Each week this league becomes more unpredictable. I’d say outside the top three teams in Metro, every team is vulnerable to a loss. Each team, including Prep, Eastside and Blanchet will need to bring their “A” game every week. Just ask West Seattle, who could have picked up two easy wins against Nathan Hale, but instead ended up with a 1-1 series split. Not only that but the Wildcats lose but by an astonishing nine runs to the Raiders. To add on to the excitement; Ingraham split their series with Chief Sealth. This might not be as big of an upset as some people think, but the Seahawks have made a mark this year; playing tough against the elites of this conference. Ingraham being one of the worst teams in the Metro League made this a headline for the week.
In the series of the week, Seattle Prep took care of Blanchet, getting the series sweep. Jack Roger threw a shut out in the first game against Blanchet and was able to get run support from the offense led by Stuart Fairchild (3-4, 3 RBI). Game 2, Prep’s second best pitcher, Nate Richards and Blanchet’s Cory Brown each pitched a heck of a game. Richards only allowed one run and a couple of hits, and was two outs away from a complete game. Brown had a rough first inning, but settled down and helped Blanchet stay in the game. Max Winklehake was the hero of the game, which he hit a two-run double to give Prep a four run lead heading into the last inning. Blanchet tried to make a comeback but came up short by two runs.
SEE MY PLAYER OF THE WEEK, POWER RANKINGS, AND MORE AFTER THE JUMP!!
Player of the Week- Pitcher, Alex Foley (Eastside Catholic) - Foley had a dominating performance against O’Dea last week. Foley had 10 strikeouts, one earned run and only allowed two walks. The junior is considered the Crusaders’ ace and a big part to their success so far this year. Foley also had another 10 strikeout game earlier in the season against Chief Sealth.
1. Seattle Prep (8-0) For the fifth straight week the Panthers hold the No.1 spot in this League. Prep has it all; the deep pitching, the offense and defense. I can easily see this team hoisting a Metro title this year, which would give them their second straight league championship. A state berth is highly possible too. The deep rotation Seattle Prep has will carry them far this postseason. The Panthers should get an easy victory over La Conner this week.
This Week: La Conner (1-4) [Northwest 1A Conference]
2. Bishop Blanchet (6-5) The Braves remain at No. 2 due to their strength of schedule last week in playing No. 1 Seattle Prep. What surprised me last week was the pitching of Cory Brown. After a rough start, he settled down and hit his spots. What will determine the Braves’ success is hitting. Blanchet has a powerful offense. It’s just a matter of which offense shows up; the offense that 10 runned O’Dea or the one that was shut out against Prep? With a hot Eastside team on the rise, I see the Braves on the downfall in the future.
This Week: Ingelmoor (6-5) [King Co 4A Conference]
3. Eastside Catholic (8-1) Besides Prep, the Crusaders are the hottest team in Metros. They are undefeated in Metro play and will look to continue to move up in the rankings. Eastside Catholic picked up a huge win against O’Dea. Alex Foley is the best pitcher for Eastside, while the offense is led by Jeff Bohling. This is a team that could give Seattle Prep and Blanchet problems in the future. I honestly can’t wait for those matchups!
This Week: NO GAMES
4. O’Dea (5-4) The Irish struggles on offense carried over into last week’s math up against Eastside Catholic; striking out 10 times and only putting up one run. However they did get a big win against 4A’s Skyline. That win might have given this team a spark. We all are used to seeing the Irish peak at the end of the season/postseason; 2009, and 2010 state champs. Don’t count this team out yet, still a lot of ball to be played.
This Week: NO GAMES
5. Bainbridge (3-1) Finally a new team cracks the top five. Since West Seattle was humiliated by Nathan Hale, the Spartans move up in the rankings. We haven’t heard that much about this team, but early on in the season, they did defeat No. 2 Blanchet (5-0). So the Spartans do have the talent to compete. Bainbridge could turn some heads in the future weeks to come. Watch out, the Spartans could be a sleeper.
This Week: Nathan Hale (4-5), Chief Sealth (10-5), South Kitsap (No Info)
6. West Seattle (8-4)
This Week: Rainier Beach (0-10)
7. Chief Sealth (10-5)
This Week: Nathan Hale (4-5), Bainbridge (3-1), Bush (4-3) [1A Emerald City Conference]
8. Nathan Hale (4-5)
This Week: Chief Sealth (10-5), Bainbridge (3-1), twice: Ingraham (1-7)
9. Lakeside (2-5)
This Week: NO GAMES
10. Ingraham (1-7)
This Week: twice: Nathan Hale (4-5)
11. Franklin (1-6)
This Week: twice: Rainier Beach (0-10)
12. Rainier Beach (0-10)
This Week: West Seattle (8-4), twice: Franklin (1-6)
*Cleveland does not have a team this year.
Game of the Week: Bishop Blanchet (6-5) at Ingelmoor (6-5)
April 11, 2012, 7 p.m. at Ingelmoor High School-
With many schools on spring break this week, some non-conference games were scheduled. This battle features 3A vs. 4A. Blanchet does come into this game with an explosive offense attack and average pitching. Ingelmoor did beat Newport, but got blown out early in the season by O’Dea. Both teams can hit, but who’s pitching will accept the challenge and dominate?
Prediction: Blanchet 10-5
Don't know where you got the impression that Hale is the Cleveland/Blanchet basketball team of baseball. After basically graduating a whole team, they did return some good players. Looking for an identity in the early part of the season. Lost to a beatable Lakeside team by 1, lost to Chief Sealth by 1, lost to West Seattle and a complete game by Sam Hellinger (may be the best pitcher in Metro, emphasis on pitcher), though Julijs Pruzinskis went 7 as well, giving up 3 earned runs. At times (usually the wrong ones) Hale plays a little loose with the ball and that's fixable. Bainbridge moving up with wins against Rainout and Bye, really, see what they accomplish this week when they get back out on the field. Two key players out this year are Englebrekt from Blanchet and LaTrey Newsome from West Seattle. Don't know what LaTrey's timeline is, Englebrekt rehabbing as he graduates to Oregon State.