Full slate of 3A & 4A games on Friday, as sunshine finally arrived (for a day at least) allowing the 4A teams to get caught up on past rainouts:
Friday 3A Results
Lake Washington 12, Mercer Island 11 (11 innings) - In what was likely the game of the year so far in the KingCo conference, the Kangs scored three times in the bottom of the 11th inning to walk-off with a 12-11 win over the defending 3A league champion Islanders. Mercer Island jumped out early with 2 runs in the first and tacked on three more on junior David Oppenheim's three-run home run in the second inning. The teams traded four run innings, MI carrying a 9-6 lead into the seventh. LW would push across three runs to tie the game and send it to extra frames. Both bullpens tossed scoreless innings in the 8th, 9th and 10th before MI broke through with 2 in the top of the 11th. However, the Kangs fought back once again, tying the game on a two-run double by junior Victor Mayorquin and winning it on senior Chris Moore's RBI single. Moore drove in four on the night for LW, with Mayorquin finishing the evening 4-for-7 with a double and 2 RBI. Senior Evan Thompson was 3-for-6 and Oppenheim finished 2-for-4 with the home run and 4 runs batted in for the Islanders.
Mt. Si 9, Juanita 0 - Junior Trevor Taylor struck out 10 Rebels in five shutout innings, propeling the Wildcats to a 9-0 win over Juanita. Taylor's strong start was on the heels of an impressive outing by teammate Trevor Lane in the Mt. Si opener. Senior Max Brown was 3-for-4 with a double and fellow senior Dustin Breshears tripled and stole two bases for the 'Cats. Senior Derek Welsh homered to help the team to a 2-0 KingCo start.
Interlake 9, Sammamish 6 - The Saints scored three times in both the fourth and fifth innings and held off a late Sammamish run for their second straight league win. Junior Carl Snaring doubled twice fresh off an impressive performance on the mound where he struck out 11 in a complete game win over Liberty on Thursday. Sophomore Austin Strothers was the winning pitcher, with the Totems scoring just two runs over the first six innings. Senior infielder Aaron Lawrenson had a big day in defeat, missing the cycle by just a home run going 4-for-4 on the afternoon.
Bellevue 6, Liberty 5 - The Wolverines picked up their second league win in three tries, sending Liberty to 0-2 with the one-run victory.
Friday 4A Results
Ballard 5, Woodinville 4 - The Beavers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held the Falcons scoreless for the final three innings to prevail, 5-4. Brendan Foor and Eric Frank each drove in two runs for Ballard, while Caleb Jaeger worked the final 3 2/3 innings allowing just one hit to earn the win. Junior Spencer Greer took the loss for Woodinville, who fell to 4-2 on the year, two full games behind Bothell in the Crown Division. Every player in the Falcon lineup had one hit, but they failed to string many hits together.
Issaquah 10, Inglemoor 3 - Junior left-hander Ethan Kalin allowed two runs and struck out six over five innings of work and senior Ben Roselini had 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Eagles downed Inglemoor, 10-3. Junior Andrew Kemmerer homered and drove in two runs and fellow junior Brandon Mahlovich had two hits and two runs scored to help pace Issy's 10-hit attack. Obi Taylor took the loss for the defending Crown Division champions, who made four errors in dropping their KingCo record to 3-4.
Skyline 4, Roosevelt 1 - The Roughriders broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the sixth, only to see Skyline score four times in the bottom of the frame as the Spartans beat Roosevelt, 4-1. Senior Travis Snider pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief of Connor Gilchrist, striking out 4 to earn the victory. Snider along with juniors Clayton Huber and Brandon Fischer drove in the Spartan runs. Graylin Derke was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk for Roosevelt, and also threw five scoreless innings before tiring in the 4-run Spartan sixth.
Newport 2, Eastlake 1 (9 innings) - Senior Nick Clifford hit a walk-off solo homerun in the bottom of the 9th, sending the Knights home with a 2-1 win over the Wolves of Eastlake. The game was a pitcher's duel between Eastlake's Andrew Stull and Newport's Cole Wiper. Stull went the distance, allowing just a run in the second inning before Clifford's late heroics. Meanwhile, Wiper was just as impressive, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 11 before handing the ball to senior Erik Jensen, who pitched a shutout top of the ninth for the win.