It was only fitting that Duncan Warriner made the final out of the Mustangs 3-2 victory over Eastlake last night, cleanly fielding a come-backer and making an easy throw to first base.
For the previous six-and-two-thirds innings, he had a hand in nearly everything else for Redmond.
The Mustangs starter threw just 78 pitches in a complete-game win and reached base in all four of his plate appearances.
Warriner's performance helped Redmond end a three-game losing streak and gave his team a much-needed lift to start a tough stretch of the season. The Mustangs will make up a rained-out game versus Newport tonight and then finish Spring Break against Skyline and Bothell, two teams they beat earlier but currently sit above them in the KingCo 4A standings.
After three crisp scoreless frames, Redmond punched through in the fourth.
Back-to-back singles and stolen bases by Warriner and Ryan Rembisz put runners on second and third. Matthew Janetzki, pinch-running for Warriner, galloped home on an Eastlake error to make it 1-0 Mustangs.
Aggressive baserunning and timely hits turned up the pressure on Eastlake in the fifth.
Yui Suzuki led off the inning with a walk, stole second, and advanced to third on a fielder’s choice. Spencer Uyematsu singled to score Suzuki and then rumbled into second on a passed ball. With two outs, Colin Curry delivered a single to right and Uyematsu raced home to make it 3-0.
Eastlake added two runs in the bottom of the fifth. But Warriner and the Redmond defense kept the Wolves at bay, as the Mustangs played their first error-free game since a 7-4 win against Woodinville on March 27.
The Stangs also executed on the basepaths. Redmond stole seven bases in seven tries, with Suzuki swiping three. Meanwhile, catcher Hunter Petit spoiled an Eastlake threat in the third, throwing out his seventh baserunner on just 15 attempts all season.
The Stangs are now 5-4 in KingCo (7-4 overall) and look to stay on a roll tonight against Newport. First pitch is at 5 p.m.