State baseball at a glance

• WHEN: Regionals are today. Semifinals are Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24, at Safeco Field.

• WHEN: Regionals are today. Semifinals are Friday and Saturday, May 23 and 24, at Safeco Field.

• WHERE: Today’s regional tournaments are divided into eight different locations (four for Class 4A and four for Class 3A). The regional portions of the Class 3A tournament will be at Bannerwood Field in Bellevue, Parker Field in Yakima, Skagit Dream Field in Mount Vernon, and Wheeler Field in Centralia. The regional portions of the Class 4A tournament will be at Kent Memorial Park; Gonzaga Prep High School in Spokane; Everett Memorial Stadium and Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.

• LOCAL TEAMS: Auburn (Wheeler Field) will play in the Class 3A tournament. Kentlake (Kent Memorial Park) and Tahoma (Heidelberg Park) will play in the Class 4A tournament.

• ADMISSION: For the regional tournaments, a single-game ticket will cost $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens. All-day tickets (three games at each site) will run $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens. All-tournament passes will cost $13 for adults and $10 for students and senior citizens.

• AT STAKE: The top team from each of the four regional brackets will advance to the state semifinals at Safeco.

• LOCAL MATCHUPS:

• Auburn vs. Blanchet, today, 1 p.m., Wheeler Field. The winner advances to play the winner of the Kelso-Olympic game.

• Kentlake vs. Battle Ground, today, 1 p.m., Kent Memorial Park. The winner advances to play the winner of the South Kitsap-Bothell game.

• Tahoma vs. Heritage, today, 10 a.m., Heidelberg Park. The winner advances to play the winner of the Marysville-Pilchuck/Olympia game.

• NOTABLE: Auburn has turned a corner in recent weeks, winning nine of its last 10. The Trojans (15-5) hit a high-water mark last Saturday at the district tournament with a 13-3 win against Olympic in the semifinals, followed by a 16-1 rout of Capital in the finals, a game in which cleanup hitter David Olson belted a pair of home runs and picked up the win on the mound. The Trojans pounded out 28 hits in the two games combined. But it has been the pitching of Colton Brown and Olson that has made the difference. In his last three outings combined, Brown now has struck out 44 batters and allowed a paltry 10 hits in 19 innings of work. Auburn’s dynamic duo has allowed more than three runs in a game just once since April 18.


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