Saturday, April 17, 2010

Friday (4/16) Wrap

Friday saw the last unbeaten fall as well as a log jam form for the final two playoff spots in the Crown Division...
  • Redmond 4, Inglemoor 2 - A pitchers duel at Hartman Park went the way of the Mustangs as Redmond became the first KingCo team to knock off Inglemoor, 4-2. Junior right hander Zach Abbruzza kept the potent Viking offense in check, scattering 7 hits and 2 earned runs in the complete game victory. Fellow junior Dylan Davis homered and drove in 2 for Redmond, who claimed sole possession of first place in the Crest Division at 8-2 with the win. Craig Jacobson and Garrett Vandiver each had two hits and a double for Inglemoor, who fell to 9-1 with the loss.
  • Woodinville 9, Newport 7 (11 inn.) - Connor Jones' two run home run in the top of the eleventh broke a 7-7 tie and gave the Falcons their fourth straight win, 9-7 over Newport. Jones finished the day 5-for-6 and added a double and three runs scored. Spencer Brueske picked up the win in relief, as Woodinville took a strong hold on second place in the Crown Division, 3 games ahead of Ballard, Bothell and Lake Washington. Billy Sahlinger had four hits and a double in a losing effort, while Nick Clifford and Victor King added home runs for the Knights, who dropped a game behind Redmond.
  • Issaquah 12, Lake Washington 2 - Connor Young's three-run home run capped a seven-run first inning as the Eagles pounded Lake Washington, 12-2. Issaquah banged out 13 hits on the afternoon, with five different players having multi-hit days. Senior Spencer Rogers struck out 7 in a 5-inning complete game, and added 3 RBIs at the plate. Alex Donnelly and Colin Tremblay both doubled for the Kangs, who lost their third straight game to drop to 4-6 in league play.
  • Skyline 7, Bothell 2 - Senior righthander Conner Lawhead won for the second time in four days as Skyline used a 6-run fourth inning to top Bothell 7-2. Lawhead, who pitched four shutout innings on Monday to beat Roosevelt, allowed just 2 hits and 2 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Nate Litka and Aaron Caditz had two doubles each, while Anthony DeMatteo and Mikey Smith drove in two runs a piece. The loss was Bothell's fifth straight to drop them to 4-6, while Skyline completed a perfect week, evening their record at 5-5.
  • Ballard 18, Eastlake 10 - A slugfest on the plateau went the way of the Beavers, as they pounded out 16 hits en route to an 18-10 win over Eastlake. Ballard scored multiple runs in every inning but the second, with senior Charlie Beaudoin leading the way with 2 hits and 3 RBI. Ballard has won three of five games against Crest Division foes, and pulled into a 3-way tie for third place in the Crown at 4-6.
  • Roosevelt 7, Garfield 0 - Graylin Derke shutout the Bulldogs over 5 1/3 innings to lead Roosevelt to their second straight win, 7-0 over Garfield. Derke also chipped in offensively with 2 of the 11 Roughrider hits on the afternoon. Both teams finished the week with 2-8 league records.
With six league games left, there is clear separation in both divisions. Redmond, Newport, Issaquah and Skyline appear on their way to playoff berths in the Crest Division, with the Spartans holding a three game lead over Garfield for the fourth and final playoff spot. Meanwhile, Inglemoor and Woodinville have pulled away from the rest of the Crown Division, with Ballard, Bothell and Lake Washington in a dog fight for the #3 and #4 seeds.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Wednesday (4/14) Results

A little behind...Monday's recaps are still forthcoming, as well as more details about the Week 3 POW's. Here's a closer look at last night's results.
  • Inglemoor 7, Issaquah 6 (8 inn.) - The Vikings extended their unbeaten streak in KingCo play in dramatic fashion, with Scott Meyers' walk-off double in the bottom of the eighth inning pushing Inglemoor past Issaquah 7-6. The win improved Inglemoor to 9-0 in league play, three full games ahead of second place Woodinville in the Crown Division. Senior center fielder Marc Dickerson hit a solo home run in the contest and also made an incredible run-saving catch in the top of the eighth. Emmett Maki worked an inning of shutout relief to pick up the win. Marcus Gaan was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI for the Eagles, who fell out of a first place tie with the loss.
  • Redmond 12, Bothell 8 - Junior Dylan Davis struck out 7 in 5 innings of work and also homered and drove in 3 to lead the Mustangs past Bothell, 12-8. Redmond scored early and often, jumping out to a 10-2 lead after five before Davis gave way to the Redmond bullpen. Bothell rallied with six runs in the bottom half of the sixth inning, but could get no closer than 2 runs. Zach Abbruzza, Matt Kimmel and T.J. Whidby each drove in 2 for the Mustangs, who improved to 7-2 in KingCo play. Michael Marriott drove in 3 runs for Bothell, who suffered their fourth consecutive defeat after starting league play 4-1.
  • Woodinville 8, Garfield 3 - Sophomore Shea Donlin and senior Luke Taylor were each 3-for-3, helping the Falcons win their third straight game, 8-3 over Garfield. Taylor also picked up the win on the mound allowing 3 runs over 5 innings of work while striking out 5. Knuckleballer Ian Zapolsky, who beat Bothell a week earlier, suffered the loss for the Bulldogs. Sophomore T.C. Florentine chipped in with a home run for Woodinville.
  • Newport 4, Lake Washington 0 - Senior right hander Jeffery Gonzales was the story, dominating the Kangs to the tune of a 1-hit shutout as Newport bounced back from Monday's loss to shutout LW, 4-0. Gonzales struck out 11, including the final five hitters of the game. Senior Trevor Dunlap was the tough luck loser for Lake Washington, allowing three earned runs over six innings. Trace Tam Sing returned to action for Newport after missing a few games with an ankle injury, and drove in one of the four Knights runs.
  • Skyline 8, Ballard 0 - Senior Jayce Nelson had his second straight impressive outing, shutting out the Beavers over six innings to lead the Spartans to an 8-0 win. Nelson, who was 5 days removed from allowing 1 run in 6 innings against Woodinville, surrendered just 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. Nate Litka was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI and Anthony DeMatteo drove in three for Skyline, who improved to 4-5. Charlie Beaudoin took the loss for Ballard, who fell to 3-6, one game behind Bothell and Lake Washington for third place in the Crown Division.
  • Roosevelt 2, Eastlake 1 - Tim Moore went the distance for Roosevelt, allowing just six hits and an earned run with 5 punchouts as the Roughriders picked up their first KingCo win, 2-1 over Eastlake. Both teams finished the day with 1-8 records in league play.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Week 3 KingCo Awards

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 3: April 5 - 10, 2010

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Spencer Rogers, Sr., Issaquah

Spencer Rogers, a senior committed to the University of Washington, wins player of the week honors in the Crest divsion for week 3. Rogers finished the two game week 3-for-7 with a walk, 3 runs scored and 3 RBI. He also was the winning pitcher in the Eagles 13-1 win over Ballard, allowing 3 hits and a run in a complete game victory.

Also nominated: None

Pitcher of the Week: Shane Yarnell, Sr., Issaquah

A clean sweep of the week 3 awards for the Eagles, as senior righthander Shane Yarnell is the pitcher of the week in the Crest division. Yarnell tossed a 1-hit, 76-pitch complete game shutout in Issaquah's 4-0 win over Roosevelt. The senior improved to 3-0 in KingCo play, striking out 5 while not walking a single batter. For the season, Yarnell has a 1.24 ERA with 3 walks and 16 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched.

Also nominated: Ryan Beliel, Redmond

Crown Division
Player of the Week: Scott Meyers, Sr., Inglemoor
Inglemoor senior outfielder Scott Meyers is the Crown division week 3 player of the week for his performance in the Vikings 2-0 week. Meyers was 3-for-6 with a triple, home run and 4 RBI, helping Inglemoor stay unbeaten at 7-0 in KingCo play. Meyers is the second straight Viking to win the award, following up junior Peter Meiusi, who took home the honors last week.

Also nominated: Ethan Yeo, Inglemoor; Bob Cruikshank, LW

Pitcher of the Week: Luke Taylor, Sr., Woodinville
Based on a one-hit shutout of Skyline, Woodinville senior Luke Taylor is the winner of the pitcher of the week award in the Crown division for week 3. Taylor, a University of Hawaii signee, outdueled Skyline's Jayce Nelson in a 1-0 win for the Falcons. He allowed just the one hit and two walks while striking out five.

Also nominated: Trevor Dunlap, LW

Monday, April 12, 2010

State Rankings and Week 4 Preview

This week's high school rankings are out, and the KingCo 4A conference is well represented in both polls. In the Washington State Baseball Poll, Inglemoor checks in at #2, with Newport (#7) and Redmond (#8) also cracking the top 10. Four KingCo teams are ranked in the Seattle Times 4A state poll, with Newport the highest ranked team at #2. Inglemoor follows a #7, and Redmond (#9) and Issaquah (#10) round out the top 10.

Click the links below for the full state rankings from each site:

This week features many premier matchups, with unbeaten Inglemoor facing their toughest test yet. The Vikings, who enter the week on a nine-game win streak (7-0 in league play), will start the week against Crest Division co-leader Newport (6-1). Wednesday brings a home date with Issaquah (5-2), with Inglemoor traveling to Redmond (6-1) on Friday to face off against the other co-leader in the Crest Division.

Catching Up...

Two rainout make-ups were played last week and did not get recapped...
  • (Wednesday) Skyline 13, Garfield 3 - The Spartans broke a 3-3 tie with a 10-run sixth inning, topping Garfield 13-3. The outburst came immediately following the Bulldogs tying the game at three in the top half of the frame. Junior Nate Litka was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI and senior Sean Penberthy drove in 4 runs for Skyline.
  • (Friday) Lake Washington 10, Eastlake 7 - LW rebounded from a slow start to top the Wolves, 10-7. Eastlake scored five runs in the top of the first inning, with RBI hits by Joseph Johnson and Quinn Hawksworth. The Kangs responded with three runs in the bottom of the first and put up 7 runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings to take a lead they would not relinquish. Senior Jamie Wallace picked up the win in relief, working 4 1/3 shutout innings, while junior Bob Cruikshank was 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. LW stole eight bases in the game, and currently leads the KingCo conference with 31 stolen bases.