Thursday, April 9, 2009

Thursday (4/9) Scores

A full day of interdivisional play that saw the Crest division best the Crown 4 wins to 2...

  • Skyline 3, Woodinville 2 - For the second time in as many games, the first place Spartans downed a Crown division opponent by the score of 3-2, this time prevailing at home over Woodinville. Adrian Sampson continued his mastery of the KingCo 4A conference, allowing two earned runs and striking out 9 in a complete game victory. Brett DeRooy did his best to keep the Falcons in the game, giving up just 3 earned in a complete game himself, picking up 3 strikeouts against no walks. Shawn Ellis was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and scored two of the three Spartan runs, as Skyline improved to 6-1 and sits alone atop the Crest division.
  • Bothell 8, Newport 6 - The Cougars kept pace with Skyline in the battle for KingCo 4A supremacy, scoring in six of their seven offensive innings en route to an 8-6 win over Newport. Jordan Kynaston picked up the win, working the final four innings in relief of starter Evan Hudson. The game was tied at 5 heading into the fifth, with Bothell scoring single runs in each of the final three frames to pull out the victory. Michael Marriott homered and Alex Reynolds drove in two runs for Bothell, while Colin Hering was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Knights. Bothell joins Skyline as the lone teams in the conference with one loss, one game ahead of Lake Washington in the Crown division.
  • Issaquah 3, Ballard 2 - Shane Yarnell bested Nick Palewicz in a matchup of two of the league's best pitchers as the Eagles won their second straight game, 3-2 over the Beavers. Both pitchers went the distance, with the difference being two unearned runs scored by Issaquah. Yarnell allowed six hits, striking out eight, while Palewicz allowed just the one earned run, striking out four. Ballard's right hander also contributed at the plate, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Junior outfielder Spencer Rogers single-handedly carried the Eagles' offense, picking up 3 of their four hits and scoring two of their three runs.
  • Redmond 7, Roosevelt 4 - The Mustangs put up 6 runs in the first three frames and held on late for a 7-4 win over Roosevelt. Sophomore Dylan Davis improved to 3-0, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) and striking out 9 over six innings of work before handing the ball over to Mac Acker for the save. Acker also contributed at the plate, doubling and driving in two. Matt Kimmel added three hits and a double of his own for Redmond, who kept pace with Skyline, one game back in the Crest division. Tom Nielson was 2-for-4 for Roosevelt, who saw their record drop to 0-7.
  • Lake Washington 16, Eastlake 5 - The Kangs pounded out 16 hits including home runs by Chris Viltz and Eric Folkers in a 16-5 win over the Wolves. The game was closer than the final score indicates, as LW opened things up with a 6-run top of the seventh, highlighted by Folkers' grand slam. Six different Kangs had two or more hits, including Dan Reynar, who finished the day 3-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI. Right hander Christian Kaiser improved to 2-0 in league play with the win, punching out 9 Wolves in his 5 innings of work. Kelly Rockey was 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI and Nick Smith was 2-for-4 with a double in the loss for Eastlake.
  • Garfield 9, Inglemoor 1 - It was the Sean Gilman show at Bobby Morris Field in Seattle, as the senior left-hander used his arm and his bat to propel the Bulldogs to their first league win, 9-1 over Inglemoor. Gilman went the distance on the mound, surrendering just six hits and one earned run while striking out seven Vikings. At the plate, he finished the day 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBI. Garfield scored 3 in the first, 1 in the second and 5 in the fourth to put the game away early. Michael Harvey, James Morris-Lent and Peter Summerville had two hits a piece for the 'Dogs, who snapped a six-game losing streak. A.J. Babuata drove in the lone run for Inglemoor, who dropped to 3-4, a game ahead of Ballard for fourth place in the Crown division.

Monday brings with it a full slate of games and the halfway point (already!) of the KingCo 4A regular season. Check back this weekend for a look back at week 3, a look ahead towards week 4 (which includes a Friday night showdown between Skyline and Bothell), as well as the week 3 players of the week.

A Closer Look at Tuesday's Results...

A belated closer look at Tuesday's games:

  • Skyline 3, Lake Washington 2 - A highly anticipated game between first place teams in the Crest and Crown division lived up to the hype, as Skyline held off a late LW rally for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night. The Kangs trailed by a run heading into the seventh and after two quick outs made things interesting, loading the bases on a single and two walks. An epic 8-pitch showdown ensued, with Skyline closer Peyton Herrod winning the battle over LW third baseman Eric Folkers, getting the senior to ground out to shortstop to end the game. Blake Fulghum was the winner for Skyline, allowing 2 earned runs on 5 hits over 5 innings of work, punching out 9. Sean Penberthy added a solo home run for the Spartans, who seized sole possession of first place in the Crest division with the win. Alex Potts was 3-for-3 with a walk for Lake Washington, who fell into a tie for second place in the Crown division at 4-2.
  • Woodinville 7, Redmond 6 - For the third time this season on their home field, the Falcons staged a seventh inning comeback, this time scoring two runs in the final frame to walk off on Redmond, 7-6. The Mustangs staged a late rally of their own as they trailed 5-3 heading into the seventh inning before scoring 3 runs to take a 6-5 lead. However, the "cardiac" Falcons would not be denied, improving to 4-2 on the season with three of those wins coming in their final at-bat. Devin Jones picked up the win, working a scoreless inning of relief for Woodinville. Luke Taylor chipped in offensively, going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. T.J. Whidby, Brian Grina and Chad Hui-Peterson each had doubles for the Mustangs, who dropped to 4-2 in league play.
  • Inglemoor 4, Eastlake 1 - Sophomore Obadiah Taylor allowed three hits and a run over five innings of work and was helped by the tremendous defense of junior center fielder Marc Dickerson in the Vikings 4-1 win over the Wolves. Austin Heuter picked up the save and also had a key 2-run single in the bottom of the sixth to give Inglemoor some breathing room. Nick Smith went 3-for-4 for Eastlake in a losing effort.
  • Newport 8, Ballard 0 - Senior outfielder Colin Hering was 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBI and Brandon Andreini tossed six shutout innings in the Knights 8-0 win over Ballard. The shutout was the second in as many games, as they were fresh off a 5-0 shutout of Eastlake on Friday. Nick Palewicz was 2-for-3 and Grady Williams added a double for the Beavers, who dropped their third straight game.
  • Issaquah 7, Roosevelt 3 - Miles Perkins was 4-for-4 with an RBI and Austin O'Neill and Spencer Rogers combined on a four-hitter as the Eagles downed Roosevelt, 7-3. In addition to picking up the save, Rogers also contributed offensively with a double. Issaquah evens its record at 3-3 with the win, while the Roughriders dropped their sixth game in as many contests.
  • Bothell 10, Garfield 0 - Sophomore pitcher Brian McAfee pitched four shutout innings and five different Cougars had 2 hits in a 10-0 whitewash of the Bulldogs. McAfee picked up his second win of the season, allowing four hits and a walk while striking out four. Tyler Atkinson, Bryan Mourer, Alex Reynolds, Zach Schwindt and Kurt Stottlemyer were the Bothell players with 2 knocks, with Mourer, Reynolds and Schwindt each driving in two runs. Jack Jajewski had a double for Garfield, which lost its sixth straight game.

Thursday brings a number of afternoon games, highlighted by Woodinville (4-2) traveling to Skyline (5-1) and Bothell (5-1) taking on Newport (4-2) at Bellevue Community College.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Tuesday (4/7) Scores

Late night and running a little short on time today. Will try and update later with more details, but in the meantime, here are the scores from last night's KingCo baseball action:

Tuesday, 4/7 Results
Woodinville 7, Redmond 6
Skyline 3, Lake Washington 2
Bothell 10, Garfield 0
Issaquah 7, Roosevelt 3
Newport 8, Ballard 0
Inglemoor 4, Eastlake 1

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Week 2 Recap, Week 3 Preview

Week 2 of the 2009 KingCo season saw the last unbeaten team fall, as Skyline defeated Redmond on Saturday behind week 2 Crest division pitcher of the week Adrian Sampson. The Mustangs had won their first four games, before losing to the Spartans 6-1 in a make-up game from Wednesday.

Three teams had perfect week 2's: Bothell (3-0), Skyline (3-0) and Inglemoor (2-0). In the Crown division, the Cougars outscored their week 2 opponents 21-8, beating Lake Washington, Roosevelt and Ballard. Inglemoor used a potent offensive attack to sweep Woodinville and Roosevelt, scoring 22 runs in the process. Meanwhile, the most impressive week may have belonged to Skyline, who allowed just 2 runs in 21 innings of play. They topped Issaquah 8-1 on Monday, shutout Garfield 6-0 on Friday and completed the trifecta, beating Redmond on Saturday.

Through five games, both divisions look to be stocked with tough teams. The Crest division is led by Redmond and Skyline at 4-1, followed by Newport one game back at 3-2. Eastlake and Issaquah find themselves at 2-3, with Garfield rounding things out. In the Crown division, Bothell and LW are knotted at 4-1, with Woodinville lurking at 3-2. Ballard and Inglemoor are each 2-3, with Roosevelt occupying the final spot.

Week 3 starts interdivision play, with the next six scheduled game days featuring crossover games between the Crest and Crown division. Two first place teams face off at Lee Johnson Field tonight at 7:00 pm as Lake Washington (4-1) plays host to Skyline (4-1). Woodinville looks to have the toughest road this week, playing both Crest division first place teams starting with Redmond tonight at Woodinville HS. They finish up the week at Skyline on Thursday.

Stay tuned to the blog for the latest news around the KingCo 4A conference.

Week 2 KingCo 4A Players of the Week

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 2: March 29 - April 4, 2009

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Dylan Davis, Soph., Redmond
One week after being named the Crest Division pitcher of the week, Dylan Davis is the Crest Division player of the week for week 2. The Mustang sophomore beat up KingCo pitching last week to the tune of a .700 batting average (7-for-10) with 4 RBI. He had a monster day against Issaquah, going 4-for-4 with 2 home runs and 4 RBI and followed that up by going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple against Skyline ace Adrian Sampson. For the season (including non-league games), Davis is hitting a robust .462 and slugging .923, with 3 home runs and 8 RBI.

Also nominated: None

Pitcher of the Week: Adrian Sampson, Jr., Skyline
The week 2 pitcher of the week in the Crest Division is Adrian Sampson of Skyline. The junior right hander notched wins against division rivals Issaquah and Redmond, helping the Spartans climb into a first place tie in the division. Against Issaquah on Monday, Sampson allowed just five hits and a walk in six innings of work, striking out 11 Eagles. He followed that up with another stellar performance on Saturday, allowing just a solo home run in 6 1/3 innings against the Mustangs. On the season, Sampson is 3-0 with a 0.36 ERA, recording 23 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings pitched.

Also nominated: None

Crown Division
Player of the Week: Sam Johnston, Sr., Inglemoor
Senior shorstop Sam Johnston is the winner of the week 2 Crown Division player of the week. Johnston was a key cog in the Vikings bounce back 2-0 week, reaching base safely in 7 of his 10 plate appearances. He finished the two games 3-for-5 with a home run, 2 RBI, 2 walks, 2 HBP and 5 runs scored. For the season, Johnston is hitting .320 with 2 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 5 RBI.

Also nominated: Gene Watson, Bothell

Pitcher of the Week: Evan Hudson, Bothell
Riding the wave of two key divisional wins, the Cougars' Evan Hudson is the week 2 pitcher of the week in the Crown Division. The junior right hander started his week with a win over Lake Washington, holding the Kangs hitless through 4 2/3 innings. He ended up allowing 5 earned runs based on 5 walks, while striking out 4. Hudson returned to the hill on Saturday against Ballard and dominated the Beavers, allowing a single hit while striking out 12 in a complete game victory. For the season, Hudson is 2-0 with a 2.68 ERA and has allowed just 3 hits in 52 opponent at bats.

Also nominated: None

Monday, April 6, 2009

Kangs Top Viks in Lone Monday Game

Monday featured just one game, as Inglemoor and Lake Washington made up their rained out game from Friday night.
  • Lake Washington 13, Inglemoor 4 - The Kangs used a 15-hit offensive attack to take down the Vikings, 13-4 on Monday evening. The 3-4-5 hitters for LW (Alex Potts, Chris Viltz, Eric Folkers) combined to go 7-for-8 with a double, 7 RBI and 8 runs scored. Senior left hander Tyler Staudacher struck out seven Vikings in his five innings of work to improve to 2-0 on the season. Junior center fielder Marc Dickerson hit a solo home run for Inglemoor, and senior shortstop Sam Johnston chipped in with a triple and a run scored.

With the win, Lake Washington joins Bothell atop the Crown Division at 4-1. In the Crest Division, Skyline and Redmond lead the way, also sporting 4-1 records. Tuesday brings a clash between two first place teams when the Spartans travel to Lee Johnson Field to take on the Kangs at 7:00 pm.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Saturday Details

As promised, a closer look at the results of Saturday's make-up games...
  • Skyline 6, Redmond 1: In an early season showdown for Crest Division supremacy, the Spartans rode the right arm of Adrian Sampson to a 6-1 win over the Mustangs. Sampson, who won two games this week, allowed just a Michael Conforto solo home run in the 7th inning, scattering 5 hits over his 6 1/3 innings of work. Sean Penberthy and Anthony Beattie were each 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Skyline, who moved into a first place tie with Redmond at 4-1. Dylan Davis stayed hot for the 'Stangs, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a double and a triple.
  • Bothell 4, Ballard 0: In what was perhaps the pitching performance of the early season, Evan Hudson dominated the Beavers in the Cougars 4-0 win on Saturday. The junior right hander went the distance, allowing just a single hit while striking out 12 to improve to 3-0. Alex Reynolds, Kurt Stottlemyer and Gene Watson each had two hits for Bothell, who sit atop the Crown division at 4-1, one half-game ahead of Lake Washington.
  • Inglemoor 10, Roosevelt 4: The Vikings scored 3 runs in the first, 2 in the second and 2 more in the fourth, cruising to a 10-4 win over the Roughriders. Sophomore Obidiah Taylor picked up his first KingCo win, working the first four innings allowing just one earned run. Logan Moen homered for Inglemoor, who bounced back from a tough opening week with a perfect 2-0 record in week 2 to even their record at 2-2.
  • Lake Washington 8, Woodinville 3: Senior right handers Christian Kaiser and Blake Lively combined to strike out 11 Falcons in the Kangs 8-3 win over Woodinville on Saturday night. Senior first baseman Eric Folkers had two hits, including a double and an RBI and senior catcher Alex Ross had a key 2-run single in the 5th inning to give LW some breathing room in what was a tight game throughout. For Woodinville, second baseman Joey Allison finished the day 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored. LW improves to 3-1 with a meeting with Inglemoor on Monday, while the Falcons drop to 3-2.

Tomorrow, we'll take a look back at the happenings of week 2, as well as look ahead to week 3 which features cross-division matchups between the Crown and Crest divisions.

Saturday (4/4) Make-Ups

Saturday, 4/4 Results
Skyline 6, Redmond 1
LW 8, Woodinville 3
Bothell 4, Ballard 0
Inglemoor 10, Roosevelt 4

Wrap-ups to come on these games...late night!