Skyline finishes regular season atop KingCo

May 3, 2013

By Lillian O'Rorke

New: May 3, 11:37 a.m.

The Skyline Spartans clinched the KingCo 4A regular season title April 29 by beating Ballard 6-1, ending the baseball season with a 13-2 conference record.

“I’ll take it,” said Skyline’s coach Chris Tamminen. “It was very good, a nice win. It was a goal we wanted to accomplish and we accomplished it. Now, we’ve got to set new goals and hopefully accomplish those also.”

The Spartans bounded back from a 1-0 deficit in the bottom of the third inning by earning three runs. Skyline doubled its score in the sixth inning with another three runs to take the last game of the regular season.

Contributing to the win was Jason Santiago, who went 1 for 2 with 2 RBI’s. Matt Sinatro and Cole Blackburn went 1 for 1 and scored two runs; Corbin powers hit 1 for 3, while Jake Kargl went 1 for 2. Senior Arthur Stromquist manned the mound the entire game, delivering 83 pitches for three strikeouts, while not giving up a single walk.

“It was definitely a team effort. We went up against a good pitcher and I thought the best thing we did was we were patient,” Tamminen said. “Taking base on balls if we had to, or whatever it took to get on base. We didn’t do a great job as far as hitting with guys in a scoring position or getting some bunts down, but we did enough and we hung in there.”

Skyline now heads into the 4A KingCo tournament May 4 through 10. From there, the top two teams will automatically advance to state playoffs, while a third team from the losers bracket will have to square off against a WesCo team for the chance to stay alive.

“We are excited,” Tamminen said.  “The tournaments, no matter who you are playing, it doesn’t matter if you are No. 1 or No. 2, 3, 4. It’s going to be tough. 4A KingCo I think is the toughest league in the state.”

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