Photo courtesy of Jim Nicholson Sammamish Totems senior catcher Kenny McCormick prepares to dig a pitch out of the dirt against the Mercer Island Islanders on April 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. McCormick had the Totems only RBI of the game on a single in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Islanders cruise to victory against Totems

The Mercer Island Islanders baseball team took care of business against the Sammamish Totems in a Class 3A/2A KingCo contest.

The Islanders, who scored a staggering 11 runs and sent 15 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, rolled to a 19-1 win against the Totems on April 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The Islanders pounded out 16 hits in the victory. Mercer Island improved its overall record to 7-1 with the win while Sammamish dropped to 0-10. Mercer Island starting pitcher Evan Doty and relief pitchers Carter Melick, Nikil Nayar and Robert Weaver combined to allow a meager five hits and one run against Sammamish.

“The name of the game is to throw strikes, make plays and get outs. Our pitchers did that for the most part tonight. We were able to get some guys in who hadn’t had that much varsity experience an opportunity to get in there and compete a little bit,” Islanders’ head coach Dominic Woody said. “I was very pleasantly surprised from what I saw out there.”

The Islanders huge seventh inning gave Woody a chance to insert a multitude of reserve players.

“We had guys who were able to swing the bat and do some damage. We’ll take it,” Woody said.

The Totems scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Sammamish senior catcher Kenny McCormick singled to right field, scoring a hustling Shaun Seko from second base. Sammamish head coach Gary McGregor said his youthful team never wavered despite the lopsided defeat.

“Mercer Island is a good team. The kids were excited about getting a few hits and getting a run which is good. It keeps them excited, it keeps them involved and it keeps the emotions going,” McGregor said. “We got three or four freshmen and four or five sophomores on this team. We just need the experience. We need the at-bats and the innings. We’re just not there yet.”

The Islanders, who captured the Class 3A state championship in 2015, are determined to go as far as they can this spring on the diamond.

“The goal is the same as it is since I got here and that is our ultimate goal is to win a state championship,” Woody said. “It is great to win league, district or things like that but we ultimately want to get to into the state playoffs and win a state championship. We just got to keep grinding.”

More in Sports

Photo courtesy of Scott Miller
                                Sammamish Totems senior Tao McClinton, center, makes a move up the field after making a catch against the Ingraham Rams on Sept. 29. McClinton will continue his football career at Sacramento State University.
McClinton attains a childhood dream on gridiron

Ever since Sammamish Totems senior football player Tao McClinton set foot on… Continue reading

Totems girls basketball team nearly completes comeback against Islanders

The Sammamish Totems girls basketball team dominated the fourth quarter against Mercer… Continue reading

Bellevue Christian boys hoops team captures 10th victory

SPORTS ROUNDUP BOYS BASKETBALL Bellevue Christian collects 10th victory of the 2017-18… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                Bellevue senior guard Annika Prins, who scored a game-high 21 points, drives to the basket while being guarded by a Mercer Island player on Jan. 3 at Bellevue High School.
Wolverines girls basketball team dominates Mercer Island in rivalry matchup

Stingy defense propelled the Bellevue Wolverines girls basketball team to a convincing… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
                                Bellevue junior guard Jalen Love drives to the hoop against the Mercer Island Islanders. Love, who scored 15 points in the game, hit a crucial three-pointer with 5.6 seconds left in regulation.
Love seals Bellevue victory with clutch three-pointer

It wasn’t the way Bellevue Wolverines boys basketball head coach Chris O’Connor… Continue reading

Wolverines girls basketball team is on a winning streak

GIRLS BASKETBALL Wolverines win fourth straight contest The Bellevue Wolverines cruised to… Continue reading

Shaun Scott/staff photo
                                Bellevue Bulldogs sophomore guard Jaden Vollmen, who graduated from Puyallup High School in 2016, is one of the leaders of a squad that has compiled an overall record of 9-3 thus far during the 2017-18 season.
Vollmen is a steadying influence on the floor for the Bulldogs

Bellevue Bulldogs sophomore basketball player Jaden Vollmen is the epitome of an… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Brett Becker
                                Bellevue resident Kevin Doyle captured the E2 Class win at National Auto Sports Association’s renowned 25 hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance on Dec 2-3. The race, which took place at Thunderhill Raceway Park in California, had more than 50 amateur and professional race teams throughout the United States. Doyle’s KD Motorsports team turned 664 laps on a 3-mile long road course, logging 1,992 miles during the endurance race. “We lost every gear but fourth (gear),” Doyle said. “We had oil pressure issues. We were down to our backing plates on the rear brakes, so it was metal on metal on the back. We were getting everything we could.”
KD Motorsports wins formidable race in California

Bellevue resident Kevin Doyle captured the E2 Class win at the National… Continue reading

Wolverines girls basketball team dominates Kangaroos

SPORTS ROUNDUP GIRLS BASKETBALL Wolverines dominate Kangaroos The Bellevue Wolverines cruised to… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                Newport Knights 2013 graduate Isaac Dotson had seven tackles (three solo tackles) for the Washington State Cougars football team against the University of Washington Huskies in the Apple Cup on Nov. 26. The Huskies defeated the Cougars 41-14. Dotson (right), chased Huskies running back Myles Gaskin, left, in the above picture.
Dotson unveils solid performance in Apple Cup

Newport Knights 2013 graduate Isaac Dotson had seven tackles (three solo tackles)… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
                                University of Washington Huskies tight end Drew Sample (No. 88) had one catch for five yards in the Apple Cup on Nov. 26 at Husky Stadium in Seattle. The Huskies defeated the Washington State Cougars 41-14. Sample is a 2014 graduate of Newport High School in Factoria.
Newport 2014 grad part of victorious Huskies squad in Apple Cup

University of Washington Huskies tight end Drew Sample (No. 88) had one… Continue reading

Former Microsoft exec to bring professional basketball to Bellevue in 2019

The sound of bouncing basketballs reverberating from the hardwood and swishing through… Continue reading