By Chris McMullen
MARYSVILLE – Clutch hitting and pitching proved to be the difference as the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks extended their baseball season Saturday afternoon.
The Tomahawks ended Edmonds-Woodway’s season with a 5-4 victory in a Western Conference 4A playoff game at Marysville-Pilchuck High. Tino Psaradelis provided the clutch hitting while teammates Nick Verbon and C.J. Freeman supplied the stellar pitching.
Psaradelis smacked run scoring doubles in the bottom of the fourth inning and then again in the sixth. Each time the extra base hit came with two outs and drove in a run to tie the score.
“He has done that all year long for us,” Marysville’s head coach Dave Repanich said about Psaradelis. “We got some guys who are just talented and know how to do it.”
Psaradelis (3-for-4, two runs scored, two RBI) also scored the game winning run on a RBI single by Cole Piffith (3-for-4, 2 RBI) in the sixth.
Verbon pitched a solid 6 2/3 innings, but could not get the last out as the Warriors rallied for two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh.
“We tried to let him get the win; trying to let him go as long as he can,” Repanich said of his starter, Verbon. “He does a good job for us as he is one of our stronger pitchers. And then we have a kid (Freeman) who can come in and close it.”
Freeman took over from Verbon and struck out Landon Hall for the final out with runners on second and third.
“It was fun,” Freeman said about entering the game as the closer. “That’s what makes baseball fun: A little pressure with the game on the line, coming through like that. It feels good.”
The Warriors, who couldn’t find their swings when it mattered most, stranded 11 runners as Verbon wiggled out of trouble each time the Warriors threatened. Seniors Sam Miller and Joey Kreitle each had two RBI for the Warriors.
The Tomahawks play the Mountlake Terrace Hawks on Monday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Kees and Sullivan. Verbon, Freeman (7) and Neyens. WP-Verbon (4-2). LP-Kees. 2B-Kreitle (E-W), Psaradelis (M-P) 2, Piffath (M-P), Neyens (M-P). Records-Edmonds-Woodway 12-9 overall. Marysville-Pilchuck 13-8.