THE WEEKLY HERALD   EVERETT, WASHINGTON
Published: Thursday, March 22, 2012

Edmonds-Woodway tops Cascade 15-0

Warriors send 16 batters to the plate in 11-run first inning

  • Edmonds-Woodway's Tate Budnick slides into home and is called safe, as Cascade's Danny Townsend  reaches for the bal in front of Edmonds-Woodway's Pat...

    For The Weekly Herald/SARAH WEISER

    Edmonds-Woodway's Tate Budnick slides into home and is called safe, as Cascade's Danny Townsend reaches for the bal in front of Edmonds-Woodway's Patrick Bernard during a Wesco 4A South Division game March 21 at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

  • Edmonds-Woodway's Patrick Bernard, 10 throws a pitch in the first inning of Wednesday's 15-0 win over Cascade.

    For The Weekly Herald/SARAH WEISER

    Edmonds-Woodway's Patrick Bernard, 10 throws a pitch in the first inning of Wednesday's 15-0 win over Cascade.

  • Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan Budnick is congratulated after scoring a run in the first inning.

    For The Weekly Herald/SARAH WEISER

    Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan Budnick is congratulated after scoring a run in the first inning.

EDMONDS — Dan Somoza says he enjoys it when his baseball team scores first in the game. On March21, Edmonds-Woodway did just that for its head coach.
Eleven times.
The Warriors' big first inning started them on a 15-0 rout of Cascade in a Wesco South game that was shortened to five innings at Edmonds-Woodway High School because of the 10-run rule.
“It's always important to score first,” Somoza said. “It takes the pressure off the pitcher and defense. It changes the whole game.”
Thirteen consecutive Warriors reached base in the first inning after a leadoff groundout, and 16 came to the plate altogether in the inning. At one point five straight E-W players walked, and four Warriors scored on bases-loaded walks. Two more scored on wild pitches.
Cascade starter Nate Balk had decent velocity behind his pitches, but struggled to find the strike zone. When he did, E-W hitters were ready and waiting to hit the ball.
Clean-up hitter Ryan Budnick got the Warriors on the scoreboard with a two-RBI single after the two batters before him walked. Budnick scored a couple batters later on an RBI single by freshman Joey Rees.
“(Budnick) is our guy offensively,” Somoza said.
By the end of the inning the Warriors had put up 11 runs on three hits and one Bruins' error.
Somoza stressed to his hitters to “be patient … waiting for a pitch to hit.” They followed his advice, drawing seven walks in the first inning alone. Two Warriors also were hit by pitches in the inning..
Budnick, a senior, finished the day 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. His younger brother, sophomore Tate Budnick, didn't have an official at bat, walking in all three plate appearances and scoring each time.
Bryce Mezich also batted 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored and freshman Joey Rees added a 2-for-3 performance with an RBI.
Balk threw 60 pitches and completed one-third of the inning. In comparison, Edmonds-Woodway starter Patrick Bernard (1-0), who intends to play for Tacoma Community College, had 51 pitches while throwing all five innings.
Bernard, who was hit by a pitch in the first inning, batted 1-for-2 with two walks, one RBI and a run scored.
“Patrick Bernard pitched really well today,” Somoza said of his starter, who allowed one hit and struck out the first two batters of the game. The senior also got seven batters to ground out to the infield, including two double plays.
The win was E-W's the second in a row over the Bruins. The Warriors won at Cascade on Tuesday. For the two games, the Warriors scored 24 runs in 12 innings, while holding the Bruins scoreless. Still, Somoza said E-W (2-0 league, 4-0 overall) needs to keep working hard to remain undefeated, especially with games coming up against Snohomish and Jackson.
“You never know what's going to happen in baseball,” the E-W coach said. “We play hard and wins follow.”
Catcher Ryan Lukas, who had his hands full trying to stop numerous pitches in the dirt on defense, had the lone hit for the Bruins (0-2, 4-2) in the top of the second inning. But Lukas was quickly off the field after the next Cascade batter hit into a fielder's choice.
Just when things looked like they couldn't get much worse for the Bruins, first baseman Trevor DuBois grounded out into a double play, and came up limping while running to first base. He grabbed his leg and had to be helped off the field.
DuBois did not return to the game. Three walks accounted for the only other Cascade baserunners, but E-W's pair of double plays helped the Warriors avoid much trouble.
Edmonds-Woodway added three more runs on two hits and three walks in the bottom of the third inning, and scored one in the fourth after a leadoff pinch-hit double by Justin Jolly.
Somoza said E-W, which went 1-1 at last year's 4A state baseball tournament, needs to continue to build on each game, and will gain confidence as the season goes on.
“You just learn how to win,” Somoza said. “Any time you can hold a team to zero runs, it's a good day. Baseball is all about confidence. When you win, you get confidence.”