Baseball: Budnick fans six as Warriors down Royals 9-2

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Tate Budnick struck out six as Edmonds-Woodway beat Lynnwood in high school 4A action Friday. (Photos by Karl Swenson)

Senior Tate Budnick lived up to his billing as Edmonds-Woodway’s top pitcher.

Budnick struck out six and issued no walks to lead the Warriors to a 9-2 victory over Lynnwood in a Wesco 4A South baseball game Friday at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“His fastball was hitting the spots,” Lynnwood coach Adam Villalobos said of Budnick. “He was throwing his curveball for strikes. If you can do that in this league, you’re going to have good success. That’s what he did against us.”

Budnick was especially effective against Lynnwood in the first four innings, allowing only one hit. His control was critical to the Warriors’ victory, according to Edmonds-Woodway coach Dan Somoza.

“I thought he went after each hitter,” Somoza said. “He didn’t walk anyone. That’s the key. We’ve had a lot of walks the last few games.”

Budnick’s masterful performance came at the right time, as the Warriors dropped their first three league games, one to Cascade and two to Lynnwood earlier this week.

“He’s our ace,” Somoza said of Budnick. “He’s the guy we count on. He came through today.”

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Chantz Justice takes a swing Friday.

So did the Warriors’ bats for a change.

Edmonds-Woodway (1-3 in the league, 3-6 overall), which has struggled at times offensively this season, started out strong against Lynnwood freshman pitcher Kyler McMahan, who was making his first start of the season.

The Warriors scored a run in the first, two in the second and then put up four in the fourth inning, prompting Villalobos to bring in Brice Foster to relieve. Edmonds-Woodway added two more in the sixth.

“We finally got some hits,” Somoza said. “It’s about time. We’ve faced some good pitching. … Lynnwood is a good team. Today we got some clutch base hits. We just haven’t had those the last few days.”

Jason Smarr was 3-for-3 with two runs and an RBI and Joey Rees was 2-for-4 with three RBI. MacMcLachlan was 2-for-2 with a run.

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Brady Edwards narrowly avoids a tag at home plate.

Somoza hopes Friday’s victory marks a turning point for the Warriors, who he acknowledged were “moving along slowly” to start the season.

“We’ve got to fight our way back up to the top,” Somoza said. “That’s our goal.”

— By David Pan/Lynnwood Today editor

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