Saturday, April 5, 2014

Friday Night in KingCo 4A

Friday was the last night of divisional play in 4A before the teams from the Crown and Crest divisions cross over to play each other. In 4A, teams will play divisional foes twice and crossover once. On to the action.

Newport 6 @ Garfield 1 - Newport won their third game in a row behind strong pitching from junior Todd Reese. The righthander tossed four shutout innings prior to giving way to relievers. The Knights scored early with three runs in the first and three in the third. Junior Paul Wells was the star offensively with two knocks and two stolen bases. Though Garfield matched the Knights hit total with eight, they just couldn't get the timely hit to push runs across. Both Derek Billey and Ben Koerner had a pair of hits for the Bulldogs.

Roosevelt 2 @ Issaquah 1 - The surprising Roughriders, picked to finish fourth in the coaches poll, completed a perfect 5-0 record in their first round of divisional games with a 2-1 win over Issaquah. Once again, Roosevelt got strong pitching as they only allowed one run to a potent Eagle attack. Thus far, the Roughriders have allowed 0, 2, 0, 0, and 1 run in their five divisional games. Against the Eagles, Roosevelt rode the arms of Spencer Barclay and Max Dwyer as the pair only allowed the first inning run. Roosevelt plated a single run in the 5th and in the 6th inning for the win.

Ballard 6 @ Skyline 8 - With a big five run inning in the 3rd, the Skyline Spartans outslugged the Ballard Beavers. In a conference known for low scoring affairs, the two teams combined for 19 hits and 14 runs. Five Skyline hitters each had two hits with senior Jason Santiago one of them collecting three RBI and scoring two runs. No information could be found on the Ballard offense at time of posting.

Eastlake 0 @ Redmond 1 - The visiting Eastlake Wolves brought ace Mick Vorhof to the hill. The righthander was again excellent on this night, pitching six strong innings limiting the Mustangs to four hits without walking a batter. However, one of those hits was a 4th inning solo homerun off the bat of Redmond senior Kyle Francis. It was also Francis who had the ball for the Mustangs, and he too went the distance for a complete game shutout striking out three and turning three 1-6-3 double plays on the night. Sophomore Chase Hall also had a good night, collecting two of the four Mustang hits.

Inglemoor 2 @ Woodinville 4 - The Woodinville student section on the hill at WHS were again raucous as they watched their Falcons score a single run in the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, and 6th innings to drop the Inglemoor Vikings. Davis Bailie, Lee Wunderlich, and Chris Okura each had two hits to pace the Falcon offense while junior Alex Worthington threw six strong innings to limit the Viking attack. Though, senior Adam Berreda did have two hits for Inglemoor.

KingCo 3A/2A Opening Night!

With the KingCo 4A already off and running, the 3A/2A conference has their opening day on Friday with a full slate of games...

Mount Si 3, Juanita 1 - Senior Zach Usselman went the distance, scattering 7 hits while striking out 6 to lead the Wildcats to a season-opening 3-1 win over Juanita. Usselman added two hits and a double, while Evan Johnson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the first to pace the Mount Si offense. Seven different Rebel hitters each had one hit, but they were unable to string enough together to overcome the 'Cats.

LW 7, Mercer Island 4 - Sophomore Connor Johnson was dominant on the mound and at the plate, helping the Kangs past the Islanders, 7-4. Johnson shut out MI over 5 innings, allowing just 2 hits and a walk while striking out 7. Johnson also sparked the LW offense, leading off their four run first inning with a double and ending the night 2-for-3 with two runs scored. The Kangs jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three and held off a late Mercer Island charge for the win. Karsen Rogers finished the night 2-for-4 with a triple and Court Osborn was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI. The Islanders were paced offensively by Jacob Stenberg (2-for-3) and Aiden Plummer (1-2, double, 2 RBI).

Bellevue 10, Sammamish 0 - The Wolverines broke open a tight game with a five-run fifth inning and cruised to a season opening 10-0 win over the Totems. Cal Neely pitched a 6-inning complete game shutout, allowing 7 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3 to earn the win. Reagan Teegarden was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI and Brady Carlson and Jack Savard each drove in a pair of runs for Bellevue. Sammamish was led by Ben Friedman and Ken McCormick, who each picked up two hits in defeat.

Interlake 12, Liberty 1 - Ibrahim Mardini doubled and drove in four runs while Nate Wehner gave up a run in 5 innings of work as Interlake downed Liberty, 12-1. The Saints scored five runs in the top of the third and cruised behind Wehner to pick up the victory. Jason Sass tripled and scored three runs, while Mack was 1-for-3 with a triple and 2 RBI, pacing the Saints offense. Eddie Delgado had two of the four hits in the game for the Patriots.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wednesday Recap

A Brief Recap of 4A Play from Wednesday - In the Crown Division, Bothell swept their divisional foes with a 4-1 win over Redmond (1-2) behind the pitching of Colby Nealy. The Cougars head into their bye with a 4-0 record. Eastlake finds themselves alone in second with a 2-1 record as they rode lefty Conner Graham's complete game shutout to a 7-0 victory over Inglemoor (1-2).

Roosevelt sits atop the Crest Division with a 4-0 record as they dropped Garfield 10-0. Newport jumped to 3-1, good for second place, with a nailbiter 2-1 win over the Skyline Spartans (2-2). Issaquah (2-2) finds their bats waking up as they outpaced Ballard (1-3), 10-5.

Friday's action is the last of divisional play before the divisions cross over to play each other on Monday. Eastlake travels to Hartman to take on Redmond at 6. Inglemoor face Woodinville at the home of the Falcons at 7. The afternoon slate of 3:30 games sees Newport travel to Garfield, Roosevelt at Issaquah, and Ballard visiting Skyline. Go check out a game.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Make-Up Tuesday

Skyline 0 @ Roosevelt 1 - Roosevelt ace Myles Gouveia outdueled Skyline's Diego Grateral for a Roughrider win. Gouveia went the full seven, striking out two, for the complete game shutout. Roosevelt plated their lone run in the first inning and that was all they needed to move their record to 3-0 in conference play. Skyline drops to 2-1.

Newport 2 @ Ballard 1 - Newport turned two hits into two runs which was just enough to sneak away with a victory over the Ballard Beavers. A pair of Newport sophomore hurlers, A.J. Block and Nick Rudholm, shut down the Beaver attack only allowing a first inning run. Newport is now 2-1 while Ballard sits at 1-2 in KingCo play.

Garfield 1 @ Issaquah 9 - The Issaquah Eagles pounded out 11 hits enroute to a decisive victory over the Garfield Bulldogs. Issaquah lefty, Ryan Peart, went the distance giving up only four hits. The Eagle bats of Mitchell Morimoto, Derek Chapman, and Gunnar Erickson paved the way as each had two hits. Issaquah earns its first conference win to go 1-2 and Garfield drops to 0-3.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Week 2 in 4A Play

Woodinville 1 @ Eastlake 7 - Eastlake scored in all but two innings on the day, pounding out eight hits to send Woodinville to 0-3 in conference play. Senior Mitch Augenstein had a big day for the Wolves with three hits, two of which were doubles, and two RBI. Sophomore Mark Whitley held the Falcons' bats in check with five strong innings of two hit ball. Junior Liam Herlihy got the start for Woodinville, pitching into the 5th and leaving the game down 4-1. Eastlake would score three more off relievers to even their record at 1-1 in KingCo play.

Roosevelt 4 @ Newport 2 - Both teams put up a pair of runs in the first inning. However, only Roosevelt was able to play add on as the Roughriders scored a run in the 5th and 6th respectively. Roosevelt starter, Max Dwyer, was able to go the distance yielding only a first inning homerun to Newport junior Ethan Paul. For Roosevelt, Lev Klamet and Myles Goveia provided the offensive punch with two hits apiece. Roosevelt runs their record to 2-0 in conference play with Newport dropping to 1-1.

Issaquah 3 @ Skyline 4 - Skyline WSU commit Drew Lunde was sharp on the mound for most of the game, holding Issaquah to two hits in a complete game effort. However, the game almost slipped away as a couple of walks and passed balls led to two Issaquah runs in the 6th. Yet, the Spartans responded with two runs of their own in the bottom half of the 6th to regain the lead. A bases loaded walk and a clutch sacrifice fly from Tanner Laine sealed the deal, bumping Skyline's conference record to 2-0 and dropping Issaquah to 0-2.

Ballard 5 @ Garfield 1 - Ballard starting pitcher, Zach Ehrlich, kept the Bulldog bats quiet in a four hit complete game effort. For Garfield, starter Henry Freed allowed one run in four innings pitched. However, the Garfield bullpen yielded four runs in the 5th and 6th innings. The Beaver bats of Jacob Westerman and Ian Scott did much of the damage, each posting double generating RBI and two hits on the day. Ballard finds itself at 1-1 in KingCo with Garfield dropping to 0-2.

Inglemoor 2 @ Bothell 5 - Inglemoor starter Curtis Bafus faced off against the potent Bothell Cougar offense, holding the Cougars to three earned runs in six innings pitched. Inglemoor errors aided the Bothell attack early as the Cougars capitalized on those errors with timely hits. Senior Cameron Costa had one such hit, netting two RBI, and junior Tyler Wharf chipped in two hits of his own. Bothell starter Ryan Monson was magnificent, shutting out Inglemoor in five innings of work. For the Vikings offensively, Bafus hit a two run homerun in the 6th inning off a Bothell reliever, but it wasn't enough as Inglemoor drops to 1-1 in KingCo. Bothell pushes its record to 3-0, sitting alone in first place in the Crown Division.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A Wet Friday in 4A Play

Only two games were able to defy the weather gods on Friday, the Bothell-Eastlake and Redmond-Woodinville matchups. Both were low scoring, end of the wire affairs.

Bothell 2 @ Eastlake 1 - In a classic pitcher's duel, Eastlake's Mick Vorhof ended up the hard luck loser. The hard throwing Eastlake senior tossed eight innings, allowing two runs. Eastlake struck first in the third inning with a run off of Bothell's sophomore starter, Quinn Gleed. The Wolves would not score again despite six hits and three walks on the day. Bothell scratched across their runs in the 7th and 8th innings, thanks in large part to doubles from Sam McPherson and Andrew Staten and a game winning single from Daniel Fredrickson. Bothell goes to 2-0 in league play while Eastlake drops to 0-1.

Redmond 2 @ Woodinville 0 - Runs were hard to come by at the home of the Falcons as Redmond was the first and only to score on the day and their runs came in the top of the 7th. Woodinville's junior Conner White stymied the Mustangs through six innings until he allowed a leadoff hit in the 7th. From there, the Mustangs bunted their way to victory off the Woodinville reliever. With back to back bunts, Redmond scored two runs on the second bunt as the ball was thrown into left-field on an attempt to get the lead runner at third. That was enough as Mustang starter Kyle Francis tossed six shutout innings, striking out 11. Redmond is now 1-1 in league with Woodinville at 0-2.