Wednesday saw a bit of a bounce back by the KingCo 3A teams, as they picked up a couple wins against formidable 4A opponents:
Mercer Island 2, Newport 0 - In a game between presumed title contenders from both leagues, junior Max Dammeier outdueled senior and University of Oregon bound Cole Wiper to lead Mercer Island to a 2-0 win. Dammeier allowed just a hit and two walks, striking out six in five innings of work to pick up the win. Fellow junior Hunter Goldberg worked the final two innings for the save, striking out two in the process. Junior Nick Holstead and senior George Jiranek each were 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Islanders, who scored single runs in the 2nd and 7th inning. Junior Billy Sahlinger doubled for Newport in the loss.
Mount Si 8, Bothell 2 - Trevor Lane helped his Wildcats respond to an opening day loss, leading Mount Si to an 8-2 win over Bothell. The junior started and pitched the first five innings, allowing just an unearned run on three hits while striking out four. Lane along with senior second baseman Dustin Breshears homered for the Wildcats, who bounced back nicely from an 11-1 loss at the hands of Redmond on Monday. Tim Proudfoot and Reece Karalus each had two hits, while Max Brown doubled and drove in two to pace the Mount Si offensive attack. Bothell, which opened their season with an extra-inning win over Bellevue on Monday, was led by John Mercer and Sam Lee, who each had doubles. Kevin McShane took the loss for the Cougars.
Redmond 5, Juanita 2 - Juniors Adam Cline and Peyton Lutz combined on a 5-hitter as the Mustangs beat the Rebels 5-2 at Hartman Park on Wednesday night. Coming off an 11 run performance in the opener, the bats were a little quieter for Redmond thanks to Juanita senior starter Brick Kawabata who kept the Stangs off balance. Senior Zach Abbruzza was 2-for-2 with an RBI, with T.J. Whidby, Connor Bozman, Nick Rothermel and Jake Levin each driving in a run as well. Cline was the winning pitcher, allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. Lutz worked the final 2 2/3, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out three in earning the save. Brian Nolan had two of Juanita's five hits on the evening, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Woodinville 7, Monroe 6 - Junior Beau Vintertun's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Falcons home victorious, winning a non-league game 7-6 over Monroe. Woodinville jumped out early with 2 runs in the first and 3 more in the third. Senior and Oregon State bound Marty Luckenbach started and allowed just an unearned run over three innings of work. Monroe would score a run in the third and explode for five in the fourth to grab a 6-5 lead. The Falcons tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and won it with Vintertun's heroics in the seventh. Senior Carl Svanevik was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and C.J. Florentine finished with 2 hits for Woodinville, who is off to a 2-0 start.
Eastlake 7, Glacier Peak 1 - A six-run fifth inning broke open a tight game, as Eastlake doubled their win total from a season ago with a 7-1 win over Glacier Peak. Junior Andrew Stull was the winning pitcher for the Wolves, working four shutout innings allowing just one hit. Seniors Evan Young and Alex Dean finished things off, allowing a single run over the final three frames. Nick Kassuba, Connor Hanson and Andrew Corey each had two hits as part of the Wolves' 13-hit attack. Scott Ford and Tim Peruchini doubled in a losing effort for GP.
Liberty 2, Auburn Mountainview 1 - The Patriots scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings and held on for a 2-1 win over the Lions of Auburn Mountainview.