Warriors claim league title on walk-off home run | Baseball

Mitchell’s 3-run homer lifts Edmonds-Woodway to victory over Panthers
By David Pan | May 05, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway Brandon Mitchell waits for the pitch during a Wesco 3A game against Shorecrest Thursday, April 27, at Shorecrest High School.

Edmonds-Woodway clinched the Wesco 3A South baseball championship in dramatic fashion.

Senior Brandon Mitchell hit a three-run, walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, as the Warriors rallied to defeat Snohomish 7-6 Friday, April 28, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The walk-off home run was Mitchell’s second of the season and enabled Edmonds-Woodway to secure the South’s No. 1 seed to this week’s district tournament.

The Warriors (14-3 in the league, 14-6 overall) are scheduled to host a playoff game against a yet-to-be determined opponent at 2 p.m., Saturday, May 6 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Mitchell and his teammates had to battle back throughout Friday’s game. Snohomish took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and then added two more runs in the third before the Warriors pushed across a run in the bottom of the inning. The Panthers tacked on a run in the fourth before Edmonds-Woodway scored three runs in the sixth to cut the deficit to 5-4. The Panthers (13-5, 14-6) scored another run in the seventh to pad their lead to 6-4 and set the stage for Mitchell’s key hit.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said of Mitchell’s second game-winning home run. “He’s a senior guy we lean on. He’s been a great leader. He stepped up in big situations. We’re lucky to have him on our team.”

The Warriors are a team that seems to thrive under the pressure of coming from behind in games this season.

“This team always finds a way to stay positive the whole game,” Mitchell said.

The Warriors’ motto this season is that they are a team that is relentless, Mitchell added.

“This is a really special team,” he said. “I’ve never been on a team that can fight so hard toward the end. The game is not over until it’s really over and we believe that we push toward the end no matter what the score.”

Mitchell is hoping to return to the mound later this week after being sidelined with an arm injury.

“It’s getting a lot better,” Mitchell said of his arm. “I’m hoping to get back into closing games just in time for the playoffs.”

Sophomore Ian Michael stepped into the No. 2 starting role and has pitched well, Somoza said.

“He’s had three great games,” Somoza said. “He’s a sophomore and he loves pitching. He’s stepped in and been big for us.”

Younger players, such as Michael and Karsten Tjarnberg, have seen plenty of action on the mound, which should help out the Warriors in the playoffs.

“It saves arms. It gets them playing time too and it gets them more exposure, which is good, in time for playoffs,” Mitchell said.

Earlier in the week, the Warriors continued to dominate their Wesco 3A rivals by recording two victories over Shorecrest. The Warriors down the Scots 5-0 on Tuesday, April 25 with senior Nick Hull allowing only four hits in the complete-game performance. Hull struck out eight. Senior Kosta Cooper was 3-for-4 with a home run. Edmonds-Woodway then beat Shorecrest 7-1 on Wednesday, April 26. Julian Kodama was 2-for-3 with three RBI and Michael allowed one run in six innings of work.

“We’ve had a ton of close games. That prepares you for the playoffs because playoff games are all really close,” Somoza said. “The intensity is higher. We’re learning to deal with that. I think we’re in a great position for the playoffs. Everyone is excited about it.”

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