Woodinville and Mount Si baseball go late in the night, with dramatic finish, plus the scores…..

Last night’s highly-anticipated baseball showdown with the Kingco 4A title at stake between the league’s top two teams, Mount Si and Woodinville, did not disappoint. The two teams battled well into the night – until around 10:30 pm, with the Wildcats once again losing in heartbreaking fashion.

Relief pitcher Collin Anderson was charged with a balk in the bottom of the 13th with baserunner Taylor Merry on third base, scoring the Woodinville senior with the winning run, giving the Falcons the dramatic 5-4 win that put them into a tie for first in the conference with Mount Si going into the final day of the regular season on Monday.

Merry opened the fateful frame by hitting a double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch by the Wildcat senior. The Falcon outfielder finished 3-6 with that run scored and two RBI’s to lead Woodinville (11-4 Kingco 4A, 14-5 overall), who will not have it easy on Monday, as they meet Bothell at Bothell High School at 6:00 p.m. Bothell comes in eyeing a tie for third in the conference with the win and a Skyline loss to Mount Si.

Scarlet and gray opened the scoring with a run each in the second and third innings. The Wildcats took the lead in the second, ironically, after Woodinville pitcher Bryce Coyne was called for a balk with runners on base; Carson Corra scored from third on that balk to put scarlet and gray up 1-0. Mount Si extended it to 2-0 in the third on a bases-loaded walk to Justin Lutz by Coyne that scored Matt Dolewski.

A.J. Schramm singled off Wildcat starting pitcher Jimmy Boyce in the fifth with runners on base, scoring both Jake Tilley and Mack Minnehan, tying the game 2-2. It stayed this way until the 10th. Mount Si scored twice, both times in dramatic fashion, in the top of the frame to take the lead. First, Dolewski, at third base after reaching base with a single off Falcon reliever Drew Barlow, then advancing to third on a double from Mason Marenco, scored on a Barlow wild pitch, then Marenco himself got to third on that same wild pitch. He then stole home later in the frame to put the Wildcats up 4-2.

Merry came up in the bottom of the 10th, and with two out against Anderson, singled with runners on scoring both Derek Dardzinski and Hunter Cook to tie the game 4-4 and keep things going. The game remained this way until Merry’s heroics ended it in the 13th, handing the Wildcats another crushing loss. Of the four losses they’ve suffered this year, three have been in heartbreaking fashion.

Owen Roche went 4-6 to lead Mount Si (11-4 Kingco 4A, 15-4 overall), while Dolewski finished 2-5 with two runs scored.

Andrew Hastings won the game in relief on the hill for Woodinville, allowing one hit over two innings, striking out three, while Anderson suffered his second straight hard-luck defeat, allowing three runs, only one of which was earned, on two hits in three innings. Boyce, for his part, threw eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and struck out 10 in a 111-pitch effort.

The Wildcats host Skyline Monday, with the league title perhaps on the line. Mount Si must win the game to earn at minimum a share of the title. Game time is 4:00 p.m. at Mount Si High School.

Mount Si JV falls: Woodinville busted out to a 5-0 lead and took care of the Mount Si JV 5-2 at Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, handing the Wildcat junior varsity a rare loss. Tank Brewster was 2-2 with a run scored to lead Mount Si. Jared Eisenbarth was 2-3 with two runs scored and two RBI’s to lead the Falcons.

High School
Kingco 4A-Eastlake 3, Inglemoor 0: Elliott Carney and Ryan Isler combined on the five-hitter for Eastlake on the mound as they shut out the visiting Vikings at home in Sammamish. Carney went six innings and got the win, allowing four of the five hits and striking out six for EHS (7-8 Kingco 4A, 10-9 overall), who maintained their playoff push with the win. Isler earned the save for the Wolves, allowing one hit in the seventh while striking out one. Hank Pladson was 2-2 with a double and two runs scored to pace Eastlake. Jake Watkins and Jeremy Schoenfield were among the players with hits for Inglemoor (1-14 Kingco, 3-15 overall). Connor Portugal went the distance for the Vikings on the hill, allowing three runs on eight hits, striking out six.

Kingco 4A-Skyline 4, Issaquah 3: Cole Hinkleman hit a walk-off double for the Spartans in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Connor Knutson to break a 3-3 tie and lift Skyline to the home win on Senior Day. Hinkleman finished 2-4 with that RBI for Sparty (10-5 Kingco 4A, 13-6 overall) as they inched closer to top spot in the league in advance of their final regular season game against Mount Si on Monday. Will Langan went 2-3 with a run scored and two RBI’s for the Eagles (6-9 Kingco, 8-11 overall), who must win their final game on Monday with Eastlake to force a tie with the Wolves for final playoff spots in the conference.

Kingco 4A-Newport 9, Redmond 8: Newport kept their playoff hopes alive with the win over Redmond at home, powered by a grand slam from Garrett Gants that keyed a seven-run third inning for the Knights (6-9 Kingco, 8-11 overall). Brendan Ecklebarger went 2-3 with a homer to lead the Mustangs (7-9 Kingco, 9-10 overall), while Gavin Forstrom and Grant South also had two hits each to aid RHS. Newport will need to win Monday to tie Redmond, and they will also need some help as well from Issy – if they beat Eastlake, all four teams will be tied at 7-9 overall in the league standings, with only two teams from that group getting to move on to the league playoffs next weekend.

Kingco 3A-Bellevue 6, Sammamish 5 (11): Trevor Neely hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th to score Taylor Teegarden and give the Wolverines the hard-fought home win to close out the regular season at Bellevue High School. Teegarden had a huge game for Bellevue (7-11 Kingco, 8-12 overall), going 4-6 with a double, run scored and RBI leading the Wolverines. Chaun Mitchell was 2-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI to lead the Totems (0-18 Kingco, 1-19 overall).

Kingco 3A-Mercer Island 6, Juanita 1: The Islanders got five strong innings from starting pitcher Harrison Goonewardene in a home win under the lights on the island last night. Goonewardene didn’t allow a hit in those five innings, and struck out 11, to get the win. He also helped his own cause offensively, going 3-3 with a run scored to aid MI (16-2 Kingco, 16-3 overall), who earned the Kingco 3A regular season title despite tying for top spot with Lake Washington. MI won the crown on the basis of a 2-1 head-to-head record against the Kangs in the regular season. Christian Blackburn doubled and scored a run to lead the Rebels (7-11 Kingco, 7-13 overall), who won the fourth and final playoff spot despite finishing tied with Bellevue there; JHS beat Bellevue 2-1 head to head in the regular season, earning them the berth. They will meet Mercer Island most likely in the first round of the playoffs next weekend.

Kingco 3A-Lake Washington 2, Interlake 1: Lake Washington won a duel with the Saints last night under the lights at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland. Paul Falco was 2-3 with a double, driving in a run, pacing the Kangs (16-2 Kingco, 18-2 overall), who earned the second seed to the Kingco 3A playoffs that start next weekend. Lucas Allen was also 2-3 to lead Interlake (8-10 Kingco, 10-10 overall), with a double and run scored. Marcus Noteboom earned the win in relief of LW starting pitcher Connor Johnson, allowing just two hits in 1 1/3 innings. Ethan Liggett picked up the save for the Kangs, alowing two hits while striking out two in one inning of work. Harry Xue took the loss on the hill for the Saints, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits in five innings, striking out three. Interlake earned the third seed into the Kingco playoffs, with a likely rematch with the Kangs on deck for their first round matchup next weekend.

Cascade-South Whidbey 10, King’s 2: SW closed out the Cascade Conference schedule with a home win on Whidbey Island. Ricky Muzzy was 1-3 with three runs scored to pace the Falcons (10-7 Cascade, 12-7 overall), while Jackson Whitaker’s homer powered the Knights (5-12 Cascade, 6-13 overall).

College
Central Washington 13, Northwest Nazarene 6 (game one, doubleheader): CWU won the opener of two at home in Ellensburg behind North Bend’s Ryan Atkinson. The senior went 5-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI’s leading Central.

Gonzaga 9, BYU 5: GU scored a key WCC road win in Provo, UT, over the Cougars to even their weekend series at 1-1. Senior Dustin Breshears, from North Bend and a 2011 Mount Si HS grad, was 1-4 with an RBI to pace the Zags.

Valpo 2, Illinois-Chicago 1: Valpo won on a one-out walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth at home in Indiana off Flames senior reliever Trevor Lane, he of North Bend and a 2012 Mount Si HS grad. Lane took the loss to go to 5-4 on the season, allowing that one run on two hits, walking three and striking out three, in three innings of work.

Central Washington 6, Northwest Nazarene 5 (game two, doubleheader): CWU won the game on a walk-off homer to sweep the twinbill, and saw Atkinson, a 2012 Mount Si High School grad, go 2-3 with a run scored to pace things; with his stellar efforts in the two games he upped his batting average to a torrid .385 on the spring, which effectively makes him the top hitter on the team this season, going 62-161 with three homers and 17 RBI’s.

Rhett Workman

About Rhett Workman

Rhett Workman is the editor of the Snoqualmie Valley Sports Journal. Workman is a veteran sports journalist, having covered Snoqualmie Valley sports for nearly a decade with the Snoqualmie Valley Record newspaper before starting up the SVSJ. Workman's coverage has earned the support and respect of Valley coaches, players, parents and fans, and the SVSJ continues the standard of coverage that Workman brought to the Valley Record.
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