Jon Mercer homered and Brian McAfee once again went the distance in the Cougars’ 4-3 win over Newport in the KingCo 4A championship game.
It was Bothell’s second conference title in four years, and the Cougars (19-4) will open the state tournament at Kent Memorial Park as the No. 1 seed from District 2.
McAfee saw his scoreless pitching streak end at a preposterous 46 innings but raised his season record to 8-0.
In the third place game, there were no late inning heroics for Inglemoor as they fell to Redmond 6-2, to finish its season 15-9 overall.