White’s solid performance lifts Kamiak to victory | BaseballCrosby’s 2-out hit drives in 2 runs to help Knights to a 4-2 victory over Monroe
The Kamiak baseball team earned its second straight series split.
The Knights defeated Monroe 4-2 in the Wesco 4A series opener Thursday, April 6, at Kamiak High School but then fell 10-0 in a five-inning contest Friday, April 7, at Monroe High School.
Kamiak’s Morgan White allowed two runs in five innings of work to pick up the victory. It was his best outing of the year.
“He just pitched the way we expected him to,” Kamiak coach Kevin Agnew said. “He’s a great talent. He’s got a great arm. … He just really found his groove. He threw strikes and pitched from a positive count all night.”
White often got ahead of the batters. Pitching with an 0-1 or 0-2 count makes it tough on the hitters, Agnew said.
“Our guys played good defense. We scored a couple of good runs,” Agnew said. “Monroe is a good club. Walking out with a split was a good thing for us.”
Ty Crosby had a two-out hit with runners on first and third to drive in two runs in the third. Wayson Vannetta scored a run and drove in a run. Josh Silva drove in another insurance run in the fifth.
Kamiak’s Andrew Sonnichsen pitched the final two innings.
The Knights’ bats fell silent the next day, as Monroe’s Ryan Witt threw five innings of no-hit ball.
Agnew said that the Knights just didn’t seem prepared.
“It wasn’t even close. It was an ugly night,” he said. “We got off the bus cold and never really got going.”
The Knights didn’t have much time to dwell on the loss as they faced Bothell the next day.
Kamiak lost 4-3 in a nonconference game Saturday, April 8, at Bothell High School.
Agnew appreciated how his players regrouped after Friday’s loss.
“They bounced back,” he said. “They came right back and responded. That’s kind of what this group has done all season.
The Knights outhit the Cougars 11-5. Payton Offield, Vannatta and Crosby each had two hits for Kamiak (2-2 in the league, 5-5 overall).
“We ran ourselves out of a couple of innings early,” Agnew said. “We didn’t really string hits together.”
Bothell was able to string together extra base hits, while most of the Knights’ hits were singles.
“We could have easily won that game. It was a good effort,” Agnew said. “It was a good learning experience for our guys. They’ve got to finish games. Monroe took advantage of every single opportunity we gave them. Our guys have to learn when teams give us opportunities, we’ve got to take advantage of them.”
The Knights are scheduled to host Lake Stevens, one three teams (Monroe and Mount Vernon) tied for first place in the league, at 4 p.m., Friday, April 14, at Kamiak High School.