Bothell rallies, stuns No. 1 Jackson 3-2 in final | 4A Baseball
Bothell came from behind with three runs in the top of the seventh, then held on to beat top-ranked Jackson 3-2 for the school's first baseball title.
Seattle Times staff reporter
TACOMA — When he saw the ball shoot toward the outfield, Henry Baillargeon's first thought was, "There goes another one."
Bothell's starting pitcher had just allowed back-to-back doubles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The Cougars clung to a one-run lead. All the senior could do was turn and look.
When the ball nestled into Ryan Morgan's glove in center field, he briefly thought, "We did it!" before second baseman Mitchel Viydo tackled him.
After that, there were gloves flying and people piling on the pitcher as fourth-ranked Bothell celebrated its first baseball state title, a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over top-ranked Jackson in the Class 4A championship game at Cheney Stadium Saturday night.
"I think I might have broken my jaw," Baillargeon said after pulling himself from the pile. "It hurts pretty bad but, hey, it's a thrill."
For much of the game, the Timberwolves (24-3) seemed destined to hoist the trophy. Through six innings, Sam Brown had limited the Cougars (23-4) to three hits and Jackson held a one-run lead after Kyle Olson's RBI single in the third.
But in the seventh, the Cougars loaded the bases with no outs. Then sophomore Samuel Lee hit a line-drive sacrifice fly to left field and Brian McAfee slapped an RBI single to right that gave Bothell the lead. The Cougars went into bottom of the inning with a two-run cushion, which was important because Olson drove in his second run of the game with a two-out double.
"I never lost confidence," said McAfee, who pitched a complete game in the semifinals. "I knew we were going to score the runs. We always come back and rally. We make it interesting at the end, but we come out on top."
Baillargeon has won his share of big games for Bothell and stepped up again, keeping his team close all night, allowing two runs on six hits.
"We're really proud of him (Baillargeon)," Cougars coach Paul Moody said. "Awesome job."
Late in the game, after watching Mount Si rally in the seventh inning of the 3A title game a few hours earlier, Moody wondered if it could happen twice in one day.
"I thought if we just kept playing through it, battling, you never know what might happen," Moody said.
The Cougars followed Mount Si's lead, finishing with a well-timed form tackle from Viydo that knocked down his pitcher and kicked off a state-title celebration.
Richland 9, Redmond 7
Redmond senior Michael Conforto went 4 for 4, fell a double short of the cycle and scored three runs, but it wasn't enough as No. 8 Richland (21-7) held off the Mustangs.
Patrick McGrath also had a strong game for Redmond (20-9), going 3 for 4 with two doubles, two RBI and two runs.
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