Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Close Games the Story of Monday's 4A Action

Monday was a day for nail-biters, with the five games being decided by a total of six runs. Four of the contests were one run games, with two of them needing extra innings to declare a winner.

Crown Division
Bothell 4, Inglemoor 3 (8 inn.) - Junior Samuel Lee went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and 2 RBI as Bothell walked off on rival Inglemoor in the bottom of the eighth inning, 4-3. Zach Anderson added two doubles and an RBI for Bothell, who picked up their first KingCo win in three attempts. The Vikings had tied the game up with 2 runs in the sixth, but could never overtake the Cougars before falling in the last half of the eighth. Brady Mickelson picked up the win for Bothell, while Lucas Wimmer took the loss. Tyler Beahan had a 3 hits, including a double for IHS.

Woodinville 2, Garfield 1 (9 inn.) - Senior Nate Wilham's groundout plated fellow senior Beau Vinterun with the go ahead run in the top of the ninth as the Falcons survived a scare from Garfield in a 2-1 win. Senior and Washington State University commit Shea Donlin put Woodinville ahead in the top of the first inning with an RBI single. Garfield's Charlie Tarnoff tied the game in the bottom half of the third with an RBI of his own. The game would remain scoreless until the ninth, with both starting pitchers and relievers keeping the opponent bats at bay. Senior Cody Bauman struck out four in 2 1/3 innings of work to pick up the win. Bulldog senior John Trupin pitched great, allowing just a single run while striking out five in seven innings in a no-decision. Woodinville remains the only unbeaten team in the Crown Division at 3-0.

Ballard 3, Roosevelt 1 - Senior Caleb Jaeger was once again dominant for the Beavers, striking out 11 in a complete game win as Ballard slid past Roosevelt, 3-1. Jaeger needed just 71 pitches to go the distance, throwing just 15 balls the entire day. He allowed three hits and one earned run, while not walking a single batter. Junior Ben Welch paced the Ballard offense, going 4-for-4 with a double, while junior George Chrisafis added a double of his own. Myles Gouveia pitched well in defeat, allowing just 4 hits and an earned run in four innings of work.

Crest Division
Skyline 4, Eastlake 3 - Senior Patrick Harrod's 2-out double in the bottom of the seventh scored Brandon Fischer with the winning run, as the Spartans topped Eastlake, 4-3. The Wolves had battled back from a 3-0 deficit with three runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game, only to watch the Spartans walk off in the last half. Senior Clayton Huber was dominant on the mound, allowing just a hit in six shutout innings, but the bullpen gave up the lead, costing him the win. Josh Barokas was the losing pitcher, allowing 4 runs (3 earned) in a complete game effort. Mick Vorhoff was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Wolves, who took their first league loss of 2012. Fischer and Jack Valencia each had 2 knocks for the now 2-0 Spartans.

Newport 2, Redmond 1 - In a battle of the two Crest division co-champions of a year ago, the Knights prevailed over Redmond by the final of 2-1. Senior Billy Sahlinger starred for Newport, hitting the go-ahead home run in the bottom of the sixth as well as tossing a complete game. Sahlinger allowed just 5 hits and didn't walk a batter, needing just 85 pitches to go the distance. Redmond senior Adam Cline was nearly as effective, as he allowed just 2 hits and 2 earned runs, also working a complete game. Newport keeps pace with Skyline at 2-0, while Redmond drops to 0-3 in KingCo play.