It is early in the 2012 Wesco baseball season, but so far this year I have seen the likes of Lake Stevens and Jackson, both considered favorites in the Wesco North and South respectively before the season began.
Lake Stevens has looked the part so far this year, while Jackson has had its moments of struggle. The Edmonds-Woodway Warriors have proven to be the upstart team in the Wesco South thus far. But on Friday afternoon I got my first look at two more teams. The Marysville Pilchuck Tomahawks and the Snohomish Panthers.
After the Tomahawks 19-3 win, MP officially looks like it has all the tools to compete with the best the area has to offer.
It wasn’t necessarily that the Tomahawks scored 19 runs, or even that they scored that many runs against a pretty good Snohomish team, but it was how they did it. MP was extremely efficient offensively. The batters were patient when they had to be — several earned walks — then they pieced together timely hitting to take advantage of getting men on base. The Tomahawks were helped by six Panthers’ errors, but those only would have diminished the damage.
In total, MP scored 19 runs on 15 total hits and exploded for 11 runs in the top of the seventh inning. There didn’t appear to be a weakness in the Tomahawks lineup and the players seemed to feed off the batters that got on base before them.
Let’s set one thing straight, the Tomahawks will not score 19 runs every game and in my opinion, it is highly unlikely that Snohomish will give up that many runs again this season, but on this one day everything seemed to click for MP.
The Tomahawks were carried by the performance of Brandon Moser, who hit 4-for-6 with three doubles, two runs scored and seven RBI. John Naff chipped in three RBI and Jake Johnson hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. Those were just a few highlights on a night of many for the Tomahawks.
The Tommies remained undefeated in league play and are nearing a showdown with Lake Stevens that will be telling for both teams. But at least on Friday, MP certainly looked like the real deal.