The Edmonds-Woodway Warriors scored three runs in both their first and last at bats and it was more than enough to beat the visiting Arlington Eagles in an opening round District 1 playoff game, The Warriors’ 7-1 victory sends them to a semi-final, winner-to-state game on Monday against Lake Stevens.
Tate Budnick pitched a complete game for E-W, garnering six strikeouts and also producing at the plate with an RBI and three runs. Mac McLachlan also had a big game. The lead-off hitter went 3-for-4 including a double to start off the game. Joey Rees continued his hot hitting of late, reaching base all four times and adding two RBI. Garrison Krohn had a clutch first inning double that produced two runs.
McLachlan led off the game, stroking a two-stiike double off the left field wall. Jason Smarr then bunted him to third. Budnick reached on an infield hit, Rees then walked to load the bases. Krohn launched a double into the left field gap to score both McLachlan and Budnick. But the Warriors weren’t finished as Rees scored on the next at bat to round out the scoring in the first inning, with the Warriors taking a 3-0 lead.
The Warriors added a run in the fourth and seemed in control. Arlington put pressure on E-W in the sixth inning, but was held to only one run. In the bottom of the sixth, McLachlan reached on a one-out walk, but he was forced out on the next play due to a fielders choice grounder by Smarr. Budnick then put runners on the corners with a single to left. Rees knocked in Smarr, and Campagnaro hit a double to that scored both Budnick and Rees, stretching the lead to six. Budnick then retired the side in order in the Arlington seventh, producing the final 7-1 margin.
With Saturday’s win — the Warriors’ 12th in their last 13th game — the Warriors will play another pivitol game against the Vikings from Lake Stevens. E-W has faced the Vikings the last two years in the District playoffs, losing both times. The Warriors did, however, beat Lake earlier this season. Monday’s game will be played at Everett Memorial stadium, with first pitch set for 4 p.m.
Arlington 0 0 0 0 0 1 0-1 3 0
E-Woodway 3 0 1 0 0 3 x 7 11 2
Records E-W 14-7, Arlington 8-13
— By Jeff Smarr