E-W junior throws 4-hit shutout in first start of year | Baseball

Warriors beat Marysville-Pilchuck following a tough loss to Arlington
By David Pan | Apr 05, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Junior Logan Kruse pitched a 4-hit shutout to lead Edmonds-Woodway to a 6-0 victory over Marysville-Pilchuck in a Wesco 3A game Friday, March 30, at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza was eager to see how his team would respond to some early season adversity.

Leading 5-3, the Warriors gave up three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to lose 6-5 to Arlington in a Wesco 3A baseball game Wednesday, March 28, at Arlington High School.

Edmonds-Woodway didn’t have much time to dwell on the loss as the Warriors went on the road to face then undefeated Marysville-Pilchuck on Friday, March 30.

Somoza was more than pleased with Edmonds-Woodway’s answer to Wednesday’s defeat.

In his first start of the season, junior Logan Kruse allowed only four hits and no runs to lead the Warriors to a 6-0 victory at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.

“I love how the guys responded to the loss,” Somoza said. “They played with a lot of heart against Marysville-Pilchuck.”

Kruse was used as a reliever this season and when the team’s No. 3 starter was sidelined with a sore arm, Somoza knew who to call on.

“Logan pitched great in relief,” the Edmonds-Woodway coach said. “Why not start him? He really pitched an amazing game. Logan is not going to overpower you. … He throws all the pitches. He keeps teams off balance with his off-speed stuff.”

Senior Sam Alvarado was 2-for-4 with two RBI and one run and senior Julian Kodama was 3-for-3 with an RBI. Junior Karsten Tjarneberg was 2-for-3 with two runs and senior Jacob Kitchen was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Warriors, who finished with 13 hits, led 2-0 after five innings before scoring four runs in the sixth.

“We got really aggressive on the bases,” Somoza said. “Guys made a couple of clutch hits. … The guys played with a lot of energy Friday.”

Somoza also was pleased with how the Warriors rallied to take the lead against the Eagles. He just wish the defense had played better, especially early in the contest. The Warriors had five fielding miscues.

“We had a lot of errors at the beginning of the game,” Somoza said. “Several of those made all the difference.”

Arlington scored two runs in the first before the Warriors tied the score with a run in the second and fifth. The Eagles then pushed across a run in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.

The Eagles produced four consecutive hits to go with an intentional walk during their three-run rally in the seventh.

“They did a good job,” Somoza said. “They scored. We had chances earlier in the game. … It’s a good learning thing. I’m proud of the way we came back.”

Kodama allowed three runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings of work. Senior Jalil Marinez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs. Junior Gunnar Whitelaw and Alvarado also each drove in a run.

The game was a rematch of last year’s 3A state quarterfinal matchup in which the Warriors won. Edmonds-Woodway returned only a handful of starters, though.

“It shows that we can play with anybody,” Somoza said. “A lot of guys are back from that team (Arlington).”

Edmonds-Woodway started off league play with a 4-1 victory over Everett Tuesday, March 27, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Junior Ian Michael allowed one run on three hits and struck out nine in six innings. The lone run scored on a balk. Kruse came in to pitch the seventh for the save. Senior Ryan Nelson was 1-for-2 with two RBI.

“The pitching is coming along. I am really happy about it,” Somoza said.

Edmonds-Woodway hosts Stanwood at 4 p.m., Friday, April 6. The Warriors then play Meadowdale in a two-game series next week (4 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, at Meadowdale High School, 4 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, at Edmonds-Woodway High School).

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