, toppling Rainier Christian 18-0 and beating nemesis Almira/Coulee-Hartline 10-6 in the semifinals.
The Wildcats will play Pomeroy today at 4 p.m. A win would give Colton its seventh title since 2009. Pomeroy rallied from down 4-0 in the bottom of the seventh to knock off Quilcene 5-4 in eight innings.
“We hit the ball well and we played well,” Colton coach Brad Nilson said. “The sun really hurt us in the first part of the second game, but it hurt them too.”
ACH will play Liberty Christian in the consolation bracket at 2 p.m. The Warriors have to win twice to capture the third-place trophy.
Springdale remains alive for a shot at third place after eliminating Kettle Falls 13-11 in a consolation game. The Chargers will play Adna or Friday Harbor at 10 a.m. Adna and Friday Harbor played a quarterfinal that started two hours late.
Springdale will will need to win three games to reach the game for third and fourth places.
The Chargers rallied in the fifth against Kettle Falls, scoring six runs and adding a single tally in the sixth.
Kettle Falls, which lost to Brewster 7-6 in its opener, got two runners on base in the seventh, but Chargers pitcher Brooklyn Schunger induced three straight fly outs.
Colfax lost two games, both by the 10-run rule, and was eliminated. The Bulldogs opened against Warden and lost 10-0. They were later eliminated by Dayton 20-9.
Deer Park advanced to the semifinals at Columbia Playfield in Richland as Kylie Sweeney tossed a three-hit, complete-game shutout, striking out 11, during a 3-0 win over Sultan in the quarterfinals.
Carlie Durgeloh had two hits and an RBI for the Stags, who will play La Center at 9 a.m. Saturday. The winner will advance to the championship game against either Montesano or Castle Rock.
The Stags (15-8) have won 10 of their last 11 games.
The Stags opened the day with an 8-6 win over Seattle Christian. DP’s Payton Erickson led off the game with a homer and Kylie Sweeney hit a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.
Sweeney struck out nine.