Top 2013 stories from Medical Lake sports - Cards baseball state-bound after sweep
Medical Lake has passed its biggest test of the season so far on the baseball diamond. Now the exams continue, and probably get tougher.
Following a 6-0 win Saturday morning over Brewster, plus surviving to claim an 8-7 victory over defending state champion Cashmere in the afternoon, the Cardinals have made the round of 16 for the first time since 2003.
“I think we’re going to have a little bit of a target on us now that we’ve knocked off one of the giants,” Medical Lake head coach Kerry Kelly said. “But it’s a great spot to be in.”
Living to play again on Memorial Day weekend will require Medical Lake to enter new territory in a season where they sit 19-3. The Cardinals have three different six-game winning streaks, the current one reached this past weekend at home hosting the Bi-Districts in a pair of games that were largely edge-of-the-seat nail-biters.
“That’s playoff baseball; all the games are going to be nail-biters or meaningful games,” Kelly said. “That’s what makes them so great to win, they’re tough games.”
Against Brewster the game remained in doubt through five innings as Medical Lake clung to a lead crafted through miscues that plagued the visiting Bears all day. Three errors allowed Taylor Dormaier to get on base and then score.
That’s all Adam Paulson had to go on until Tristen Keith reached on an error, was replaced by pinch runner Jaylen Musser who scored to make it 2-0 on yet another error when centerfielder Danny Ramierz dropped a high pop up by Dormaier.
Medical Lake finally got the real breathing room they needed in the bottom of the sixth scratching together four runs off of walks, a single and a double.
Paulson went the distance surrendering just three hits while striking out seven and giving up just one walk to go to 8-1. Kissack was 2 for 3 and a run scored, but it was the single hits from freshman Wagner and senior Dormaier that did the most damage as both had a pair of RBIs.
That set up the title match with Cashmere which won it’s second game in a row against neighbor Cascade 1-0.
It didn’t start off well for the Cardinals who found themselves trailing 3-0 after one, the big blow a triple by Mason Elliot. But Kasey Kelly’s sixth homerun of the year – a shot into the left field bleachers – evened the game and Medical Lake continued to assault the Bulldogs’ starter Elliot.
Paulson followed with a double, Jordan Calero singled, Rushfeldt doubled and a single from Braden Hale made it 5-3. Three second inning singles from Kelly, Kissack and Aaron Sunde, sandwiched around a pair of walks, pushed the Cards’ lead to 8-3 and then it was “Kinda’ hold on,” Kelly said. “The bats went to sleep for a little bit.”
Kelly was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Dormaier had the only other multiple hit game versus Cashmere. Calero and Hale each drove in a pair of runs with their hits.
Cashmere, winners of five straight Caribou Trail League championships, chipped away with a pair of runs in the sixth chasing starting pitcher Kissack.
The Cardinals’ magic season would come to an end the following weekend at Eastmont High. After a stunning pitching effort in the opening game, a 1-0 win over Cle Elum, a 17-7 losss to Cascade of Leavenworth knocked ML out of the tournament.
Paul Delaney can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.