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April 9, 2008 at 10:51 AM

Skyline can hit baseballs, too

Today, I want to note the fast start for the Skyline baseball team, which is ranked first in the state in Class 3A (by the Washington Baseball Poll) and owns impressive wins against Eastside Catholic, Liberty and defending 3A champ Issaquah. Their only loss? 9-8 to Newport, which won the 3A championship two years ago.

The most glaring reason the Spartans are off to a fast start is their pitching, which has allowed just 16 runs in nine games (more than half of which came against Newport). Sophomore Adrian Sampson has become one of the area’s rising starters, with four wins already. His ERA? 0.28. Blake Fulghum been impressive in relief and starting.

But also, many of the Spartans are crushing the ball. And these names might sound familiar, because they were important members of the Skyline 3A championship football. It’s no surprise these hard-hitters — who gave up 20 points or more just twice in 14 games — can hit baseballs, too. Look at these numbers:

Phil Tushar .476 avg.

Ryan Somers .333

Jake Knecht .313

Eric Biege .300

So what lies ahead for the Spartans? They still have games left with Issaquah, Liberty and Newport, and as I’ve mentioned before, the rest of the KingCo 3A is no cakewalk. But one thing you cannot say about these Skyline players is that don’t know how to play in the playoffs.

Morning stars

1. Johanna Carr, Issaquah, track and field. Carr edged Franklin’s Ariana Jones in the 100 at the Bill Harris Invitational, in a possible look at two of the top contenders in the 3A state meet.

2. R.J. Sorensen, Cedarcrest, boys soccer. Scored a hat trick in a 6-0 win against Coupeville.

3. Chris Johnson, Meadowdale, baseball. Allowed just one hit in six innings of a 4-0 win against Mariner.

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