The varsity baseball team got their second league victory against the Sammamish Totems, 3-0, on a rain soaked field Tuesday. The game was postponed from Monday afternoon.
The varsity team, which has struggled this season with serious injuries to seniors Max Dammeier and David Oppenheim, as well as to junior Brian Higgins, pulled it together Tuesday to keep them selves in the playoff race after the completion of the first half of league play. After its win over Sammamish HS last night, the Islanders are now 2-5 in KingCo 3A play and 5-7 overall.
Tuesday the Islanders as usual relied on their stout pitching staff for the win while adding just enough offence to get the victory. Senior Hunter Goldberg (now 3-1, 1 save) dominated the Totem hitters, not giving up a hit until the middle of the 4th inning and then spreading just 4 more base runners over the remainder of his innings.
For the game, Goldberg through 89 pitches in 5 1/3 innings before allowing senior Phil Pugel to come clean up the game for the save. Goldberg also struck out 11 Totem batters against just 2 walks and 2 hits.
Sammamish sophomore pitcher Joey Giachetti held the Islander offense at bay through 3 innings before junior Isak Morris delivered an RBI hit and later scored himself on a hit by Freshman Brandon Lawler. Giachetti got rattled a bit in the next inning, allowing the final Islander run on 2 walks and 2 hit batters.
The Islanders hope to continue their winning ways tonight at ICP at 6 p.m. against Juanita and then again Friday night against defending 3A State Champ Mt Si — also ar 6 p.m.
Friday night will also feature the Maximus Minimus food truck (part-owned by owner Kurt Dammeier) serving in the ICP parking lot and the evening will also feature Little League night at the Varsity game.