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Seattle University and Washington State to square off April 23

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

The Everett AquaSox, in partnership with Seattle University, announced last week that Seattle U will host Washington State University in a regular season baseball game on Monday, April 23, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The squads will square off at 6:30 p.m., with gates opening to the public at 5:30. All seating will be general admission for this game, and Seattle U students will get in free with their student ID. General admission tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for youth under 17, and $5 for groups of 15 or more. Tickets are available through the AquaSox office by calling (425) 258-3673 or by visiting www.aquasox.com.

The AquaSox are also offering local fans the opportunity to buy a special three-game ticket package that includes a ticket to the SU-WSU game, AquaSox opening night (June 20), and Seattle U Night at the AquaSox (July 24).  Packages are $21 and can be purchased by calling the AquaSox office at  (425) 258-3673 or by visiting www.aquasox.com.

Cougs over Vikes in an early barnburner

  • Written by Don Mann

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Inglemoor’s Brandon Edwards, right, is doubled up on a line drive early as Bothell’s Zach Anderson stretches for the throw during the Cougars’ 4-3 extra inning win over the Vikes last Monday. Staff photo/Don Mann
Bothell junior catcher Sammy Lee homered, doubled and singled but it was senior Zach Anderson who brought home the winning run with a booming two-out, eighth-inning double off the left-center field fence as the Cougars defeated the Inglemoor Vikings 4-3 in a dandy of a chilly ball game last Monday at Bothell.

Anderson’s blast off Viking reliever Lucas Wimmer looked like a sure thing to leave the yard for a walkoff homer, but was beaten down by the cold and damp night air — and no doubt the reduced juice in the newly required BBCore bats.

So it was a walkoff double, after the defending state champion Cougars had dropped five straight ball games.

“Fastball, right in my happy zone,” the big burly first baseman said with an ear-to-ear grin after Bothell celebrated its first win of the season.

“If I’m using a TPX, that thing lands out there in the pond.”

Anderson doubled in his first at bat and scored to tie the KingCo rivalry game at 1-1 in the second inning.

With two outs and a man on in the third, Lee launched the first pitch he saw from Inglemoor starter Danny Larson deep down the left-field line for a two-run job to make it 3-1.

The Vikings pushed two runs across — two singles and three walks — to notch it at 3-apiece in the sixth, and it could’ve been worse: With two outs and the bags loaded Blake Wilson laced a hard ground ball up the middle looking to deliver more damage. But Bothell sophomore second-baseman Kellen Webster laid out for a backhand dive and grab, and flipped it to shortstop Mark Woods for a critical force out to stem the tide at 3-3.

If that ball gets through it’s likely a 5-3 Inglemoor lead and a different ball game.

Wimmer pitched a perfect sixth and seventh innings and the Vikes threatened in the eighth, placing runners on second and third with one out. But Cougar reliever  Camden McLeod fanned the next batter and, after an intentional walk to load the bags to create a force, got the ground ball he needed.

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Bothell senior Brady Mickelson struck out nine in five innings. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Wimmer, who was dealing, got the leadoff batter in the eighth before Lee ripped a long one-out single to right in the bottom of the eighth.

One out later Anderson delivered the goods for the home team.

“We got some great pitching from our guys, hung in there and found a way,” Bothell coach Paul Moody said. “After five straight losses — which hasn’t happened around here for a while — I was happy for the kids ... who kept working hard. So that was good to see.”

Starter Brady Mickelson went five strong and struck out nine.

Said Inglemoor coach Bryan McNaghten, who was proud of his pitchers, too: “Their second-baseman made a phenomenal play on that ground ball in the sixth. If that gets through, who knows what would’ve happened. But that’s baseball and they made a couple more plays than we did. It was a great high school ball game and hats off to them.”

Tyler Beahan paced the Vikings with three hits.

Lady Falcons win big in KingCo opener

  • Written by Don Mann
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Woodinville senior Keelin Davis threw a no-hitter against Garfield at WHS on Friday. Staff photo/Don Mann
In sports there are mismatches and sometimes there are absolute mismatches.

This one was almost criminal. In fact, this game should not have been played — in fairness to both teams.

The Woodinville Lady Falcons, rated No. 2 in the state, hosted the Garfield Lady Bulldogs, who reportedly could not field enough girls in a forfeit at home to Inglemoor the game before.

They actually played this one, and the Falcons bashed the Bulldogs 26-0 in five innings at WHS on Friday.

It could have been much, much worse.

It was 13-0 after one and the scorecard read like a state trooper’s accident report: single, walk, error, walk, single, double, walk, walk, double.

The first nine batters reached base and all scored to make it 9-zip before the first out was recorded.

That first out, made by leadoff batter Emily Jackson in her second at-bat, was a laser beam line drive caught by the Garfield shortstop in self-defense.

There were four more hits and two more walks before the third out was recorded.Woodinville head coach Mark Leander quickly emptied his bench but it got no better for Garfield.

Falcon starter Keelin Davis — no fault of her own — threw a no-sweat no-hitter, striking out 11 of the 16 batters she faced while walking one.

It was the only Bulldog batter to reach base as Garfield put the batted ball in play four times.

They were completely overmatched at the plate and a handful of routine popups in the field were never touched by Bulldog gloves.

“There was nothing to enjoy about this,” Leander said. “I just wish both schools’ athletic directors could’ve been here to see it. There was no good reason to put those Garfield girls through that. They’re obviously having problems putting a team together over there and I’m not sure why but this just wasn’t a good experience for anybody.”

Garfield High School is a legendary Seattle institution with a long proud history in academics, arts and athletics. But according to Leander, their softball coach was hired less than a week before the season began. That’s a tough deal in terms of KingCo sports, arguably the most competitive conference in the state.

“After the game I went to her and told her she should be proud of her kids because it was a really, really hard day for them but I never once saw any of them hang their heads,” Leander said. “They were all standing up in their dugout supporting their teammates’ every at-bat, and that says a lot about their personal character.”

By the way, it was the KingCo opener and Woodinville is now 4-0 overall.

WHS baseball squad breaks out early

  • Written by Don Mann
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Marty Luckenbach was flat-out nasty in the Falcons’ 13-2 KingCo opening win at Inglemoor. Staff photo/Don Mann.
Despite the nasty cold weather, it was a pretty darn good week for Woodinville baseball as league play opened up.

On Tuesday the Falcons walloped Inglemoor at their place 13-2 in five innings.

On Thursday they beat Bothell 7-1 at home.

Woodinville’s pitching and defense were outstanding in both KingCo games, as the Falcons gained an early foothold against their local rivals in the Crown division.

Fact is, they received and capitalized on some major early charity:  Viking pitchers walked 10 batters and hit two more — in only five innings. Two days later, the defending state champion Cougs — not what they used to be —  walked nine and hit one.

Woodinville, taking what was given, posted six runs in the first inning on Inglemoor, and put a four-spot on Bothell in the first frame, respectively, batting around the order in the first inning in each contest en route to big wins that will have an impact on its highly-anticipated season.

And they say the pitchers are ahead of the hitters early ... Woodinville did their part to prove that adage as Marty Luckenbach went four strong on the bump at Valhalla under bone-chilling skies before giving way to Cody Bauman, and Spencer Greer pitched six solid innings without a base on balls against Bothell before giving way to Steven White.

Falcon shortstop Shea Donlin went 4-for-7 with 3 RBI on the week, grooving at the plate.

Second-baseman Beau Vintertun went 2-for-4 overall with 3 RBI and made a sensational diving, over-the-shoulder catch in the first inning against Inglemoor.

Catcher Clark Bader caught a Viking runner off second base with a big-time throw to snuff a potential rally and right-fielder Jeff Wyner nailed a Bothell runner at home with a perfect strike at home.

With all the walks doled out by their crosstown rivals — 19 in two games — Woodinville didn’t need much more than that. Oh, those bases on balls. Easy money for the green team.

Given a chance, these guys will run you off the field. And last week they did just that. The Falcons stole 13 bases in two rivalry games.

It actually looked too easy.

Surely it will get harder. One would think. But you gotta throw strikes.

If you don’t, this Woodinville team — absolutely loaded with talent — will make you pay.

Falcon track team impresses in opener

  • Written by Don Mann
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Chrissy Gonzalez clears the final hurdle in her big win on opening day. Staff photo/Don Mann.
The weather gods were good to the Woodinville track and field team for its season-opening meet with Ballard at Inglemoor High School on Thursday.

(FYI: Woodinville track will hold no home meets this year because school construction has eliminated its “throwing” field.)

Nonetheless, it was sunny and warm but more importantly it was dry, and it led to some personal bests by the young Falcon squad.

“It doesn’t get much better than this in March,” said head coach Jed Sires with a broad smile.

Perhaps most impressive on the first meet day was the pole vault effort turned in by defending Class 4A state champion Austin Sodorff, who cleared the bar at 15 feet-even to tie his personal best — three inches shy of the school record set by previous Falcon state champ Curtis Flolid in 2010.Stay tuned for that change, which is bound to come.

Could be a big-big change, according to coaches.

Meanwhile, on the boys’ side, sophomore Alec Kacmarcik edged junior Brent Constantine in the 100 meters by an eyelash as both sprinters posted an 11.7 — not a bad number in March.

Senior Michael Goodsell doubled in the 200 meters and high jump and sophomore Wesley Love won the 400.

“He’s new to our program and has a chance to be really good,” Sires said of Love.

Yet the male “Falcon of the Meet” was awarded on the boys’ side to junior Nick Luitgaarden, who won the long jump and triple jump and finished second in the 200.

“Another young guy figuring it out, who has a chance to be good,”  Sires said.

Over on the field side Jake Hollister placed first in the shot put and discus, but also ran the 100 meters — looking like a 20-pound bowling ball rolling down the lane with a major head of steam. He ran a decent time and inspired the competitors.

“That was just for fun,” the senior captain said with a wink, before making the long walk at Valhalla to throw big weights around.

On the girls’ side Chrissy Gonzalez dominated the 100 meter hurdles.

Chandler Olson — the truest talent at the meet besides Sodorff — won the 3200 (approx. two miles) dusted the competition, like she does.

Olson, still just a junior, is a finished product who has been state-tested and may become a state champion. In fact, she may double at state with the 1600, provided she stays healthy.

But the female “Falcon of the Week” went to sophomore Emmy Billmaier, who won the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

“She’s a young girl, new to the program, who works hard with our coaches and also has a chance to be pretty good,” Sires said. “That was good to see. It was a great day.”