The Edmonds-Woodway baseball team got a great pitching performance from Tate Budnick, but couldn’t get a big hit when they needed it, leading to a 1-0 season-ending loss to Puyallup in Saturday’s state 4A regional playoff game. The Warriors out-hit the unbeaten Vikings 4-3, but a fourth inning, two-out RBI single by Puyallup’s starting pitcher Tyler McDowell gave the home team the only run they would end up needing.
The Warriors’ best chance to score came in the sixth inning. Catcher Chantz Justice led off the inning with a single to right. Budnick nearly gave himself and the Warriors the lead, sending a 3-2 pitch to the warning track in left field, only to be caught by Darian Clemens. Joey Reese followed with a seeing-eye single between first and second base. Garrison Krohn followed with a sharp single of his own to left that loaded the bases. Marc Campagnaro lifted a fly to left that was caught by Clemens and the runners held. The hero of Monday’s Warrior win over Redmond, Brett Stoneman, came to the plate, but was unable to knock in the run and the rally was squelched.
The only run of the game, in the Vikings’ half of the fourth inning, started innocently enough, with Budnick striking out Tristan Cleek. Quinn Rawson then hit a ball to the right of the first baseman, who was able to field it, but his throw went over Budnick’s head, who was covering first, putting Rawson on. Rawson then stole second, before Clemens flew out to Stoneman in right for the second out. Mcdowell then took Budnick’s second pitch and lined a single to center in front of Jason Smarr, scoring Rawson with the game’s only run. It was the first hit the Warrior hurler had allowed. Following another single, Budnick was able to limit the damage to just the unearned run when he struck out Jacob Heglund on a 3-2 pitch.
E-W put men on base starting in the third inning, when Brandon Mitchell got hit by a pitch, but the next three batters were retired in order. The Warriors also had a runner reach on a hit in the first inning (Budnick,) and also on an error in the fourth, and the fifth inning saw Cameron Sharpe also reach after getting hit.
Budnick’s final start in his four-year Warrior career was arguably his best as he limited the No. 1-ranked Vikings to only three hits while striking out six, and three times stranding a runner in scoring position. Saturday was also the final game for Smarr, Mac McLachlan, and Austin Whitehouse. All four Warriors will be continuing their athletic careers in college next year in a variety of capacities. My Edmonds News will keep you updated.
The Warriors ended the season 17-9, having won 14 of their last 18 after starting the season 3-5. Saturday’s game can be seen on demand on the Sound Live Sports Network.
Warriors: 0 0 0 0 0 0 0-0 4 2
Vikings: 0 0 0 1 0 0 X-1 3 1
1b- (EW) Budnick, Justice, Reese, Krohn (Puyallup) Breithaupt, Needham, McDowell
GW RBI: McDowell
— By Jeff Smarr