Mount Si and Lake Washington played a championship game for the ages on Friday night. Saturday brought the end of the KingCo baseball playoffs, with district and state tournament games left to be played.
Friday, 5/13 - KingCo 3A Championship
Mount Si 1, Lake Washington 0 (8 innings) - Dustin Breshears' single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated Ryan Atkinson with the game's lone run, as Mount Si edged Lake Washington in dramatic fashion for the KingCo 3A championship. The epic game featured two dominant pitchers, with Mount Si's Reece Karalus and LW's Spencer Jackson controlling the game all night. It also featured tremendous defense at opportune times, with numerous web gems ending scoring threats the entire night. Karalus was the winner, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 6 in 8 shutout innings. Jackson was just as tough, scattering 7 hits and the lone run with one out in the eighth. Neither pitcher walked a single batter the entire game - incredible command from both arms. Mount Si wins both the regular season and tournament championship, and will advance to the 3A state tournament as the KingCo #1 seed. LW would have to wait for the Sammamish/Mercer Island winner to determine their fate.
Saturday, 5/14 - KingCo 3A
Mercer Island 11, Sammamish 1 - Freshman Chris Lawler helped keep the Islanders' season alive, allowing just three hits and a run in four solid innings as MI topped Sammamish 11-1 in the first of two Saturday contests. Junior David Oppenheim led the Islander 11 hit attack, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and four runs scored, while Brian Higgins and Jordan Richartz each drove in 3. Mercer Island would advance to the 4:00 PM loser-out game against LW, with Sammamish's season coming to an end at 10-13.
Lake Washington 6, Mercer Island 2 - The Kangs got strong pitching from junior Zach Johnson and a big performance from senior Chris Moore in topping the Islanders, 6-2. The win earns LW the KingCo #2 seed and a date with Metro #4 Bishop Blanchet on Tuesday night with a state tournament berth on the line. Johnson allowed two earned runs over six innings, his fourth consecutive quality start. Lake Washington responded from a leadoff home run from MI's David Oppenheim by scoring twice in the bottom of the first and four more times in the bottom of the second. Moore finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, while sophomore catcher Steve Semler was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Oppenheim finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and the HR, giving him 4 doubles and a home run in the doubleheader.