Warriors lose to Tomahawks | Baseball

E-W faces top-ranked team at state regionals
By David Pan | May 17, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Tommy Oda bats against Marysville-Pilchuck during the district championship game Saturday, May 12, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Edmonds-Woodway came out flat in the 3A District baseball championship game and then proceeded to get flattened by Marysville-Pilchuck.

The Tomahawks teed off on the Warriors, scoring runs in every inning to cruise to an 11-0 victory in a game called after five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule Saturday, May 12, at Everett Memorial Stadium.

Both teams already had qualified for the state regional baseball tournament. But with the loss Edmonds-Woodway (14-9) drew possibly the toughest assignment in No. 1 ranked Mercer Island. The Islanders defeated the Warriors 2-1 in last year’s third/fourth place state tournament game. The rematch is scheduled for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 19, at Foss High School in Tacoma.

Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza expects Mercer Island to be a challenge for his team.

“It’s going to be a definite battle and a test for us,” he said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

In many ways, there is nowhere for the Warriors to go but up after a lackluster effort against Marysville-Pilchuck.

“You can’t get any worse than this game,” Somoza said.

The Warriors shut out Marysville-Pilchuck 6-0 in a regular season game in late March. The Tomahawks quickly dispelled any notion of a repeat performance.

With two outs in the top of the first inning, Marysville-Pilchuck took a 1-0 lead on an infield single and throwing error. A double by Jordan Justice, a walk to Trevor Anderson and a double by Mike Bielawski produced three more runs and a 4-0 lead before any Warrior stepped to the plate.

“We made a few errors in that first inning and they fed off of that,” Somoza said. “You can’t give free outs and we did a lot of that today. We just didn’t play very good.”

Edmonds-Woodway committed four errors, while Marysville-Pilchuck limited its miscues to one.

Kee-An Ballard led off the second inning with a home run to left field and teammate Colby Phelps greeted the Warriors with a lead-off home run in the third inning.

The Tomahawks then took advantage of a lead-off walk in the fourth inning by Ballard. With two outs, Eric Anderson doubled to left field to score Marysville-Pilchuck’s seventh run of the contest.

“They did a good job of hitting,” Somoza said. “They came and scored a lot of runs on us and put us in the hole early and that’s tough to come back from.”

Edmonds-Woodway managed only two hits against Tomahawk starter Tyler Devries, who recorded 10 of his 15 outs on the ground.

“We were just rolling over the ball. We weren’t squaring up baseballs today,” Somoza said. “We just hit a lot of ground balls to shortstop and third base, which means you’re hitting the outside of the ball. You’ve got to hit the inside of the ball. If you want to win, you have to hit line drives. It just didn’t go our way today.”

Marysville-Pilchuck (19-4) again showed patience at the plate, drawing a lead-off walk in the fifth and then parlaying the free pass into a run on a throwing error. Bielawski hit a double to drive in a run and then scored on a single by Ballard. A fielder’s choice resulted in the fourth run of the inning and an 11-0 lead.

The Warriors need to quickly move on from the loss, Somoza said.

“We’re in state and it’s a whole new bracket,” he said. “It’s a new day tomorrow. Today is definitely a disappointment. Our guys worked really hard to get here. They (Tomahawks) played a great game. We just didn’t come out today.

“Adversity is a big sign of character and who you are as a team and as a person.”

KNIGHTS WRAP UP SEASON AT BI-DISTRICTS: King’s season came to an end with an 11-8 loss to Cascade Conference rival South Whidbey in a loser-out 1A Bi-District tournament game Saturday, May 5. The Knights opened the tournament with a 10-0 loss to Meridian. King’s finished the season 8-14 overall.

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