Friday, May 13, 2011

Bothell Wins 4A; Mount Si - LW for 3A Title

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

**NOTE - Yesterday's posts have been temporarily removed by the hosting service. They should be restored sometime today. **

KingCo 4A Championship Game
Bothell 4, Newport 3 - Congratulations to the Bothell Cougars, who won the 2011 KingCo 4A championship with a 4-3 win over Newport on Thursday night. Cougars starter Brian McAfee saw his scoreless innings streak end at 46 innings, but would I'm sure trade that for a KingCo championship any day. The Cornell-bound senior allowed seven hits and three runs in a complete game victory, securing Bothell's second KingCo tournament championship in four years. Senior Jon Mercer homered and drove in two and junior Mark Woods drove in the eventual game-winner, breaking a tie in the bottom of the fifth. Senior Keith Van Court homered for the Knights, who enter the
4A state tournament as the District 2 #2 seed. Bothell is the #1 seed from District 2 and will open the state tourney at Kent Memorial on Saturday, May 21st.

KingCo 4A Third Place Game
Redmond 6, Inglemoor 2 - The third time was the charm for Redmond against Inglemoor, as they kept their season alive with a 6-2 win over the Vikings. Seniors Dustin Doucette (Inglemoor) and Dylan Davis (Redmond) faced off against each other, with Davis finally coming out on top after losing the first two meetings. The Oregon State bound senior allowing just 2 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings of work. Davis helped himself offensively, as both he and Patrick McGrath homered in the victory. Redmond has won three straight games since an opening round loss, and will take on the winner of the
WesCo third place game between Mariner - Marysville Pilchuck. The WesCo game is this afternoon at 3:00 PM, with the bi-district winner to state game is scheduled for Monday, May 16th. Inglemoor's impressive tournament run ends with the loss, finishing at 15-9 on the season.

KingCo 3A Semi-Finals
Lake Washington 10, Sammamish 1 - Senior Bob Cruikshank tossed a complete-game four hitter and junior Zach Johnson homered twice and drove in four as the Kangs advanced to the KingCo 3A Championship game with a 10-1 win over Sammamish. Cruikshank, who recently signed with the University of San Francisco, settled in after a 28-pitch first inning, needing just 56 more pitches over the final six frames. Johnson's first home run in the third inning gave LW their first lead at 2-1. He followed that up his next at-bat with another blast deep to right-center field to push the lead to 5-1. Cruikshank did the rest, helping LW advance to their fourth KingCo title game in the past seven seasons. Senior Chris Moore was 3-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI for the Kangs. Sammamish must now win twice on Saturday to keep their state tournament hopes alive.

Mount Si 5, Mercer Island 0 - Mount Si punched their ticket to the KingCo title game behind junior Trevor Lane's shutout as the Wildcats topped MI, 5-0. Lane allowed just five hits and struck out nine, and also added two hits and 2 RBI to help his cause. Seniors Dustin Breshears (1-for-3, triple) and Tim Proudfoot (2-for-3, RBI, two runs) were part of the Wildcats balanced 9-hit attack. Senior George Jiranek took the loss for the Islanders, who will take on Sammamish in the first of two loser-out games on Saturday.

The KingCo 3A championship game will feature the top two seeds - Lake Washington (#2) vs. Mount Si (#1). The game is set for Friday night 7:00 PM at Bannerwood Park in Belleuve. The winner earns the District 2 top seed in the 3A state tournament. The loser will play the Sammamish-Mercer Island winner (Saturday, 1:00 PM) on Saturday at 4:00 PM for the right to play Metro #4 with a trip to state on the line.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

WesCo / Metro Playoff Update

Both the 3A and 4A leagues share a State tournament berth with the Metro (3A) and Wesco (4A). The third team coming out of the KingCo 4A tournament will take on the third team from the WesCo 4A tournament. For the 3A, KingCo's #2 entry takes on Metro's #4.

For those interested, the tournament brackets from the two leagues are below:

WesCo 4A

Metro 3A

Thursday's Slate Includes 4A 'Ship

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

Thursday is the final day of the 4A tournament, with Bothell and Newport facing off tonight for the championship. In the 3A, a semi-final doubleheader is on tap for Bannerwood Park:

KingCo 4A Schedule

4:00 PM - Inglemoor (Crown #3) vs. Redmond (Crest #2) - winner to district game
7:00 PM - Bothell (Crown #1) vs. Newport (Crest #1) - both to state
** games at Woodinville HS

KingCo 3A Semi-Finals

4:00 PM - Sammamish (#6 seed) vs. Lake Washington (#2 seed)
7:00 PM - Mercer Island (#4 seed) vs. Mount Si (#1 seed)
** games at Bannerwood Park (Bellevue)

Tuesday Playoff Recaps

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

First Round 3A Games
Sammamish 1, Bellevue 0 - Freshman Joe Giacchetti pitched like a seasoned veteran, allowing just 3 hits in a complete game 1-0 shutout of Bellevue. The right hander spotted his fastball and mixed his pitches well all afternoon, keeping the Wolverines off balance and off the scoreboard. Giacchetti did not strike out a single Bellevue hitter, but allowed just 6 baserunners all day. Chris Strain doubled home a run in the top of the first, which amazingly held up the entire game. Strain finished the day 2-for-3 with a double, triple and the eventual game winning RBI. Sammamish moves on to the semi-finals to take on Lake Washington. Michael Raine matched Giacchetti nearly pitch for pitch, allowing just the single run on 6 hits while striking out 10. He takes the defeat for Bellevue, whose season comes to an end with the loss.

Mercer Island 10, Liberty 1 - It was an impressive first round showing for the defending KingCo tournament champions, as they scored early and often in a 10-1 romp over Liberty. Junior Max Dammeier struck out five in 6 strong innings, and the Islanders got help offensively from Brian Higgins (2-for-4, double, 2 RBI), Cameron Ogard (2-for-3, 3 RBI) and Evan Thompson (2-for-2, double, 2 RBI). MI will now play the top seed Mount Si in the second of two semifinal games on Friday. Junior Izak Styskal took the loss for the Patriots, who were eliminated despite possibly being the league's hottest team in the second half.

Losers Bracket 4A Games
Redmond 7, Skyline 0 - Senior Zach Abbruzza dominated the Spartans, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 7 in Redmond's 7-0 win on Tuesday. The win was the second straight loser-out victory for the Mustangs, who need one more win on Thursday to advance to the district play-in game against WesCo #3 on Saturday. Abbruzza was also 3-for-4 with an RBI, and got help from fellow seniors Dylan Davis (2-for-4, 3-run HR) and Nick Rothermel (2-for-3, double, 2 runs). Clayton Huber took the loss for Skyline, which sees its season come to an end with an 11-12 record.

Inglemoor 9, Woodinville 8 - The two Northshore rivals hooked up in an instant classic on Tuesday night, with the Vikings prevailing 9-8. Inglemoor scored four times in both the first and last innings of the game, with the latter helping them overcome a 3-run seventh inning deficit. Woodinville fought back from the four-run first, scoring 3 runs in their half of the frame and two each in the third and fourth innings to take a 7-5 lead. A single run in the bottom of the sixth extended the lead to 8-5, but they could not hold off the late Vikings charge. Sophomore infielder Brandon Edwards was 4-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead Inglemoor, which will take on Redmond for the second time in the KingCo tournament and third time this season. Woodinville's season ends with a 14-7 record.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tuesday Playoff Schedule

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

Tuesday brings another day of playoff action, with the 4A continuing their tournament and the 3A starting theirs. Here's a look at today's schedule:

KingCo 4A - Losers Bracket Games
4:00 PM - Skyline (Crest #3) vs. Redmond (Crest #2)
7:00 PM - Inglemoor (Crown #3) vs. Woodinville (Crown #2)
** games at Woodinville HS

KingCo 3A - First Round Games
4:00 PM - Sammamish (#6 seed) vs. Bellevue (#3 seed)
7:00 PM - Liberty (#5 seed) vs. Mercer Island (#4 seed)
** games at Bannerwood Park (Bellevue)

Higher Seeds Prevail in 4A Action

Monday saw the higher seeds hold serve, with the two division winners advancing to Thursday night's KingCo championship game...

Winners Bracket
Bothell 2, Inglemoor 1 - For the second straight game Bothell won a pitcher's duel, this time behind senior Henry Baillargeon as the Cougs defeated rival Inglemoor, 2-1. The win puts Bothell into Thursday night's KingCo championship and also secures a state tournament berth. The Cougars scored a single run in the bottom of the first and held that 1-0 lead into the sixth. Emmett Maki drove in the tying run in the top of the sixth, but Bothell responded with a run of their own in the bottom half, taking the lead for good at 2-1. Baillargeon allowed just two hits and a walk while striking out four, outdueling Viking starter Obi Taylor, who was nearly as effective. The senior right hander allowed 2 runs (1 earned) in six innings of work, coming away with the loss. Dain Gilbert drove in one of the two Bothell runs, with Mitchell Viydo finishing the night 2-for-3. Inglemoor's season will be on the line Tuesday night, when they take on Woodinville at 7:00 PM.

Newport 10, Skyline 1 - University of Oregon signee Cole Wiper continued his dominant season, striking out seven over six innings to lead the Knights to the championship game after a 10-1 victory over Skyline. Wiper was a little wild, but was able to work around five walks to allow just the one run. Senior Lee Stoops was 2-for-2 with 3 RBI, while juniors Curtis Kojima and Mason Paul chipped in with two hits a piece. Skyline will take on Redmond Tuesday at 4:00 PM in a loser out game. Meanwhile, Newport secured a bid to the state tournament with the win, and will take on Bothell in Thursday night's KingCo championship game. Both teams will enter the contest riding 9 game win streaks, with Newport having won the only regular season meeting between the clubs, 8-0.

Losers Bracket
Redmond 15, Issaquah 3 - Last year's KingCo champions showed their resolve on Monday, responding to an opening round loss with a 15-3 win over Issaquah. Senior Nick Rothermel and junior Patrick McGrath each homered and drove in five runs, with junior Peter Hendron contributing with a 3-for-4 night, doubling and driving in 2. Michael Conforto, T.J. Whidby and Thomas Crosley staffed the game for the Mustangs, who advance to another loser out game Tuesday against Skyline. Issaquah junior shortstop Jake Bakamus was 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI in the Eagles' final game of the season. The young squad's season ends with a 6-10 record in KingCo play, 8-14 overall.

Woodinville 11, Ballard 6 - Senior Carl Svanevik doubled twice and drove in four, sparking the Falcons to an 11-6 win over Ballard on Monday night. Junior Spencer Greer gave up two runs in the first, but settled in nicely after that while his teammates gave him the offensive support he needed. Woodinville would take the lead with 3 runs in the third and blew the game open with 4-spots in the fifth and sixth innings. Ballard would score four times in the seventh and get the tying run to the on-deck circle, but could not complete the miraculous comeback. Junior Shea Donlin was 2-for-2 with a double, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored for the Falcons, who will take on Inglemoor Tuesday night in a loser out game. Ballard was led by Brendan Foor (3-for-4, 2 runs) and Ryan Kangas (2-for-4, 2 runs) in the season's final game.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Monday 4A Playoff Schedule

Semi-Finals (winner-to-state)
4:00 PM - Inglemoor (Crown #3) vs. Bothell (Crown #1)
7:00 PM - Skyline (Crest #3) vs. Newport (Crest #1)
** games at Woodinville HS

Loser's Bracket (loser out)
4:00 PM - Issaquah (Crest #4) vs. Redmond (Crest #2)
7:00 PM - Ballard (Crown #4) vs. Woodinville (Crown #2)
** games at Inglemoor HS

4A Playoffs - First Round Recaps

Pitching dominated the first round of the KingCo 4A playoffs on Saturday, with the four winning teams combining to allow just five total runs.

KingCo 4A - First Round Results
Inglemoor 8, Redmond 1 - For the second time this season, Vikings senior right-hander Dustin Doucette stymied the Mustangs, this time in an 8-1 Inglemoor playoff win. Doucette allowed just one run on five hits while striking out five, sending his Viks to a winner-to-state game on Monday. Junior Blake Wilson led the Inglemoor attack, finishing the day 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. Redmond will also play Monday afternoon at 4:00 PM in a loser-out game at Inglemoor HS.

Bothell 2, Issaquah 0 - In what should come as no surprise to followers of the KingCo baseball blog, Bothell's Brian McAfee continued to be the story, outdueling Issaquah senior Brandon Mahovlich in a 2-0 Cougar win. McAfee extended his scoreless streak to an incredible 46 innings, allowing just four hits and not walking a single batter while striking out six. John Mercer and Mitchell Viydo drove in runs in the first and fifth innings, with McAfee taking care of the rest. Bothell will square off with Inglemoor for a spot in the KingCo championship, while Issaquah will fight for their lives in an elimination game against Redmond.

Skyline 4, Woodinville 1 - Brandon Fischer and Zach Liddle each hit solo home runs, propeling the Spartans to a 4-1 win over Woodinville. The game was delayed for over an hour due to rain and lightning, with Skyline prevailing through the raindrops. Senior Travis Snider picked up the win, with junior Marty Luckenbach taking the loss for Woodinville.

Newport 12, Ballard 3 - The Knights scored multiple runs in each of the first three innings, cruising to a 12-3 opening round victory over the Beavers. UW bound senior Jared Fisher allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings of work and also doubled and drove in three runs. Cole Wiper, Daniel Altchech and Billy Sahlinger each drove in two runs a piece, pacing Newport's 12-hit attack. Newport advances to the Monday night's semi-finals at Woodinville HS, where they will take on Skyline at 7:00 PM. Meanwhile, Ballard will face Woodinville at Inglemoor HS on Monday with the loser going home.