Prep stars of the week
Edmonds-Woodway baseball player Tate Budnick, Bellevue softball pitcher Dejah Rogers and the Kentridge softball team were the high school stars of the week.
Tate Budnick, Edmonds-Woodway baseball
Big arm, bigger stick — Budnick had both on display in the Warriors’ 11-3 win over Meadowdale on Saturday. The senior pitcher/catcher got the start on the mound and threw four scoreless innings to earn the win, and helped himself by going 3 for 4 with a grand slam, triple and five RBI.
“Tate has started since his freshman year on varsity and on Saturday he had his best game as a Warrior,” coach Dan Somoza said. “He hit the ball hard all four at-bats and pitched a great game.”
Dejah Rogers, Bellevue softball
Rogers, a junior pitcher, got off to a hot start at the plate as the Wolverines split four games last week. She collected nine hits in 13 at-bats, a .692 average — but most impressive was her power as she smacked two home runs and four doubles (1.462 slugging percentage), driving in nine runs. On the mound, she struck out 17.
“Dejah has started off strong this season, crushing the ball and coming up with clutch hits and RBI,” coach Heather Tracy said. “She is the ultimate competitor and picks up the play of others around her.”
Kentridge softball team
Coach Rachel Comstock’s club showed a flare for the dramatic last week — twice. The Chargers trailed in two games and won both in the bottom of the seventh. After Emerald Ridge scored twice in the top of the inning for a 2-1 lead, Kentridge answered with two of its own. In the next game, Beamer went up 1-0 before Kentridge tied it in the fifth, then got the game-winner in the seventh.