Monday, April 23, 2012

Hitting the Home Stretch

As we approach the final two weeks of play, conference races are heating up in the KingCo 3A & 4A leagues.  Four games remain for the 4A teams, with the 3A teams each with five games remaining on the slate.  Here's a quick look at the divisional races:

KingCo 4A - Crest Division

Skyline 8-2
Redmond 7-4
Issaquah 5-6
Newport 5-6
Eastlake 4-7

Skyline holds a game and a half lead over smoking hot Redmond, who was won seven straight league games and ten straight overall after an 0-7 start.  The win streak continued on Friday behind the perfect game of Peter Hendron in Redmond's 1-0 victory. Those two clubs match up on Monday - a win for Skyline would clinch the Crest Division crown as they would hold the tiebreaker over the Mustangs thanks to a season sweep.  Just one game separates Issaquah, Newport and Eastlake, who are fighting for two playoff spots.

KingCo 4A - Crown Division
Bothell 7-4
Inglemoor 7-4
Woodinville 7-4
Ballard 5-6
Garfield 4-7
Roosevelt 1-10

This hotly contested divisional race has all three Northshore teams tied for the top spot at 7-4.  Each team has four games remaining, so there's a good chance the division title could be decided on the regular season's final day (Monday, 4/30).  Ballard scored a huge win over Garfield last Thursday, completing a season sweep and giving them the upper hand on the Bulldogs for the final playoff spot in the Crown division.  The Beavers hold a full game lead and the tiebreaker, putting them in good shape.  Roosevelt must win out and have Ballard lose out to have any chance at the post-season.

KingCo 3A/2A
Lake Washington 8-1
Bellevue 7-2
Mount Si 6-2
Interlake 4-5 **
Mercer Island 3-5
Juanita 3-6
Liberty 3-6
Sammamish 1-8

** Interlake (2A) will not play in the KingCo post-season; they will instead play in districts with other 2A schools

Nine games into the conference season, Lake Washington sits alone atop the conference at 8-1.  Their lone blemish came to Bellevue, who knocked off both LW and Mount Si last week before losing to Interlake on Friday afternoon.  The Wolverines are one game back at 7-2, with Mount Si a game and a half back with a record of 6-2.  The top three spots appear secure, with a 3 game difference between 3rd and 4th place Mercer Island.  Juanita and Liberty are currently tied for 5th place at 3-6, with each team holding a full two game lead over Sammamish for the 6th and final playoff spot.