Edmonds-Woodway poised for another playoff push | Baseball

Warriors bring back strong pitching staff
By David Pan | Mar 09, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Wooday’s Julian Kodama lays down a bunt during practice at Mountlake Terrace High School.

Edmonds-Woodway looks to be in good shape to make another run at a district playoff berth and beyond.

The Warriors’ top two starters from last year, seniors Nick Hull and Brandon Mitchell, are back to lead what should be a deep and talented pitching staff.

They’ll be joined by senior Kosta Cooper, who also catches.

“Most of our starting pitching is back from last year, which is going to be our strength,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said. “I’m excited about that.”

Mitchell also will anchor the infield as the returning starting shortstop. Somoza hasn’t made a final decision on a second baseman, though junior Julian Kodoma played there last year.

“We’ve got lot of good middle infielders competing,” Somoza said. “It’s so early I don’t quite know how it’s going to shake out.”

Also returning at catcher is senior Garrison Krohn. The Warriors will have new faces in the outfield, though.

“There is going to be some competition in the outfield. It should be good,” Somoza said. “The outfield is still up for grabs. It’s pretty much all new spots there. None of the starters are back.”

The Edmonds-Woodway offense has a good mix of power and speed. Krohn, Cooper and Mitchell provide most of the power.

But the Warriors will rely on their speed to produce most of the runs.

“We’ve got some speed guys,” Somoza said. “It’s more about getting on base and getting those clutch RBIs.”

After missing the district tournament two years ago, Edmonds-Woodway finished fourth in the league last season to earn a playoff berth. The Warriors went 0-2 in the district tournament and learned a lot from the experience on how to handle adversity and respond when things go wrong, Somoza said.

For some of the players, the postseason was new to them.

“Not everything is going to go perfect and sometimes there’s pressure and anxiety and lot of things that build up,” he added.

The mental game is going to be a major part of the preparation for the season.

“The mental side is what we’re really going to focus on to prepare not just for the regular season but for future goals,” Somoza said.

The Edmonds-Woodway coach likes his team’s future playoff prospects.

“If you’ve got good pitching and a good infield, you’ve got a good chance to make it happen,” Somoza said.

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