Saturday, April 19, 2014

One for Saturday

Issaquah 0 @ Redmond 9 - Redmond sophomore starter Brendan Ecklebarger held the Eagles hitless through four and got plenty of offensive support on the day in his first career KingCo victory. In the 4th inning, the Mustangs broke the game wide open as they put up an eight spot thanks in large part to senior Kyle Francis' grand slam. He had two total hits and 5 RBI on the day. Fellow senior Jacob Brady also had two hits.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday's Fireworks in 4A

Redmond 6 @ Skyline 2 - The Redmond Mustangs continued their winning ways as they rode their pitching to victory once again. Mustang starter Kyle Francis tossed five strong innings, limiting the Spartans to two runs on six hits. Senior Chandler Homer came on to pitch a perfect two frames. The Mustang bats also woke up with 13 hits, three of those from sophomore Brendan Ecklebarger. Lucas Eliason and Jacob Brady chipped in two hits of their own. For Skyline, third baseman Jason Santiago continued to hit the ball with two hits.

Bothell 8 @ Garfield 3 - Bothell starter Quinn Gleed pitched six strong innings and Sam McPherson drove in three runs to lead the Cougars to the crossover victory. Gleed, a sophomore right-hander, allowed one run on six hits and struck out five en route to his first Kingco victory. McPherson ignited a four-run third inning with a two-run single and added a run-scoring single in the sixth. Colby Nealy added two hits and an RBI for Bothell, and Daniel Fredrickson scored two runs. For Garfield, Duncan Skerrett was 2-for-4 and Henry Freed drove in a run with a double.

Woodinville 3 @ Issaquah 7 - Issaquah starter Ryan Peart threw a complete game only allowing the three runs on four hits. All three of those runs were scored in the second inning with Falcon junior Davis Bailie contributing a double. For the Eagles, their damage was done late with two in the 5th and three in the 6th. Derek Chapman and Jack Gellatly had two RBI for Issaquah while Mitch Morimoto tossed in a triple for good measure.

Eastlake 3 @ Newport 7 - Junior Todd Reese pitched the Newport Knights to victory and first place in the Crown Division through six and 2/3 innings of two run ball. The game was very much in question until the 4th inning when Newport erupted for four runs. They followed that with an encore of two runs in the 5th. Junior outfielder Jace Goforth was a major contributer for the Knights with three hits, two of which were doubles, and 3 RBI. Sophomore AJ Block went yard and had 2 RBI.

Inglemoor @ Ballard - details to come

Thursday, April 17, 2014

OOOPS - 4A Division Name Mix-up

Apparently, this blogger has confused the division alignment. In actuality, Bothell, Inglemoor, Woodinville, Eastlake, and Redmond are in the Crest Division. Newport, Issaquah, Skyline, Roosevelt, Ballard and Garfield comprise the Crown Division. So, any previous mentions have been backwards. In short, actually it is the teams of the Crest Division that have had the better days in the last two weeks of crossover play. My apologies.

A Rainy Day in 4A

Four of the five games slated for Wednesday slogged through the conditions to push the schedule forward. Only the Issaquah at Redmond tilt was washed. That game is set for Thursday at 3:45 at Hartman Park. Again, the Crown Division had the upper hand on the Crest going 3-1 on the day. On to the highlights.

Newport 7 @ Woodinville 3 - What started out as a pitcher's duel between lefty starters, Ryan Kingma for Newport and Alex Worthington for Woodinville, ended up with fireworks for the Newport Knights. The Knights were able to put up three runs in the 6th and two in the 7th to pull away to victory. Junior Jace Goforth had two hits while newcomer Bryce Beck contributed a 2 RBI double for Newport.

Roosevelt 1 @ Bothell 2 - Colby Nealy pitched into the seventh inning and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth to lead Bothell to the victory. Nealy retired the first 14 batters he faced, struck out 11, and gave up one run on two hits in 6 1/3 innings. Roosevelt starter Myles Gouveia also was magnificent on the mound as he gave up one run on one hit and struck out 10 in seven innings. Cam Costa led off the ninth for Bothell with his second hit of the night. Peyton Cordova-Smith beat out a bunt for a hit, and Costa took third on a throwing error. After an intentional walk loaded the bases, Nealy lofted a fly ball over a drawn-in outfield to score Costa. Connor Anderson stranded a runner at third in the top of the eighth and struck out the side in the ninth to pick up the victory for Bothell. Lev Karlet had two hits for Roosevelt.

Garfield 3 @ Eastlake 13 - In a six inning affair, the Eastlake Wolves jumped all over the Garfield Bulldogs early. Scoring four in the first and four more in the second, Eastlake was on its way to victory. However, Garfield answered with three of their own in the third, but that would'nt be enough as the Eastlake offense couldn't be stopped. Sophomore Nathan Mano walked five times for Eastlake and scored on three of those. He also stole three bases. Senior Mason Pierchalski delivered the deciding blow with a bases loaded double in the 6th.

Skyline 5 @ Inglemoor 6 - Skyline dropped its first crossover game in dramatic fashion as Inglemoor scored four of their six runs in the 7th inning for the walk off win. After scoring one in the sixth, the Vikings pulled within three. Then, in the 7th, senior Bailey Fee mashed a ball off the scoreboard for a game tying three run homerun. A misplayed pop up followed the dramatic homerun which came around to score on a 3-2, two out single off the bat of Tanner Mitchell. For Skyline, Deigo Gaterol was 2-3 and Cole Blackburn had 2 RBI.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

KingCo 4A Crossover Continues

The Crest Division punched back on Monday after dropping 8 of 10 to the Crown Division the previous week. On Monday, the Crest went 3-2. Skyline, the only team from the Crest to win last week, kept it rolling with another crossover victory.  Skyline sits alone at 6-2 with Roosevelt a game back at 5-3 after dropping their last three. Newport is 4-3 with Issaquah at 3-4. Ballard and Garfield are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt. In the Crown Division things are getting interesting as Bothell and Redmond sit atop the division at 5-2 while Eastlake lurks a game back at 4-3. Woodinville and Inglemoor are tied for 4th at 3-4. Top four teams from each division will make the KingCo Playoffs.

Redmond 1 @ Roosevelt 0 - Redmond's Jacob Brady was straight dealing as he struck out 11 in six innings of shutout ball. Aside from Roosevelt's Spencer Barclay who had the only two hits off of Brady, the Mustang right-hander was dominant. For Redmond, a lone run in the top of the first off Roosevelt starter Max Dwyer was the difference. The run came via a sac fly from Lucas Eliason. Dwyer only gave up one hit in five innings of work. The Mustangs mustered just two hits all day, both from senior Brandon Burditt.

Eastlake 3 @ Skyline 6 - The Wolves jumped out to an early 2-0 lead against Skyline ace, Drew Lunde. However, after that the lefty settled down only allowing a single hit through five innings. Through four, Eastlake's lefty, Conner Graham, was going toe to toe with Lunde. However, a couple of extra base hits from Jason Santiago and Cole Blackburn helped the Spartans to a four spot in the 5th. That was good enough for a 6-3 Spartan victory.

Bothell 2 @ Ballard 4 - Ian Scott threw a three-hitter and Kyle Ward drove in three runs to lead Ballard to the victory over Bothell. Scott, a senior left-hander, gave up single runs in the first and second but surrendered only one hit the rest of the way to give his team a chance to come back. Scott also scored a run on a sacrifice fly by Brian Kreshel. Ward singled in a run in the second inning to get the Beavers on the board and then broke a 2-2 tie with a two-run single in the sixth. Jack Lund scored two runs for Ballard.

Inglemoor 6 @ Issaquah 7 - The Inglemoor Vikings jumped out to an early 4-0 lead over the Issaquah Eagles and starter Ty Gibson. However, Issaquah's bats wouldn't be denied as they put five runs across in the bottom of the third. Inglemoor responded with two more runs in the 6th only to find Issaquah respond with two of their own, one the game winner on a Keegan Chaplin sac fly, in the bottom half of the 6th. For the Vikings, Jake Watkins had two hits and three RBI while Issaquah saw Ryan Peart with three hits and Jack Gellatly with two.

Woodinville 7 @ Garfield 4 - The Woodinville Falcons scored four runs in the 7th to post a victory over the Garfield Bulldogs. Garfield starter Owen Vickery held the Falcon bats at bay most of the game yielding only three runs in six inning of work, leaving with the lead. However, a bases loaded bloop single in the 7th off the Garfield reliever was the Bulldogs' undoing as Woodinville was able to plate three on the play. For Garfield, Henry Freed had two hits and three RBI while Woodinville got doubles from Lee Wunderlich and Drew Accimus.