Teams across the state of Washington have two weeks of practice under their belts and non-league games start in full force this week in the KingCo conference. Rain engulfed much of the area on Monday, postponing the majority of the games. However, two 4A/3A crossover games were actually played, with the 4A coming out on top in both contests.
4A/3A Crossover Games
Garfield 6, Mercer Island 4 (5 inn.) - Senior left-hander John Trupin struck out four in four innings of work and junior Chandler Honican drove in two runs as the Bulldogs opened their 2012 campaign with an impressive 6-4 win over Mercer Island. The game lasted just five innings due to rain, with MI's late charge coming up short. Zach Ward doubled and drove in a run for Garfield, who will take on another KingCo 3A team in Lake Washington on Wednesday. Senior David Oppenheim homered in defeat for the Islanders.
Bothell 5, Bellevue 2 (5 inn.) - In another rain shortened affair, the defending 4A State Champion Bothell Cougars picked up where they left off in 2011, downing the Wolverines of Bellevue, 5-2. Seniors Rex Carlin and Mark Woods each had two hits for Bothell, who scored twice in the second and two more times in the fourth inning en route to the victory. Brady Mickelson was the winning pitcher, working two solid innings for the Cougs.