Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Mustangs Cruise to State Tourney

Redmond 10, Marysville-Pilchuck 0 - Senior Zach Abbruzza tossed six shutout innings and classmate Dylan Davis doubled twice and homered as the Mustangs cruised past Marysville-Pilchuck 10-0. The win secures a berth in the 4A state tournament for Redmond, who joins Bothell and Newport as the other KingCo 4A teams to qualify. Abbruzza allowed just three hits and struck out eight in a dominant pitching performance. Junior Peter Hendron also enjoyed a big day, going 3-for-4 with a home run and 4 RBI. Redmond will open the tournament on Saturday against Olympia at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma.

On Tuesday, Lake Washington will get their shot at advancing to the 3A state tournament as they host Bishop Blanchet at Bannerwood. Game time is 7:00 PM.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Redmond/LW Still Alive for State Berths

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

The KingCo playoffs are now over, with two teams from the 4A and one from the 3A having punched their tickets to the State tournament. One more team from each classification has a chance to earn a spot in the final 16. Here's a quick look:

KingCo 4A
State tournament bracket:

KingCo #1: Bothell
KingCo #2: Newport
KingCo #3: Redmond

Bothell & Newport are in the State tournament. Redmond takes on Marsyville-Pilchuck today at 4:00 PM at Hartman Park in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

KingCo 3A
State tournament bracket:

KingCo #1: Mount Si
KingCo #2: Lake Washington

Mount Si is in the State tournament. Lake Washington takes on Bishop Blanchet Tuesday, 7:00 PM at Bannerwood in a winner-to-state, loser-out game.

Mount Si Wins 3A Championship

Mount Si and Lake Washington played a championship game for the ages on Friday night. Saturday brought the end of the KingCo baseball playoffs, with district and state tournament games left to be played.

Friday, 5/13 - KingCo 3A Championship
Mount Si 1, Lake Washington 0 (8 innings) - Dustin Breshears' single in the bottom of the eighth inning plated Ryan Atkinson with the game's lone run, as Mount Si edged Lake Washington in dramatic fashion for the KingCo 3A championship. The epic game featured two dominant pitchers, with Mount Si's Reece Karalus and LW's Spencer Jackson controlling the game all night. It also featured tremendous defense at opportune times, with numerous web gems ending scoring threats the entire night. Karalus was the winner, allowing just 3 hits and striking out 6 in 8 shutout innings. Jackson was just as tough, scattering 7 hits and the lone run with one out in the eighth. Neither pitcher walked a single batter the entire game - incredible command from both arms. Mount Si wins both the regular season and tournament championship, and will advance to the 3A state tournament as the KingCo #1 seed. LW would have to wait for the Sammamish/Mercer Island winner to determine their fate.

Saturday, 5/14 - KingCo 3A
Mercer Island 11, Sammamish 1 - Freshman Chris Lawler helped keep the Islanders' season alive, allowing just three hits and a run in four solid innings as MI topped Sammamish 11-1 in the first of two Saturday contests. Junior David Oppenheim led the Islander 11 hit attack, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and four runs scored, while Brian Higgins and Jordan Richartz each drove in 3. Mercer Island would advance to the 4:00 PM loser-out game against LW, with Sammamish's season coming to an end at 10-13.

Lake Washington 6, Mercer Island 2 - The Kangs got strong pitching from junior Zach Johnson and a big performance from senior Chris Moore in topping the Islanders, 6-2. The win earns LW the KingCo #2 seed and a date with Metro #4 Bishop Blanchet on Tuesday night with a state tournament berth on the line. Johnson allowed two earned runs over six innings, his fourth consecutive quality start. Lake Washington responded from a leadoff home run from MI's David Oppenheim by scoring twice in the bottom of the first and four more times in the bottom of the second. Moore finished the afternoon 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI, while sophomore catcher Steve Semler was 2-for-2 with an RBI. Oppenheim finished the game 3-for-4 with two doubles and the HR, giving him 4 doubles and a home run in the doubleheader.