With both leagues on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule this week, each day is packed with nine scheduled games. Monday amazingly brought nice enough weather for all nine games to be played - has to be a first this year! Here's a quick look at the results...
Monday 4A Results
Redmond 11, Bothell 9 - In a battle of previously unbeaten KingCo teams, the Mustangs pounded out 12 hits to down Crown division leading Bothell, 11-9. The bulk of the runs were scored early in the game, with Redmond leading 9-8 after just three innings of play. 'Stang shortstop and Oregon State bound Michael Conforto was 3-for-3 with a double and two home runs, driving in 2 and scoring three more on the night. Fellow future Beaver Dylan Davis homered and drove in three, and also earned the win on the mound despite a shaky start to the game. For the Cougars, Ryan Morgan had a big night, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI. Redmond also got contributions from junior Peter Hendron (2-for-3, double, 2 RBI, 3 runs) and T.J. Whidby (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI) in improving to 7-0. The loss dropped Bothell to 6-1, a full game ahead of second place Woodinville in the Crown division.
Issaquah 8, Ballard 3 - Junior Brandon Mahlovich pitched a complete game and also homered to lead the Eagles to their third straight KingCo win, 8-3 over Ballard. The right hander allowed 7 hits and 3 earned, striking out 8 going the distance for the win. Issaquah improves to 4-3 in KingCo play, just a game behind Newport for second place in the Crest Division. Ballard, who had their mini-winning streak snapped, got strong performances from Ryan Kangas (2-for-3, RBI) and Nelson Cooper (2-for-3, double, HR, 2 RBI).
Inglemoor 7, Skyline 5 - The Vikings got back on track Monday, evening their league record at 4-4 with a 7-5 win over the Spartans of Skyline. Emmett Maki was 3-for-4 with 3 runs batted in for Inglemoor, which got a solid performance from senior Dustin Doucette on the mound. Skyline's Nate Litka was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI in a losing effort.
Roosevelt 6, Eastlake 3 - Senior Reid Martinez drove in four of the Roughriders 6 runs as they picked up their second league win, 6-3 over the Eastlake Wolves. Martinez finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, also adding three stolen bases. David Holt worked the first 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win, with senior Tim Moore finishing the game in style, striking out 5 over the last 2 2/3. John Armour and Robert Nolan each had two hits for Eastlake, which remained winless dropping to 0-7.
Newport 6, Garfield 5 - The Knights climbed out of an early deficit thanks to the relief efforts of junior Aaron Sandefur, scoring 3 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to down the Bulldogs, 6-5. Sandefur came on relief in the third inning and tossed five shutout innings, allowing Newport to complete the comeback. He allowed just 3 hits without walking a batter, picking up 6 strikeouts along the way. Senior Jared Fisher, the reigning KingCo 4A pitcher of the week, continued to swing a hot bat as well, driving in 3 runs while going 2-for-4. Senior Daniel Altchech also drove in two for the Knights, who improved to 5-2 on the season. Garfield lost its seventh straight KingCo game despite strong efforts from sophomore Chandler Honican (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Zach Ward (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Spencer Scott (1-for-4, double, 2 RBI).
Monday 3A Results
Mount Si 11, Liberty 0 - Senior shortstop Tim Proudfoot went deep three times, as the Wildcats hit five home runs in an 11-0 whitewash of the Patriots. Mount Si has opened league play on fire, with their starting pitchers allowing just 2 runs in four starts. Offensively they've been on a tear as well, outscoring their opponents 39-6 in their 4 wins. Last week's KingCo 3A player of the week Max Brown homered as did junior Reece Karalus. Junior Trevor Lane struck out eight in four innings of work to pick up the win.
LW 7, Juanita 3 - Long-time Kirkland rivals Lake Washington and Juanita met for the first time since 2008, with the Kangs earning early bragging rights with a 7-3 win over the Rebels. Senior Wesley Russell tossed six strong innings in his first league start of the season, scattering 7 hits and not walking a batter. He struck out 5 Rebels en route to the win. The Kangs were led offensively by junior Victor Mayorquin, who was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the fourth inning. Senior Kory Kohlwes and junior Zach Johnson each had 2 hits for LW, which moved to 3-1 in league play. Senior J.J. Caldwell was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Juanita, who takes on Mercer Island Tuesday in a game rained out from last week. Lake Washington shortstop Bob Cruikshank doubled and scored in the 7th and has at least one hit in each of the Kangs' 10 games this season.
Interlake 3, Mercer Island 2 - The Saints pitching staff continued to impress on Monday, this time keeping Mercer Island in check for a 3-2 win over the Islanders. Interlake has allowed just 12 runs over their first four KingCo contests helping them to a 3-1 start. Griffin Sutich, Gavin McNeils and Ari Kira combined on a 7-hitter, with Kira striking out the final M.I. batter of the game with the tying and go ahead runs on base. Austin Strother was 2-for-3 with a triple, driving in two runs in Interlake's decisive 3-run sixth inning. M.I. drops to 0-3 and will look to get in the win column when they play host to Juanita Tuesday night.
Bellevue 5, Sammamish 1 - A battle of two young pitchers went the way of the Wolverines, as they improved to 3-1 with a 5-1 win over Sammamish. Junior Michael Raine outdueled Totems freshman Joe Giachetti in this one, with Bellevue scoring all of its runs over the final three innings. Raine allowed just a run on four hits in the complete game victory. He collected 9 strikeouts against just one walk, throwing 51 of his 86 pitches for strikes. The Wolverines were led offensively by senior Reid Wagner, who was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI. Sophomore Jack Meggs (triple, 2 runs) and Jack Perkins (double) also made strong contributions to the win. Sammamish dropped to 0-4 with the loss despite a strong performance from their freshman right hander. Aaron Lawrenson and Chris Strain each doubled in defeat.