Friday, March 26, 2010

Thursday (3/26) Results

Two of the six scheduled games were played on Thursday, with the other four being postponed due to rain.
  • Inglemoor 11, Ballard 1 - Mitchell Gonsolus and Peter Meiusi homered in a seven-run fifth inning as Inglemoor cruised to an 11-1 win over the Beavers. Meiusi finished the day 2-for-3 with the home run, 2 runs scored and 3 RBI. Junior right hander Obi Taylor picked up the win, tossing four shutout innings allowing 4 hits and a walk while striking out 2.
  • Bothell 8, Woodinville 6 - The Cougars scored runs in each of the first four innings and hung on late for an 8-2 win over Woodinville. Jordan Kynaston allowed two runs and struck out five in four innings of work to pick up the win for Bothell. The Cougars were led offensively by Michael Marriott (1-for-3, 2 RBI), Kevin McShane (2-for-4, RBI) and Dain Gilbert (3 RBI). Matt Stefansson doubled and drove in two and Dan McMillan homered for the Falcons, who dropped to 1-1 with the loss.

Three of the four games that were postponed are scheduled for today:
  • Newport (1-0) @ Skyline (1-0), 3:45 pm - Skyline HS
  • Issaquah (1-0) @ Eastlake (0-1), 3:45 pm - Eastlake HS
  • Garfield (0-1) @ Redmond (0-1), 6:00 pm - Hartman Park

The Roosevelt - Lake Washington game is scheduled for Saturday at 7:00 pm at Lee Johnson Field.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rain Threatens Thursday Slate

In what should come as no surprise to Washington baseball fans, rain is threatening Thursday's KingCo 4A schedule. At the time of this post, three games have officially been postponed due to rain:

Issaquah @ Eastlake, ppd. - rescheduled for Friday @ 3:45
Newport @ Skyline, ppd. - rescheduled for Friday @ 3:45
Roosevelt @ LW, ppd. - reschedule TBD

At this point, the following games are still on as scheduled:

Inglemoor @ Ballard, 3:45 pm
Woodinville @ Bothell, 3:45 pm
Garfield @ Redmond, 7:00 pm

(Aren't turf fields great?)

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Opening Day (3/23) Results

Opening day featured a couple blowouts in the Crest Division, with three games that came down to the wire in the Crown Division...

Crest Division
  • Newport 4, Redmond 1 - Senior right hander Jeff Gonzales allowed just one run on 4 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work against an impressive Redmond lineup as the Knights won their KingCo opener, 4-1 over the Mustangs. Gonzales struck out 8 before giving way to junior Jared Fisher, who allowed just a hit in picking up a 5-out save. Trace Tam Sing was 2-for-3 and Dan Spray was 1-for-2 with an RBI for Newport, who gave junior Dylan Davis his first career loss (7-0 in 2009). Junior Michael Conforto homered in a losing cause for Redmond.
  • Issaquah 16, Garfield 2 - Senior Shane Yarnell starred at the plate and on the mound in the Eagles resounding 16-2 win over the Bulldogs on Tuesday. Yarnell was 2-for-2 with a triple, home run and 5 RBI, and also pitched a 5-inning complete game, scattering 7 hits and 2 runs while striking out 8. Junior Ben Rosellini was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a home run to help pace Issaquah's 17-hit attack. Senior Frank Pavia homered for Garfield, who found themselves down 9-0 after just an inning and a half.
  • Skyline 12, Eastlake 2 - Senior Sean Penberthy starred for the Spartans, going 4-for-4 with a double, home run, 3 runs scored and 4 RBI as the Spartans scored in every inning, routing the Wolves, 12-2. Junior Nate Litka was 3-for-3 with a triple and 5 RBI and senior Anthony DeMatteo added 3 hits and 3 runs scored in the Skyline victory. Jim Carnes worked three innings for the win, allowing all four Eastlake hits while striking out 3.

Crown Division

  • Inglemoor 4, Bothell 3 (8 inn.) - In an exciting game between two bitter rivals, Ethan Yeo's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth scored senior Craig Jacobson with the game-winner, as Inglemoor topped the Cougars 4-3. Junior Dustin Doucette was dominant in relief of starter Spencer Trautman, allowing a single hit while striking out eight in his four innings of work to pick up the win. Evan Hudson was impressive through 4 innings for Bothell, allowing just 2 hits and a run before giving way to the Cougar bullpen. Yeo drove in two runs and Marc Dickerson was 2-for-4 in the Viking win.
  • Lake Washington 2, Ballard 0 - A pitcher's duel went the way of the Kangs as senior Trevor Dunlap outdueled fellow senior Charlie Beaudoin in a 2-0 Lake Washington win. Dunlap went the distance on just 86 pitches, allowing 2 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Beaudoin allowed just 1 run in his six innings of work, walking in the game-winning run in the top of the 5th inning. Seniors Colin Tremblay and John Shimabukuro drove in the lone runs of the game. Oliver Guarino doubled in a losing cause for the Beavers.
  • Woodinville 12, Roosevelt 11 (8 inn.) - A wild affair featuring 23 runs and 21 hits took extra frames to decide, as a walk-off single by sophomore Spencer Greer in the bottom of the eighth gave the Falcons a 12-11 win over Roosevelt. Both teams got on the board early and often, with Woodinville taking a 10-5 lead after just two innings. The Roughriders fought back with 4 runs in the fifth and 2 in the sixth to take an 11-10 lead. They could not hold on however, as Woodinville tied the game on a passed ball in the 7th and won it in the 8th. Greer picked up the win in relief in his KingCo debut, while senior outfielder Jake Dammrose had was 3-for-4 with two doubles. Senior Matt Stefansson and junior Sean Sellers added two hits a piece for the Falcons. Senior Spencer Stevenson was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI to lead the Roosevelt attack.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

KingCo 4A Opening Day!

It's Opening Day for the KingCo 4A conference! Today's schedule is as follows:
  • Bothell @ Inglemoor, 7:00 pm
  • Lake Washington @ Ballard, 3:45 pm
  • Roosevelt @ Woodinville, 7:00 pm
  • Redmond @ Newport, 4:00 pm
  • Eastlake @ Skyline, 3:45 pm
  • Issaquah @ Garfield, 3:45 pm

Monday, March 22, 2010

Crest Division Preview

Eastlake Wolves
Head Coach:
Skip Hulet (2nd year at Eastlake, 36-47 career record)

2009 Summary: 5-11 KingCo (5th in Crest), 9-11 overall
Returning starters: Alex Boyce (Sr. - OF), Matt Dusche (Sr. - OF), Quinn Hawksworth (Sr. - 3B), Kyle Henselman (Sr. - DH), Nick Hooper (Sr. - P), Kelby McCorkle (Sr. - OF), Andrew Mitchell (Sr. - 2B)
Other returners:
Joseph Johnson III (Sr. - P/C), Sam Nasci (Sr. - 1B), Michael Parrott (Sr. - IF), Joe Shaffer (Sr. - P)
Top newcomers: Andrew Carey (Jr. - C/OF), Alex Dean (Jr. - P), Casey Fithian (Soph. - C), Connor Hanson (Jr. - SS), Ethan Potter (Jr. - P/OF), Andrew Stull (Soph. - P/3B)

Season outlook: The Wolves must pitch well and defend to win.

Garfield Bulldogs
Head Coach:
Joe Lucia (3rd year)

2009 Summary: 3-13 KingCo (last in Crest), 4-16 overall
Returning starters: Jack Jajewski (Sr. - SS), Joseph Lucia (Sr. - C/2B/OF), Rubin Palmer (Jr. - OF), Peter Summerville (Sr. - C/1B/3B)
Other returners:
Sean Foster (Sr. - P), Max Savery (Jr. - 3B), Kyle Snow (Sr. - P/OF), John Trupin (Soph. - P/1B), Ian Zapolski (Jr. - P/2B)
Top newcomers:
Vince DaVille (Sr. - DH), Hank Droege (Soph. - P/IF), Hayes Gorecki (Fr. - P/IF/OF), Liam McFeely (Soph. - 2B), Frank Pavia (Sr. - P/3B)

Season outlook: The Bulldogs have more talent in 2010 than they've had in the past four years. That combined with a strong coaching staff and improved practice facilities has Garfield thinking playoffs.

Issaquah Eagles
Head Coach:
Rob Reese(17th year, 281-117 career record)

2009 Summary: 8-8 KingCo (4th in Crest), 14-12 overall, T-5th in State
Returning starters: Marcus Gaan (Sr. - 3B), Grant Gellatly (Sr. - SS), Ethan Kalin (Soph. - P), Devin O'Donnell (Sr. - C), Mike Paulson (Sr. - 1B/P), Spencer Rogers (Sr. - OF/P), Gavin Schumaker (Jr. - 2B), Shane Yarnell (Sr. - P/1B)
Other returners:
Pete Balzarini (Sr. - C/OF), Matt Houser (Sr. - P)
Top newcomers:
Jake Bakamus (Soph. - OF), Kyle Bondo (Sr. - 2B/OF), Adam Dondoyano (Jr. - 2B), Hunter Healey (Sr. - OF), Blake Miller (Soph. - OF), Connor Petrie (Sr. - P), Tyler Propst (Sr. - P), Ben Rosellini (Jr. - OF), Connor Young (Sr. - OF/P)

Season outlook: Issaquah returns 5 pitchers, including all 3 starters from a State qualifier in 2009. Additionally, 6 of 8 position players return, along with senior Grant Gellatly, who returns after missing his entire junior year to injury. Good nucleus of returners, but will need to replace the offense provided by the 1, 2 and 4 hitters of last year's lineup, who were all lost to graduation.

Newport Knights
Head Coach:
Hal DeBerry (1st year)

2009 Summary: 9-7 KingCo (third in Crest), 16-9 overall, KingCo runner-up, 4th place State finish
Returning starters: Daniel Altchech (Jr. - C), Nick Clifford (Jr. - 1B), Jared Fisher (Jr. - P/1B), Victor King (Sr. - OF), Billy Sahlinger (Soph. - 2B), Trace Tam Sing (Sr. - SS), Cole Wiper (Jr. - P/UTIL)
Other returners:
Jeff Gonzales (Sr. - P), Erik Jensen (Jr. - P)

Top newcomers:
Nate Anderson (Soph. - OF), Reid Dilley (Sr. - 3B), Joey Gale (Sr. - P), Kevin Martin (Jr. - OF), Dan Spray (Jr. - IF), Lee Stoops (Jr. - C)

Season outlook: The 2010 Knights return 10 letterman from their 4th place finish at State in '09. First year skipper Hal DeBerry takes over for Brian Fischer. The strength of the 2010 team will be the overall depth of the pitching staff. Jared Fisher, Cole Wiper, Jeff Gonzales and Erik Jensen all saw Varsity action last season. Newcomers Joey Gale and Billy Sahlinger round out the staff. Offensively, the team will be led by veterans Victor King and Washington State signee Trace Tam Sing. Defensively, Newport should be fairly solid up the middle, with returning starters Tam Sing and Sahlinger joined by catcher Daniel Altchech and new center fielder Nate Anderson.

Redmond Mustangs
Head Coach:
Dan Pudwill (6th year, 85-31 career record)

2009 Summary: 14-2 KingCo (Crest division champs), 18-5 overall
Returning starters: Zach Abbruzza (Jr. - P/IF), Ryan Beliel (Sr. - P/C), Josh Bircher (Sr. - IF), Michael Conforto (Jr. - IF), Dylan Davis (Jr. - P/OF), Matthew Kimmel (Sr. - P/OF)
Other returners:
Chad Hui-Peterson (Sr. - IF), Colin O'Brochta (Sr. - P/OF), T.J. Whidby (Jr. - P/IF)
Top newcomers:
Peter Hendron (Soph. - P/OF)

Season outlook: Redmond returns nine players from last year's Crest division championship team, and will look to build on that success. The hope is the Mustangs can take the next step and find themselves fighting their way out of KingCo and into the 4A State tournament.

Skyline Spartans
Head Coach:
Chris Tamminen (7th year)

2009 Summary: 11-5 KingCo (2nd in Crest)
Returning starters: Sean Penberthy (Sr. - OF)
Top newcomers: Dave Brown (Jr. - C), Aaron Caditz (Sr. - IF), Jim Carnes (Sr. - P), Connor Gilchrist (Soph. - OF), Connor Lawhead (Sr. - P), Nate Litka (Jr. - IF), Tyler Neudoefer (Jr. - IF), Jayce Nelson (Sr. - P), Jim Sanatro (Soph. - IF), Mike Smith (Sr. - OF)

Season outlook: The Spartans return just one starter from last year's team and hope the new guys can step up and compete at a high level.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Crown Division Preview

Ballard Beavers
Head Coach: John Lamm (2nd year, 4-16 career record)
2009 Summary: 4-12 KingCo (5th in Crown), 4-16 overall
Returning starters: Charlie Beaudoin (Sr. - P/1B/OF), Kyler Korsmo (Sr. - DH), Steven Weber (Soph. - 1B)
Other returners: Brendan Foor (Jr. - IF), Ryan Garrett (Sr. - P), Danny Thompson (Jr. - OF)
Top newcomers: David Doeer (Sr - OF), Rory Graf-Brennan (Fr. - 2B), Oliver Guarino (Jr. - OF)

Season outlook: The Beavers lost 12 seniors from last years team and return no starting position players. They will be young in 2010 with 4 freshman on the roster and are in the process of changing expectations of what it takes to play 4A baseball at Ballard HS.

Bothell Cougars
Head Coach:
Paul Moody (28th year (13th at Bothell), 310-253 career record)

2009 Summary: 10-6 KingCo (T-2nd in Crown), 13-9 overall
Returning starters: Evan Hudson (Sr. - P), Jordan Kynaston (Jr. - P), Michael Marriott (Sr. - IF), Brian McAfee (Jr. - P),
Kevin McShane (Jr. - P), Gene Watson (Sr. - OF)
Other returners: Kevin Knapp (Sr. - OF), Jason Smith (Sr. - C)
Top newcomers: Henry Baillargeon (Jr. - P), Dain Gilbert (Jr. - 3B), Eric Gregory (Jr. - P), Jon Mercer (Jr. - IF), Anthony Miner (Sr. - P), Ryan Morgan (Jr. - OF), Mitchell Viydo (Jr. - IF), Geoff Watson (Sr. - C)

Season outlook: Bothell graduated several senior starters and will build around a pitching staff led by Evan Hudson.

Inglemoor Vikings
Head Coach:
Bryan McNaghten (3rd year)

2009 Summary: 8-8 KingCo (4th in Crown), 16-10 overall, 4A State participant
Returning starters: Marc Dickerson (Sr. - OF), Mitchell Gonsolus (Jr. - IF), Scott Meyers (Sr. - OF), Obi Taylor (Jr. - P), Spencer Trautman (Sr. - P), Ethan Yeo (Sr. - C)
Other returners: Craig Jacobson (Sr. - IF)
Top newcomers: Dustin Doucette (Jr. - P), Emmett Maki (Jr. - P), Peter Meiusi (Jr. - IF/OF), Conor Savage (Jr. - IF/OF), Garrett Vandiver (Jr. - IF/OF)

Season outlook: The Vikings should have a solid ball club in 2010, although depth is a question mark. To return to State, Inglemoor will need their untested pitching to step up.

Lake Washington Kangs
Head Coach:
Derek Bingham (6th year, 82-33 career record)

2009 Summary: 12-4 KingCo (1st in Crown), 19-6 overall record, KingCo 4A Champions, T-5th in 4A State tournament
Returning starters: Alex Donnelly (Jr. - OF)
Other returners: Trevor Dunlap (Sr. - P), John Shimabukuro (Sr. - IF/OF), Colin Tremblay (Sr. - C)
Top newcomers: Theo Alexander (Soph. - OF), Bob Cruikshank (Jr. - SS/P), Phil Gray (Sr. - IF), Spencer Jackson (Jr. - IF/P), Zach Johnson (Soph. - P/1B), Kory Kohlwes (Jr. - OF), Chris Moore (Jr. - OF), Wesley Russell (Jr. - P/IF), Nori Shimizu (Jr. - P)

Season outlook: The Kangs lost 14 seniors from their '09 KingCo championship team, including 8 of 9 starters and their entire pitching rotation. A young and inexperienced team, Lake Washington will need its newcomers to step up to contend for another league title and a return trip to state.

Roosevelt Roughriders
Head Coach:
Jason Bowie (4th year)

2009 Summary: 2-14 KingCo (last in Crown)
Returning starters: Andrew Johnson (Sr. - IF), Reid Martinez (Jr. - OF)
Other returners:
Spencer Stevenson (Sr. - P/1B), Colin Noteboom (Sr. - P/OF), David Holt (Jr. - P/IF), Tim Moore (Jr. - P/OF)
Top newcomers:
Zach Naon (Soph. - OF/P), Graylin Derke (Soph. - P/IF), Cody Shaul (Soph. - IF/P), Riley O'Leary (Soph. - IF), Tate Maider (Fr. - C)

Season outlook: Roosevelt lost 12 seniors from last year's club and will be a very young team with only two returning starters. Although a youthful bunch, they are looking to be competitive in the Crown division. Pitching will make or break the season for the 'Riders.

Woodinville Falcons
Head Coach:
Terry Agnew (19th year)

2009 Summary: 10-6 KingCo (T-2nd in Crown)
Returning starters: Jake Dammrose (Sr. - OF), Connor Jones (Sr. - P/IF), Dan McMillan (Sr. - 1B/DH), Matt Stefansson (Sr. - C), Luke Taylor (Sr. - P/IF)
Other returners: Spencer Brueske (Sr. - P/OF), Garrett Johnson (Sr. - P), Devin Jones (Sr. - P), Sean Sellers (Jr. - IF)
Top newcomers: Clarke Bader (Soph. - C), Shea Donlin (Soph. - IF), T.C. Florentine (Soph. - OF), Spencer Greer (Soph. - P), Ryland Longoni (Jr. - OF), Tim Roberts (Sr. - OF), Carl Savanavik (Jr. - OF), Doug Sullivan (Jr. - C), Beau Vintertun (Soph. - IF), Jeff Wyner (Soph. - P/OF)

Season outlook: The Falcons should be competitive with a mix of returning players and a strong class of sophomores.