Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Mercer Island Wins Lone Tuesday Contest

Mercer Island 9, Juanita 6 - Juniors David Oppenheim and Cameron Ogard each drove in three runs, leading the Islanders to their first KingCo win 9-6 over Juanita. The Rebels jumped ahead early, with senior Sean Barlow launching a 3-run home run. Mercer Island responded immediately, putting a six spot on the board in the bottom half of the frame. They would not trail the rest of the way, extending the lead with single runs in the 2nd, 4th and 6th innings. Sophomore Isak Morris was the winning pitcher, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in six innings of work. Evan Thomspon, Brian Higgins and Alberto Gonzales each had two hits and each Islander in the order had at least one knock on the day. Juanita collected twelve hits, three coming off the bat of senior J.J. Caldwell, with two each from sophomore Ty Eng and junior Conner Jackson.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Redmond, Mount Si Remain Lone Unbeatens

With both leagues on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule this week, each day is packed with nine scheduled games. Monday amazingly brought nice enough weather for all nine games to be played - has to be a first this year! Here's a quick look at the results...

Monday 4A Results
Redmond 11, Bothell 9 - In a battle of previously unbeaten KingCo teams, the Mustangs pounded out 12 hits to down Crown division leading Bothell, 11-9. The bulk of the runs were scored early in the game, with Redmond leading 9-8 after just three innings of play. 'Stang shortstop and Oregon State bound Michael Conforto was 3-for-3 with a double and two home runs, driving in 2 and scoring three more on the night. Fellow future Beaver Dylan Davis homered and drove in three, and also earned the win on the mound despite a shaky start to the game. For the Cougars, Ryan Morgan had a big night, finishing 3-for-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI. Redmond also got contributions from junior Peter Hendron (2-for-3, double, 2 RBI, 3 runs) and T.J. Whidby (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI) in improving to 7-0. The loss dropped Bothell to 6-1, a full game ahead of second place Woodinville in the Crown division.

Issaquah 8, Ballard 3 - Junior Brandon Mahlovich pitched a complete game and also homered to lead the Eagles to their third straight KingCo win, 8-3 over Ballard. The right hander allowed 7 hits and 3 earned, striking out 8 going the distance for the win. Issaquah improves to 4-3 in KingCo play, just a game behind Newport for second place in the Crest Division. Ballard, who had their mini-winning streak snapped, got strong performances from Ryan Kangas (2-for-3, RBI) and Nelson Cooper (2-for-3, double, HR, 2 RBI).

Inglemoor 7, Skyline 5 - The Vikings got back on track Monday, evening their league record at 4-4 with a 7-5 win over the Spartans of Skyline. Emmett Maki was 3-for-4 with 3 runs batted in for Inglemoor, which got a solid performance from senior Dustin Doucette on the mound. Skyline's Nate Litka was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI in a losing effort.

Roosevelt 6, Eastlake 3 - Senior Reid Martinez drove in four of the Roughriders 6 runs as they picked up their second league win, 6-3 over the Eastlake Wolves. Martinez finished the day 3-for-4 with a double and a home run, also adding three stolen bases. David Holt worked the first 4 1/3 innings to pick up the win, with senior Tim Moore finishing the game in style, striking out 5 over the last 2 2/3. John Armour and Robert Nolan each had two hits for Eastlake, which remained winless dropping to 0-7.

Newport 6, Garfield 5 - The Knights climbed out of an early deficit thanks to the relief efforts of junior Aaron Sandefur, scoring 3 in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th to down the Bulldogs, 6-5. Sandefur came on relief in the third inning and tossed five shutout innings, allowing Newport to complete the comeback. He allowed just 3 hits without walking a batter, picking up 6 strikeouts along the way. Senior Jared Fisher, the reigning KingCo 4A pitcher of the week, continued to swing a hot bat as well, driving in 3 runs while going 2-for-4. Senior Daniel Altchech also drove in two for the Knights, who improved to 5-2 on the season. Garfield lost its seventh straight KingCo game despite strong efforts from sophomore Chandler Honican (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Zach Ward (2-for-4, 2 runs) and Spencer Scott (1-for-4, double, 2 RBI).

Monday 3A Results
Mount Si 11, Liberty 0 - Senior shortstop Tim Proudfoot went deep three times, as the Wildcats hit five home runs in an 11-0 whitewash of the Patriots. Mount Si has opened league play on fire, with their starting pitchers allowing just 2 runs in four starts. Offensively they've been on a tear as well, outscoring their opponents 39-6 in their 4 wins. Last week's KingCo 3A player of the week Max Brown homered as did junior Reece Karalus. Junior Trevor Lane struck out eight in four innings of work to pick up the win.

LW 7, Juanita 3 - Long-time Kirkland rivals Lake Washington and Juanita met for the first time since 2008, with the Kangs earning early bragging rights with a 7-3 win over the Rebels. Senior Wesley Russell tossed six strong innings in his first league start of the season, scattering 7 hits and not walking a batter. He struck out 5 Rebels en route to the win. The Kangs were led offensively by junior Victor Mayorquin, who was 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the fourth inning. Senior Kory Kohlwes and junior Zach Johnson each had 2 hits for LW, which moved to 3-1 in league play. Senior J.J. Caldwell was 2-for-3 with an RBI for Juanita, who takes on Mercer Island Tuesday in a game rained out from last week. Lake Washington shortstop Bob Cruikshank doubled and scored in the 7th and has at least one hit in each of the Kangs' 10 games this season.

Interlake 3, Mercer Island 2 - The Saints pitching staff continued to impress on Monday, this time keeping Mercer Island in check for a 3-2 win over the Islanders. Interlake has allowed just 12 runs over their first four KingCo contests helping them to a 3-1 start. Griffin Sutich, Gavin McNeils and Ari Kira combined on a 7-hitter, with Kira striking out the final M.I. batter of the game with the tying and go ahead runs on base. Austin Strother was 2-for-3 with a triple, driving in two runs in Interlake's decisive 3-run sixth inning. M.I. drops to 0-3 and will look to get in the win column when they play host to Juanita Tuesday night.

Bellevue 5, Sammamish 1 - A battle of two young pitchers went the way of the Wolverines, as they improved to 3-1 with a 5-1 win over Sammamish. Junior Michael Raine outdueled Totems freshman Joe Giachetti in this one, with Bellevue scoring all of its runs over the final three innings. Raine allowed just a run on four hits in the complete game victory. He collected 9 strikeouts against just one walk, throwing 51 of his 86 pitches for strikes. The Wolverines were led offensively by senior Reid Wagner, who was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI. Sophomore Jack Meggs (triple, 2 runs) and Jack Perkins (double) also made strong contributions to the win. Sammamish dropped to 0-4 with the loss despite a strong performance from their freshman right hander. Aaron Lawrenson and Chris Strain each doubled in defeat.

Monday, April 11, 2011

KingCo 3A/2A Awards - Week 1

KingCo 3A/2A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 1: April 4 - 9, 2011

Player of the Week: Max Brown, Sr., Mount Si
Mount Si outfielder Max Brown picks up the first KingCo 3A/2A player of the week award for his outstanding performances in the Wildcats' 3-0 week. The senior had three multi-hit games last week, finishing 8-for-12 with 4 runs scored and 4 RBI. He had one double in each of the three games and also stole 3 bags. For the season, Brown is hitting .500 (13-for-26) in eight games, with 5 doubles, a home run and 10 RBI.

Also nominated: Sean Barlow, Juanita; Sam Finfer, Interlake

Pitcher of the Week: Carl Snaring, Jr., Interlake
Interlake junior Carl Snaring is the winner of the KingCo 3A/2A pitcher of the week award for week 1. The southpaw dominated Liberty in a 9-0 win on Thursday afternoon. He went the distance in tossing a shutout, allowing just a single hit and three walks while striking out 11 Patriots. Snaring tossed 109 pitches in the win, which was part of his team's 2-1 week.

Also nominated: Bob Cruikshank, LW; Reece Karalus, Mt. Si; Trevor Lane, Mt. Si; Izak Styskal, Liberty; Trevor Taylor, Mt. Si

KingCo 4A Awards - Week 3

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 3: April 4 - 9, 2011

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Peter Hendron, Jr., Redmond
Redmond Mustang junior Peter Hendron earns player of the week honors for his ability to come up with the big hit. Twice in the week Hendron drove in key runs with two outs. The first was against Garfield in the form of a three run homerun to plate the decisive runs. The second was against Ballard via a bases clearing double which tied the game at 4. On the week, Hendron was 4-7 with 6 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Also nominated: Ben Rosellini, Issaquah

Pitcher of the Week: Jared Fisher, Sr., Newport
In a game against Inglemoor, the University of Washington signee was nearly perfect. Carrying a perfect game into the 7th, an infield hit ended Jared Fisher’s bid. Nonetheless, he was dominant from beginning to end as he only needed 81 pitches to carry his team to victory. All told, Fisher threw 7 shutout innings giving up the one hit, striking out 10 and walking none. This is back to back Pitcher of the Week awards for the Newport Knight staff as Fisher joins Cole Wiper in receiving the honor.

Also nominated: None

Crown Division
Player of the Week: Oliver Guarino, Sr., Ballard
In a tough three game week, senior outfielder Oliver Guarino of the Ballard Beavers continued his impressive offensive performance. On the week, he was 5-9 with two doubles and a triple allowing him to drive in six runs. His offensive output propelled the Beavers to a 2-1 week, evening up their Kingco record at 3-3. This is Guarino’s first player of the week award.

Also nominated: None

Pitcher of the Week: Marty Luckenbach, Jr., Woodinville
Woodinville junior Marty Luckenbach was flat out dealing against the Skyline Spartans on Thursday. The hard throwing right-hander pitched a complete game shutout. En-route to the victory, Luckenbach struck out ten without walking a single hitter. He only yielded four hits on the afternoon. Luckenbach is now 1-1 in the young KingCo season.

Also nominated: Kevin McShane, Bothell; Danny Thompson, Ballard

Weekend Update

With all the rain during the week, the Saturday schedule was packed as well, with 3 games in the 3A league and two more in the 4A.

Saturday 3A Results
Liberty 4, Lake Washington 0 - Junior Izak Styskal shutout the Kangs, getting ground ball after ground ball in Liberty's 4-0 win over previously unbeaten (in KingCo) Lake Washington. The right-hander allowed six hits and walked one, recording 13 ground ball outs on the afternoon. The Patriots used little ball to put their four runs on the board, scoring once on an LW throwing error and twice on sacrifice flies. Junior Ben Wessel also doubled home a run in Liberty's 2-run sixth inning. Sophomore Nick Johnson was 2-for-3 with a double for LW, who finished the week 2-1.

Mt Si 11, Mercer Island 1 - The Wildcats made an early statement as potential favorites in the 3A league, topping MI 11-1 in six innings. Mount Si pounded out 11 hits, with Max Brown, Trevor Lane and Nate Sinner each collecting multi-hit games. Junior right hander Reece Karalus gave up just two hits and struck out 11 in the complete game victory. One night after playing a dramatic 11 inning game, neither the Islanders or Kangs had much in the tank, combining to score just 1 run in their Saturday contests.

Juanita 8, Sammamish 7 - The Totems scored three times in the top of the seventh to tie the game, only to watch senior Mitch Gebe single home the winning run in the bottom of the seventh, as Juanita picked up an 8-7 win. Senior Sean Barlow was 2-for-3 with two doubles and two runs batted in for Juanita. Gebe, Chris Foss, Derek Kaufman and Conner Jackson had two hits a piece for the Rebels, who will play host to long-time rival Lake Washington on Monday night. Chris Strain drove in two runs for the Totems, who dropped to 0-3 in league play.

Saturday 4A Results
Woodinville 7, Newport 2 - Falcons senior outfielder Carl Svanevik homered and drove in five of Woodinville's seven runs to help his team bounce back from a Friday loss to top Newport, 7-2. Svanevik's home run came in the top of the first inning, getting the Falcons off to a quick start. Three Woodinville pitchers combined on a four hitter, while junior Max Carter was 3-for-4 with a home run. Senior Jared Fisher was 2-for-2 and drove in the lone Knight runs on the day.

Ballard 7, Eastlake 0 - Senior Danny Thompson allowed just a hit and a walk in five shutout innings as the Beavers won their second game in as many days, 7-0 over Eastlake. The right hander lowered his ERA to 0.74 on the season, as he has allowed just 7 hits and 2 earned runs in his 19 innings of work. Thompson also added a double and a triple on the afternoon, while Brendan Foor (2-for-4, 3 RBI) and Oliver Guarino (2-for-4, triple, 2 RBI) chipped in to pace the Ballard offensive attack. The win moves Ballard into a tie with Inglemoor for third place in the Crown Division, while the Wolves dropped to 0-6 on the KingCo 4A season.

Friday Night Lights

Full slate of 3A & 4A games on Friday, as sunshine finally arrived (for a day at least) allowing the 4A teams to get caught up on past rainouts:

Friday 3A Results
Lake Washington 12, Mercer Island 11 (11 innings) - In what was likely the game of the year so far in the KingCo conference, the Kangs scored three times in the bottom of the 11th inning to walk-off with a 12-11 win over the defending 3A league champion Islanders. Mercer Island jumped out early with 2 runs in the first and tacked on three more on junior David Oppenheim's three-run home run in the second inning. The teams traded four run innings, MI carrying a 9-6 lead into the seventh. LW would push across three runs to tie the game and send it to extra frames. Both bullpens tossed scoreless innings in the 8th, 9th and 10th before MI broke through with 2 in the top of the 11th. However, the Kangs fought back once again, tying the game on a two-run double by junior Victor Mayorquin and winning it on senior Chris Moore's RBI single. Moore drove in four on the night for LW, with Mayorquin finishing the evening 4-for-7 with a double and 2 RBI. Senior Evan Thompson was 3-for-6 and Oppenheim finished 2-for-4 with the home run and 4 runs batted in for the Islanders.

Mt. Si 9, Juanita 0 - Junior Trevor Taylor struck out 10 Rebels in five shutout innings, propeling the Wildcats to a 9-0 win over Juanita. Taylor's strong start was on the heels of an impressive outing by teammate Trevor Lane in the Mt. Si opener. Senior Max Brown was 3-for-4 with a double and fellow senior Dustin Breshears tripled and stole two bases for the 'Cats. Senior Derek Welsh homered to help the team to a 2-0 KingCo start.

Interlake 9, Sammamish 6 - The Saints scored three times in both the fourth and fifth innings and held off a late Sammamish run for their second straight league win. Junior Carl Snaring doubled twice fresh off an impressive performance on the mound where he struck out 11 in a complete game win over Liberty on Thursday. Sophomore Austin Strothers was the winning pitcher, with the Totems scoring just two runs over the first six innings. Senior infielder Aaron Lawrenson had a big day in defeat, missing the cycle by just a home run going 4-for-4 on the afternoon.

Bellevue 6, Liberty 5 - The Wolverines picked up their second league win in three tries, sending Liberty to 0-2 with the one-run victory.

Friday 4A Results
Ballard 5, Woodinville 4 - The Beavers scored 4 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held the Falcons scoreless for the final three innings to prevail, 5-4. Brendan Foor and Eric Frank each drove in two runs for Ballard, while Caleb Jaeger worked the final 3 2/3 innings allowing just one hit to earn the win. Junior Spencer Greer took the loss for Woodinville, who fell to 4-2 on the year, two full games behind Bothell in the Crown Division. Every player in the Falcon lineup had one hit, but they failed to string many hits together.

Issaquah 10, Inglemoor 3 - Junior left-hander Ethan Kalin allowed two runs and struck out six over five innings of work and senior Ben Roselini had 2 hits and 3 RBI as the Eagles downed Inglemoor, 10-3. Junior Andrew Kemmerer homered and drove in two runs and fellow junior Brandon Mahlovich had two hits and two runs scored to help pace Issy's 10-hit attack. Obi Taylor took the loss for the defending Crown Division champions, who made four errors in dropping their KingCo record to 3-4.

Skyline 4, Roosevelt 1 - The Roughriders broke a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the sixth, only to see Skyline score four times in the bottom of the frame as the Spartans beat Roosevelt, 4-1. Senior Travis Snider pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief of Connor Gilchrist, striking out 4 to earn the victory. Snider along with juniors Clayton Huber and Brandon Fischer drove in the Spartan runs. Graylin Derke was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk for Roosevelt, and also threw five scoreless innings before tiring in the 4-run Spartan sixth.

Newport 2, Eastlake 1 (9 innings) - Senior Nick Clifford hit a walk-off solo homerun in the bottom of the 9th, sending the Knights home with a 2-1 win over the Wolves of Eastlake. The game was a pitcher's duel between Eastlake's Andrew Stull and Newport's Cole Wiper. Stull went the distance, allowing just a run in the second inning before Clifford's late heroics. Meanwhile, Wiper was just as impressive, allowing just 3 hits and a walk while striking out 11 before handing the ball to senior Erik Jensen, who pitched a shutout top of the ninth for the win.