Photo courtesy of Jim Nicholson Mercer Island leadoff hitter Nolan Hsue slides safely into third base against the Sammamish Totems on April 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Mercer Island registers convincing victory against Sammamish on the diamond

The Mercer Island Islanders baseball team took care of business against the Sammamish Totems in a Class 3A/2A KingCo contest.

The Islanders, who scored a staggering 11 runs and sent 15 batters to the plate in the top of the seventh inning, rolled to a 19-1 win against the Totems on April 5 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. The Islanders pounded out 16 hits in the victory. Mercer Island improved its overall record to 7-1 with the win while Sammamish dropped to 0-10. Mercer Island starting pitcher Evan Doty and relief pitchers Carter Melick, Nikil Nayar and Robert Weaver combined to allow a meager five hits and one run against Sammamish.

“The name of the game is to throw strikes, make plays and get outs. Our pitchers did that for the most part tonight. We were able to get some guys in who hadn’t had that much varsity experience an opportunity to get in there and compete a little bit,” Islanders’ head coach Dominic Woody said. “I was very pleasantly surprised from what I saw out there.”

The Islanders huge seventh inning gave Woody a chance to insert a multitude of reserve players.

“We had guys who were able to swing the bat and do some damage. We’ll take it,” Woody said.

The Totems scored their only run of the game in the bottom of the sixth. Sammamish senior catcher Kenny McCormick singled to right field, scoring a hustling Shaun Seko from second base. Sammamish head coach Gary McGregor said his youthful team never wavered despite the lopsided defeat.

“Mercer Island is a good team. The kids were excited about getting a few hits and getting a run which is good. It keeps them excited, it keeps them involved and it keeps the emotions going,” McGregor said. “We got three or four freshmen and four or five sophomores on this team. We just need the experience. We need the at-bats and the innings. We’re just not there yet.”

The Islanders, who captured the Class 3A state championship in 2015, are determined to go as far as they can this spring on the diamond.

“The goal is the same as it is since I got here and that is our ultimate goal is to win a state championship,” Woody said. “It is great to win league, district or things like that but we ultimately want to get to into the state playoffs and win a state championship. We just got to keep grinding.”

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