Mercer Island’s Evan Otte wins 2 state titles in 4 days

Mercer Island won state titles in multiple sports this spring, and a student-athlete did something we’ve never seen before.

MERCER ISLAND, Wash. — Junior golfer and baseball pitcher Evan Otte helped Mercer Island High School wrap up its high school athletic season and win two state championships in two different sports in less than a week.

“I’ve never heard of it,” said Tyson Peters, Mercer Island golf coach. “It’s remarkable. I mean for someone in his case to win two state championships in four days and travel across the state twice is incredible history.”

Otte has a sweet swing, but he hasn’t been playing golf for very long. He learned to play during the pandemic.

“Two years ago, on May 6th, I picked up a golf club for the first time because we couldn’t do any other sports,” said Otte. “We couldn’t play baseball. The only thing that was open was golf, and I “I’m going to play that, and I fell in love with golf right away.”

Otte made it onto the university team last fall. The islanders qualified for the state but had to wait until May for the tournament.

This can be a challenge for multi-sport athletes.

“Players often get stuck in the mix where they’re playing a spring sport and then all of a sudden they have to make up for time and it becomes very difficult for these kids,” Peters said.

Otte was one of those children. When he’s not putting, he’s pitching for the Mercer Island baseball team.

“He does a very good job at throwing bats and throwing batsmen off balance,” said Mercer Island baseball coach Dominic Woody.

Otte is one of Mercer Island’s best pitchers, but before the islanders played in the state semifinals, Otte had to play in the state golf tournament.

“So I just had to forget about baseball for a week and just focus on golf,” Otte said.

Otte and the Islanders dominated and brought home only the second golf team title in school history.

“They all five went out and just played with no lights and really ran away with the tournament,” said Peters.

Three days later, Otte started in the state championship baseball game against Kennewick. Mercer Island won 8-4 and Otte was the winning pitcher.

“I mean, just one championship is crazy enough for me,” Woody said. “I can’t imagine how he feels seeing both of them in such a short space of time.”

Even more amazing is Otte’s journey.

On May 21, Otte faced Auburn. Then he had late golf practice at Mercer Island.

On May 22, he joined his golf teammates and traveled to Spokane for three days of golf. On May 25, Otte shot a 73 and his team won the title.

That night he returned to Mercer Island.

On May 26, he took a test at school, met his baseball team, and headed to Pasco. The team played on May 27–28, culminating in the Baseball State Championship Game.

Otte returned home on May 29th.

“It was much more difficult than I expected,” said Otte. “And it’s also difficult to get schoolwork done at the end of the year and I’ve just been grinding for the last few weeks and it’s been good.” Mercer Island’s Evan Otte wins 2 state titles in 4 days

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