The Coeur d’Alene Vikings baseball team is trekking south to Boise to try to finish what they came one game from accomplishing last year: a 5A State title.
The Vikings, who have won the 5A Inland Empire League for four straight years, are joined in the eight-team field by second-place Lewiston.
“The kids have been looking forward to this,” CdA coach Nick Rook said. “The kids are excited to get down there and start playing.”
CdA (20-4) plays at 9 a.m. today against Capital. If the Vikings win, they would play at 3:30 p.m. Friday.
Lewiston plays Meridian’s Rocky Mountain at 6:15 p.m. today. If the Bengals win, they would play at the same time on Friday night.
In other games, Lakeland, the 4A Inland Empire League champion, will play Jerome at 3:30 p.m. today.
Intermountain league champion Timberlake will play Snake River at noon today and 2A Central Idaho league champion St. Maries will play New Plymouth, also at noon.
A loss doesn’t eliminate a team from the tournament, but wins are needed to advance to the championship game.
“We’ve been down here a lot,” Rook said. “We are looking to make another run at it.”