Playoff Brackets: [ 4A Tournament ] [ 3A Tournament ]
First Round 3A Games
Sammamish 1, Bellevue 0 - Freshman Joe Giacchetti pitched like a seasoned veteran, allowing just 3 hits in a complete game 1-0 shutout of Bellevue. The right hander spotted his fastball and mixed his pitches well all afternoon, keeping the Wolverines off balance and off the scoreboard. Giacchetti did not strike out a single Bellevue hitter, but allowed just 6 baserunners all day. Chris Strain doubled home a run in the top of the first, which amazingly held up the entire game. Strain finished the day 2-for-3 with a double, triple and the eventual game winning RBI. Sammamish moves on to the semi-finals to take on Lake Washington. Michael Raine matched Giacchetti nearly pitch for pitch, allowing just the single run on 6 hits while striking out 10. He takes the defeat for Bellevue, whose season comes to an end with the loss.
Mercer Island 10, Liberty 1 - It was an impressive first round showing for the defending KingCo tournament champions, as they scored early and often in a 10-1 romp over Liberty. Junior Max Dammeier struck out five in 6 strong innings, and the Islanders got help offensively from Brian Higgins (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Cameron Ogard (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and Evan Thompson (2-for-2, double, 2 RBI). MI will now play the top seed Mount Si in the second of two semifinal games on Friday. Junior Izak Styskal took the loss for the Patriots, who were eliminated despite possibly being the league's hottest team in the second half.
Losers Bracket 4A Games
Redmond 7, Skyline 0 - Senior Zach Abbruzza dominated the Spartans, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 7 in Redmond's 7-0 win on Tuesday. The win was the second straight loser-out victory for the Mustangs, who need one more win on Thursday to advance to the district play-in game against WesCo #3 on Saturday. Abbruzza was also 3-for-4 with an RBI, and got help from fellow seniors Dylan Davis (2-for-4, 3-run HR) and Nick Rothermel (2-for-3, double, 2 runs). Clayton Huber took the loss for Skyline, which sees its season come to an end with an 11-12 record.
Inglemoor 9, Woodinville 8 - The two Northshore rivals hooked up in an instant classic on Tuesday night, with the Vikings prevailing 9-8. Inglemoor scored four times in both the first and last innings of the game, with the latter helping them overcome a 3-run seventh inning deficit. Woodinville fought back from the four-run first, scoring 3 runs in their half of the frame and two each in the third and fourth innings to take a 7-5 lead. A single run in the bottom of the sixth extended the lead to 8-5, but they could not hold off the late Vikings charge. Sophomore infielder Brandon Edwards was 4-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead Inglemoor, which will take on Redmond for the second time in the KingCo tournament and third time this season. Woodinville's season ends with a 14-7 record.