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May 9, 2008 at 11:14 AM

Fight for KingCo 3A playoff spots gets interesting

In one night, the playoffs in Class 3A’s best conference this decade flipped upside down. The top two seeds — Newport and Skyline — have been relegated to fight it out for the right to play in a pigtail game, while the division’s third and fifth seeds — Issaquah and Liberty — will play in the final.

Issaquah beat Newport with the Knights down a couple star players, but starter Jacob Kemmerer allowed just three hits in the 6-1 Eagles win. Four first-innings runs were all Issaquah needed.

Liberty also got off to a fast start with two first-inning runs against Skyline’s dominating sophomore, Adrian Sampson. But Skyline eventually fought back, tying it in the sixth. But Liberty, which beat Bellevue in an eight-inning game to stay alive Tuesday, won behind a Chandler Tracy RBI double in the seventh.

You might be asking: Why is this important? What the Metro League is to 3A state basketball, KingCo 3A is to 3A state baseball. It has produced six of the last eight state champions, including Issaquah last year, when it started as the KingCo 3A’s fifth seed and went all the way to the state championship.

But with only 1 1/2 berths to state — the team that wins the second seed plays Metro’s third seed for a berth — this might be one of the most intense tournaments around the state. Saturday’s playoffs should be fun to watch.

But it can’t be the only fun conference to watch this weekend. Feel free to chime in on what you think will be the best playoffs, in any sport, as we get closer and closer to state tournaments.

Morning stars

1. Natalie Allen, Holy Names, and Davis Mangham, Lakeside; tennis. Meet your new Metro League champions. Mangham won 6-2, 6-3 in the championship against Seattle Prep’s Shuhei Matsuya, and Allen beat teammate Rachel Storz 6-3, 6-0.

2. Natsumi Ueda, Newport, softball. Hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to put Newport ahead in a 5-3 win against Skyline.

3. Chris Hashimoto, Lake Washington, baseball. Went 3-for-3 with a big two-run home run in an 11-2 win that kept the Kangs’ season alive.

Today’s top games

KingCo 3A softball championship: Newport vs. Issaquah, 5:30 p.m. at Issaquah. Issaquah has yet to lose a game this season, and can clinch the KingCo 3A’s top seed with a win.

Metro League track, at Southwest Athletic Complex and KingCo 3A/4A track at Liberty. Conference finals all around today, with state only two weeks away.

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