Woodinville ‘AA’ team falls short

  • Written by Don Mann
Caleb Hamilton threw a five-inning shutout over Liberty in the opening game of the tourney, striking out eight. Photo by Don Mann.
Things did not go as expected for Woodinville’s "AA" American Legion team.

The 17-and-under summer squad, 27-6 coming into the district tournament with an explosive offense filled with young, aggressive hitters and base stealers, lost two games in a row on a wacky, weird Wednesday at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue to put the bats and balls away for the season.

Woodinville scorched the Liberty Cannons in the Tuesday opener 10-zip in five innings behind a strong pitching performance by Caleb Hamilton and 13 hits — line drive after line drive.

But Wednesday was a different day. Facing Lakeside Gray, which had beaten Woodinville three of four during the season, the Falcons fell 4-3 in eight innings.

Falcon starter Jake Segesser went 5.2 innings strong, and was relieved by Max Carter who pitched through the seventh to forge a 3-3 tie.

Woodinville, visitors on the scoreboard as the No. 2 seed versus the No. 1, would not score in the top half of the eighth. In the bottom half, two out and none aboard with the No. 9 hitter at the plate, Lakeside produced a single, a base on balls and another single for the gamer.

In the double-elimination tourney the Falcons turned right around to face Liberty again — whom they had beaten in five straight contests.

The Falcons put three runs on the board in their first at-bat, but the Cannons responded with three of their own to tie it up.

Carter relieved makeshift starter Matthew Spencer — normally the second baseman — after 2.2 innings and things did not go well from there:

Liberty scored four runs in the fifth to make it 7-3, Carter was relieved in the sixth and three more runs were tacked on.

Woodinville’s offense threatened but could not overcome the extended lead.

Tommy Wick scores on a base hit by Matthew Spencer. Photo by Don Mann.
Coach Alan Dillman said the kids were obviously disappointed.

"They were bummed," he said. "You beat a team five times in a row and then you get beat in the game you need the most. For the kids and coaches it was a tough deal, but baseball is a humbling game."

Despite the loss, Dillman spoke about a nice group of young talented kids and said it was a positive summer experience.

"We didn’t make it to state but it was a really good year and a whole lotta kids got better."

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