High School Sports Buzz: Former E-W pitcher Hardy moving up fast

We received news last week from Susette Hardy, mother of former Edmonds-Woodway pitcher Blaine Hardy, that Hardy was moved from his Arkansas Naturals Double-A team to Triple-A ball in the Kansas City Royals system. After being notified on Tuesday, Hardy immediately drove to Omaha, pitched the ninth inning that night with no hits, runs or walks, and even had a strikeout, his mother said.

Here’s a story from the Omaha Royals website:

OMAHA, NE – For the first time this season, the Omaha Royals have won three straight games at home. A large share of the credit for Tuesday’s 2-1 victory over Colorado Springs goes to starter Philip Humber and reliever Blaine Hardy.

Humber (3-3) pitched eight innings of one-run ball, blanking the Sky Sox over the first seven frames, before yielding a run in the eighth. Former Royal Travis Metcalf led off the eighth with a double off the track in center, was bunted to third and scored on an RBI groundout to cut the Royals’ lead to 2-1. Humber then retired Matt Miller – who went 0-for-4 after entering the contest hitting .304 – on a grounder up the middle fielded slickly by shortstop Irving Falu for his seventh assist of the game.

Humber, a 27-year old right-hander, wound up allowing six hits, but no walks, striking out three and throwing 71 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

Hardy, a 23-year old lefty who joined the Royals Tuesday from Double-A Northwest Arkansas, came on in the ninth for his Triple-A debut in his third professional season. After a couple of deep fly balls, he struck out Chris Nelson swinging to earn the save. With the Naturals, Hardy was 1-0 with a 0.69 ERA and four saves in 12 games.

Final state results for Edmonds-area high schools:

4A State Tennis Tournament in Kennewick
The Edmonds-Woodway doubles team of Amanda Waldron and Michelle Nelson defeated Laurin Rico and Clarissa Abadesco of Oak Harbor in the consolation final to finish 4th in state 4A doubles.

May 29 results
Amanda Waldron-Michelle Nelson, Edmonds-Woodway, beat Chelsea Motzer and Lani Sherman, Mead 6-3, 6-3. Waldron-Nelson, Edmonds-Woodway, beat Kelly Watanabe-Jess Lund, Lake Washington 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3. Waldron-Nelson, Edmonds-Woodway, beat Laurin Rico-Clarissa Abadesco, Oak Harbor, 6-3, 6-2.

May 28 results
SINGLES: Corrinne Wurden, Central Kitsap, beat Jane Hong, Edmonds-Woodway, 6-0, 6-0. Averi Kitsch, Jefferson, beat Hong, Edmonds-Woodway 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.

DOUBLES: Tianna Cummings-Presley Peck, Walla Walla, beat Sophie Roben-Sarah Fine, Edmonds-Woodway, 6-3, 6-0. Kelly Watanabe-Jess Lund, Lake Washington, beat Roben-Fine, Edmonds-Woodway 6-1, 6-0.

Waldron-Nelson, Edmonds-Woodway, beat Eliana Sperio and Niki Skinner of Kentwood 6-4, 6-2 .  Chaeran Kim -Jenna Grillo, Mountain View, beat Waldron-Nelson, Edmonds-Woodway, 7-5, 6-3 .

May 28 results
DOUBLES:  Makoa Rosa-Kainoa Rosa, Thomas Jefferson, beat Jake Lagucik-Youngha Kim, Edmonds-Woodway, 6-3, 6-0. Lagucik-Kim, Edmonds-Woodway, beat Tom Geranious-Marshal McNally,  Ferris, 6-2, 7-5. Kennan Dolan-James Lee, Bellarmine Prep, beat Lagucik-Kim, Edmonds-Wooday, 7-6, 7-5.

3A State Tennis Tournament in Vancouver
May 28
SINGLES: Lauren McCann, Capital, beat Josie Dow, Meadowdale, 7-6 (11), 5-7, 1-0(2).  Dow, Meadowdale, beat Lisa Kromholtz, Peninsula, 6-2, 3-6, 1-0(7). Kilee Beuse, Sedro-Woolley, beat Dow, Meadowdale, 7-6(4), 6-2.

May 28
DOUBLES:  Scott Boemke and Grant Lovell, Meadowdale, beat Evan Segnirant/Nikhil Das, North Thurston, 7-6 (8), 6-1. Andrew LaCava/Jason Bediones,  Seattle Prep, defeated Boemke and Lovell, Meadowdale, 6-1, 6-2.

May 29
Boemke and Lovell, Meadowdale, defeated Jack Li and Colin Jones of Hazen, 6-1, 7-5. Jacob Yannello and Joel Richardson, Lakes, defeated Boemke and Lovell, Meadowdale, 6-1, 6-2.

4A State Track and Field At Mount Tahoma Stadium
Alec Fellows of Edmonds-Woodway finished 4th in the 110-meter hurdles, 5th in the long jump, and 4th in the triple jump. Fellows placed higher in each event, after last year finishing 5th in the 110 hurdles, 8th in the long jump, and 6th in the triple jump.

Amia Nash of Edmonds-Woodway finished 5th in the 400-meter dash.

Katie Tougas of Edmonds-Woodway finished 7th in the long jump.

(Submitted by My Edmonds News.com sports columnist Michael Johnson)

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