Five days after throwing a complete game in his first start of the postseason, Stephen White did it again. This time, it earned his Woodinville...
WOODINVILLE — Five days after throwing a complete game in his first start of the postseason, Stephen White did it again.
This time, it earned his Woodinville baseball team the KingCo 4A championship.
White allowed three hits over seven innings and retired the final 13 batters he faced as the Falcons fought back from a first-inning deficit to defeat Bothell 3-1 and seize the conference crown.
Saturday, he threw another three-hitter in the tournament’s first round.
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“Stephen pitched a great game,” Woodinville coach Terry Agnew said. “He pitched a lot Saturday, and that’s tough to come back from. He was as strong late as he was early.”
White set the Cougars down in order in the final four innings and struck out two Bothell batters in the seventh. After he induced an inning-ending fly ball in the sixth inning, White screamed, “Let’s go!” as he stalked off the mound.
Bothell got the scoring started in the top of the first on a run-scoring single from Saige Tyndall. White walked the next two batters before a bases-loaded pop-up ended the frame.
Unhappy with his command early, White fiddled with his grip. Instead of throwing his curveball with two fingers pressed against the seam, he changed to one.
“I wasn’t feeling it too well with two fingers,” White said, “so I switched to the spike. Then I felt really good.”
In the second inning, Matthew Spencer lined a double into the gap that knotted things up. Two innings later, with men on first and second, Caleb Hamilton lashed an RBI single to left field that put his team on top for good.
Michael Boyd gave Woodinville its third and final run with an RBI double in the fifth.
Woodinville only mustered an 8-6 record in KingCo during the regular season, and was far from favored entering the conference tournament. They toppled Skyline on Monday to advance to the championship game.
“A lot of people wrote us off,” White said. “I’m just glad to bring it home.”
Both Woodinville (15-7) and Bothell (13-10) advance to the 4A state tournament, which begins next week.
Issaquah 6, Skyline 2
Justin Vernia threw a complete game as the Eagles (14-9) used a five-run sixth inning to defeat Skyline (17-7) and keep their hopes alive for a spot in the state tournament.
Issaquah will play the No. 3 WesCo 4A team next Tuesday in a winner-to-state, loser-out contest, while the Spartans are eliminated. Blake Jones went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBI to pace the Eagles, and Ryan Guiberson added another RBI and scored two runs.