From Larson Field in Moses Lake, the Naches Valley Rangers (20-2) had an opportunity to punch their ticket to the state quarterfinals.

What stood in their way was Cashmere (20-4), the only team that had beaten them so far this season.

The stars would not align for Naches Valley, as Cashmere would escape with a 7-3 victory.

"It's not the way we wanted it to turn out, but we're damn proud of everything they've accomplished this year," coach Jake Fife said. "We've had a great season, and we've won a lot of ball games."

The x-factor for Cashmere was their starting pitcher: Gonzaga commit Tyler Chipman.

Chipman was able to dissect Naches Valley's lineup for six innings and two earned runs.

It matched Naches Valley's lowest run total of the season.

"{Chipman} was consistent, a good pitcher, probably one of the best we've faced all year," shortstop Christan Casey said.

Down 5-1 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Naches Valley's biggest hope for a comeback came in the fifth inning.

Garret Wolfe and Christian Casey both got on base to start the inning. Then Colton Lucas and Kobe Kohls were able to drive them in with two clutch RBI to make the score 5-3.

Kobe Kohls scored Naches Valley's first run
Kobe Kohls scored Naches Valley's first run

That was the closest Naches Valley would get however.

Cashmere would put up two more runs in the sixth inning on a Daniel Wright two RBI hit, making the final score 7-3.

There's no way to understate the heart break of a loss like this. Naches Valley came into this game as the #1 team in multiple state rankings.

Eight seniors were featured in the starting lineup. Many of these guys had been playing together since Little League.

But through the thick of the emotions, there' was a sense of appreciation from the players reflecting on their achievements.

"This has meant the world to me," senior Evan Devolve said. "It's like a second home to me, it's sad to see it go this early."

Head Coach Jake Fife expressed his gratitude to the Naches Valley community for their support.

"We've had such a great fanbase this whole season. just an outstanding support from familly, and friends, and ex-Rangers," Fife said, "We just can't thank them enough for the support they've given us through the season."

Naches Valley will return eight players in their quest for a state title in 2019

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W: Tyler Chipman L: Evan DeVolve

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