By virtue of going 17-2 in the regular season, which vaulted the Mustangs to be ranked No. 2 team in the Class 4A state baseball poll, Redmond won the regular-season Kingco baseball title and grabbed a first-round bye in the district playoff.
Following Redmond, the next six teams were all within one game of each other for the final five spots going into the regular season finale. By the end, Bothell was tied with Juanita and Lake Washington for the second spot and Inglemoor and Eastlake were tied for the sixth and final spot with Woodinville sandwiched in between.
Bothell, Juanita and Lake Washington had a coin flip to see who would have to play two games in a mini-playoff to determine the second seed and a bye in the first round. Bothell won the coin flip, meaning the two Kirkland schools would play each other with the loser getting the fourth seed. The winner would play Bothell for the second seed.
Juanita beat Lake Washington 13-9 in a ten-inning marathon on Friday, and then the depleted pitching staff lost to Bothell 14-2 later in the day.
Inglemoor came from behind for a walk-off 6-5 win against the Rebels to grab the final playoff spot.
Below is the Kingco playoff schedule to determine the teams that will make the state tournament. All games, except for the winner-to-state pigtail game against the Greater St. Helens League, are played at Woodinville High school.
The games started Monday and Tuesday, but you can figure out where your favorite team will be playing the rest of the week depending on the early games. Wednesday is a scheduled rain-out day.
Monday, May 5
Game 1: No. 4 Lake Washington vs. No. 5 Woodinville, 4 p.m. (loser out)
Game 2: No. 3 Juanita vs. No. 6 Inglemoor, 7 p.m. (loser out)
Tuesday, May 6
Game 3: No. 2 Bothell vs. Winner game 2, 4 p.m. (winner to state)
Game 4: No. 1 Redmond vs. Winner game 1, 7 p.m. (winner to state)
Thursday, May 7
Game 5: Loser game 3 vs. Loser game 4, 4 p.m.
Game 6: Winner game 3 vs. Winner game 4, 7 p.m. (Kingco championship)
Saturday, May 8
Game 7: Winner game 5 at GSHL 2, 2 p.m. (winner to state)