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SEATTLE — There are walkoff homers. There are no doubters. And there was Leonys Martin’s magic in the bottom of the ninth.
Night football games aren’t going away any time soon — ESPN and FOX are paying big money for the rights to broadcast primetime Pac-12 Conference games — but the conference has acknowledged the growing frustration of many fans about the late kickoffs.
The players are usually the last to know in these situations. So in the mid-morning hours of Saturday in the visitor’s clubhouse of Great American Ball Park, most of the Mariners players were unaware of proposed rule changes for 2017 that would affect every one of them in some way.
The ritual has become second nature for Montesano. The last weekend of May is set aside for the state softball tournament and has been since 1998. Directions to Columbia Playfields in Richland are probably still stuck in the GPS of a few parents, while others have had reservations at hotels in the area since before the Bulldogs secured a berth in the state field with a 6-1 district consolation final win over Hoquiam on Sunday.
From a few feet away, the state 1A baseball championship trophy looks pretty standard. It stands about three feet tall with a golden batter at the top of the dark wood base. The names of all the teams to have won the particular trophy are engraved on plates in the front of the trophy, but the prize comes alive when you turn it upside down.
The first day of the state golf tournaments in Eastern Washington proved successful for more than a handful of Twin Harbor golfers on Tuesday.