Warriors fall to Mighty Thunder in state opener | Baseball

E-W coach is proud team advanced to 3A tournament for the third straight season
By David Pan | May 23, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Robley Corsi III swings at a pitch during a state playoff game against Mountain View Saturday, May 18, at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

In the end, the Edmonds-Woodway baseball team certainly will have many fond memories of the 2019 season.

The Warrior rebounded from a 1-5 start to finish 14-11 overall and for the third straight year Edmonds-Woodway advanced to the 3A state tournament.

But the Warriors’ hopes of a third straight trip to the semifinals didn’t materialize as Mountain View prevailed 8-0 in a first-round game Saturday, May 18, at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

After scoring one run in the second, the Mighty Thunder did most of its damage in the third inning when the Greater Saint Helens champions pushed across six runs on six hits and two walks.

“It just cascaded. One hit followed another hit and they got hits with runners in scoring position,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said. “We couldn’t get that done today. That was the difference in the game.”

The Warriors mustered only three hits against Mountain View pitchers Riley McCarthy and Andrew Hsu.

The loss marked the final game for seven seniors, many of whom were key parts of Edmonds-Woodway’s recent success.

“We’ve had a lot baseball together, some of those seniors since their sophomore to their senior year,” Somoza said. “We fully expected to win today, but only one team can win it in in the end. It’s tough. We felt we had a good chance and the other team came out and played a really good game and we just didn’t have our A game today.”

Somoza told his players after the game that the season wasn’t just about winning a state title even though that was everyone’s goal.

“It’s about being a team, about loving one another and having fun playing the game of baseball and setting you up for the game of life,” he said. “This team defined the definition of team and I’m very proud of our seniors who took us to the final four for two years and then took us to state again our senior year. It just didn’t go our way today and it was tough, but that’s not what defines us.”

 

STRONG ACADEMICS: For the first that Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza can recall none of his seniors are planning to play college ball. The Warriors will graduate seven seniors next month. “They’re a highly academic group, super smart,” Somoza said. “They’re all going to top notch schools.”

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