Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Final Days of KingCo Regular Season

The final week of KingCo play started on a wet Monday, with just one game getting in. Tuesday brought a bunch of rescheduled games, many of which will have a significant impact on seeding for the upcoming 3A and 4A KingCo playoffs.

4A Links: [ Current Standings ] [ Playoff Bracket ]
3A Links: [ Current Standings ] [ Playoff Bracket ]

Monday/Tuesday 4A Results
Newport 3, Redmond 2 - In a showdown between the Crest division's top two teams, Newport avenged an early season loss with a 3-2 win over the Mustangs. Senior Cole Wiper and junior Aaron Sandefur combined to strikeout 14 Redmond batters, while seniors Nick Clifford and Jared Fisher each hit home runs. Fisher's was a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza and put the Knights ahead for good. Newport's win brings them within a half-game of Redmond and they will try to close that gap on Wednesday when they travel to Eastlake. A Knights win will be their sixth straight in league, and will secure a Crest Division championship, as they own the tiebreaker over the Mustangs thanks to a better divisional record.

Skyline 9, Issaquah 6 - The Spartans rallied, scoring 6 times in the top of the seventh inning to stun the Eagles, 9-6. Senior Travis Snider picked up the win, working the final two innings and keeping Issaquah off the board. Senior Nate Litka was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, with junior Clayton Huber chipping in with 3 RBI. Skyline finishes the regular season at 8-6 in KingCo play, and will enter the playoffs as the Crest Division's #3 seed. Junior Ethan Kalin hit a grand slam in the first inning for Issaquah, who finishes at 6-8 and will take on Bothell in the first round of the playoffs.

Bothell 1, Garfield 0 - The Cougars finished off a tremendous KingCo regular season, topping the Bulldogs 1-0 on Monday night. Senior Brian McAfee worked 5 shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak to 39 innings. He also doubled home the only Bothell run on the night. Fellow seniors Eric Gregory and Henry Baillargeon each tossed scoreless innings to preserve the 1-0 win. Bothell finishes KingCo play at 13-2 and enters the playoffs as the Crown Division #1 seed. Zach Ward had two of the three hits for Garfield, whose season ends with a 3-12 league record.

Inglemoor 5, Roosevelt 4 - Inglemoor capped off its regular season in style, winning in walk-off fashion on senior night, 5-4. The Vikings carried a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, only to see the Roughriders tie the game with a 3-run sixth inning. Senior Dustin Doucette picked up the win in relief, and was helped by Connor Savage's 2-for-4 night. Inglemoor's KingCo record is 9-6, and they are the Crown Division's #3 seed. They will take on either Newport or Redmond at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning in the first round of the KingCo 4A tourney. Roosevelt's sees their season end with a 2-13 record.

Tuesday 3A Results
Mercer Island 5, Bellevue 3 - Mercer Island kept its hopes alive for a first round bye with a 5-3 win over Bellevue on Tuesday. Details on this game not available. Bellevue finishes up its regular season Wednesday night when they travel to Lee Johnson Field to take on Lake Washington. A win on Wednesday will keep their hopes for a #2 seed and a first round bye alive. MI takes on Sammamish Wednesday in its finale, needing a win to stay in the mix for the #2 seed.

Liberty 3, Mount Si 2 - The Patriots got a much needed win in their playoff chase, knocking off previously unbeaten Mount Si, 3-2. Junior Izak Styskal was the winning pitcher, which puts Liberty at 4-8. A win over Juanita on Wednesday will clinch a playoff spot for the Pats. Junior Trevor Lane took the loss for Mount Si, who is locked in as the KingCo 3A #1 seed at 11-1. Max Brown was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in a losing effort.

Interlake 3, Juanita 1 - Griffin Sutich scattered 7 hits and a run in a complete game victory, as Interlake improved to 8-5 with a 3-1 win over Juanita. Sophomore Carl Snaring doubled and drove in two for the Saints, who will head to 2A districts for their postseason playoffs. Juanita drops to 3-10 with an important game against Liberty on tap for Wednesday.