Friday, May 8, 2009

First Round Preview

The KingCo tournament kicks off tomorrow, with four first round games on tap. The full day's schedule is listed below with a few quick game notes...

Game 1: 10:00 am - Bothell (10-6, Crown #3) vs. Skyline (11-5, Crest #2)

Notes: Cougars won the first meeting 7-2 behind sophomore left-hander Kevin McShane...Skyline's Adrian Sampson led KingCo 4A in wins (6), strikeouts (55) and was fifth in ERA (2.02) features two of the league's top offensive performers - Bothell's Gene Watson led the league in SLG (.769) and was third in batting average (.462) and OBP (.558) while leading the league in runs scored. Skyline's Ryan Somers led KingCo in OBP (.576) and was second in batting average (.468).

Game 2: 1:00 pm - Issaquah (8-8, Crest #4) vs. Lake Washington (12-4, Crown #1)

Notes: Kangs won the April 17th contest 2-1 on a walk-off single in the bottom of the was a pitcher's duel between LW's Christian Kaiser and Issy's Shane Yarnell...Kangs led league in runs scored (6.6 per game) and strikeouts (131), while finishing second in ERA (2.31)...Kaiser's 1.75 ERA was good for third in KingCo 4A, striking out 45 batters (2nd)...LW's Folkers finished second in the league in home runs (4) and RBI (18)...Eagles have appeared in the last two state final fours at the 3A level, winning the state championship in 2007...Yarnell tied for third in KingCo 4A with 4 wins and boasts an impressive 38/5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in league play.

Game 3: 4:00 pm - Newport (9-7, Crest #3) vs. Woodinville (10-6, Crown #2)

Notes: Falcons won the first meeting 10-2...Newport comes in winners of four straight league games, six straight streak includes wins over division rivals Issaquah and Skyline...outscored opponents 36-16 in six game stretch...Falcons averaged 6.1 runs per game in league play and were second in KingCo 4A in OBP (.410)...Senior third baseman Sean Murphy finished tied for second in RBI (18) and runs scored (16)...Woodinville one week removed from an impressive sweep of Bothell, Inglemoor and LW.

Game 4: 7:00 pm - Inglemoor (8-8, Crown #4) vs. Redmond (14-2, Crest #1)

Notes: Mustangs topped Vikings 7-3 in season's only meeting...Redmond has won 10 straight games and led KingCo in ERA (2.03), batting average (.305), OBP (.428), slugging (.496) and HRs (14)...led by sophomores Dylan Davis and Michael Conforto, who tied for the league lead in HRs (5)...Davis also finished second in the league in ERA (1.15)...Mustangs are a league best 32-4 over the past two seasons in league play...Vikings finished second in the league in HRs (9)...shortstop Sam Johnston hit 3 HRs, good for fourth in the league...sophomore Obadiah Taylor tied for third in KingCo with 4 wins and his 2.08 ERA was good for 7th.