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Bruce Arenas came into CenturyLink Field with a weak squad. He and the Galaxy paid the price for it. The Sounders overcame the Los Angeles boogey man with a resounding 2-0 victory at home. It was clear from the first minute that the Sounders were the superior and dominant side in the match. The passing plays from Seattle were intricate and fluid with shades of Catalonia. Fredy Montero looked as dangerous as ever with several blistering shots early in the first half only to be denied by LA’s Gaudette. Seattle’s first goal came in the 40th minute as returning captain Mauro Rosales put a divine cross onto the head of Eddie Johnson for his second goal in two games.
Mount Si head baseball coach Elliott Cribby was kind enough to pass along some tidbits about the Wildcats' end to the regular season.
With a 4-2 victory over the Interlake Saints last night, Mount Si clinched the KingCo 3A regular season championship. This is their second consecutive regular season title.
In the win, Wildcats starter Trevor Lane set a new school record with 17 strikeouts. Lane is not only doing well on the mound, he also is dominating at the plate. He currently holds a .441 BA with 8 doubles and 19 RBI.
The Wildcats' starting rotation has been strong all year. As a team, they hold a 1.40 ERA. Reece Karalus, who will be attending Santa Clara University next fall, has a 0.77 ERA with 71 strikeouts.
Cribby said the team has "answered the bell" thus far, and now they are gearing up for postseason action. The Wildcats open up KingCo postseason play as the #1 seed at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue next Thursday at 7 p.m. against the winner of Liberty vs. Mercer Island.
Much was on the line for our game of the week in the Metro Conference between O’Dea and Eastside Catholic. Coming into this game the O’Dea players were ready to go and try to secure their spot in the Metro tournament. With a win last night, it would have put the Irish over the hump and into the postseason. Eastside Catholic did not want to lose their third-straight game and fall back in the standings, resulting in a three seed for the Metro Tournament. In the end, it was Eastside Catholic pulling out a 3-2, extra-innings victory.
With the importance of this game, O’Dea started their best pitcher Tony Davila, while Eastside threw Blake Gillespie. Both pitchers were excellent. O’Dea jumped on the Crusaders first in the second inning when Scottie Graham ripped a single over the Eastside second baseman, scoring teammate Pierre LeDorze and putting the Irish up 1-0. From then on, Davila and Gillespie shut down the batters they faced. In the 6th inning, Josh Dickerson got things started for the Irish with a leadoff single and with heads up base running, found himself at 3rd base with one out. Sam Moran struck out, but the ball was in the dirt and got away from the Eastside catcher and ended up rolling to the back stop. This resulted in Dickerson scoring from third base and Moran being safe at first base.no comments
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Time: 7:00 PM
TV: KONG 6/16
One game in a nine game May schedule and the Sounders have already emerged with a scrappy 3 points against Chicago. Only eight more games remaining and the schedule doesn’t get any easier with the Los Angeles Galaxy coming into town. Missing key players and coming into the 2012 season on a rocky start, the Galaxy come into CenturyLink in an attempt to continue their dominance over the Sounders. Will they be able to hold strong this year? We will see in this first meeting of the year.
After completing their 100th MLS regular season game on Saturday, the Sounders are now facing the only team that has fared better than them in the MLS through those 100 games, the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy in the past have relied on a plethora of star players including Landon Donovan, Robbie Keane and David Beckham, while also developing strong younger players such as defender Omar Gonzalez. Through these factors they have acquired 184 points while Seattle is second with 171 points. This year though all of these pieces have not aligned to give the Galaxy the start they wanted to follow their MLS Championship run last season.
Before the season even started the Galaxy lost all star center defender Omar Gonzalez to an ACL injury that has benched him for the rest of the season. Other notable injuries include Landon Donovan (bronchitis) and David Beckham (Hamstring). The Galaxy have also lost starting goalkeeper Josh Saunders most recently to personal issues and have had to put back up Bill Gaudette, who hasn’t played since 2006, into the game. This has resulted in only 10 points in the Galaxy’s first 7 games.
This week it doesn’t get much easier for the Galaxy as Saunders is still out and reports out of LA indicate that Beckham and Keane have not traveled to Seattle with the team. The one piece of good news for the Galaxy is that they still have Landon Donovan and back up goalkeeper Brian Perk, who has more experience with the team than Gaudette. Without Keane and Beckham this leaves only Edson Buddle, Landon Donovan and ex-Sounder Pat Noonan to handle the scoring. For a team with 11 goals against and missing 40% of their scoring, this will be a hard task for a traveling Galaxy team.no comments
We are one week away from the Metro Playoffs! This will be a make-or-break week for teams fighting for a spot in the tournament. Other teams will be playing for seeding. Nobody wants to matchup with Seattle Prep in the first round of the tournament. So this is an important week for many teams. Where does each team stand? What teams are on the bubble? Well according to the standings, the top four teams in the Mountain Division right now are Prep, Eastside, Blanchet and O’Dea, while in the Sound Division, Sealth, West Seattle, Nathan Hale and Franklin stand as the top teams. The Sound division pretty much set up as far as teams go, but West Seattle and Nathan Hale will have to win out this week for a top seed coming out of the Sound division.
In the series of the week, Bishop Blanchet shocked the league; sweeping Eastside Catholic. Blanchet won game one easily in the first game (8-3). The second game was a different story. Eastside’s ace Alex Foley pitched a great game up until the fifth inning, where he gave up three runs and the lead. Eastside was able to tie the game in the bottom of the seventh inning, but the Braves offense took over in the top of the eighth inning; scoring three runs. Max Schwabe closed out the game for Blanchet and secured a not only a Braves victory, but a spot in the Metro Tournament. Where does Blanchet rank now after their series sweep over the Crusaders? FIND OUT AFTER THE JUMP!!
After winning the 4A State Baseball Championship in 2010, the Kentwood Conquerors did not have similar success in 2011, losing in the de facto quarterfinals against Redmond. But, this team has rebounded in a big way this season, and is poised to make another run at the state title in late May.
The Conquerors are undefeated to this point on the year, holding a record of 18-0, including a 6-0 win over West Seattle on Saturday at Safeco Field. Kentwood has blitzed their oppponents in SPSL 4A thus far, and with just one game remaining tomorrow against Jefferson, the team appears to be firing on all cylinders heading into the postseason.
On the season, the Conks have been led by brothers Cash and Reese McGuire, who have combined to lead the team in nearly every offensive category. Coming into the West Seattle game, Cash McGuire had a .469 BA to lead the team, while his brother Reese led with 4 HR.
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A win is a win regardless of how pretty it looks. In Seattle’s 100th MLS match, victory was the result, but the match was far from any definition of pretty. The Sounders fought and battled against an aggressive Chicago side but were able to return to Seattle with three points.
Seattle drew first blood when forward Eddie Johnson cut back the ball for David Estrada whose shot deflected off of a Fire defender to give the Sounders the lead in the 39th minute. Although the goal was originally attributed to Estrada it was later registered as a Chicago own goal. Seattle went to the locker room with a 1-0 lead.
The second half proved to be a continuation of very equal play between both sides. The match grew physical with several players exchanging words. Chicago appeared to have found an equalizer in the 61st minute but the goal was waved off due to several Fire players being in off-sides positions and Seattle maintained the lead. In the 67th minute Eddie Johnson increased the Sounders’ lead by redirecting a short shot from Jon Kennedy Hurado into the goal. This was Johnson’s first MLS goal for the Sounders. The Fire made the game 2-1 as they found a late goal through Pappa who curled in a corner kick into Gspurning’s far post. The match ended with a Sounders victory after a suspiciously long five minute stoppage period. The Sounders now return to Seattle with a 4-1-1 record.no comments
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Coming into this game Puyallup (17-2) was ranked 4th in state for 4A, while Mount Si (14-3) was ranked 4th for 3A. Both teams are easy contenders for their respective state titles in Pasco in late May.
This game turned out to be a pitchers duel, as Mt. Si pulled out a 2-1 victory. Mt Si's Connor Swift and Puyallup's Ryan Harris each pitched fantastic games. Both only allowed one run. Harris gave up a run in the 2nd inning, when Mt. Si. shortstop Ryan Atkinson hit a single down the left field line to score Trevor Taylor. Puyallup’s only run of the game came in the 2nd as well, when Brendan Illies hit a single and drove in teammate Evan Peterson. The Wildcats like to run when given the opportunity to advance runners into scoring position. The Wildcats were 4 of 5 in stolen bases yesterday and left a lot of runners on base as well.
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Time: Saturday, 5:30 PM
TV: KONG 6/16
Two weeks of needed rest and the Sounders are back at it. After a plethora of injuries began to pile up threatening the Sounders’ midfield and their ability to score, Sounders’ faithful began to worry about what was happening to the team. This week the Sounders welcome back many off of the DL as they travel to Chicago to play their 100th regular season game against the Chicago Fire.
It seems perfect that the Sounders are facing the Chicago Fire in their 100th regular season game as the Fire were the first expansion team to set the bar in the MLS. Through the first 100 games for Chicago they accumulated 174 total points while the Sounders have accumulated 169 through 99 games. Chicago also won the MLS Cup and US Open Cup their first season.
The Sounders so far in their first 5 seasons have won 3 US Open Cups, have never missed the playoffs, made it to the knockout stages of the CONCACAF Cup, allowed the fewest goals through 100 games (103 goals while the next closest is 136), and so many more accomplishments. One thing that the Sounders have definitely done in their 100 games is they set a new standard for modern day expansion teams for fan base and accomplishment. While these are some good accomplishments for a MLS club, this is only the beginning for this club it seems.
With the new schedule format this will be the only time the Sounders face Chicago this year. The strength so far this season for Chicago is their starting forward duo in Dominic Oduro and Patrick Nyarko, whom have accounted for 4 of Chicago’s 6 goals this season. Feeding the two forwards from the midfield is five year veteran Marco Pappa and Argentinian Sebastian Grazzini, whom they traded for during a disappointing 2011 campaign. The one disappointing point for Chicago so far is their inconsistency in the back. After just three games the Fire replaced goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi with Sean Johnson (no not the gymnast), and with starting defender Cory Gibbs missing this game with a right knee tear, this should continue to be a weakness for the Sounders to take advantage of.no comments
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Michael Pineda is done for the year.
He tore his labrum during a rehab session on Tuesday and underwent surgery yesterday in order to repair it. The surgery takes 12 months for pitchers to fully recover from, meaning the earliest Pineda can return without setbacks would be May 2013.
Michael Pineda plays for the Yankees. Any other Yankee pitcher suffering a torn labrum would illicit the sad but authentic "haha, suck it Yankees" reaction from me. However, as a true Mariners fan, I can't bring myself to say that.
Last season, Michael Pineda charmed Mariner fans with his incredible fastball and slider. He made us dream about the future. We could have had two aces at the top of the rotation for the next five years. Then in January, Jack Z shocked the world (slight exaggeration) by trading Pineda for Jesus Montero.
The trade caused a lot of debate among experts about who "won." The general consensus was that the Yankees held a slight advantage in the deal, but many felt that nobody won the trade, which ultimately made it a fair exchange.
Now, with Pineda done for a while, it seems that the Mariners have won the trade. My reaction should be: "Wow! We won a trade with the Yankees! It's about time." But it's not. I'm saddened by the news like I've never felt before about a Yankee.
Michael Pineda was special like only Felix had been in my lifetime before him. Like Felix, he was a young Latino power pitcher with an off speed pitch (Pineda has a dirty slider, Felix an amazing change) to die for. Dave Niehaus delivered the best quote about Pineda during his final Spring Training in 2010. It was simple and to the point. After Pineda struck out a guy with a slider, Niehaus said, "Wooo, that stank!"
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