Wednesday, April 27, 2011

McAfee Runs Scoreless Streak to 34 Innings

The season is hitting the home stretch, with just two weeks of games left before the playoffs start in both the 3A and 4A divisions. I will have a post up later this week with the playoff formats. In the meantime, check out the standings in both the 3A and 4A divisons.

Tuesday 4A Results
Bothell 2, Woodinville 0 - An incredible pitchers duel took place at Woodinville HS on Tuesday night, with the Bothell Cougars victorious in a 2-0 win over the Falcons. Senior Brian McAfee pitched his third consecutive 1-hitter (and fourth on the season), allowing just a Shea Donlin hit in the seventh inning in yet another complete game shutout. Junior Spencer Greer was every bit as good for Woodinville, allowing just one hit himself, also coming in the seventh inning. The Cougars plated unearned runs in the 2nd and 6th inning, which was plenty for McAfee. The right hander has not allowed a run in his last five starts spanning 34 innings. Over that stretch, he has allowed 9 hits and 8 walks, striking out 45 in one of the most amazing pitching displays I can remember in my 10 years involved in HS baseball.

Skyline 4, Redmond 3 - Senior Travis Snider went the distance, scattering 4 hits and striking out 4 as the Spartans knocked off top-ranked Redmond, 4-3. The Spartans won in walk-off fashion, scoring the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Brandon Fisher homered for Skyline, who also got help offensively from Snider (2-for-3, double) and Jimmy Sinatro (2-for-2, double, RBI). Peyton Lutz doubled in the loss for Redmond, who is now just 1 1/2 games over second place Newport in the Crest Division.

Eastlake 2, Issaquah 1 - Sophomore Josh Barokas struck out 8 in a complete game, leading Eastlake to their first KingCo win of 2011, 2-1 over Issaquah. The sophomore outdueled Eagles starter Brandon Mahovlich, who also pitched a complete game. Juniors Robert Nolan and John Armour, along with senior Derek Papke each had two hits to lead the Wolves attack.

Inglemoor 17, Ballard 6 - The Vikings used an 11 run second inning in cruising to a 17-6, 5-inning win over Ballard. No other details available.

Garfield 5, Roosevelt 1 - The Bulldogs kept their playoff hopes alive behind junior John Trupin's six strong innings, as they topped Roosevelt 5-1. Trupin allowed 6 hits and a run over his six innings of work to pick up the win. Zach Ward doubled and drove in three for Garfield, who improved to 3-9 on the season - two games behind fourth place Ballard for the final KingCo Crown Division playoff spot.

Tuesday 3A Results
Mercer Island 14, Lake Washington 12 - The second meeting between these two clubs was much like the first, with MI coming out victorious this time over LW, 14-12. The first meeting was also a slugfest, with the Kangs prevailing in 11 innings. This time, the teams combined for 26 runs on 27 hits with sophomores leading the way for the Islanders. Matt Orehek and Alex Himstead combined to go 7-for-8 and drive in 8 of the Mercer Island 14 runs. Orehek's three-run double and Himstead's two-run home run aided MI's 9-run second inning, which was enough to hold off a late Kangs rally. For LW, sophomore Stevie Semler was 3-for-4 with two doubles and 3 RBI, while senior Bob Cruikshank and junior Theo Alexander each homered. MI improves to 5-5 and trails Bellevue and LW by just one game for second place in the KingCo 3A.

Interlake 6, Sammamish 4 - Junior Jake Wilson drove in four runs as the Saints won their third straight, 6-4 over Sammamish. Senior Griffin Sutich was the winning pitcher for Interlake, who is 6-4 in league despite competing as a 2A team. Sammamish fell into a tie with Liberty at 2-8 for the final KingCo 3A playoff spot.

Liberty 10, Bellevue 0 - The Patriots snapped a 6-game KingCo losing streak in a big way, upsetting Bellevue 10-0. No other details available.

KingCo 3A/2A Awards - Week 3

KingCo 3A/2A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 3: April 18 - 23, 2011

Player of the Week: Jordan Richartz, Sr., Mercer Island
Senior outfielder Jordan Richartz wins the award for week 3, putting on an incredible offensive display. Being moved into the leadoff spot by MI coach Cory Smith, Richartz went off, finishing the week 7-for-10 with 5 doubles and an amazing 9 runs scored. He also drove in four runs of his own, and was the winning pitcher in MI's win over Juanita.

Also nominated: Max Brown, Mount Si; Dustin Breshears, Mount Si

Pitcher of the Week: Michael Raine, Bellevue
Junior Michael Raine wins the Pitcher of the Week for his shutout over Lake Washington on Monday. The right-hander, who was nominated for the award the previous week, scattered seven hits and struck out 5 in Bellevue's 3-0 win over the Kangs. He worked out of a couple jams, including getting an inning-ending double play ball with the bases loaded in the LW sixth.

Also nominated: Hunter Goldberg, Mercer Island; Trevor Taylor, Mount Si

KingCo 4A Awards - Week 5

KingCo 4A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 5: April 18 - 23, 2011

Crest Division
Player of the Week: Dylan Davis, Sr., Redmond
The friendly confines of Hartman Park treated another Mustang well this week as senior Dylan Davis captures player of the week honors due in large part to a three run homerun against the Eastlake Wolves. On the week, Davis was 4-8 with 5 RBI, 3 runs scored, and 3 stolen bases. The week bumped his KingCo batting average to .471, good enough for 4th in the conference. Davis is the third Redmond player to capture the honor this year.

Also nominated: None

Co-Pitchers of the Week: Jared Fisher, Sr., Newport; Zach Abbruzza, Sr., Redmond
Two dominant performances on the mound earned Newport’s Jared Fisher and Redmond’s Zach Abbruzza as co-pitchers of the week for the Crest Division. Fisher shut down rival Issaquah with a six inning, two hit, no run performance. He struck out 11 Eagles on the day. Abbruzza tossed five no hit innings for the Mustangs against the Eastlake Wolves. He walked two and struck out six.

Also nominated: None

Crown Division
Player of the Week: Dain Gilbert, Sr., Bothell
Bothell 3B Dain Gilbert edges out three others to capture Player of the Week for the Crown Division. The senior had three big RBI in helping the Cougars to wins over Skyline and Roosevelt. On the week, he was 3-6.

Also nominated: Nelson Cooper, Ballard; John Trupin, Garfield; Spencer Scott, Garfield

Pitcher of the Week: Dustin Doucette, Sr., Inglemoor
After allowing the first hitter he faced to score, Inglemoor’s ace Dustin Doucette settled in nicely in dominating the Redmond Mustangs. The hard throwing righthander threw a complete game propelling his team to a 7-1 win over the league’s only remaining unbeaten. He struck out thirteen Mustangs on the night and only allowed two free passes. The win moves Doucette to 3-1 in KingCo play and lowers his ERA to 2.89.

Also nominated: Brian McAfee, Bothell; Caleb Jaeger, Ballard; John Trupin, Garfield