YAKIMA, Wash. - The West Valley baseball team heads to Saturdays 3A State Tournament with a bit of an advantage. They've already faced some of the top teams around. They are a 3A school that plays with mostly 4A schools in the Columbia Basin League. They are used to playing the big boys.
"All of those tough games we played against Richland, Eastmont, Kamiakin, those guys, I'm sure its not very fun at the time to have Richland hand it to you," said coach Clayton Wyckoff. "Those games then are preparing us for what we're gonna face now . There's not gonna be a team that we're gonna play that's gonna be better than what we play in this tough tough league that we're in."
The Rams open with Lynwood Saturday at 1:00 at Parker Field in Yakima. If they can win two games Saturday they advance to Safeco Field the following weekend for the Final Four.
"We want it really bad," said Sr. SS Cory Urquhart, batting a league-best .538. "We want to get to Safeco Field and play in the Final Four. That's our main goal. You gotta play hard this weekend."
If they win the opener against Lynwood, they could play league rival Hanford in Round Two. The Falcons open their day against Mount Rainier