A lot of baseball to get to, so we’ll start with the high schools first, then have a report on a battle of former MSHS players last night on the college diamond.
The Cedarcrest High School baseball team’s chances of winning the Cascade Conference appear to be very much in good shape at the moment, after the Red Wolves recorded a dramatic come-from-behind win over Archbishop Murphy yesterday that helped CHS sweep the season series against their chief rivals in the 2A portion of the Cascade Conference.
An error by Archbishop Murphy third baseman Houston Schmutz with the bases loaded on a ground ball by Ben Lemery scored Blaine Wagner, lifting the Red Wolves to a 5-4 win over ATM. CHS had trailed in the contest 4-2 into the sixth, but scored three runs over the final two innings to escape with the victory.
Adam Davenport led the way for Cedarcrest, going 2-3 with a run scored, RBI and walk, and his brother Aaron also added two hits to the Red Wolves’ efforts. Adam Davenport got the win, pitching three innings of two-hit relief, striking out six, on three days rest; he pitched a complete-game effort in Monday’s CHS victory over ATM.
Emie Gamboa went 3-4 with two doubles and an RBI to pace Murphy, who now is two games back of Cedarcrest for the league lead. CHS is 13-1 Cascade, 14-3 overall, while ATM is 11-3 league, 13-4 overall.
The Red Wolves close out the league schedule with three games this coming week against a Lakewood team that needs wins to perhaps lock up a postseason spot themselves; the Cougars currently are in third overall among 2A teams at 7-7 league, 10-7 overall in the conference. Lakewood is a game up on Granite Falls for that possible playoff berth, which is dependent on how well Shorecrest does within Wesco play. Cedarcrest is at Lakewood on Monday and again next Friday, with a home date for the Red Wolves against the Cougars coming on Wednesday, and Adam Davenport could get the call in that game on the hill. If the Red Wolves win one of the games, they will lock up the conference crown.
Issaquah wins in rain over Mount Si
Two fifth-inning runs were all the Issaquah Eagles needed, as they handed Mount Si’s baseball team a 2-1 loss in a game originally scheduled for MSHS in Snoqualmie, but switched to Issaquah High School – with Mount Si as the “home” team – due to rain yesterday.
Luke Watanabe doubled as part of a 2-3 effort; he drove in both Issy runs on that double, which took place in that fateful fifth inning. Gavin Gorrell did his best, both with his arm and his bat, to keep Mount Si in it, but it proved not to be enough. Gorrell led the way for the Wildcats, going 2-3 with an RBI; his two hits and RBI accounted for the lone offense in the contest for Mount Si. The sophomore pitched 5 1/3 strong innings, giving up both of those Issaquah runs on six hits, striking out three. Alex Adams pitched 1 2/3 innings of no-hit relief for the Wildcats, walking two.
Tyler Huling pitched the complete game two-hitter for the Eagles to get the win; the one run he allowed was unearned, and he struck out five.
Mount Si is off on Monday, and is at Bothell this coming Wednesday under the lights.
High school scoreboard
Lakewood 13, Granite Falls 9: Lakewood tuned up for their three biggies against Cedarcrest this coming week yesterday with a slugfest win over the Tigers at GFHS that gave the Cougars their one-game lead for that potential third playoff berth out of the Cascade Conference. All except one Lakewood player had a hit or scored a run in the contest, led by the 3-5 effort of Ethan Dearing; he scored twice and drove in two more to lead Lakewood. Taylor Hogue also went 3-5, with a run scored and RBI, to pace the Cougars. Tucher Zachry went 3-5 with a triple and two RBI’s to pace Granite Falls, and Chris Gentry tripled as part of a 2-4 effort to pace the Tigers; he scored twice and drove in two more runs, and also walked once. Karmin Furseth won the game in relief on the mound for Lakewood, pitching a scoreless 1 2/3 innings, allowing just two hits.
Newport 6, Skyline 2: The Knight bats exploded for all of their runs in the final two innings to sink the Spartans on their home turf on the Sammamish Plateau. Newport scored three runs each in the sixth and seventh to rally from an early 1-0 deficit. Ethan Paul doubled and scored two runs to lead the conference-leading Knights, while Vinny Guinasso also had a double and drove in two runs to pace Newport. Johnathan Chriest doubled and drove in a run to pace Skyline, who also had a double and run scored from Danny Sinatro. Todd Reese went the distance on the hill for Newport, allowing both Spartan runs on five hits, striking out two to get the win, and Sam Lawrence took the loss for Skyline, allowing three runs, all earned, on four hits, striking out one.
Redmond 1, Woodinville 0: The Mustangs won a pitcher’s duel at home in Redmond last night against the visiting Falcons. Chase Hall’s fifth-inning solo homer accounted for all the offense in the contest, as Mustang pitchers Milo Mincin and Matt Pardi combined on the three-hit shutout. Pardi earned the win, allowing two hits and striking out one in four innings of relief for Redmond.