Saturday, May 7, 2011

4A Playoffs Start Today

The KingCo 4A playoffs get underway today at Woodinville HS. Here is today's schedule:

Saturday, May 7th

10:00 AM - Inglemoor (Crown #3) vs. Redmond (Crest #2)
1:00 PM - Issaquah (Crest #4) vs. Bothell (Crown #1)
4:00 PM - Skyline (Crest #3) vs. Woodinville (Crown #2)
7:00 PM - Ballard (Crown #4) vs. Newport (Crest #1)

I will post updates on Twitter (@KingCoBaseball) as I receive them.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Playoff Seeding Finalized

Playoff Brackets: [ 4A Tournament ] [ 3A Tournament ]

Just one game remains on the KingCo regular season schedule, but with both Mount Si and Lake Washington having locked up the #1 and #2 seeds respectively, it will not impact the playoff seeding. One game and one coin flip yesterday determined the #3 - #6 seeds in the upcoming 3A tournament.

Thursday 3A Recap
Liberty 12, Sammamish 2 - A nine-run first inning helped the red-hot Patriots cruise to a 12-2 win over Sammamish. The win locked up the #5 seed in the KingCo playoffs, with Sammamish sliding in at #6. Senior Ryan Maio was 2-for-2 with a double and a home run, with Scott Zerda (3-for-4, RBI) and Harrison Diemert (2-for-3, run) also contributing to the offense. Junior Ben Wessel was the winning pitcher, helping Liberty complete a 5-2 second half. Senior Aaron Lawrenson and junior Ryan Hashimoto each had two hits for the Totems.

Bellevue earns #3 seed - The Wolverines and Islanders didn't play a game on Thursday, but their seeding in the playoffs was determined by a coin toss. Bellevue won and will enter as the #3 seed, with Mercer Island taking the #4.
So, the first round tournament matchups are finalized:

Tuesday, 5/10 - Bannerwood Park
4:00 PM - #3 Bellevue vs. #6 Sammamish
7:00 PM - #4 Mercer Island vs. #5 Liberty

Thursday, May 5, 2011

KingCo Playoff Scenarios (Through Wed 5/4)

Playoff Brackets: [ 4A Tournament ] [ 3A Tournament ]

KingCo 4A - Crest Division
1) Newport (11-3) ** wins tiebreaker over Redmond (division record)

2) Redmond (11-3)
3) Skyline (8-6)
4) Issaquah (6-8)
Eliminated: Eastlake (1-13)

KingCo 4A - Crown Division
1) Bothell (13-2)
2) Woodinville (9-5) ** season sweep over Inglemoor
3) Inglemoor (9-6)
4) Ballard (6-8)
Eliminated: Garfield (3-12), Roosevelt (2-13)

First Round Playoff Schedule
Saturday, 5/7 @ Woodinville HS
10:00 AM: Inglemoor (9-6) vs. Redmond (11-3)
1:00 PM: Issaquah (6-8) vs. Bothell (13-2)
4:00 PM: Skyline (8-6) vs. Woodinville (9-5)
7:00 PM: Ballard (6-8) vs. Newport (11-3)

KingCo 3A

1) Mount Si (11-1)
2) Lake Washington (8-5)

3/4) Bellevue (7-7) / Mercer Island (7-7)
- teams split regular season series

- coin flip (on Friday) will determine seeding
5/6) Liberty (5-8) / Sammamish (4-9)
- winner of today's game between Liberty & Sammamish will be the #5 seed
- loser of today's game will be the #6 seed
Eliminated: Juanita (3-11)

Playoffs start Tuesday, 5/10 with 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 games. Top 2 seeds earn a bye to second round on Thursday.

Walk-off Wednesday in 3A

Four close games highlighted Wednesday's 3A action, with three of the games being decided in the final at-bat.

3A Results
Lake Washington 3, Bellevue 2 - LW scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning, erasing a one-run deficit and walking off on Bellevue, 3-2. Sophomore Alac Wong scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch after Chris Moore had tied the game with a bases loaded single. The win, coupled with Mercer Island's loss to Sammamish, clinched the #2 seed for the Kangs in the upcoming KingCo 3A playoffs. Senior Bob Cruikshank earned the win on the mound, going the distance allowing just 2 earned runs while striking out 4. Sophomore Stevie Semler finished the night 3-for-3, while senior Chris Moore added two hits and the game-tying RBI. For Bellevue, Drew Quinlan was the tough luck loser, pitching well and keeping LW off balance the entire night. Reid Wagner added two hits and an RBI for the Wolverines, who will be seeded either #3 or #4 in the tournament based on a coin flip.

Sammamish 9, Mercer Island 6 - The Totems rallied back from an early deficit to clinch a playoff berth with a 9-6 win over Mercer Island. Sammamish improves to 4-9 in league play with the win, and will enter the KingCo tournament as either the #5 or #6 seed, pending results of their game with Liberty Thursday. Aaron Lawrenson's bases clearing triple sparked the Totems late-game rally. Mercer Island falls to 7-7 with the loss and will slot in at #3 or #4 depending on a coin flip against Bellevue on Friday.

Liberty 5, Juanita 4 - Continuing their strong play in the second half, the Patriots knocked off Juanita in walk-off fashion Wednesday, 5-4. Liberty improves to 4-2 in the second half following a 1-6 start to the season. Juanita led 4-1 through 4 1/2 innings behind a strong performance on the mound from sophomore Ty Eng. They could not hold off Liberty however, giving up four runs over the final three innings. Liberty will take on Sammamish on Thursday in a battle for the #5 seed in the KingCo playoffs. Juanita, who was led offensively by seniors Sean Barlow (2-for-4, triple, 2 RBI) and Mitch Gebe (solo HR), was eliminated from the playoffs with the loss, finishing with a 3-11 league record.

Mount Si 3, Interlake 2 - In a classic pitcher's duel, the Wildcats came out on top in the end, scoring a run in the bottom of the 8th inning to down Interlake, 3-2. The Saints led 2-0 through 5 behind solid pitching from Carl Snaring and Austin Strother. Junior Trevor Taylor kept Mount Si in the game, allowing 2 earned over 6 innings of work. The Wildcats pushed across two runs in the sixth to tie the game, and send the home fans home happy with the walk-off win. Senior shortstop Tim Proudfoot homered and scored two runs for the Wildcats, who finish the regular season on Thursday night at Lake Washington having already secured the league's top seed. Interlake's regular season ends at 8-6 and they will head off to 2A for their district playoffs.

4A Results
Newport 9, Eastlake 4 - The Knights secured the #1 seed in KingCo's Crest Division by knocking off Eastlake Wednesday, 9-4. Newport scored six times in the first inning and twice more in the second, jumping out early and never looking back. Junior Billy Sahlinger was the winning pitcher, surrendering 7 hits and 2 earned while striking out 8 in 6 innings of work. He also helped himself at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Seniors Nick Clifford (1-3, HR, 3 RBI) and Keith Van Court (3-for-4, run scored) also chipped in offensively. Newport finishes the regular season in a tie with Redmond at 11-3, but wins the tiebreaker over the 'Stangs thanks to a better divisional record. They will open the KingCo tournament Saturday at Woodinville HS - 7:00 PM against Ballard. Eastlake's season ends with a 1-13 KingCo 4A record.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

KingCo Playoff Scenarios (Through Tue 5/3)

Playoff Brackets: [ 4A Tournament ] [ 3A Tournament ]

KingCo 4A - Crest Division
1 & 2) Newport (10-3) / Redmond (11-3)
- IF Newport wins over Eastlake Wednesday: #1 - Newport / #2 - Redmond
- IF Newport loses to Eastlake Wednesday: #1 - Redmond / #2 - Newport
3) Skyline (8-6)
4) Issaquah (6-8)
Eliminated: Eastlake (1-12)

KingCo 4A - Crown Division
1) Bothell (13-2)
2) Woodinville (9-5) ** season sweep over Inglemoor
3) Inglemoor (9-6)
4) Ballard (6-8)
Eliminated: Garfield (3-12), Roosevelt (2-13)

KingCo 3A

1) Mount Si (11-1)
2/3/4) LW (7-5) / Bellevue (7-6) / Mercer Island (7-6)
- remaining games: Bellevue @ LW (Wed); Sammamish @ MI (Wed); Mt Si @ LW (Thu)
- season series: Bellevue beat LW (2nd game today); LW-MI split; MI-Bellevue split
- pending results, each team could finish 2, 3 or 4
5/6) Liberty (4-8) / Sammamish (3-9) / Juanita (3-10)
- remaining games: Juanita @ Liberty (Wed); Sammamish @ MI (Wed); Sammamish @ Liberty (Thu)
- season series: Sammamish-Juanita split; Juanita beat Liberty (2nd game today); Sammamish beat Liberty (2nd game tomorrow)
- pending results, each team could finish 5, 6 or 7.
- 5 & 6 make KingCo 3A playoffs

KingCo 3A/2A Awards: Week 4

KingCo 3A/2A Baseball - Players of the Week
Week 4: April 25 - 30, 2011

Players of the Week: Bob Cruikshank, Sr., Lake Washington / Ryan Hashimoto, Jr., Sammamish
The KingCo 3A/2A Player of the Week award for week 4 was split between two worthy student-athletes. Lake Washington senior Bob Cruikshank and Sammamish junior Ryan Hashimoto share this week's award based on strong performances. Cruikshank, who will play baseball next season at the University of San Francisco, finished his three games 6-for-11 with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 3 RBI. His home run on Friday against Interlake tied LW's school record for single-season home runs (5). For the season, Cruikshank is hitting .429 in league play, with 6 doubles and four home runs. Hashimoto's week consisted of him hitting .556 (5-for-9) with a double, 2 RBI and 2 stolen bases. He additionally picked up the save in a big Totems' win over Bellevue, tossing two shutout innings.

Also nominated: Steve Semler, LW; Alex Himstead, MI; Matt Orehek, MI

Pitcher of the Week: Zach Johnson, Jr., Lake Washington
Junior Zach Johnson is the KingCo 3A/2A Pitcher of the Week based on a shutout on Saturday night over Juanita. The southpaw scattered just six hits, walking none and striking out a career high 11 Rebel batters in the Kangs 6-0 win. Johnson went to a 3-ball count just three times on the night and dropped his KingCo ERA to 2.29.

Also nominated: Reece Karalus, Mount Si

Final Days of KingCo Regular Season

The final week of KingCo play started on a wet Monday, with just one game getting in. Tuesday brought a bunch of rescheduled games, many of which will have a significant impact on seeding for the upcoming 3A and 4A KingCo playoffs.

4A Links: [ Current Standings ] [ Playoff Bracket ]
3A Links: [ Current Standings ] [ Playoff Bracket ]

Monday/Tuesday 4A Results
Newport 3, Redmond 2 - In a showdown between the Crest division's top two teams, Newport avenged an early season loss with a 3-2 win over the Mustangs. Senior Cole Wiper and junior Aaron Sandefur combined to strikeout 14 Redmond batters, while seniors Nick Clifford and Jared Fisher each hit home runs. Fisher's was a two-run shot in the fourth inning off Redmond senior Zach Abbruzza and put the Knights ahead for good. Newport's win brings them within a half-game of Redmond and they will try to close that gap on Wednesday when they travel to Eastlake. A Knights win will be their sixth straight in league, and will secure a Crest Division championship, as they own the tiebreaker over the Mustangs thanks to a better divisional record.

Skyline 9, Issaquah 6 - The Spartans rallied, scoring 6 times in the top of the seventh inning to stun the Eagles, 9-6. Senior Travis Snider picked up the win, working the final two innings and keeping Issaquah off the board. Senior Nate Litka was 2-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, with junior Clayton Huber chipping in with 3 RBI. Skyline finishes the regular season at 8-6 in KingCo play, and will enter the playoffs as the Crest Division's #3 seed. Junior Ethan Kalin hit a grand slam in the first inning for Issaquah, who finishes at 6-8 and will take on Bothell in the first round of the playoffs.

Bothell 1, Garfield 0 - The Cougars finished off a tremendous KingCo regular season, topping the Bulldogs 1-0 on Monday night. Senior Brian McAfee worked 5 shutout innings to extend his scoreless streak to 39 innings. He also doubled home the only Bothell run on the night. Fellow seniors Eric Gregory and Henry Baillargeon each tossed scoreless innings to preserve the 1-0 win. Bothell finishes KingCo play at 13-2 and enters the playoffs as the Crown Division #1 seed. Zach Ward had two of the three hits for Garfield, whose season ends with a 3-12 league record.

Inglemoor 5, Roosevelt 4 - Inglemoor capped off its regular season in style, winning in walk-off fashion on senior night, 5-4. The Vikings carried a 4-1 lead into the sixth inning, only to see the Roughriders tie the game with a 3-run sixth inning. Senior Dustin Doucette picked up the win in relief, and was helped by Connor Savage's 2-for-4 night. Inglemoor's KingCo record is 9-6, and they are the Crown Division's #3 seed. They will take on either Newport or Redmond at 10:00 AM on Saturday morning in the first round of the KingCo 4A tourney. Roosevelt's sees their season end with a 2-13 record.

Tuesday 3A Results
Mercer Island 5, Bellevue 3 - Mercer Island kept its hopes alive for a first round bye with a 5-3 win over Bellevue on Tuesday. Details on this game not available. Bellevue finishes up its regular season Wednesday night when they travel to Lee Johnson Field to take on Lake Washington. A win on Wednesday will keep their hopes for a #2 seed and a first round bye alive. MI takes on Sammamish Wednesday in its finale, needing a win to stay in the mix for the #2 seed.

Liberty 3, Mount Si 2 - The Patriots got a much needed win in their playoff chase, knocking off previously unbeaten Mount Si, 3-2. Junior Izak Styskal was the winning pitcher, which puts Liberty at 4-8. A win over Juanita on Wednesday will clinch a playoff spot for the Pats. Junior Trevor Lane took the loss for Mount Si, who is locked in as the KingCo 3A #1 seed at 11-1. Max Brown was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in a losing effort.

Interlake 3, Juanita 1 - Griffin Sutich scattered 7 hits and a run in a complete game victory, as Interlake improved to 8-5 with a 3-1 win over Juanita. Sophomore Carl Snaring doubled and drove in two for the Saints, who will head to 2A districts for their postseason playoffs. Juanita drops to 3-10 with an important game against Liberty on tap for Wednesday.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Playoffs Around the Corner

The final week of KingCo league play is here and the playoff picture for both leagues is coming into focus. In the 4A league, all eight playoff teams have been decided, with a few seeding questions to be decided. In the 3A, Mount Si is the regular season champions, currently perfect with an 11-0 league record. Three other teams have clinched a playoff berth, while the three other 3A teams are in a dog fight for the final two spots.

Here's a quick breakdown:

KingCo 4A Conference

Crest: In the Crest Division, Redmond's magic number is 1 to clinch the crown. They currently hold a 1 1/2 game lead with one games remaining for them and two games left for second place Newport. If the Knights win on Monday, Tuesday's game between the two clubs would factor into seeding. Neither team will fall below second place, as Skyline (the current #3) cannot catch Newport. The Spartans and Issaquah play Monday - a Skyline win clinches the #3 seed, while an Issaquah win will force a coin flip for seeding.

Crown: Congratulations to the Bothell Cougars, who at 12-2 are the Crown Division champions. They will go into the KingCo 4A tournament as the #1 seed. The other seeds are set as well. Woodinville will be the Crown #2 seed, as they hold a one-game lead on third-place Inglemoor and swept the season series. The Vikings will be Crown #3, with the Ballard Beavers securing the fourth and final Crown division playoff spot.

KingCo 3A Conference

Congratulations to the Mount Si Wildcats, who are the KingCo 3A regular season champions and will enter the playoffs as the league's top seed. Bellevue and Lake Washington are currently tied at 7-5, with Mercer Island just one game back at 6-6. Those three teams have clinched playoff berths and are currently fighting for the #2 seed and a first round bye in the tourney. MI & Bellevue are scheduled to play Monday, with Bellevue traveling to LW on Wednesday. The final two playoff spots are up for grabs, with three teams in hot pursuit. Liberty currently holds the #5 seed due to playing one less game than Sammamish & Juanita. All three teams have 3 league wins, with Liberty playing Sammamish Monday and Juanita on Wednesday. Weather permitting, these next three days will determine a lot prior to the league playoffs.