Warriors book third straight trip to 3A tournament | Baseball
Last updated 5/16/2019 at Noon
Edmonds-Woodway is returning to the 3A state baseball tournament for the third straight year.
The Warriors punched their ticket to state with an 8-5 victory over Snohomish in a winner-to-state/loser-out District 1 tournament game Wednesday, May 8, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Senior Ian Michael allowed only three hits and no runs in six innings of work. The Panthers trailed 8-0 but scored five in the seventh inning.
“We’ve had two good runs (at state) the last two years, so we’re hoping that happens again,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza said.
The Warriors advanced to the state semifinals in 2017 and 2018, placing fourth both years.
Wednesday’s victory sent the Warriors into a seeding game against Arlington, which Edmonds-Woodway lost 14-2 Saturday, May 11, at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium. Both teams already had qualified for state.
The Eagles, the Wesco 3A North champions, pounded the Warriors for 16 hits, though Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza noted that the team did not throw No. 2 pitcher Thomas Blahous.
“We wanted to rest up Thomas for the following Saturday at state,” Somoza said.
The Eagles also appeared to have a little luck on their side as they pushed across six runs in the fourth inning, all of which were scored with two outs.
“We couldn’t get that third out,” Somoza said. “The laws of baseball say that getting that many hits to fall in is not very good.”
After the game, the Edmonds-Woodway coach reminded his players that even though the Warriors lost 11-0 to Marysville-Pilchuck in the district title game last year, they regrouped and made a successful run in the subsequent state tournament.
“It happened last year. It can happen again this year,” Somoza said. “Part of that is just forgetting quickly. Baseball is all about forgetting quickly and moving on to the next day.”
The Warriors (14-10) are scheduled to face Mountain View (21-2) at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 18, at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. A victory would send Edmonds-Woodway into a second game against either Capital or Mercer Island at 4 p.m. later that day at Bannerwood Park. The winner of the second contest advances to the state semifinals.
Somoza said the focus moving forward is on strengthening the Warriors’ playoff mentality, learning how to handle pressure situations and just playing good fundamental baseball.
“We just go back to the basics,” he said. “That’s a big part of baseball. Sometimes I think we can forget about that.”
The Warriors have two strong starting pitchers in Michael and Blahous.
“They’ve done a great job all year long,” Somoza said. “Going into state you need two guys. I feel like we have two of the best guys around.”
Blahous also has been heating up on the offensive end. He hit home runs against Snohomish and Arlington.
“Thomas has been on fire lately,” Somoza said. “He’s been carrying us offensively. Our whole team has been hitting pretty good.”
KING’S ELIMINATED: The King’s baseball team fell 5-4 to University Prep in a loser-out 1A Bi-District tournament game Saturday, May 11, at Joe Martin Stadium in Bellingham. The Knights finished the season 12-11 overall.