Less than 24 hours after a heartbreaking loss to Lake Stevens, the Edmonds-Woodway baseball team took the field in a loser-out game against Monroe, and this time the Warriors left as a 6-1 victor over the visiting Bearcats. “They’ve been tough all year, I knew they’d come back,” said coach Dan Somoza of his team, adding, “ We always talk next day, next pitch.”
Brady Edwards took the hill for the Warriors, the sophomore facing off against Monroe senior Patrick Siler. Edwards struggled a bit in the top of the first, but was able to escape the inning only yielding a run. E-W countered in the bottom of the first with a run of its own with the first two hitters. Mac McLachlan and Jason Smarr reached base via hits and McLachlan eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Marc Campagnaro. “ I was just trying to hit it hard, get it out of the infield,” said the Warrior left fielder.
Edwards and Siler both settled down, each only allowing one base runner in both the second and third innings. The fourth inning got interesting as Monroe put two runners on with only out, but Edwards struck out Bailey Sarto on a 3-2 pitch and McLachlan snared a sinking liner to right to end the threat.
The bottom of the fourth saw the Warriors send seven men to the plate, starting with Joey Reese lashing a double to the left field wall. Garrison Krohn then walked with Reese advancing to third on a passed ball. Campagnaro struck again with a double just off the center fielder’s glove, scoring Reese and sending Krohn to third. “Both Joey and Marc are just smacking the ball,” said Somoza. “I just saw it hit off his glove and kept running,” added Campagnaro. Edwards then helped his cause with a single up the middle, plating both Krohn and Campagnaro. Two batters later pinch-hitter Brett Stoneman hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Edwards with the fourth and final run of the frame.
Edwards would return to the mound for the fifth inning, allowing a one-out double to Hunter Bingham, but no more. “It felt no different out there,” said Edwards of pitching his first playoff game. “I just went with the flow of the game.”
The Warriors, meanwhile, looked to add to their lead and did so in their home half of the inning. Catcher Tate Budnick had a one-out single, advanced to second on a passed ball and then scored on Reese’s second double of the night, this one high off the left-field fence. “Being in the 4-spot (in the order) frees me up. I can be more of a free swinger,” said Reese of his second-half surge.
E-W’s Austin Vaughn Jones came in to pitch both the sixth and seventh inning in relief of Edwards. Jones, himself making his post-season debut, promptly retired the side in order in the sixth and after giving up a one-out single and a walk in the seventh, stuck out the last two batters of the game, the last one looking.
Reese would end up 3-3 at the plate with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored. Campagnaro also doubled, had a sac fly and produced two RBI’s. Tuesday’s starter Edwards, yielded only 3 hits, was credited with the win and also two RBI’s on his fourth inning single. “He just located his fastball well. He got into a little trouble but pitched his way out of it. Great job by Brady,” said Somoza.
Tuesday’s win sets up another must-win Thursday against Snohomish for the third seed out of Wesco. Game time is 4 p.m.at Aquasox stadium in Everett.
Bearcats: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 -1 4 0
Warriors: 1 0 0 4 1 0 x – 6 10 1
WP: Edwards (4-2)
LP : Siler (1-5)
— By Jeff Smarr