Edmonds-Woodway pitchers shut down Meadowdale | Baseball

Michael, Hull power Warriors to two-game sweep over Mavericks
By David Pan | Apr 21, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Ian Michael helped lead the Warriors to a 5-2 win over Meadowdale in what was his first career varsity start.

Edmonds-Woodway turned to a veteran and a newcomer in last week’s two-game series with Meadowdale and both responded with high caliber performances on the mound.

Senior Nick Hull allowed only three hits and struck out 11 to lead the Warriors to a 2-1 victory over Meadowdale in a Wesco 3A South baseball game on Tuesday, April 11.

Then with Brandon Mitchell out due to arm soreness, Edmonds-Woodway looked to sophomore pitcher Ian Michael, who allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings in his first career varsity start, as the Warriors defeated the Mavericks 5-2 on Wednesday, April 12, at Mountlake Terrace High School.

“I’ll always take quality pitching,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said. “Pitching always keeps you in the game and gives you a chance.

“We gave up three runs in two games. We’ll take that.”

Michael faced six batters in each of the first two innings and allowed one run in the bottom of the first. He admitted he was a little nervous.

“It was my first varsity start and then I kind of settled down,” Michael said. “I was leaving my curve ball up a little bit and then I started working my change-up and that really started to get all the swings and misses.”

Edmonds-Woodway scored a run in the top of the first on an error and took a 2-1 lead in the third on a sacrifice fly by Julian Kodama. In the fifth, Kosta Cooper hit a sacrifice fly to drive in a run and extend the Warrior’ lead to 3-1. Jacob Kitchen and Michael each drove in a run in the sixth as Edmonds-Woodway increased its lead to 5-1.

Having a lead helped relax Michael.

“I felt a lot more confidence, just knowing that my defense is behind me,” he said.

Meadowdale scored one run in the seventh, taking advantage of a leadoff walk.

Michael was informed by Somoza the day before that he would be pitching.

“He was just clutch,” Somoza said. “He just pitched awesome. He was throwing his curve and his change for strikes. … They didn’t have too many solid hits off of him.

“It’s fun to see the younger guys step up. It’s just a fun spot to put him in. He’s just a competitor. He showed that today. ...  It was one of the better games I’ve seen pitched this year.”

Meadowdale has been struggling on offense, coach Bill Hummel said. Three runs in two games against the first place team in the league isn’t going to result in wins.

“We just weren’t very good offensively today,” Hummel said. “We kind of failed to execute our short game. We couldn’t get any bunts down. We didn’t score runs from third with less than two outs and little things like that against a good team are just going to get you beat.”

Hummel was especially impressed with Hull.

“He was terrific,” Hummel said. “He’s the best arm we’ve seen all year long. At some level, he overpowered us. I was really pleased with our pitchers (Haelin Roberts and Anthony Toyne) to keep us in the game. We had some opportunities.”

Hummel is looking for Meadowdale’s offense to start generating more runs.

“Our pitchers are keeping us in games and giving us an opportunity to win,” he said. “Our offense needs to support our arms better than they are right now.”

Somzoa liked the way the bottom of the lineup produced the runs in Thursday’s contest.

“The five through nine guys are doing some good stuff for us,” Somoza said.

Edmonds-Woodway (8-1 in the league, 8-3 overall) suffered its first loss of the season – 4-3 to Oak Harbor on Friday, April 14, at Oak Harbor High School. The Warriors still are atop the league.

Meadowdale (4-5, 5-5) dropped a 5-4 decision to Arlington and ended the week tied with Lynnwood for fifth place.

“I think we’re in a good spot,” Somoza said. “We set ourselves up here at the beginning of the year. We’ve won a lot of close games. That says a lot about our character.”

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