Pitching dominated the first round of the KingCo 4A playoffs on Saturday, with the four winning teams combining to allow just five total runs.
KingCo 4A - First Round Results
Inglemoor 8, Redmond 1 - For the second time this season, Vikings senior right-hander Dustin Doucette stymied the Mustangs, this time in an 8-1 Inglemoor playoff win. Doucette allowed just one run on five hits while striking out five, sending his Viks to a winner-to-state game on Monday. Junior Blake Wilson led the Inglemoor attack, finishing the day 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. Redmond will also play Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM in a loser-out game at Inglemoor HS.
Bothell 2, Issaquah 0 - In what should come as no surprise to followers of the KingCo baseball blog, Bothell's Brian McAfee continued to be the story, outdueling Issaquah senior Brandon Mahovlich in a 2-0 Cougar win. McAfee extended his scoreless streak to an incredible 46 innings, allowing just four hits and not walking a single batter while striking out six. John Mercer and Mitchell Viydo drove in runs in the first and fifth innings, with McAfee taking care of the rest. Bothell will square off with Inglemoor for a spot in the KingCo championship, while Issaquah will fight for their lives in an elimination game against Redmond.
Skyline 4, Woodinville 1 - Brandon Fischer and Zach Liddle each hit solo home runs, propeling the Spartans to a 4-1 win over Woodinville. The game was delayed for over an hour due to rain and lightning, with Skyline prevailing through the raindrops. Senior Travis Snider picked up the win, with junior Marty Luckenbach taking the loss for Woodinville.
Newport 12, Ballard 3 - The Knights scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings, cruising to a 12-3 opening round victory over the Beavers. UW bound senior Jared Fisher allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings of work and also doubled and drove in three runs. Cole Wiper, Daniel Altchech and Billy Sahlinger each drove in two runs a piece, pacing Newport's 12-hit attack. Newport advances to the Monday night's semi-finals at Woodinville HS, where they will take on Skyline at 7:00 PM. Meanwhile, Ballard will face Woodinville at Inglemoor HS on Monday with the loser going home.