Season Recap of Varsity Baseball


Britton Bigby

Karsten Sweum fires a pitch home during GP’s conference home opener.

Trevor Butler, Sports Editor

The 2021-2022 baseball season for the Grizzlies started on the road in Sammamish, where three hitless innings from Karsten Sweum and an offense firing on all cylinders propelled GP to an 18-0 blanking of the Redhawks. Eli Groves and Caleb Johnson each drove in three runs for the Grizzlies, leading the team in their victory away from home. 

The second game of the season saw the first ever matchup between GP and the Falcons of Woodinville, as the two teams come from different divisions. GP is a Wesco team while Woodinville comes from the KingCo league. After a shaky start, Mason Divinney locked it down, tossing four innings of two run ball. Though the Grizzlies led most of the way, a sixth inning Woodinville rally wasn’t enough for GP to overcome as they fell 6-3.  

Things got back on track after the road loss, as GP reeled off three straight wins, including beating Marysville-Getchell 5-2 in the home opener. The win streak also saw GP light up the scoreboard, hanging 10+ runs on their opponents twice, with a 10-1 win over Oak Harbor and a 16-7 win over Shorewood.  

The win streak was snapped when crosstown rival Snohomish came to town, as GP fell 14-4. It was back to business as usual one day later, as GP fended off a furious Stanwood rally in the 6th inning to hang on and win 4-3, followed up by a 7-5 win over the Monroe Bearcats. Mason Divinney pitched another four innings, with the Jacob and Jacob show of Ryiter and Erickson closing down the victory.  

GP dropped the matchup with Marysville-Pilchuck but rebounded to close out the non-con season with wins against Arlington and Everett. The two aces, Sweum and Divinney, were each credited with wins as GP cruised into conference play at 8-3. 

Conference play began with a three-game series with Kamiak. Game one saw GP mount a late comeback, with Colby Holmdahl blasting a three-run homer in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough as Kamiak secured the win in the series opener. Game two was a whole different story, as Karsten Sweum tossed six innings of one run ball to help GP even the series at one a piece with a 6-1 win. The rubber match between the Knights and Grizzlies went the same as game two, with GP securing the series win 8-4 behind two RBIs from both Johnson and Holmdahl. 

Next on the schedule was yet another three-game matchup with Jackson. It was a tough series, with Jackson taking all three games in dominant fashion. 

The regular season ended with one last three-game series with Lake Stevens. Game one was a pitcher’s duel as Sweum only allowed two runs on two hits in the matchup, but the bats for GP weren’t able to come alive as they dropped the opener 2-0. Game two was back at our place, and the offense came to life, putting four runs up on the board to even the series and snap the losing streak. The season finale saw the bats continue to hum as Mason Divinney pitched a gem of a game, finishing with a one-hit complete game shutout to close the season out on a high note. 

With league playoffs looming, the Grizzlies will look to stay hot at the plate and use their strong pitching rotation to go deep into the postseason.