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May 7, 2008 at 10:12 AM

Super Tuesday for baseball and soccer

Last night was an important night for high-school sports in Seattle. Take a look at today’s roundups, and you’ll see some teams clinching state berths. Others had to watch their seasons end.

I sat in the stands at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue last night and watched a classic between Bellevue and Liberty, an eight-inning loser out game that crazily went back and forth, and rarely have so many squeeze plays affected a single game’s outcome.

Let’s go to the sixth inning, with Bellevue leading 2-0 and its ace, Colton Bielaski, on the mound and the bases loaded. No outs. Liberty runs one squeeze play, the only play is to first and the throw is off the mound. Safe. So it’s 2-1 Bellevue, still no outs.

Then, Liberty runs another squeeze play, and this time the throw to home bounces out of the catcher’s glove. Safe again. And it’s tied at 2. Bases still loaded, still no outs.

So Bellevue, sensing a pattern here, pitches out on the next play, and Wolverines not only get the runner going from third to home on the squeeze; they also get the runner going from second to third. That’s right: a double play on a pitch out. Bielaski gets the final out, and the game stays tied until the eighth.

In the eighth, Liberty’s Nick Hart squared up to bunt with a runner on third and one out. But this time, Hart pulled the bat back, and slapped a hit right at the charging first baseman, and the ball deflected off the first baseman’s glove for the RBI single that won the game, 3-2.

A side note on Bellevue’s Taylor Anderson. In the third inning, Anderson walked up to the plate wearing a yellow armband with “CA” engraved in black. The initials stood for Chase Anderson, his big brother, who died April 25 in a bus accident. The team canceled its game that weekend. Early the following week, Anderson told Bellevue coach Mark Tyler, “I’m ready.” And was he ever.

Anderson had a hit in each game since then, helping Bellevue recover from a 2-5 start in KingCo 3A to finish 10-6 and claim the fourth seed in the tournament. Last week, as previously noted in the blog, Anderson was the MVP of a win against Liberty, bringing home the winning run and closing out the seventh.

So back to the third inning. With a man on and one out, Anderson hit a home run into the woods beyond the left field fence, bringing a standing ovation out of the Bellevue crowd. The place went nuts.

One Bellevue dad seemed to sum up the moment best: “That. Is. Cool.”

Other dispatches from a big baseball night: Our own blog contributor Zach Landres-Schnur witnessed Marysville-Pilchuck’s five-run seventh inning to shock Snohomish in a winner-to-state game.

-Redmond and Bothell will play Thursday night for the KingCo 4A championship after Redmond beat Lake Washington and Bothell outlasted Inglemoor. LW and Inglemoor will play for the right to go down to Vancouver for a winner-to-state game against the Greater St. Helens League’s second-place team.

-Everett and Meadowdale will meet in the Northwest 3A District championship game, a winner-to-state game.

-Congrats to Auburn and Hazen, which clinched state playoff spots on Tuesday with wins. Life just got more difficult for Mount Rainier and Bonney Lake, which must carefully navigate the loser’s brackets to clinch a spot.

How about soccer? Let’s start with the craziest game: Jackson 3, Cascade 2. In a loser-out game, Jackson won in a shootout by a score of 9-8. I can’t imagine how tense that was for both sides.

(On a side note, I’m not sure how I feel about shootouts in playoff games. Seems like that’s the time, with seasons on the line, to let the teams decide it with a goal on the field, no matter how long it takes.)

Marysville-Pulchuck will play Jackson for the Northwest District’s third state berth on Thursday.

-Juanita claimed the KingCo 4A crown with a 4-1 win against Eastlake, with league player of the year Tyler Bjork scoring a hat trick.

-Two tense finishes in KingCo 3A, where Skyline beat Newport 1-0 on a David Brett’s goal in the 62nd minute, and then Sammamish beat Bellevue with two goals in the final seven minutes. (Yeah, it was a crazy night). They’ll play for the right to play the Metro’s third-place team in a winner-to-state game.

-Cedarcrest’s undefeated season continues. R.J. Sorenson scored with 10 minutes left to beat Sehome and claim the school’s second straight state-playoff trip.

-Finally, Shorecrest will play Mount Vernon in Thursday night’s championship game after both teams won with shutouts last night.

Morning stars (Non-soccer or baseball edition)

1. Reid Martin, Kamiak, boys golf. Shot a four-under 68 at Harbour Pointe to lead the first round of the WesCo South tournament. Meanwhile, Kamiak girls golfer Seo Hee Moon won the WesCo South girls tournament at Walter Hall, and in KingCo 3A, defending 3A champ Brittany Tallman won the KingCo 3A tournament.

2. Stephanie Fox, Eastlake, softball. In a huge KingCo 4A game, Fox threw a shutout against Woodinville, and Eastlake held on to a 1-0 win thanks to Marissa Guches’ solo home run.

3. Kori Seidlitz, Mountlake Terrace, softball. Threw a two-hit shutout with 16 strikeouts in a 7-0 win against Mariner.

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