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Tsujikawa Dazzles, But Redmond Falls to Skyline 5-1

By Mustang News, 04/12/19, 1:00PM PDT

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In a matchup of one of the country’s best pitchers versus one of the country’s best high-school hitters, Emily Tsujikawa took the bat right out of Cole Hinkelman’s hands.

Tsujikawa, one of two high schoolers named to USA Baseball’s 20-member women’s national team, struck out the Skyline slugger and Stanford commit on four pitches in the fourth inning, the last one a down-and-away fastball that Hinkelman could only throw his bat at, losing his grip and sending it spinning to the fence.

It was one of the few highlights for Redmond, which took a 5-1 loss to the hot-hitting Spartans yesterday and dropped to 6-5 in KingCo 4A.

The Mustangs fell behind early and couldn’t string together enough offense to get on the scoreboard until late.

Skyline scored its first run on a Hinkelman sacrifice in the first inning and added two more in the second to build a 3-0 lead. Another run in the third ended the day for starter Shane Melrose, who took the loss for Redmond. He allowed seven hits and four runs over three innings, striking out four and walking one.

Tsujikawa held the Spartans in check for the final four frames, giving up one run on two hits with one strikeout.

The Stangs put up their only run in the seventh, when Calvin Cadman doubled and scored from third on a wild pitch.

Redmond split the regular-season series with Skyline and travels to Bothell today to take on the Cougars at 6 p.m.


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