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Mustangs handle Newport, earn trip to state for third straight season
After an 0-7 start to the season, the Redmond High School baseball team is headed back to the Class 4A state tournament.
Senior Peter Hendron pitched a complete-game one-hitter as the Mustangs beat Newport, 9-1, in a Kingco 4A tournament semifinal playoff game Monday at Woodinville High School.
Redmond won for the 14th time in its last 15 games to earn a trip to state for the third straight spring and for the fifth time in six seasons.
The Mustangs (14-8) take on Issaquah (13-8) in the Kingco 4A tournament finals at 7 p.m. Thursday at Woodinville High. The Eagles beat Bothell, 7-3, in Monday's other semifinal game. Both Redmond and Issaquah have clinched state berths.
Washington State-bound senior Pate McGrath kept swinging a hot bat in the playoffs for the Mustangs, going 3 for 3, including a home run, with two RBIs and three runs scored. McGrath is 5 for 5 with 4 RBIs in Redmond's two Kingco playoff wins against Newport and Woodinville.
Redmond’s Kyle Francis went 2 for 3, including a three-run triple in the Mustangs' five-run first inning. Teammate Lucas Eliason went 2 for 4, including a bases-loaded, two-run single in the first inning.
Hendron (4-2), who pitched a perfect game earlier in the season and will attend Santa Clara University next year, gave up only one hit — a two-out solo home run to Newport’s Nate Anderson in the third inning.