Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday Wrap

Wednesday saw a bit of a bounce back by the KingCo 3A teams, as they picked up a couple wins against formidable 4A opponents:

Wednesday Results
Mercer Island 2, Newport 0 - In a game between presumed title contenders from both leagues, junior Max Dammeier outdueled senior and University of Oregon bound Cole Wiper to lead Mercer Island to a 2-0 win. Dammeier allowed just a hit and two walks, striking out six in five innings of work to pick up the win. Fellow junior Hunter Goldberg worked the final two innings for the save, striking out two in the process. Junior Nick Holstead and senior George Jiranek each were 1-for-3 with an RBI for the Islanders, who scored single runs in the 2nd and 7th inning. Junior Billy Sahlinger doubled for Newport in the loss.

Mount Si 8, Bothell 2 - Trevor Lane helped his Wildcats respond to an opening day loss, leading Mount Si to an 8-2 win over Bothell. The junior started and pitched the first five innings, allowing just an unearned run on three hits while striking out four. Lane along with senior second baseman Dustin Breshears homered for the Wildcats, who bounced back nicely from an 11-1 loss at the hands of Redmond on Monday. Tim Proudfoot and Reece Karalus each had two hits, while Max Brown doubled and drove in two to pace the Mount Si offensive attack. Bothell, which opened their season with an extra-inning win over Bellevue on Monday, was led by John Mercer and Sam Lee, who each had doubles. Kevin McShane took the loss for the Cougars.

Redmond 5, Juanita 2 - Juniors Adam Cline and Peyton Lutz combined on a 5-hitter as the Mustangs beat the Rebels 5-2 at Hartman Park on Wednesday night. Coming off an 11 run performance in the opener, the bats were a little quieter for Redmond thanks to Juanita senior starter Brick Kawabata who kept the Stangs off balance. Senior Zach Abbruzza was 2-for-2 with an RBI, with T.J. Whidby, Connor Bozman, Nick Rothermel and Jake Levin each driving in a run as well. Cline was the winning pitcher, allowing 4 hits and 2 earned runs over 4 1/3 innings. Lutz worked the final 2 2/3, allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out three in earning the save. Brian Nolan had two of Juanita's five hits on the evening, finishing the night 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Woodinville 7, Monroe 6 - Junior Beau Vintertun's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning sent the Falcons home victorious, winning a non-league game 7-6 over Monroe. Woodinville jumped out early with 2 runs in the first and 3 more in the third. Senior and Oregon State bound Marty Luckenbach started and allowed just an unearned run over three innings of work. Monroe would score a run in the third and explode for five in the fourth to grab a 6-5 lead. The Falcons tied the game in the bottom of the fourth and won it with Vintertun's heroics in the seventh. Senior Carl Svanevik was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and C.J. Florentine finished with 2 hits for Woodinville, who is off to a 2-0 start.

Eastlake 7, Glacier Peak 1 - A six-run fifth inning broke open a tight game, as Eastlake doubled their win total from a season ago with a 7-1 win over Glacier Peak. Junior Andrew Stull was the winning pitcher for the Wolves, working four shutout innings allowing just one hit. Seniors Evan Young and Alex Dean finished things off, allowing a single run over the final three frames. Nick Kassuba, Connor Hanson and Andrew Corey each had two hits as part of the Wolves' 13-hit attack. Scott Ford and Tim Peruchini doubled in a losing effort for GP.

Liberty 2, Auburn Mountainview 1 - The Patriots scored single runs in the 2nd and 3rd innings and held on for a 2-1 win over the Lions of Auburn Mountainview.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Totems Win 3A/4A Clash with Garfield

There was just one lone game played on Tuesday involving KingCo 3A/4A teams:

Sammamish 7, Garfield 6 - The Totems survived a 6-run fourth inning by the Bulldogs, picking up their second win in as many days, 7-6 over Garfield. Sammamish jumped out to an early 5-0 lead keyed by a two-run single by Craig Sweet. However, Zach Ward sparked Garfield's 6-run outburst in the fourth with a three-run double, putting his Bulldogs ahead 6-5. Sammamish jumped back ahead with a couple unearned runs in the fifth and relief pitcher Jacob West did the rest, holding Garfield scoreless over the final three frames to preserve the win. Sweet finished the day 4-for-4 with the 2 RBI and amazingly has not been retired in his first two games. The Sammamish first baseman has started the season 7-for-7, driving in 4 runs in the process. Chris Strain chipped in with 2 hits, a double and an RBI for Sammamish. Joe Renner took the loss for Garfield despite not allowing an earned run in 1 2/3 innings of work.

One late result from Monday to report:

Sammamish 6, Hazen 4 - The Totems used a 3-run sixth inning to overcome a 4-3 deficit and top Hazen, 6-4. Craig Sweet led the way offensively, going 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Michael Colombi was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Aaron Lawrenson doubled for Sammamish, who starts the season out with a W. Joe Giacchetti tossed three shutout innings in relief of starter Paul Heywood to earn the victory.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Opening Monday

In what was opening night for many of the KingCo 3A/4A teams, the upper division flexed their muscles, winning all of the non-league contests pitting 3A & 4A teams.

Monday Results
Redmond 11, Mt. Si 1 - Highly touted senior Dylan Davis lived up to the preseason hype in the opener, homering twice and driving in 5 in the Mustangs 11-1 win over Mt. Si on opening night. Davis hit 2-run home runs in both the first and third innings, and later added a bases loaded walk and a double, which was a couple feet away from home run #3 of the night. In addition to his work at the plate, Davis (who is signed to play at Oregon State University next season) also picked up the win on the mound, tossing 4 innings allowing just one unearned run while striking out three. Fellow senior and Gonzaga signee Zach Abbruzza broke the game open with a bases-clearing three run double in the bottom of the 5th. Senior T.J. Whidby worked two perfect innings in relief of Davis, striking out 3 of the six batters he faced.

Eastlake 6, Interlake 2 - In coach Kevin Agnew's Eastlake coaching debut, his Wolves used early runs and solid pitching to lead them past Interlake, 6-2. Alex Dean started on the mound for Eastlake and was impressive, striking out five in three shutout innings. David Stariha provided the offensive punch, picking up a double and a triple on the day. Sophomore Sam Finfer doubled and scored both runs for Interlake.

Bothell 4, Bellevue 3 (8 inn.) - In a hotly contested opening game, Bothell was able to prevail, pushing the winning run across in the bottom of the 8th inning for a 4-3 win over Bellevue. The two schools known for their football prowess, staged quite possibly the best game of Monday's slate. Bellevue took an early lead with a single run in the third. Bothell responded with 3 fourth inning runs, two coming on a double by senior Brian McAfee. The Wolverines tied the game with two runs in the top of the fifth, but could never get back on top. Brady Mickelson pitched two scoreless innings in relief for the win, while Dain Gilbert added two hits for the Cougars.

Inglemoor 10, O'Dea 3 - The Vikings made a statement in their season opener, scoring in 5 of their 6 offensive innings en route to a 10-3 rout of defending 3A state champion O'Dea. Senior Dustin Doucette allowed just a single run in three innings of work in his opening night start. Senior infielder and Gonzaga-bound Mitchell Gonsolus tripled twice and drove in four, and also got help from Emmett Maki (2-run double) and junior Blake Wilson (2 hits, 2 RBI). The senior trio of Maki, Obi Taylor and Alex Morrow worked the final four innings in relief, holding the high-powered Irish in check.

Newport 7, Eastside Catholic 2 - Senior and University of Washington signee Jared Fisher stole the show in the Knights opener, striking out four in four hitless innings while going 2-3 with a triple and 4 RBI as Newport downed Eastside Catholic, 7-2. Junior Nate Anderson was 3-3 with an RBI and two runs scored for Newport, which was hosting their annual opener at Husky Ballpark.

Bishop Blanchet 11, Ballard 5 - The Beavers were the lone KingCo 4A team in action to lose on Monday, dropping an 11-5 decision to Bishop Blanchet. Oliver Guarino led the way for Ballard, going 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Caleb Jaeger was the losing pitcher, allowing two runs in just two-thirds of an inning.

Woodinville 7, Juanita 0 - Junior Spencer Greer and senior Kalei Kover combined on a 6-hit shutout, as the Falcons opened their season with a 7-0 win over the Rebels of Juanita. Greer started and picked up the win, striking out 6 in his 4 innings of work. Kover worked the final three frames, striking out four and picking up the save. Woodinville's offense was led by senior Carl Svanevik, who was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI. The Falcons were also aggressive on the basepaths, swiping six bags in as many tries. Jyran McNairy doubled for Juanita in the loss.

Rainouts - Kentridge @ Issaquah, Mercer Island @ Garfield