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Rival school Bishop Blanchet's offense exploded for a 9-3 victory over the Seattle Prep Panthers Wednesday night at Steve Cox Memorial Park. The Braves handed the Panthers their first loss of the season. Blanchet's Peter Johnson drove in the game's first two runs with a two-out RBI double up the middle in the top of the first inning.
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In the first game of the semifinals of the Metro Tournament, O’Dea and Eastside Catholic battled it out for a berth to the Metro Championship game on Saturday, and a berth to state. The Crusaders in recent years have struggled in the postseason. So Eastside was ready to change their history and win this game, solidifying a shot at the prestigious Metro Title. O’Dea threw their ace, Tony Davila, while Eastside threw their second starter in the rotation, Blake Gillespie. In the end, Eastside Catholic pulled out a 4-3 win in 11 innings on a Jeff Bohling walkoff homerun to send the Crusaders to the state tournament for the first time since 2007.
The semifinals of this action packed tournament begin tomorrow afternoon at Steve Cox Memorial Park. With a win tomorrow, not only will teams clinch a spot in the Metro Championship game, but a berth to state. The two losers of tomorrow’s games will be put in the losers bracket and fight for third place, which also guarantees a berth to state. Of course the dominant Metro Mountain Division was too much for the Metro Sound, as all four teams playing in the semifinals tomorrow (Bishop Blanchet, Seattle Prep, Eastside Catholic, and O’Dea) are from the Mountain Division. READ OUR BREAKDOWN OF BOTH SEMI-FINAL GAMES AFTER THE JUMP!!no comments
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Time: 5:30 PM
TV: KONG 6/16
Two games into the rough May stretch and the Sounders have not looked phased at all. With a current four game-winning streak the Sounders head down to Frisco to take on FC Dallas. This will be a test for the Sounders to see if they can not only win at home, but also take points on the road as all great teams do.no comments
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In the first round of the 2012 Metro League Baseball Tournament, the O’Dea Fighting Irish squared off with the West Seattle Wildcats yesterday. Clearly O’Dea was the better team, but with West Seattle finishing higher in their division (Sound), it allowed them to snag the higher seed and home field advantage. In the end, that did not make a difference as O'Dea was in control throughout, beating West Seattle 10-0.
Entering yesterday’s game West Seattle had their “ace” and maybe the best pitcher in the Metro League, Sam Hellinger, on the mound. O’Dea had their third or fourth best pitcher, sophomore Pierre Le Dorze, on the mound. It was the complete opposite. Le Dorze looked unhittable, while Hellinger struggled early. In the second inning of the game, Le Dorze put the Irish on the board 1-0 with a single up the middle which scored teammate Sam Moran. With runners on second and third base, O’Dea’s Ryland Kerr took advantage of the situation that was given to him and drove in both runners with a single to right field, extending the Irish lead to three.
Alex Foley pitched 7 strong innings in a complete game performance, and Eastside Catholic got help from a spotty Nathan Hale defense en route to a 4-3 victory at Bannerwood Park. With the victory, the Crusaders advance to a winner-to-state game on Wednesday against O'Dea.
Aside from an early 2 RBI single, the Crusaders' two other runs came via error or wild pitch. Julijs Pruzinskis pitched 6 innings, but his command was just a bit off the entire game, allowing Eastside Catholic to score just enough to pull out a win.
After getting rained out Thursday, the Puyallup Vikings and Kentwood Conquerors reconvened at Heritage Park on Saturday to square off in the crossover game featuring the two SPSL division champions. Coming into the season, the Vikings were the #1 ranked 4A team in numerous polls. But, Kentwood turned the tables over the course of the year and held the #1 ranking heading into this game. The Conquerors were undefeated, and were looking to stay that way. But in the end, Puyallup handed Kentwood their first loss of the season, as the Vikings pulled out a 5-4 win in 8 innings.
Matt Becker pitched two scoreless innings and also hit a HR to help lead the Vikings to victory over the Conquerors. Kentwood scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th to tie the game, before Puyallup answered withthe eventual game-winning run in the 8th.
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It has finally arrived, the Metro Baseball Tournament! This is only the first step towards conquering the state title. So far this season the Metro League has been dominated by one team, Seattle Prep. Can anyone take them down? Prep is the favorite to win this tournament and will be looking to capture their second consecutive Metro Championship. The winner of this event not only takes home a trophy, but earns a berth to State as the No. 1 team from the Metro League. Teams that finish in second and third place will also earn a berth to State. This is a double-elimination. Who are the sleepers? Players to watch? SeaTown Sports is here to answer those questions and preview your team’s chances of winning this tournament. Plus we predict the winner. READ OUR IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS AFTER THE JUMP!!
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On a sunny Cinco de Mayo, the Sounders celebrated in style to defeat the Philadelphia Union 1-0 to take their fifth straight victory. From the very first whistle, the Sounders dominated. With pace and precise passing, the rave green pounded the Philadelphia goal. Newcomer Alex Caskey looked to be the real deal sending in several screaming shots at Philadelphia’s MacMath. Mauro Rosales ever lurked on the far right, darting in with the ball on several occasions to wreak havoc upon the Union defense. Rookie Andy Rose also made his first MLS appearance for the Sounders and looked very lively, but on some occasions almost to a fault as he received one yellow and could have earned another for reckless tackling.
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Besides one mistake, leading to a penalty kick goal against San Jose, the Sounders have started the season beyond their wildest dreams. The Sounders haven’t started this well since their inaugural season in 2009 where they compiled a record of 5-2-0. This season, with a 5-1-1 record, the Sounders are only behind Real Salt Lake and San Jose in the Western Conference, yet they are still three and two games behind them. The Sounders this week look to continue their early season form against the Philadelphia Union.
Unlike the Sounders, the Union has not been off to the stellar start that they hoped after overhauling the team to where they thought they needed to be. With only 7 points through 7 games the Union are hoping something changes, and fast. The unfortunate news for them is that they must come across the country to play the Sounders. More unfortunate news for them is that they must play without their leading scorer, Gabriel Gomez, due to a suspension from a cleat up tackle. While one player may not seem like quite a blow to an 11-person team, he has been the only bright spot for the Union on the offensive end. Of the Union’s five goals this season, Gomez has scored three of them. The players that they are looking for to step up in his absence are former US national team player Freddy Adu, and forward Lionard Pajoy. Through these two players and the service of Danny Mwanga in the midfield, the Union are looking to break the Sounders tough defense.no comments