Edmonds-Woodway plays on its field of dreams | Baseball

Warriors enjoy big league experience at Mariners’ ballpark
By David Pan | Apr 11, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Dominic Farley (20) scores the winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh inning against Mount Si during the 13th annual High School Baseball Classic Sunday, April 7, at T-Mobile Park, formerly known as Safeco Field, in Seattle. The Warriors won 4-3.

Edmonds-Woodway’s appearance at the 13th annual High School Baseball Classic was a dream come true for players, coaches and fans.

The Warriors savored every moment as they faced Mount Si in a nonconference baseball game contested on the Seattle Mariners’ home field at T-Mobile Park, formerly known as Safeco Field, on Sunday, April 6.

“You grew up watching the Mariners and to have a chance to play on the same field is pretty special,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said. “It’s just cool to see teenage kids up here and be in awe of what they’re going to be a part of.”

This was the Warriors’ third time playing at the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark. Edmonds-Woodway played in semifinal and consolation games in the 2017 3A state tournament, which was played at Safeco Field.

Senior Tai Starchman appreciated the opportunity to head out to the mound as the Warriors’ starting pitcher.

“I was really excited obviously to pitch,” he said. “We played here a couple years ago. I didn’t pitch, so it was really cool.”

Starchman remembered how nervous the team was the last time they played in the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark. This time around he told his teammates to soak in the atmosphere.

“We had some more time to enjoy it,” Starchman said. “The last time it was pretty stressful. This time, I personally, and I know the rest of the guys really wanted to take in the moment. It’s a pretty awesome experience.”

Edmonds-Woodway’s Dominic Farley will long remember his two innings playing at T-Mobile Park. Farley came into the game in the fifth inning and ended up made a catch in the outfield.

“I think it’s a blessing to be able to play here in high school,” Farley said. “It’s always been my dream to play out here.”

But the best was yet to come for the Edmonds-Woodway sophomore.

With the score tied 3, Farley led off the bottom of the seventh inning with a hard grounder that bounced over the Mount Si second baseman. He then stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch.

With one out and the Mount Si pitcher struggling with his control, the ball again got away from the catcher and Farley sprinted home to score the winning run as the Warriors defeated the Wildcats 4-3.

“I just saw it go past (the catcher) and I ran hard,” Farley said. “…It was crazy. To come into the game, be able to get a chance to hit, get on base in the last inning and then get a chance to score for the winning run, it felt good — really good.”

Mount Si scored one run in the first and two in the second before Edmonds-Woodway tied the score with three runs in the bottom of the second. The Wildcats pitcher hit two Edmonds-Woodway batters and an error led to two runs.

Every Edmonds-Woodway player that attended Sunday’s game batted, pitched or played in the field at T-Mobile Park. The Warriors used five different pitchers after Starchman.

“It was really a team win today,” Somoza said. “Everybody got an at-bat. Everybody got on the mound. We switched it up. It was just really cool to see the bench kids really get in and contribute to this game.”

The coaching staff’s message to all of the players was pretty simple – enjoy themselves.

“It’s a special time,” Somoza said. “We just talked about loving the game of baseball. … Just have fun out here and that’s what these guys did today. They really enjoyed it.”

Edmonds-Woodway was on a waiting list for several years before being selected to play in the event this year.

Schools agree to sell Seattle Mariners tickets as part of the agreement to participate in the High School Baseball Classic. Edmonds-Woodway exceeded its goal of a thousand tickets.

The team will be attending the Sunday, April 14 game against the Houston Astros.

Unlike every other fan at the game, the Warriors will be able to point to the diamond with a knowing eye.

“It’s going to be fun to come to the game and say ‘hey, we were just there last week,’’ Somoza said.

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