In what was opening night for many of the KingCo 3A/4A teams, the upper division flexed their muscles, winning all of the non-league contests pitting 3A & 4A teams.
Redmond 11, Mt. Si 1 - Highly touted senior Dylan Davis lived up to the preseason hype in the opener, homering twice and driving in 5 in the Mustangs 11-1 win over Mt. Si on opening night. Davis hit 2-run home runs in both the first and third innings, and later added a bases loaded walk and a double, which was a couple feet away from home run #3 of the night. In addition to his work at the plate, Davis (who is signed to play at Oregon State University next season) also picked up the win on the mound, tossing 4 innings allowing just one unearned run while striking out three. Fellow senior and Gonzaga signee Zach Abbruzza broke the game open with a bases-clearing three run double in the bottom of the 5th. Senior T.J. Whidby worked two perfect innings in relief of Davis, striking out 3 of the six batters he faced.
Eastlake 6, Interlake 2 - In coach Kevin Agnew's Eastlake coaching debut, his Wolves used early runs and solid pitching to lead them past Interlake, 6-2. Alex Dean started on the mound for Eastlake and was impressive, striking out five in three shutout innings. David Stariha provided the offensive punch, picking up a double and a triple on the day. Sophomore Sam Finfer doubled and scored both runs for Interlake.
Bothell 4, Bellevue 3 (8 inn.) - In a hotly contested opening game, Bothell was able to prevail, pushing the winning run across in the bottom of the 8th inning for a 4-3 win over Bellevue. The two schools known for their football prowess, staged quite possibly the best game of Monday's slate. Bellevue took an early lead with a single run in the third. Bothell responded with 3 fourth inning runs, two coming on a double by senior Brian McAfee. The Wolverines tied the game with two runs in the top of the fifth, but could never get back on top. Brady Mickelson pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win, while Dain Gilbert added two hits for the Cougars.
Inglemoor 10, O'Dea 3 - The Vikings made a statement in their season opener, scoring in 5 of their 6 offensive innings en route to a 10-3 rout of defending 3A state champion O'Dea. Senior Dustin Doucette allowed just a single run in three innings of work in his opening night start. Senior infielder and Gonzaga-bound Mitchell Gonsolus tripled twice and drove in four, and also got help from Emmett Maki (2-run double) and junior Blake Wilson (2 hits, 2 RBI). The senior trio of Maki, Obi Taylor and Alex Morrow worked the final four innings in relief, holding the high-powered Irish in check.
Newport 7, Eastside Catholic 2 - Senior and University of Washington signee Jared Fisher stole the show in the Knights opener, striking out four in four hitless innings while going 2-3 with a triple and 4 RBI as Newport downed Eastside Catholic, 7-2. Junior Nate Anderson was 3-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for Newport, which was hosting their annual opener at Husky Ballpark.
Bishop Blanchet 11, Ballard 5 - The Beavers were the lone KingCo 4A team in action to lose on Monday, dropping an 11-5 decision to Bishop Blanchet. Oliver Guarino led the way for Ballard, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Caleb Jaeger was the losing pitcher, allowing two runs in just two-thirds of an inning.
Woodinville 7, Juanita 0 - Junior Spencer Greer and senior Kalei Kover combined on a 6-hit shutout, as the Falcons opened their season with a 7-0 win over the Rebels of Juanita. Greer started and picked up the win, striking out 6 in his 4 innings of work. Kover worked the final three frames, striking out four and picking up the save. Woodinville's offense was led by senior Carl Svanevik, who was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. The Falcons were also aggressive on the basepaths, swiping six bags in as many tries. Jyran McNairy doubled for Juanita in the loss.
Rainouts - Kentridge @ Issaquah, Mercer Island @ Garfield