Thursday, April 21, 2011

Mount Si Strengthens Hold on 3A

Wednesday kicked off the second half of KingCo 3A play. The schedule will mirror the first half, with the home teams being different the second time around.

Wednesday 3A Results
Mount Si 13, Bellevue 3 - The league's two hottest teams squared off at Bellevue HS on Wednesday, with Mount Si creating separation between itself and the rest of the league with a dominant 13-3 win over Bellevue. The Wolverines had come in winners of six straight since their season opening loss to the Wildcats, but were no match on this day. Outfielder Nate Sinner was 3-for-3 with a double, while Shane Dixon and Reece Karalus each doubled and drove in two. Mount Si also took advantage of five Bellevue errors on the afternoon. Junior Trevor Taylor was the winning pitcher, allowing 2 hits and 3 runs over 5 innings of work. Mount Si improves to 8-0 and holds a two-game lead in the conference standings.

Lake Washington 5, Sammamish 2 - Junior Zach Johnson and senior Duke Fanning combined on a 2-hitter, keeping the Totems at bay in LW's 5-2 win. Johnson struck out 8 over 5 1/3 innings of work before handing the ball over to Fanning, who recorded the final five outs. The Kangs used small ball to put their runs on the board, pushing across three runs via sacrifice fly and another on a wild pitch. Senior Spencer Jackson was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI and fellow senior Nori Shimizu doubled and scored two runs for the Kangs, who improved to 5-3. Senior Bob Cruikshank extended his hit streak to 14 games with a single in the 5th inning.

Mercer Island 10, Juanita 7 - The Islanders rallied late, using a 4-run top of the seventh to comeback and beat Juanita, 10-7. MI trailed 7-6 headed into the final frame, but was able to tie the game on a clutch single by Alex Himstead. A Rebel error allowed the go ahead run to score, and sophomore Matt Orehek added insurance with a 2-run single. The Islanders held off Juanita in the seventh to even their record at 4-4.

Liberty @ Interlake - no score reported

Vikings Hand Mustangs First Loss of Season

Tuesday marked the last day of crossover games between the Crown and Crest divisions, with divisional play on tap to close out the KingCo 4A schedule.

Tuesday 4A Results
Inglemoor 7, Redmond 1 - Senior Dustin Doucette was dominant in knocking off the lone KingCo 4A unbeaten, striking out 13 in a complete game win over the Mustangs. Doucette outdueled Redmond's Dylan Davis, allowing just a single run in the top of the first inning. Gonzaga bound Mitchell Gonsolus was 2-for-3 with a double and drove in 3, while Adam Mosebar tripled and had 2 RBI for Inglemoor. Senior Zach Abbruzza, who will join Gonsolus as a Zag in the fall, drove in the lone Redmond run. Inglemoor pulls into a second place tie with Woodinville, with the rivalry renewing on Thursday night at Inglemoor HS.

Bothell 8, Skyline 0 - Senior Brian McAfee's dominant season continued Tuesday in the Cougars 8-0 shutout win over Eastlake. McAfee threw his second straight one hitter and third of the season, striking out 6 Spartans in the complete game victory. Since allowing two runs to Roosevelt in the KingCo opener, the senior right hander has tossed 27 consecutive scoreless innings. He has allowed just 8 hits and struck out 39 opposing batters over that stretch, lowering his league ERA to a miniscule 0.44. Samuel Lee was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI and Jon Mercer homered and scored twice in the Coug win, upping their record to 8-2 on the season.

Newport 10, Roosevelt 0 - Junior right hander Billy Sahlinger struck out 6 in five shutout innings and seniors Jared Fisher and Cole Wiper combined for 7 hits as the Knights shutout Roosevelt, 10-0. Fisher finished the day 4-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI, while Wiper was 3-for-4 with a double and 2 runs scored. Newport is now 7-3 and will take on Issaquah Thursday in a battle for second place in the Crest Division. Zach Naon was 2-for-3 for the Roughriders.

Issaquah 4, Woodinville 3 - The Eagles continued their hot play, scoring two runs in the top of the eighth inning to down the Falcons, 4-3. Issaquah's Brandon Mahovlich and Woodinville's Spencer Greer both turned in strong performances on the mound before turning things over to the bullpens. Junior Ethan Kalin drove in one of the two Eagle extra inning runs, while Ben Roselini finished the night 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Clarke Bader homered for Woodinville, who is now 6-4 with 5 games left in the KingCo slate.

Garfield 3, Eastlake 1 - Spencer Scott was 2-for-3 with a double, triple and 2 RBI helping the Bulldogs pick up their second league win, 3-1 over Eastlake. Junior southpaw John Trupin went the distance, scattering 5 hits and a walk while striking out 8. Chandler Honican and Ruben Palmer were each 1-for-3 with a run scored for Garfield.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

KingCo 3A/2A Awards - Week 2

KingCo 3A/2A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 2: April 11 - 16, 2011

Player of the Week: Tim Proudfoot, Sr., Mount Si
For the second straight week, a Mount Si Wildcat is the KingCo 3A/2A player of the week, this time with the award going to shortstop Tim Proudfoot. The senior had a week to remember, homering five times in the Wildcats perfect 3-0 week. He hit 3 jacks in Monday's win over Interlake and had one each against Sammamish and Lake Washington. Proudfoot finished the week 6-for-11, scoring eight runs and driving in 6 more, and has yet to commit an error at shortstop for the 7-0 Wildcats.

Also nominated: Bob Cruikshank, LW

Pitcher of the Week: Reece Karalus, Jr., Mount Si
Right-hander Reece Karalus made it a clean sweep of the awards for Mount Si in week 2, collecting KingCo 3A/2A Pitcher of the Week. Karalus was dominant in a six-inning outing against Lake Washington, allowing just 5 hits and a run. He walked just one batter while striking out 12 on the afternoon, keeping his team in the tight game throughout.

Also nominated: Michael Raine, Bellevue; Bob Cruikshank, LW; Spencer Jackson, LW

KingCo 4A Awards - Week 4

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 4: April 11-16, 2011

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Michael Conforto, Sr., Redmond
Oregon State bound Michael Conforto’s bat is starting to heat up. The senior SS had a big three game week against Bothell, Roosevelt and Woodinville. On the week he was 5-9 with 3 HR’s and one 2B, driving in four. He also drew 5 free passes, scoring 9 runs in the three games. It is Conforto’s first player of the week award and the fourth straight for a Mustang offensive player.

Also nominated: Peter Hendron, Redmond

Pitcher of the Week: Brandon Mahovlich, Jr., Issaquah
In a complete game effort against the Ballard Beavers, the Eagles’ junior righthander pitched his team to an 8-3 win. He fanned eight Ballard hitters in the process, only walking three. The performance capped a four game Kingco 4A win streak for Issaquah.

Also nominated: Adam Cline, Redmond

Crown Division
Player of the Week: Reid Martinez, Sr., Roosevelt
Roosevelt’s senior outfielder did it all this past week for the Roughriders, earning Kingco 4A Player of the Week honors. At the plate, he was 6-9, scoring four runs. He also drove in four as he hit two doubles and a homerun. On the base paths, Martinez was equally dangerous as he swiped five bases. Currently Martinez leads Kingco 4A with ten stolen bases.

Also nominated: Nelson Cooper, Ballard

Pitcher of the Week: Brian McAfee, Sr., Bothell
The senior pitcher continues to dazzle on the year, amassing some staggering pitching numbers. This week against Issaquah, McAfee threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings. At the end of the day, he captured Crown Pitcher of the Week honors as he threw a one hit complete game shutout, striking out ten while only walking one. The performance allowed the Cougars to escape with a 1-0 win (McAfee also hit the solo homerun that decided the game). This is McAfee’s second time receiving Pitcher of the Week recognition this year. This is his third consecutive shutout in Kingco play and he has only allowed two runs in four Kingco games on the year.

Also nominated: Joe Jacobson, Ballard

Mount Si / Bellevue Set for 3A Showdown

Wins by Bellevue and Mount Si on Monday set up a clash for first place Wednesday. Game time is at 4:30 PM at Bellevue HS. The Wolverines have won six straight since their opening day loss to the Wildcats, 8-5. Meanwhile, Mount Si swept the first half of the KingCo season, going a perfect 7-0.

Monday 3A Recaps
Bellevue 3, LW 0 - Junior Michael Raine had another impressive outing for the Wolverines, keeping the Kangs off balance in a 3-0 Bellevue win. Raine went the distance, scattering seven hits and a walk while striking out 5. He needed to throw just 92 pitches in the shutout. Jeff Van Orman doubled twice and drove in a run for Bellevue, who improved to 6-1 with the win. Junior Zach Johnson was 2-for-3 for the Kangs, who lost their second straight to drop to 4-3.

Mount Si 13, Interlake 1 - The Wildcats continued to roll, busting things open with an 8-run seventh inning as they cruised to a 13-1 win over Interlake. Junior Trevor Lane was impressive once again on the mound, earning the victory. Mount Si once again had a balanced offensive attack, combining for 16 hits on the afternoon. Senior Dustin Breshears tripled and drove in four, while fellow senior Max Brown (3-for-4, double, 3 runs) and junior Reece Karalus (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI) also chipped in. Interlake's Joey Button hit a solo home run in the 3rd inning for the Saints only run.

Mercer Island 19, Sammamish 2 - The Islanders busted out in a big way Monday, scoring multiple runs in every inning but the first en route to a 19-2 win over Sammamish. Max Dammeier, David Oppenheim and Jordan Richartz had two doubles a piece for MI, who had 15 hits in the five-inning contest. Hunter Goldberg was the winning pitcher, allowing just 2 runs while striking out 6 in his 5-inning complete game. Evan Thompson also had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-4 while scoring four runs and driving in three more. Navdeep Gill had two hits including a double for the Totems.

Juanita 9, Liberty 8 - Senior Sean Barlow homered and drove in 2 as the Rebels won a high-scoring affair, 9-8 over the Patriots. Jyran McNairy doubled and had 3 RBI, while Mitch Gebe was 2-for-2 with two doubles and three runs scored for Juanita. The Rebels win was their second straight and improved their record to 3-4 on the KingCo season.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Catching Up...

Busy weekend for the blog - I'll get caught up here on some notable performances from Wednesday & Friday games.
  • Redmond Remains Perfect in 4A- The Mustangs and Wildcats continued their domination of KingCo play, each posting 3-0 weeks last week. Redmond won their showdown with Bothell on Monday, 11-9 before dispatching of Crown division foes Roosevelt (16-0) and Woodinville (7-1). They are now 9-0 and three full games ahead of Newport for the Crest Division lead.
  • Mount Si Lone Other KingCo Unbeaten- The Wildcats put together their second straight 3-0 week to improve to 6-0 on the KingCo season. They cruised on Monday and Wednesday, winning their two games by a combined 23-3. Friday brought their first close game of the KingCo season and they prevailed there as well, topping Lake Washington 2-1. Junior Reece Karalus allowed just a run and struck out 12 over 6 innings of work. The game was tied 1-1 into the bottom of the seventh when Nate Sinner became an instant hero. He singled to left field with one out, plating Trevor Lane with the winning run and keeping Mount Si undefeated. The Wildcats will look to complete the sweep of the first round of league play when they take on Interlake Monday.
  • Wolverines Keep Pace with 3-0 Week- Bellevue remained just a game behind Mount Si in the KingCo 3A/2A standings, posting a perfect week with wins over Sammamish, Juanita and Mercer Island. The Wolverines only loss was an 8-5 defeat to Mount Si, but pitching and defense have helped them win every other league contest. They will take on Lake Washington Monday in a battle for second place in the conference.
  • Mound Domination on Wednesday- On Wednesday, eight of the nine winning teams allowed three runs or less, including 5 shutouts. Scoreless performances were tossed by Adam Kline (Redmond), Matt Lunde (Skyline), Brian McAfee (Bothell), Marty Luckenbach (Woodinville) and Bob Cruikshank (Lake Washington).
  • Proudfoot Smacks 5 Home Runs on Week - Mount Si senior shortstop Tim Proudfoot had a week for the ages, homering in each of the Wildcats' games on the week. He homered an amazing three times against Liberty, and hit one each against Sammamish and Lake Washington, leading his team to an undefeated start.
  • The Brian McAfee Show - Bothell senior Brian McAfee's incredible season continued last week, with him single-handedly beating Issaquah on Wednesday. In the Cougars 1-0 win over Issaquah, McAfee was 2-for-3 with his solo home run providing the only run of the game. On the mound, he had another dominant pitching performance, going the distance allowing just a hit and a walk while striking out 10.
  • Freshman Gets Totems their First Conference Win - Sammamish picked up its first league win of the season on Friday behind the arm of freshman Joe Giachetti. He went the distance, scattering 7 hits and allowing 3 runs (1 earned) in Sammamish's 4-3 win over Liberty.
  • Rebels Prevail in 11-inning Game - Juanita and Interlake played one of the season's best games Friday, with Juanita scoring a single run in the top of the 11th for a 2-1 win.
Here's a quick rundown of Wednesday & Friday scores, with notable performances:

Wednesday 4A Results
Redmond 16, Roosevelt 0
- Peter Hendron (Redmond) - 4-for-5, HR, 6 RBI
- Adam Kline (Redmond) - 5 inning, 2-hit shutout

Ballard 4, Newport 3
- Nelson Cooper (Ballard) - 2-for-2, 2 doubles, RBI

Skyline 7, Garfield 0
- Matt Lunde (Skyline) - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 Ks
- Nate Litka (Skyline) - 2-for-4, double, triple, 2 RBI

Bothell 1, Issaquah 0
- Brian McAfee (Bothell) - 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 Ks; 2-for-3, solo HR
- Andrew Kemmerer (Issaquah) - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 Ks

Woodinville 4, Eastlake 0
- Marty Luckenbach (W'Ville) - 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 Ks

Wednesday 3A Results
Mount Si 12, Sammamish 3
- Max Brown (MtSi) - 4-for-4, triple, 3 RBI
- Tim Proudfoot (MtSi) - 2-for-4, triple, HR

LW 10, Interlake 0
- Bob Cruikshank (LW) - 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 Ks; 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBI
- Zach Johnson (LW) - 2-for-3, 2 doubles

Mercer Island 15, Liberty 9
- Evan Thompson (MI) - 3-for-5, HR, 4 RBI
- George Jiranek (MI) - HR, 4 RBI

Bellevue 5, Juanita 1
- Drew Quinlan (Bellevue) - Allowed 1 run in the complete game victory

Friday 4A Results
Issaquah 6, Roosevelt 4
- Mitchell Morimoto (Issy) - 2-for-3, double, 3 RBI
- Reid Martinez (Roosevelt) - 2-for-3, triple, 2 runs

Skyline 6, Ballard 1
- Travis Snider (Skyline) - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 Ks
- Clayton Huber (Skyline) - 3-for-3, RBI

Inglemoor 9, Eastlake 7
- Connor Savage (Inglemoor) - 4-for-4, double, RBI
- Obi Taylor (Inglemoor) - double, 2 RBI; Recorded final 8 outs of the game for the save, 5 via strikeout

Newport 8, Bothell 0
- Cole Wiper (Newport) - 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 BB, 9 Ks - Nate Anderson & Aaron Sandefur (Newport) - each with a HR, 2 RBI

Redmond 7, Woodinville 1
- Zach Abbruzza & Michael Conforto (Redmond) - each with a HR, 2 RBI

Friday 3A Scores
Mount Si 2, Lake Washington 1
- Reece Karalus (MtSi) - 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 Ks
- Nate Sinner (MtSi) - walk-off single in bottom of the seventh
- Tim Proudfoot (MtSi) - solo HR (5th of the week)
- Spencer Jackson (LW) - 6.1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER
- Bob Cruikshank (LW) - 2-for-3, solo HR

Bellevue 8, Mercer Island 7
- Jeff Van Orman (Bellevue) - 2-for-3, RBI
- Jack Carlson (Bellevue) - 3 HBP(!), 3 runs scored
- Jordan Richartz (MI) - 3-for-3, run
- Max Dammeier (MI) - 2-for-3, 2 doubles

Sammamish 4, Liberty 3
- Joe Giachetti (Samm) - CG, 7 H, 3 R (1 ER)

Juanita 2, Interlake 1
- 11 inning game
- Mitch Gebe (Juanita) - 3-for-5
- J.J. Caldwell (Juanita) - 2-for-4, RBI
- Austin Strothers (Interlake) - 8 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 5 Ks