Friday, April 8, 2011

Fisher Near Perfect in Knights Win

One late result coming in from Thursday night:

Newport 5, Inglemoor 0 - UW signee Jared Fisher was an infield single in the seventh away from perfection, leading the Knights to their third straight win, 5-0 over Inglemoor. Fisher needed just 81 pitches to cruise the distance, allowing just the one hit and no walks while racking up 10 punchouts. Senior Cole Wiper paced the offense, going 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Junior Billy Sahlinger added a home run to help Newport improve to 3-1 in KingCo play. Emmett Maki took the loss for the Vikings, whose record dropped to an even 3-3.

Thursday Results

Most of the scheduled games were played on Thursday, with the KingCo 4A unbeatens remaining unscathed with a showdown on the horizon for Monday...

KingCo 4A
Issaquah 10, Garfield 8 - The Eagles scored four times in the top of the seventh to take the lead and held on for a 10-8 win over Garfield. Issaquah had trailed 7-6 going into the final frame, but was able to push across the tying and go ahead runs. Junior right hander Scott Boydston worked three innings in relief to pick up the win. Senior Ben Roselini was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, while juniors Jake Bakamus (2-for-3, double, triple, 3 runs scored) and Brandon Mahovlich (2-for-4, 2 RBI) also contributed in Issy's 15-hit attack. Spencer Scott was 3-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI and Sam Kennard was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored for Garfield, who dropped to 1-6 with the loss.

Bothell 10, Eastlake 0 - Week 2 KingCo 4A pitcher of the week Brian McAfee led the unbeaten Cougars past Eastlake with his arm AND his bat. The senior had half of Bothell's hits, going 3-for-3 with a double, home run and 3 RBI. He also shutout Eastlake over 5 innings, scattering 5 hits and a walk while striking out 9 in a 10-0 win. Senior shortstop John Mercer doubled and drove in three for the Cougars, who improved to 6-0 with a date with unbeaten Redmond set for Monday night.

Woodinville 6, Skyline 0 - Oregon State bound Marty Luckenbach struck out 10 in a 4-hit shutout as the Falcons downed Skyline, 6-0. Woodinville jumped out to a 3-0 lead after two innings, and their 6'5" junior right hander took care of the rest. The Falcon offense scratched across six runs despite collecting just four hits, as three Spartan errors made a tough luck loser out of Matt Lunde. Clarke Bader (1-for-2, double) and Carl Svanevik (1-for-2, triple) were the offensive stars for 4-1 Woodinville.

Redmond 5, Ballard 4 - Junior Peter Hendron doubled and drove in three runs and senior Michael Conforto homered, as the Mustangs stormed back from an early deficit to stay unbeaten with a 5-4 win over Ballard. Things were looking good for the Beavers early, as they took a 4-0 lead into the fifth. However, they could not hold off the potent Redmond attack, as the 'Stangs tied the game with a four-run fifth and took the lead in the 6th. T.J. Whidby earned the win with two shutout innings in relief, with Conforto picking up another save, punching out two Ballard hitters in a hitless seventh inning. Oliver Guarino drove in two of the Beavers four runs in defeat.

KingCo 3A
Mount Si 8, Bellevue 5 - Junior Reece Karalus homered and drove in four runs and Trevor Lane struck out 7 in six shutout innings as the Wildcats won their KingCo 3A opener 8-5 over the Wolverines. Mount Si scored four in the first and another single run in the second to jump out early on Bellevue starter Drew Quinlan. They extended the lead in the bottom half of the fifth, with Max Brown and Karalus driving in the Wildcat runs. The Wolverines made things interesting scoring four times in the top of the seventh, but Shane Dixon struck out Jeff VanOrman to end the game. Lane needed just 74 pitches in his six innings of work, while Brown helped the offense with a 3-for-4 day, doubling and driving in 2. Mount Si will play host to Juanita on Friday, with Bellevue welcoming Liberty to their house.

Interlake 9, Liberty 0 - Junior Carl Snaring was dominant on the mound, going the distance in a one-hit shutout as the Saints bounced back from Wednesday's loss with a 9-0 win over Liberty. Snaring struck out 11 Patriot batters, allowing just the one hit and three walks along the way. Sophomores Kamana Adriano and Austin Strothers led the Interlake offensive attack with Adriano homering with 4 RBI and Strothers collecting 2 hits and driving in 2.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Technology Aiding Fans in Following Teams

Many sports teams are using the new era of technology and social media to enhance the experience for players, families and fans alike. The KingCo baseball conference is no different, with a number of teams using Twitter, live stat sites or both to allow more people to follow the action. I have been using these sites to follow along with games and thought I'd put together a compilation of all that I know about in case there are others interested in following the action (when there is actual baseball being played!!). If there are any other social media or "GameCast" type sites for KingCo teams, please pass them along in an e-mail.

(FYI, in case you hadn't noticed, there is a link to all KingCo baseball web sites on the right hand side of the page - you can find a ton of information on many of these sites as well...)

Live Stats/Twitter Sites by Team:

Twitter: @BHSBaseball

Lake Washington
Live play-by-play:
Twitter: @KangsBaseball

Mercer Island
Live play-by-play:
Twitter: @MIHSBaseball

Mount Si
Live play-by-play:

Live play-by-play:
Twitter: @RHSMustangBaseb

Live play-by-play:

Twitter: @spartabaseball

Weather Continues to Affect Schedule

Another day, another set of rainouts - including a couple suspended games where rain, hail and even snow forced the postponement of games. Here's a look at what went down on a cold, wet Wednesday:

KingCo 3A
Bellevue 4, Interlake 1 - The Wolverines scored in each of the last three innings to make a winner out of sophomore Michael Raine, as they topped Interlake in their 3A opener, 4-1. Junior Jack Carlson was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and senior Bijan Dekhordi added two hits as well. Saints senior Griffin Sutich was the tough louck loser, victimized by a defense which made six errors. Junior Jake Wilson drove in the lone run on the night for Interlake. Both teams play make-up games on Thursday, with Bellevue taking on Mount Si and Interlake hosting Liberty.

Mercer Island 3, Mount Si 0 - game was suspended in the top of the 2nd inning...will be continued at a later date.

Rainouts: Lake Washington @ Liberty; Sammamish @ Juanita

KingCo 4A
Skyline 10, Issaquah 0 - Clayton Huber tossed five shutout innings and was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI leading the Spartans to a six-inning 10-0 victory over Issaquah. Huber was joined by the "brothers Sinatro" in leading the Skyline attach, with both Jimmy and Matt Sinatro collecting two hits and two RBI. The Spartans scored in every inning but the second, pushing four runs across to end the game in the bottom of the sixth. Issaquah, which made 7 errors on the afternoon, drops to 1-3 in league play, while the boys in green even their record at 2-2.

Inglemoor 3, Roosevelt 0 - Senior right hander Dustin Doucette struck out seven in 5 2/3 shutout innings to lead the Vikings to a shutout win over Roosevelt in a game originally scheduled for last Friday. Doucette outdueled Roughrider ace David Holt, who allowed just 3 hits and 3 runs (2 earned), striking out 3 in five innings on the bump. Junior Blake Wilson drove in a run for Inglemoor, who had just three hits to Roosevelt's 2 on the afternoon. Reid Martinez had two hits and a stolen base in a losing effort for the 'Riders.

Woodinville 6, Ballard 1 - game suspended...will be continued at a later date.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

KingCo 4A Awards - Week 2

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 2: March 28 - April 2, 2011

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Zach Abbruzza, Sr., Redmond
For the second week running, Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza captures 4A player of the week honors. Though slowed a bit from his earlier torrid pace, Abbruzza is still setting the league ablaze. Against Crest Division foes Newport and Issaquah, Zach was 3-6 with two homeruns, 5 rbi, and 5 runs scored.

Also nominated: NONE

Pitcher of the Week: Cole Wiper, Sr, Newport
Senior right-hander Cole Wiper led the Newport Knights past the Skyline Spartans in a scintillating performance. The University of Oregon signee befuddled the Spartan hitters in a complete game shutout, only needing 83 pitches on the day. When all was said and done, Wiper struck out ten while only allowing two hits. In two KingCo starts, Wiper has yet to give up a run.

Also nominated: None

Crown Division
Player of the Week: No Nominations

Pitcher of the Week: Brian McAfee, Sr., Bothell
In one of the more dominating performances in recent memory, Bothell’s senior Brian McAfee stymied the Inglemoor Viking offense. Stretching the game to an extra frame as the two teams exchanged zeros, McAfee pitched all eight innings to earn the win. In those eight innings, he surrendered only two baserunners while striking out 14. It was his first KingCo win on the season.

Also nominated: None

Catching Up

As mentioned previously, it has been near impossible to keep up with which games are being played and which ones are being postponed due to weather. I think I speak for all high school baseball fans in the area when I hope for a break in this weather soon!

Here are the games I know have been played over the past few days:

Monday Results

KingCo 4A
Bothell 3, Garfield 0 - Senior southpaw Kevin McShane tossed six shutout innings and junior Eric Woods drove in two runs as the Cougars completed their sweep of the Crown Division with a 3-0 win over Garfield on Monday. McShane allowed just three hits and two walks, collecting 8 strikeouts along the way. Eric Gregory pitched a scoreless seventh for the save. Garfield junior John Trupin was outstanding once again in defeat, allowing just 2 hits and 3 unearned runs while striking out 10 in a complete game. Bothell improves to 5-0 and will enjoy a bye on Tuesday before hosting Eastlake on Thursday night.

KingCo 3A
Lake Washingon 9, Sammamish 2 - Senior Bob Cruikshank allowed just two first inning runs in six strong innings and also homered to help his cause as the Kangs won their KingCo 3A debut, 9-2 over Sammamish. Cruikshank scattered 4 hits and 4 walks, striking out 3 in his 97 pitch effort. He finished the day 3-for-4, and got help from junior Zach Johnson (solo HR), sophomore Nick Johnson (double, 2 RBI) and junior Theo Alexander (2 RBI). Tyler Hormel was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk for the Totems, who will look to bounce back when they travel to Juanita Wednesday night.

Tuesday Results

KingCo 4A
Redmond 11, Garfield 10 - The Mustangs jumped out huge early and hung on for dear life, as Garfield scored the final ten runs of the game to fall just a single run short, 11-10. Senior Zach Abbruzza continued his assault on the KingCo 4A conference, homering once again for Redmond. Junior Peter Hendron also homered and drove in three, while Michael Conforto (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI) and Peyton Lutz (3-for-3, double, 2 runs) contributed to the 'Stangs 11-hit attack. Zach Ward drove in two runs for the Bulldogs, and Ricky Nakamura chipped in with 2 hits and 2 runs scored. Redmond improves to 5-0 and will travel to Ballard Thursday before Monday's showdown at Hartman Park with Crown division leading Bothell.

Over the Weekend

KingCo 4A
Woodinville 8, Roosevelt 4 - Junior Marty Luckenbach punched out 6 and allowed just an earned run over four innings as Woodinville took down Roosevelt, 8-4. Falcon closer Kalei Kover shut out Roosevelt over the last 3 frames to earn the save. The Woodinville offense was led by TC Florentine (3-for-3, double) and Clarke Bader (3-for-3, 2 rbi). Carl Svanevik, Nate Wilham had 2 hits and Max Carter added 2 hits a piece to help lead the team to victory.

Inglemoor 6, Garfield 4 - The Vikings overcame four errors to even their record at 2-2 with a 6-4 win over Garfield. Obi Taylor, Emmett Maki and Alex Morrow combined on the victory, with Taylor and Blake Wilson adding 2 RBI. Chandler Honican and John Trupin each had 2 hits for the Bulldogs in defeat.

KingCo 3A - Season Preview

KingCo 3A- Pre-Season Coaches Poll
1) Mount Si (3 first place votes) – 36.5 points
2) Lake Washington (2) – 36.5 points
3) Mercer Island – 32.5 points
4) Bellevue – 31 points
5) Liberty – 23.5 points
6) Sammamish – 22.5 points
7) Juanita – 17 points
8) Interlake – 14 points

Coaches were asked to rank their division in order of projected finish, excluding their own teams. 7 points were awarded for 1st, 6 for second and so on down to 1 point for 7th. Three teams did not vote.


Team Capsules (listed alphabetically)
Bellevue Wolverines
Head Coach: Jordan Nilsen (2nd year)
2010 Summary: 7-11 KingCo (5th), 9-15 overall, eliminated in KingCo playoffs

No information submitted from Bellevue.


Interlake Saints
Head Coach: Marc Linn (1st year)
2010 Summary: 2-16 KingCo, 2-18 overall

No information submitted from Interlake.


Juanita Rebels
Head Coach: Sherman Leach (1st year)
2010 Summary: 9-9 KingCo, 9-12 overall, eliminated in KingCo playoffs

No information submitted from Bellevue.


Lake Washington Kangs
Head Coach: Derek Bingham (8th year, 93-46 career record)
2010 Summary: 7-9 KingCo 4A (T-4th Crown Division), 11-13 overall, eliminated in final round of KingCo 4A tourney

Returning starters: Theo Alexander (Jr – OF), Bob Cruikshank (Sr – SS/P), Spencer Jackson (Sr – P/IF), Zach Johnson (Jr – 1B/P), Kory Kohlwes (Sr – OF), Chris Moore (Sr – OF/P), Wesley Russell (Sr – IF/P)

Other returners: Victor Mayorquin (Jr – OF), Nori Shimizu (Sr – P/OF)

Top newcomers: Duke Fanning (Sr – P/IF), Nick Johnson (Soph – IF/P), Neil O’Connor (Sr – 1B/P), R.J. Rusch (Jr – C), Stevie Semler (Soph – C)

Season Outlook from Coach Bingham: LW is bringing back the majority of last year’s young team which peaked with a deep run in the KingCo 4A playoffs. The strengths of our team this year will be depth and senior leadership. With solid seasons from the returners, contributions from the newcomers and a little luck, the Kangs could be in the mix for a potential KingCo title run.


Liberty Patriots
Head Coach: Steve Darnell (3rd year, 34-11 career record)
2010 Summary: 14-4 KingCo (T-1st), 14-6 overall, eliminated in KingCo playoffs

Returning starters: Ryan Maio (Sr – P/3B/OF)

Other returners: Jacob Hofferber (Sr – P/1B), Jason Hubbard (Sr – SS), Ben Wessel (Jr – P/1B), Scott Zerda (Sr – OF)

Top newcomers: Mitch Askins (Sr – OF), Jack Brady (Jr – OF), Harrison Diemert (Sr – C), Blake Reeve (Jr – P/3B), Izak Styskal (Jr – OF/P), Chris Weik (Sr – 2B)

Season Outlook from Coach Darnell: Liberty graduated 13 seniors from the 2010 team, so 2011 presents opportunities for our returning varsity and last year’s junior varsity players. Ryan Maio, Jacob Hofferber, Blake Reeve and Harrison Diemert will be called upon to provide critical leadership. Competitiveness and sacrifice are hallmarks of any successful team and this year’s Patriots have a unique competitive spirit that enables them to make sacrifices for the good of the team. These attributes will serve them well in the KingCo 3A/2A League where many teams will be battling it out to make the playoffs and earn one of the state playoff berths.

Mercer Island Islanders
Head Coach: Cory Smith (2nd year, 18-7 career record)
2010 Summary: 14-4 KingCo (T-1st), 18-7 overall, KingCo tournament champions, eliminated in State quarterfinals

Returning starters: Max Dammeier (Jr – P/1B), Ben Emanuels (Sr – UTIL), George Jiranek (Sr – P/OF), Cameron Ogard (Jr – C/DH), David Oppenheim (Jr – OF), Jordan Richartz (Sr – OF), Evan Thompson (Sr – IF)

Other returners: Connor Perryman (Sr – OF/P), Derek Eng (Sr – 1B/P)

Top newcomers: Hunter Goldberg (Jr – P/IF), Brian Higgins (Soph – C/OF), Nick Holstead (Jr – IF), Isak Morris (Soph – P/OF), Phil Pugel (Jr – P/OF)

Season Outlook from Coach Smith: With 7 returning starters, including two proven starting pitchers, the Islanders should challenge for the KingCo titie and advance to the State Playoffs for the second straight year.


Mount Si Wildcats
Head Coach: Elliott Cribby (1st year)
2010 Summary: 14-4 KingCo (T-1st), 17-6 overall, eliminated in KingCo playoffs

Returning starters: Max Brown (Sr – OF), Dustin Breshears (Sr – 2B), Shane Dixon (Sr – 3B), Reece Karalus (Jr – P/UTIL), Robb Lane (Sr – C), Trevor Lane (Jr – P/UTIL), Tim Proudfoot (Sr – SS)

Other returners: Ryan Atkinson (Jr – IF), Travis Hilleary (Sr – P), Trevor Taylor (Jr – P/UTIL)

Top newcomers: Daniel Besmer (Jr – OF), Justin Blenheim (Sr – OF/P), Andrew Dunklee (Sr – P), Justin Henak (Jr – IF/P), Hudson Luxich (Sr – P), Griffin McClain (Soph – P), Nate Sinner (Sr – OF), Zach Stevens (Sr – UTIL), Derek Welsh (Sr – P)

Season Outlook from Coach Cribby: Team returns 12 seniors. It builds off a KingCo 3A League title from 2010. With a new coaching change the team looks to continue its winning ways.


Sammamish Totems
Head Coach: Tim Ahern (3rd year, 15-35 career record)
2010 Summary: 3-15 KingCo (6th), 6-19 overall, KingCo tournament runner-up, eliminated in district play-in game by 3A State champion O’Dea.

Returning starters: Navdeep Gill (Sr – UTIL), Ryan Hashimoto (Jr – P/OF), Paul Heywood (Jr – P/IF), Aaron Lawrenson (Sr – IF), Chris Strain (Sr – 1B), Craig Sweet (Sr – C)

Top newcomers: Michael Colombi (Jr – SS), Joe Giacchetti (Fr – P/IF), Tyler Hormel (Jr – OF), Eric Nhan (Jr – OF), Jacob West (Jr – P)

Season Outlook from Coach Ahern: SHS baseball looking to build off last years strong finish. Returning majority of the lineup from a season ago, most complete program top to bottom seen in Ahern’s 3 years at SHS.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Opening Day for KingCo 3A

Been hard to keep track of which games have been played and which are still outstanding from last week's rainouts. Please shoot me an e-mail with any updates I am missing, as I'm still trying to get caught up.

Today brings the league openers for all 8 teams in the KingCo 3A/2A divisions. It also brings with it more rain (surprise). Already rain has moved the Sammamish - Lake Washington tilt to Sammamish HS at 4:30 PM. Other changes are likely as well. Here's the opening day schedule:

KingCo 3A/2A - Monday, April 4
Bellevue @ Mount Si, 4:30 PM (Mt. Si HS)
Interlake @ Liberty, 4:30 PM (Liberty HS)
Lake Washington @ Sammamish, 4:30 PM (Sammamish HS)
Juanita @ Mercer Island, 6:00 PM (Island Crest Park)