Some interesting games already down here at SERA in Tacoma.
Kennedy, the defending 3A champ, handed Issaquah its first loss of the season, 5-2, in nine innings. Karli Merlich, who had been questionable with a sore left (pitching) arm, went the distance and struck out 10. Kennedy now plays North Central of Spokane in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. North Central blanked Auburn Riverside, 2-0, despite a gutsy performance by Amanda Fitzsimmons, who had surgery late yesterday to have a cyst near her tailbone lanced. She didn’t have trouble throwing, but could barely walk.
Liberty and Everett meet in the other 3A 5 p.m. quarterfinal. Liberty rolled past Enumclaw, 15-5, while Everett edged Southridge, 2-0.
The other four first-round games in 3A are still in progress and those quarterfinals will be at 7 p.m.
In 4A, Shadle Park’s Sam Skillingstad struck out 19 and allowed just one hit in a 5-1 victory over Kentlake. Shadle is the defending champion. The Highlanders face Monroe in the quarterfinals at 3 p.m. Jordan Birch pitched a one-hit gem to key the Bearcats’ 2-0 win over Central Kitsap in the opening round, fanning 14.
KingCo 4A teams went 2-for-3, and it was top-seeded Woodinville going down, 8-4 to Wilson of Tacoma. Redmond ripped Jackson 10-0 and now plays Wilson at 3 p.m. Eastlake topped Mountain View of Vancouver, 4-0, to advance to the 3 p.m. quarterfinals against Richland, a 2-1 winner over Puyallup. Stadium and Rogers of Puyallup play in the other quarterfinal, also at 3 p.m. Rogers edged Marysville-Pilchuck, 2-1, while Stadium stopped Central Valley of Spokane, 5-1.