Travis Dohr pitched a complete game as Bothell surprised sixth-ranked Ballard 6-2 in a KingCo 4A tournament opener on Saturday.
WOODINVILLE — Travis Dohr didn’t want to be a downer at prom Saturday night.
So, he elevated his mood by pitching Bothell to a 6-2 victory over sixth-ranked Ballard in the KingCo 4A baseball tournament earlier in the afternoon at Woodinville High School.
The game was moved up from 4 p.m. to 1 p.m. to accommodate the dance, but Dohr said it would have been easy to pick between the two if necessary.
“I’d much rather be playing baseball,” the senior right-hander said after going the distance to improve to 7-3. “It kind of came into my mind that prom would only be fun if we won. I don’t like to lose. If we would have lost, I probably wouldn’t have had a very good time.”
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Ballard outhit the Cougars 5-3, but a trio of Beavers pitchers gave up seven walks. Six of those runners scored.
Ballard coach Doug Montgomery said control issues have been “a constant emphasis.”
Dohr walked four, but wiggled out of trouble most of the time. The Beavers’ runs came on a two-run homer by Ryan Kangas in the bottom of the fifth after Bothell had stretched its lead to 6-0 in the top of the inning.
Cameron Costas had two of the Cougars’ three hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.
Bothell (12-9) advances to Monday’s semifinals against the Eastlake. Ballard (15-6) plays Garfield in an elimination game Monday.
“We have 17 seniors on this squad,” the Beavers’ Montgomery said. “The season’s almost over. They’re playing for their high-school careers now.
“We had really high hopes coming in with this group. If we can just stay out of our own way, we can pull off good things. But if we play like we did today, it’s not going to happen.”
Skyline 5, Redmond 1
Corbin Powers allowed one hit over six innings and struck out nine as the fourth-ranked Spartans (16-5) advanced. Drew Lunde was 2 for 3 with a double for Skyline, which plays at Woodinville on Monday.
Redmond (7-13) was the only team to beat Skyline in the last half of the season.
“It was good for us to avenge a rival loss,” said Powers (5-0), a senior.
Woodinville 5, Issaquah 1
No. 9 hitter Trevor Cook smashed a walkoff grand slam in the bottom of the seventh to win it for the Falcons (13-7). It was his first career home run, including Little League. Tommy Wick also homered for Woodinville. Stephen White threw a three-hit complete game.
Eastlake 1, Garfield 0
Mick Vorhof struck out eight in a three-hitter and Michael Staudinger tripled and drove home Ryan Teasell with the only run for the Wolves (12-8) in a shutout of the Bulldogs (6-15). Teasell had a double for Eastlake.