Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Mt. Si Wins Clash Between State Champs

Tuesday saw a few more games played through the rain drops (and snowflakes!), with many more postponed. The feature matchup pitted the 4A State Champion Bothell Cougars against 3A State Champs Mount Si.

Mount Si 10, Bothell 1 (Box Score) - In a matchup between the 2011 3A & 4A State championship teams, the Wildcats pounded out 13 hits en route to a 10-1 win over the Cougars. Santa Clara commit Reece Karalus starred on the mound and the plate, striking out 8 over 5 solid innings and collecting 3 hits and 3 RBI. Fellow senior Trevor Lane was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI for Mount Si, which broke a close game open with an 8-run fifth inning. Daniel Besmer and Gunnar Buhner each drove in 2 runs, with senior Ross Tassara closing the game out with two shutout frames. Sam Lee had two hits and Zach Anderson doubled for Bothell, who finds themselves at 1-1 in non-league play.

Ballard 20, Renton 0 - Caleb Jaeger struck out 13 Renton batters in just five innings of work, as the Beavers used a 12-run fourth inning to overwhelm Renton, 20-0. Jaeger allowed just a hit and a walk in the complete game victory. Nelson Cooper was 2-for-3 with a HR and 3 RBI and Stuart MacGeorge finished with 3 hits and 4 RBI for Ballard, who is positioned to potentially make some noise in the 4A this year.

Eastlake 12, Glacier Peak 1 - The Wolves scored multiple runs in each of the last three innings to pull away from the Grizzlies and win their season opener, 12-1. Junior Josh Barokas struck out six Glacier Peak hitters in three shutout innings, while fellow junior Ryan Pladson (3-for-4, 4 RBI) and senior Casey Fithian (2-for-4, triple, 2 RBI) paced the Wolves 12-hit attack.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Baseball is Back! (sort of...)

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.