Over the past eight years Coach Dan Pudwill has seen plenty of success at Redmond HS. Every year Redmond HS has been one of the top teams in the KingCo Conference and more times than not the State. Last season the Mustangs made the State Final Four, But replacing a ton of Seniors from that roster can be a challenge for any program.
The Mustangs got off to a rough start dropping there first seven games including the first four conference games. But now the Mustangs are one win away from winning the Kingco Championship. The Mustangs take on Issaquah tonight 7pm Woodinville HS. Coach Pudwill has offered a few nuggets about this season when I asked him some questions about the remarkable turn around. Coach Pudwill stated ” The most satisfying part of the season has been the resiliency and togetherness of this years team. In my eight years, I have only had one other team that compares with this team in epitomizing th concept of team.”
When asked about what game or moment Coach Pudwill felt the team was beginning to turn the tide and start clicking “Almost beating Mt.Si, losing a close 2-1 game versus Newport and then beating a top team in Lake Washington.” With those games Coach Pudwill said ” We started to figure out the back end of our pitching staff and starting infield.” Lending truth for a game or season: Its not how you start, its how you finish!!!
One guy who knows how to finish off a game in style: Senior Pitcher Peter Hendron. Peter has had a fantastic senior year highlighted by a perfect game against rival Eastlake! Coach Pudwill describes Hendron as ” A bulldog on the mound, he just keeps attacking and pounding the strike zone with his plus fastball, knowing his defense will make plays behind him. Peter also has a good curveball and change-up to keep hitters off balance.”
But Redmond is not a one man show, Coach Pudwill mentioned senior leaders: Cody Beliel, Peyton Lutz, Conner Bozman, Patrick McGrath along with Hendron. To show the younger players the “Redmond Way”. Coach Pudwill offers to his players and any young ballplayers: “Believe in yourself, believe in your preperation, and believe in your teammates.” Coach Pudwill offers some further advice: ” Everything has to be earned: respect,playing time, wins, coaches trust. We use the phrase: “Earn it!” to define our season and break each huddle with those words.
The Mustangs used those words with actions and reeled off a school record 12 wins in a row! Taking one game and inning at a time and now they have qualified for state and playing for the KingCo Crown. To quote Yogi Berra “When you come to a fork in the road: Take it.” Well Redmond took the fork, the knife the spoon, the napkin and the table cloth. Enjoy the ride Redmond Mustangs you guys have had quite a ride!