Friday, May 13, 2011

Bothell Wins 4A; Mount Si - LW for 3A Title

Playoff Brackets: [ 4A Tournament ] [ 3A Tournament ]

**NOTE - Yesterday's posts have been temporarily removed by the hosting service. They should be restored sometime today. **

KingCo 4A Championship Game
Bothell 4, Newport 3 - Congratulations to the Bothell Cougars, who won the 2011 KingCo 4A championship with a 4-3 win over Newport on Thursday night. Cougars starter Brian McAfee saw his scoreless innings streak end at 46 innings, but would I'm sure trade that for a KingCo championship any day. The Cornell-bound senior allowed seven hits and three runs in a complete game victory, securing Bothell's second KingCo tournament championship in four years. Senior Jon Mercer homered and drove in two and junior Mark Woods drove in the eventual game-winner, breaking a tie in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Keith Van Court homered for the Knights, who enter the
4A state tournament as the District 2 #2 seed. Bothell is the #1 seed from District 2 and will open the state tourney at Kent Memorial on Saturday, May 21st.

KingCo 4A Third Place Game
Redmond 6, Inglemoor 2 - The third time was the charm for Redmond against Inglemoor, as they kept their season alive with a 6-2 win over the Vikings. Seniors Dustin Doucette (Inglemoor) and Dylan Davis (Redmond) faced off against each other, with Davis finally coming out on top after losing the first two meetings. The Oregon State bound senior allowing just 2 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Davis helped himself offensively, as both he and Patrick McGrath homered in the victory. Redmond has won three straight games since an opening round loss, and will take on the winner of the
WesCo third place game between Mariner - Marysville Pilchuck. The WesCo game is this afternoon at 3:00 PM, with the bi-district winner to state game is scheduled for Monday, May 16th. Inglemoor's impressive tournament run ends with the loss, finishing at 15-9 on the season.

KingCo 3A Semi-Finals
Lake Washington 10, Sammamish 1 - Senior Bob Cruikshank tossed a complete-game four hitter and junior Zach Johnson homered twice and drove in four as the Kangs advanced to the KingCo 3A Championship game with a 10-1 win over Sammamish. Cruikshank, who recently signed with the University of San Francisco, settled in after a 28-pitch first inning, needing just 56 more pitches over the final six frames. Johnson's first home run in the third inning gave LW their first lead at 2-1. He followed that up his next at-bat with another blast deep to right-center field to push the lead to 5-1. Cruikshank did the rest, helping LW advance to their fourth KingCo title game in the past seven seasons. Senior Chris Moore was 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI for the Kangs. Sammamish must now win twice on Saturday to keep their state tournament hopes alive.

Mount Si 5, Mercer Island 0 - Mount Si punched their ticket to the KingCo title game behind junior Trevor Lane's shutout as the Wildcats topped MI, 5-0. Lane allowed just five hits and struck out nine, and also added two hits and 2 RBI to help his cause. Seniors Dustin Breshears (1-for-3, triple) and Tim Proudfoot (2-for-3, RBI, two runs) were part of the Wildcats balanced 9-hit attack. Senior George Jiranek took the loss for the Islanders, who will take on Sammamish in the first of two loser-out games on Saturday.

The KingCo 3A championship game will feature the top two seeds - Lake Washington (#2) vs. Mount Si (#1). The game is set for Friday night 7:00 PM at Bannerwood Park in Belleuve. The winner earns the District 2 top seed in the 3A state tournament. The loser will play the Sammamish-Mercer Island winner (Saturday, 1:00 PM) on Saturday at 4:00 PM for the right to play Metro #4 with a trip to state on the line.