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April 2, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Extra Bases: A pair of no-hitters, a milestone win and rankings

Not a lot went right for the Mariners in 2012. They finished the season a paltry 75-87, putting them 14 games behind the Angels for third place — 19 games out of first — in a four-team division.

It wasn’t much better at Safeco, where Seattle managed a 40-41 record and hit the ball so poorly that talks of bringing the fences in became a reality for the following season. But there was one anomaly: Pitchers were unhittable. Literally. Two perfect games and a combined no-hitter were thrown during the 2012 season at Safeco. Three separate times a pitcher accomplished one of the greatest feats in the game in one season and it was enough to drop jaws and open eyes wide open.

Keep in mind how rare that was and fast forward to 2014. On March 28, in two separate games, two different high school pitchers in the Seattle area tossed no-hitters. On the same day. One of the greatest accomplishments for a pitcher occurred twice in the same area.

Puyallup’s Luke Heimlich faced 21 batters and all 21 batters went back to the dugout empty-handed. It was a perfect game for Heimlich, the rarest of no-hitters. His stat line: seven innings, no hits, no walks and 13 strikeouts. Puyallup beat Bethel 9-0.

Federal Way’s Calvin Turchin blanked Rogers 10-0 for five innings. The freshman didn’t allow a hit, but he did issue one walk. It wasn’t the full seven innings, but no blame should go to Turchin for his team scoring enough runs to end the game early due to the mercy rule.

Heimlich, a junior committed to Oregon State, is a left-hander for Puyallup and another reminder why the Vikings are favorites to win a state title.

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Tahoma’s Russ Hayden is one win away from reaching a milestone. Tahoma’s 6-3 win over Auburn on Tuesday gave Hayden win No. 299. Tonight against Auburn Riverside, Hayden can reach 300.

Hayden never expected to make it into his 22nd year of coaching, let alone this many years.

The school had fired two coaches in three years when he took over after serving as the JV coach. He was reluctant to take the gig, but did and said he’s “still hanging in.”

Hayden, who is also a P.E. teacher at Tahoma Junior High School, says his favorite memories include making it to the semifinals four times and playing at Safeco Field in three of those appearances. Perhaps his favorite part, though, has been seeing the kids he coach return to the program to give back and coach.

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The weather is usually unpredictably rainy this time of the year. The last couple weeks, though, the Seattle area has seen some brilliant sunshine. That has allowed more games to be played.

“Today and one of the days last week when you have sun like that, it’s like a new lease on life,” Edmonds-Woodway pitching coach Will Budnick said. “Sun feels so good its unbelievable.”

Edmonds-Woodway doesn’t have a turf field, so it has to retreat to the batting cages when it rains. On other occasions, the team will utilize the turf of the girls soccer field. But of course, nothing’s better than playing a home game on your own field.

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Rankings through March 30, courtesy of Lem Elway:

4A
1. Puyallup (5-0)
2. Snohomish (5-0)
3. Roosevelt (4-0)
4. Bothell (5-1)
5. Ferris (5-1)
6. Beamer (4-0)
7. Tahoma (4-1)
8. Lk. Stevens (4-1)
9. Lynnwood (5-0)
0. Gonzaga Prep(5-1)
3A
1. Shorewood (5-0)
2. Shadle Pk (6-0)
3. Timberline (5-0)
4. Marysvil.Pil. (3-1)
5. Col. River (3-0)
6. Kennewick (5-1)
7. O Dea (3-1)
8. Auburn-Mt. V (2-1)
9. Mt. Si (4-2)
0. Marysv.-Get. (3-2)
2A
1. WF West (4-0)
2. Tumwater (4-1)
3. Sumner (4-1)
4. Ellensburg (3-0)
5. Olympic (4-0)
6. Centralia (5-0)
7. White River (5-1)
8. W.Val.(Yak)(3-1)
9. Sehome (4-3)
0. Interlake (3-2)
1A
1. Meridian (3-0)
2. Brewster (4-0)
3.
Connell (6-1)
4.
Naches (6-2)
5.
Okanogan (3-0)
6.
Tenino (3-0)
7. Hoquiam (3-0)
8.
Tonasket (4-0)
9.
Cascade (2-1)
0
. Freeman (2-0)

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