Reno throttled Galena 15-2 in the DI North title game on Saturday at Peccole to claim its fifth consecutive regional championship.
The Huskies (28-6) won all four games they played in the tournament. The Grizzlies (27-7) won their first two games, fell to Reno in the semifinals, then beat Spanish Springs in the loser’s bracket semifinals on Friday night to secure a spot in the title game.
Because the state tournament will be held in Northern Nevada this year (at Bishop Manogue), the Grizzlies advanced to state along with the Huskies.
Galena will play Centennial, the Sunset champ, today 1 p.m. Reno will play Basic, the Sunrise champ, at 4 p.m.
If you noticed Bishop Gorman isn’t in the state field, Centennial is responsible. The Bulldogs bounced the Gaels 8-4 in Saturday’s regional title game after Gorman was upset in its tournament opener.
The Gaels have won three of the last five large school state titles. The Bulldogs (27-9) last appeared in the state tournament in 2014 when they fell in the title game.
They are ranked No. 3 in the state (on maxpreps.com) behind Basic, the other southern Nevada team in the field, and Bishop Gorman.
Winners of 11 of their last 12, the Bulldogs have played two Northern Nevada squads this year. They beat Carson, 7-1, on March 21 and topped Wooster, 7-3, nine days later.
The Wolves (33-4) enter the state tournament as the favorite. It was in their season opener, but they even have a convincing 9-0 win over Centennial to their credit.
Basic enters on a 13-game win streak and outscored its four opponents in the Sunrise regional tournament, 20-4.
The Wolves have 13 shutout victories to their credit this year, including Saturday’s 6-0 win over Green Valley (23-12) in the title game. If the pitching/defense falters, the Wolves’ offense is more than capable of picking up the slack, averaging more than 7 runs a game this year.
Thursday’s game against Reno will be Basic’s first against a DI North team this season.