Garrison Krohn’s walk-off single gave Edmonds-Woodway an extra-inning, come-from-behind, 5-4 win over the the first-place Jackson Timberwolves in high school baseball action Tuesday. The Warriors earlier rallied in the bottom of the 7th inning, scoring two runs to tie it and send the game to extra frames.
Austin Whitehouse was the starting pitcher, going seven solid innings to keep E-W in the game. Trailing 4-2 in the seventh, the Warriors were down to their last at bat. With one out, Jason Smarr reached on an infield single. Tate Budnick then followed with his third hit of the night, giving E-W runners on the corners. Joey Rees smacked a rope-double down the right field line, scoring Smarr and sending Budnick to third. Krohn worked Jackson reliever Steven Ainsworth for a full-count walk. With the bases now loaded, Chantz Justice hit a fly ball to center just deep enough score a tagging Budnick, knotting the game at four. Ainsworth got the next batter on a grounder and the teams would go to extras.
In the first inning, after Whitehouse successfully retired the T-Wolves, Smarr reached on a one-out bunt single. Budnick then doubled to left, moving Smarr to third. Back-to-back walks to Rees and Krohn forced in the first run, then Justice’s infield single plated Budnick. The rally would end when the next batter hit into a nicely executed double-play by the Jackson infield. After one, the score was 2-0 Warriors.
The score would stay that way until Jackson used a combination of timely hitting and E-W defensive lapses to score 4 runs in the fourth inning. Whitehouse would settle down after that, holding the T-Wolves at bay throughout the rest of regulation.
Edmonds-Woodway had a chance to win it in the home half of the eighth. Cameron Sharpe led off with a single, was bunted to second by Jack Kennelly. Mac McLachlan then hit a deep fly-out to center that the wind got just enough of to keep in the yard and Smarr followed with a deep fly that the right fielder snared just short of the wall.
After Warrior reliever Austin Vaughan Jones shut down the Jackson bats in the top of the eighth and ninth, Budnick would start the Warrior rally with his fourth hit, a long single off the left field wall. After a passed ball sent Budnick to second, Rees was intentionally walked setting up Krohn’s heroics. On a 2-1 pitch, the freshman Krohn lined a ball to right center, easily scoring a hustling Budnick from second with the winning run.
The win, the fifth straight for E-W, puts the Warriors over .500 for the first time this season at 7-6 overall, 5-3 in league. Jackson goes to 9-3, 7-1 in league. Budnick continued his hot hitting, going 4-for-5 from the plate. Rees, also on a roll, reached based four times, with two walks and two hits. Jones got the win in relief, his first, with his two shut-out innings
The three-game series moves to Jackson tomorrow and finishes back at Warrior field on Friday. Wednesday’s game can be seen streamed live on STSPN.com.
— By Jeff Smarr