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Mercer Island baseball advances to KingCo tournament championship
On a perfect afternoon for baseball the Mercer Island High School team secured their spot in Friday night championship match, which pits the team against Bellevue tonight at 7 p.m. at Bannerwood Sports Park.
The Islanders beat Sammamish on Thursday afternoon 10-0 in five innings to move one game closer to the state tournament.
Mercer Island quickly gained the upper hand over Sammamish as starting pitcher Max Dammeier kept the Totems from advancing past second base during the first inning, before Evan Thompson scored the first run for the Islanders in the bottom of the first.
The Islanders kept the runs coming, scoring eight in the bottom of the third off a home run from Kirby Ingram when the bases were loaded to take the game to a 9-0 lead.
In the top of the third the Islanders completed a double play with Sammamish's Paul Heywood on second and Craig Sweet on first to earn two outs. Dammeier struck out two batters in the top of the fourth and another was caught at first base to give the Islanders another chance at bat. Sammamish swapped pitchers, but it couldn't keep Mercer Island senior Willy Reel from slamming a home run in the bottom of the fourth for the Islanders last run of the game.
Sammamish had their best chance to score in the top of the fifth, when senior Brett Berkey hit a long drive, making it to second, followed by senior Rick Teegarden getting to first base. But after two more batters, with Sammamish's Aaron Lawrenson's fly ball caught by Ingram at second base and Chris Strain's hit to center field was caught the game ended.
Mercer Island had no errors during the game. Ingram was 3 for 3 at bat with two hits, three RBI and a home run, Jordan Richartz was 1 for 1 and Thompson was 1 for 2 with a double.
The Islanders are 16-6 overall this season.