Kamiakin and Richland Ready for SemisPosted: Updated:
TACOMA, Wash. -- State tournaments are back in full swing Friday. The Richland Bombers Baseball Team is looking to win their 4th straight odd year state title. They finished first in 2005, 2007, and 2009.
They take on Bothell at 7pm at Cheney Stadium in the state semis.
What's motivating the Bombers? Well, that's simple. Last year, they made it to the title game and lost.
"Motivation is obviously last year we didn't get it," said catcher Jarrod Turner. "Obviously, you want to get it this year and that's what drives almost all of us right now. We want to get that title."
"I guess we have a lot of confidence right now," said head coach Ben Jacobs. "We have a lot of confidence and that's part of being a year older. We have confidence in the way we play the game."
The Kamiakin Braves are making their first state final four appearance since 1998 in the 3A ranks. The Braves battle Mount Si Friday in the state semis in Tacoma. The journey to the west side is just their second trip away from the Tri-Cities all season.
So, how does Coach Ryan Carter make sure his team is ready.
"You know, we will get them up early in the morning and keep them on their same routine that we've had all year long and try and treat it like a home game," said Carter. "You are just sleeping in someone else's bed. We try and settle the nerves just by staying in the routine, staying in the moment. They are really excited about ending it the right way."