RICHLAND — Cascade’s Ky Dye outdueled top pitching prospect Dustin Driver to lead the Bruins to a 2-0 victory over Wenatchee in the first round of the 4A State Tournament on Saturday.
Cascade head coach Scott Stencil knew going into Saturday that his team’s chances at winning in the opening round would depend on how they handled Driver. KJ Brady homered off of Driver in the third inning and Matthew Butler knocked in a run in the sixth.
“Driver is a top 50 draft prospect (in state),” said Stencil. “We knew that coming in. KJ (Brady) hit that home run to give us the 1-0 lead, we got Driver’s pitch count up. I mean he looked good, but our pitching from Dye was equally as good.”
The Bruins were not as fortunate in their quarterfinal matchup against Kentridge. The Chargers got two late home runs by third baseman Dumit Malacon to pace themselves to a 6-1 victory to end the Bruins’ run at state.
“KJ did great today,” Stencil said in his quarterfinal starting pitcher’s overall perfomance. “He scored in that second game to give us the lead and he pitched really well. It was a lot closer than the final score.”
Stencil also credited his team’s streak of well-played defensive games and his overall team chemistry and senior leadership that guided the Bruins to their state quarterfinal finish.
“It’s been a really fun season for me and for them.” said Stencil. “We’ve been playing in elimination games for the the last two weeks. Our motto during that time has been ‘To get to the next game.’ It was exciting for (my team) to go through that situation. It’s an emotional ending and it’s sad to see our seniors go. We’ve just been one of those teams that really bonded together.”
At Richland H.S.
Ky Dye and Michael Mazza. Dustin Driver, Miller (6), Grubb (7) and Holmberg. WP—Dye. LP—Driver. 2B—Mazza (C). HR—KJ Brady (C). Records—Cascade 19-6 overall. Wenatchee not reported .
At Richland H.S.
KJ Brady and Michael Mazza. Sam Dacus and Shane Stober. WP—Dacus. LP—Brady. 2B— Joe Wainhouse (K). HR—Dumit Malacon (K) 2. Records—Cascade 19-7 overall. Kentridge not reported.