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April 29, 2008 at 9:25 AM

Best Baseball Fields

Baseball and softball bring new meaning to “home-field advantage.” Of course any home team (ideally) has the majority of fans, less travel and the familiarity of the venue. But unlike any other sports, baseball and softball actually give teams a clear advantage as every field’s dimensions are different and being the home team give you the always-important last at-bat.

In other ground-breaking news, I learned this morning that water is wet and the sky is blue.

Anyway, I’ve covered baseball and softball games all over Western Washington and seen a wide range of fields. On one hand, you have the fields with overgrown grass, rocky infields and no fences. I’ve also covered games at Everett Memorial and Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center — two of the best in the area.

What fields stand out to you? As a fan/spectator, what kind of features will keep you coming back? Overhangs? Good food? Comfortable seats?

The comment section is your sandbox. Have at it!

Morning stars:

1. Matt Boyd, Eastside Catholic, baseball. Fired a three-hit, complete-game shutout as the Crusaders tagged Blanchet with its first loss, 5-0. Boyd improved to 7-0, striking out 11 and walking none. He helped his own cause at the plate, going 3-3.

2. Brittany Allen, Archbishop Murphy, fastpitch. Threw an 11-inning no-hitter and struck out 25 — TWENTY FIVE! — in a 1-0 win over Granite Falls. Archbishop Murphy’s one hit? Allen, of course.

3. Derek Jones, Snohomish, baseball. The WSU-bound senior threw seven scoreless as the Panthers blanked Monroe 3-0 in a WesCo North showdown.

Today’s top games

Monroe vs. Snohomish, baseball, 4 p.m. at Marshall Field. Huge WesCo North game between teams tied for first in the division, with identical 15-3 records.

Shorewood vs. Jackson, boys soccer, 7 p.m. at Shoreline Stadium. Shorewood can take a sizable lead in the WesCo South with a win.

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