MUKILTEO — Andrew Groves opened the Kamiak baseball season with a bang on the way to a 2-1 nonleague victory over Lakeside at Geiger field Monday.
The senior pitcher gave up just one run before being replaced in the fifth inning and assured himself of his first win of the season when he roped a two-out bases-loaded single in the fourth that plated two Knights.
“He’s our ace,” Kamiak coach Steve Merkley said, “so every hit he gets is a bonus.”
The teams combined for eight hits on the day.
“Pitchers are usually ahead of the hitters this early,” Merkley said.
Before the game the Knights held a ceremony to honor former assistant coach Jim Geiger, who died three years ago from a sudden illness. Lakeside coach Dana Papsedero coached with Geiger during summer league and he and Merkley agreed to honor Geiger’s memory every year as long as they coach their respective teams.
“We think of him every day,” Merkley said. “He was there every day. He really cared about the kids.”
Geiger’s son Chris is now an assistant with the Knights and his sister Kelli and mother Toni threw out the first pitch. Geiger’s jersey is retired in the outfield and the Knights wear his number on their hats.
“As long as Chris and I keep coaching, we’ll keep passing (the tradition) down,” Merkley said.
At Kamiak H.S.
Marin, Buston (4) and Bench. Groves, Davidson (5), Pennock (7). and Houghtaling. WP—Groves (1-0). LP—Buston (0-1). S—Pennock (1). Records—Lakeside 0-1 overall. Kamiak 1-0.
Mountlake Terrace 9, Cascade 8: At Mountlake Terrace, with a run in the bottom of the seventh, Mountlake Terrace grabbed its first victory of the season. Conner Eddy went 2-for-3 with a home run and scored twice. Michael Mazza went 2-for-3 with a walk in the losing effort for Cascade.
At Mountlake Terrace H.S.
Kyler Meek, T. Dubois (4), and Corbin Duffy. Aaron Brooks, Alex Hatch (5), Zack Bistline (5), Bryce Wilkening (7), and Keegan Volpone WP—Wilkening (1-0). LP—Dubois (0-1). 2B—Andrew Woeck (MT) (2), Ryan Fickle (MT) (1), T. Dubois (C) (1) HR—Conner Eddy (MT) (1) Records—Cascade 0-1 overall. Mountlake Terrace 1-0.
Mount Si 11, Monroe 7: Monroe batted around in the third inning, plating seven runs to take a 7-4 lead, but it wasn’t enough. Gavin Davis’ bases-clearing triple in the third was the big hit for the Bearcats.
At Marshall Field
Travis Hilleary, Reece Karalus (4), Trevor Lane (7) and Danny Cavanaugh. Tyler Ihrig, Nathan Whiton (4), Jacob Reppert (5). and Cody Reed. WP—Karalus (1-0). LP—Whiton (0-1). 2B—Shane Dixon (MtS) (2), Tim Proudfoot (MtS) (1), Danny Cavanaugh (MtS) (1), Cody Reed (Mon) (1), Seth Murray (Mon) (1), Miles Kendrick (Mon) (1) 3B—Gavin Davis (Mon) (1). Records—Mt. Si 1-0 overall. Monroe 0-1.
Snohomish 3, Lynnwood 0: At Bothell, Grant Gunning pitched five innings, giving up just two hits and striking out five batters in the nonconference win.
At Lynnwood H.S.
Gunning, Gallagher (6). and Wohlhuter. Ansdell, Samuelson (6). and Johnson. WP—Gunning (1-0). LP—Ansdell (0-1). S—Gallagher (1). 2B—Henry (1) (S). Records—Snohomish 1-0 overall. Lynnwood 0-1.
Lake Stevens 13, Meadowdale 3: At Lake Stevens, Dylan Lavelle threw three innings, striking out six and batted 2-for-4 with a double in the Lake Stevens victory.
At Lake Stevens H.S.
Visiting starter: Osborne, Smith (5th), McCane (6th) and Ackerman. Home starter: Lavelle, Morran (4th) and Tyler. LP—last name (record). 2B—LS: Puha, Lavelle, Parris, Blackie. HR—M: Suh. LS: Sweeney. Records—Meadowdale 0-1 overall. Lake Stevens 1-0.
Glacier Peak 4, Arlington 0: At Snohomish, Glacier Peak kept Arlington to one hit through seven innings, and Tanner May batted 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI in the Grizzlies win.
At Glacier Peak H.S.
Justin Surber and Dustin Ward. West, Ristoff (4th), Stevie (7th) and Tuba. WP—West (1-0). LP—Surber (0-1). 2B—May (GP), Campbell (GP). Records—Arlington 0-1 overall. Glacier Peak 1-0.
Jackson 6, Everett 0: At Everett, Jackson’s Kyle Olsen batted 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, his teammate John Wilde hit 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Timberwolves in the opening game of the season.
At Everett Memorial Stadium
Nick Kiel, Mason Haugen(4) Miles Brown(7) and Kyle Olsen, Micah Beasley (5). Cameron Arriza, Eric Nagel (4), Lucas Sontra (7) and Mike Marthaller, Shawn Elder (7). WP—Mason Haugen (1-0). LP—Cameron Arriza (0-1). 2B—Kyle Olson (2)(J) John Wilde (1)(J), Christian Giron (1)(E). Records—Jackson 1-0 overall. Everett 0-1.
South Whidbey 10, Sultan 4 (8): At Sultan, South Whidbey’s Austin Bennett broke open a tie in the eighth inning with solo shot in the Cascade Conference win.
At Sultan H.S.
Craig Hawkinson, Jake Lewis (6) TJ Fallon (7), and David Woodbury. Cody Ohlsen, Ian Cooper (5), Isaac Cooper (6) Justin Hassler (8) and Tanner Rutz. WP—TJ Fallon (1-0). LP—Justin Hassler (0-1). 2B—David Woodbury (SW) (1) HR—Austin Bennett (SW) (1) Records— South Whidbey 1-0 league, 1-0 overall Sultan 0-1, 0-1.
Lakewood 6, Archbishop Murphy 5: At Marysville, Lakewood’s Cory Moore batted 2-for-3 with a 3-run home run and four RBI in the Lakewood win.
At Lakewood H.S.
Waldron, Davis (5), Kegley (6), and Peterson. S. Harnden, Blount (5), and Leach. WP—Blount (1-0). LP—Waldron (0-1). 2B—Leach (L), Varriano (AM). HR—Kane (AM), Moore (L). Records—Archbishop Murphy 0-1 league, 0-1 overall. Lakewood 1-0, 1-0.
Cedarcrest 7, Granite Falls 4: At Duvall, Cedarcrest shortstop Tommy Edwards was 4-for-4 with six stolen bases, two RBI and three runs.
At Cedarcrest H.S.
Colton Patterson, Andrew Millican (5) and Byron Mitch. Gunnar Swanson, Tyler Reeves (4), Jansen Woelz(6) and Dakota Bunce. WP—Reeves (1-0). LP—Patterson (0-1). 2B—Mark Bishop (1) (C) Jared Klingenberg (1) (C) Records—Granite Falls 0-1 league, 1-0 overall. Cedarcrest 1-0, 1-0.