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Bellevue regains control, Newport in position in KingCo baseball races | Prep sports news
The regular season is coming to a close in 2A/3A KingCo, and Bellevue is back in the driver's seat for a conference title after rebounding from losing three of four games.
The Wolverines, which beat fellow frontrunner Mount Si 7-5 in eight innings on Wednesday, beat Interlake 2-1 Monday by holding the Saints to only one hit on the afternoon.
Coach Pete Wilkinson's squad has three pitchers with 15 or more innings logged on the season, and each has an earned run average under four, led by the 0.38 of junior Nick Kafer.
Wins against the Wildcats, last place Liberty and third place Mercer Island will give Bellevue a regular season title, and top seed in the KingCo tournament.
The Wolverines beat Mount Si 2-0 in their first meeting, and were handled 9-0 against Mercer Island.
Newport lost 9-2 to Ballard Monday, taking their Crown Division fate out of their own hands, and beat Roosevelt 2-0 in Seattle on Wednesday.
The Knights, needing three wins in their final three games to have any chance of claiming a division title, meet Skyline May 2 before finishing the regular season next week against Garfield.
The 4A KingCo tournament begins May 10 at Woodinville High School, with the top four teams from each division vying for two automatic state berths and one crossover spot.
Interlake has dropped three consecutive on the baseball diamond, and is headed to the fourth seed in the 3A KingCo tournament at Bannerwood Park.
The Saints faced Lake Washington Wednesday, before renewing the Crossroads Cup with Sammamish Friday.
Interlake closes the regular season May 5 at Peter Kirk Park against Juanita.
The Totems will miss out on a playoff berth, with Lake Washington poised to take the conference's only 2A bi-district spot.
Bellevue Christian is headed to a 1A playoff spot, and beat Seattle Christian 6-5 Monday.
The Vikings faced Cascade Christian Wednesday, and close the regular season next week.