Kamiak ousted from Wes-King District tourney by Issaquah | Baseball
Last updated 5/8/2019 at Noon
Kamiak hung with Issaquah for the first four innings of a loser-out Wes-King 4A District baseball playoff game.
The Eagles then broke a scoreless tie with six runs in the final two innings to defeat the Knights 6-0 Thursday, May 2, at Issaquah High School.
The loss cut short Kamiak’s first appearance in the district playoffs since 2013. Issaquah (14-8) is scheduled to take on Jackson in another-loser-out contest at 4 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, at Everett Memorial Stadium.
“We had a couple of chances to score runs,” Knights coach Kevin Agnew said. “We just couldn’t get the big hit.”
Runs were a scarce commodity for Kamiak (6-14), which lost 3-0 to Mount Vernon and beat Glacier Peak 1-0 in two three-inning Wesco 4A tiebreaker contests earlier in the week.
“We saw some pretty good pitching down the stretch,” Agnew said.
Issaquah’s Brady Liddle allowed five hits in 6 1/3 innings of work before Ryan Baker came in to close out the game.
Kamiak junior Ethan Norris matched Liddle’s performance for four-plus inning before freshman Sanha Oh was brought into the game. Sophomore Christian Pedersen closed out Thursday’s contest.
Agnew saw plenty of positives from a team that only started one senior against the Eagles.
“We really took a big step forward as a program and as a team,” he said. “Our guys figured out how to compete down the stretch and they won some big games.”
Agnew was impressed by how the Knights bounced back from the loss to the Bulldogs and came back to edge the Grizzlies for the league’s final district playoff berth.
“They really stepped up,” Agnew said. “That game was symbolic of our whole season.”
Norris, in particular, finished the season with strong performances on the mound and at the plate.
“We moved him into the leadoff spot,” Agnew said. “He really swung the bat well.”
Agnew is upbeat about the future prospects for the Knights, especially pitching.
“We were able to get a freshman pitching, a sophomore pitching and our starter was a junior,” he said. “All of those guys will be back. That’s pretty exciting.”
Kamiak recorded four series splits this season a year after getting swept by four of its Wesco 4A rivals last season.
Agnew doesn’t set specific win-loss goals, other than advancing to the district tournament. Instead he’ll be looking for continued improvement from the Knights.
“We try to be consistent with our approach,” he said. “I’m really proud of these kids. They really grew up. They overcame a lot of challenges.”