Warriors split key series with Hawks, edge Spartans | Baseball

Edmonds-Woodway wins 2 out of 3 close contests
By David Pan | Apr 12, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Julian Kodama lays down a bunt against Mountlake Terrace Tuesday, April 3, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

A young Edmonds-Woodway is showing some veteran poise.

The Warriors recorded a pair of one-run victories against Mountlake Terrace and Stanwood and were in a position to win a third game in Wesco 3A baseball play last week.

“I love close games,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said. “They get you ready for the playoffs. It’s fun to see the competitiveness and intensity. Our guys came out on top against two good teams.”

Junior Logan Kruse allowed two runs in five innings and junior Tai Starchman struck out three in two innings of relief work to lead the Warriors to a 3-2 victory over Stanwood Friday, April 6, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“He pitched five strong innings,” Somoza said of Kruse. “He just keeps doing the same thing – throwing strikes. He did a great job.”

The hard-throwing Starchman stranded the tying run on base in the seventh.

The Warriors suffered a tough 6-4 loss to district rival Mountlake Terrace in an eight-inning contest Tuesday, April 3, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. The Warriors took a 2-1 lead into the top of the seventh but saw the Hawks score two runs to take a 3-2 advantage. Edmonds-Woodway then scored a run to tie the score. Mountlake Terrace responded with three runs in the top of the eighth. The Warriors managed only a run in the bottom of the inning to take the loss.

Senior Jacob Kitchen was 1-for-3 with two RBI and senior Julian Kodama was 1-for-3 with a RBI and two runs. Junior pitcher Ian Michael allowed three runs in six innings.

Edmonds-Woodway rebounded the next day with a 5-4 victory over the Hawks at Mountlake Terrace High School. Kodama allowed four runs (one was earned) in 6 1/3 innings and Gunnar Whitelaw picked up the save. Michael was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs.

“You never want to get swept,” Somoza said. “We were super happy to get the second game. They’re a tough team.”

Whitelaw and Starchman have both rebounded from a loss to post strong relief performances. Whitelaw took the loss against Arlington in a late March contest and Starchman gave up the winning runs in the series opener against Mountlake Terrace.

“We always talk about taking it one pitch at a time, one game at a time,” Somoza said. “You learn winning and you learn from losses. You move on from there.”

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