Issaquah caps week by outdueling Woodinville in 10 innings, 1-0

April 28, 2009

By Bob Taylor

Mikenzie Voves, Issaquah pitcher, comes off the field with happy teammates after striking out 12, allowing five hits and shaking off a line shot from a batter, in a marathon 10-inning performance April 24 against Woodinville. By Greg Farrar

Mikenzie Voves, Issaquah pitcher, comes off the field with happy teammates after striking out 12, allowing five hits and shaking off a line shot from a batter, in a marathon 10-inning performance April 24 against Woodinville. By Greg Farrar

Pitching duels and slugfests made it an interesting week for Issaquah High School’s fastpitch softball team.

The Eagles, who won four games, capped their week with a dramatic 1-0 victory in 10 innings April 24 at home against Woodinville. Both teams entered the contest leading their respective 4A KingCo Conference Divisions.

Kelly Richards’ single in the bottom of the 10th scored the winning run as Issaquah remained on top of the Crest Division with a 6-1 record.

It was a defensive battle until the 10th, when the international tiebreaker rule was used to determine the winner. Under the rule, teams begin the inning with a runner on second base. Woodinville, tied with Lake Washington High School for the Crown Division lead, got runners on first and second, but was unable to score in the top of the 10th.In Issaquah’s half of the 10th, Brianna Bray was Issaquah’s runner at second and moved to third on a bunt by Amanda Marques. With the Woodinville infield playing in, Richards smashed a hard shot to second that could not be played, scoring Bray with the winning run.

“That was a good one,” Issaquah coach Jim Magnuson said of the victory. “We missed some opportunities earlier. We just couldn’t get the run when we needed it.”

A major reason for the low-scoring contest was the pitching of Issaquah’s Mikenzie Voves and Woodinville’s Kaaren Hatlen. Voves struck out 12 and allowed five hits. Hatlen held Issaquah to four hits and had seven strikeouts.

The Eagles had a scare in the ninth inning when Woodinville’s Cat Williams lined a shot right at Voves, knocking her to the ground. Fortunately for Issaquah, Voves was able to shake off the pain and finish the game.

It was the second pitchers’ duel of the week for Voves, who bested Eastlake 1-0 April 21. Voves had eight strikeouts in beating Eastlake ace Nicole Guptil, who also had eight strikeouts and held the Eagles to two hits. Kenna Olsen drove in the only run of the game in the fifth inning.

Issaquah cruised to its other two victories of the week. The Eagles pounded Roosevelt 10-2 April 20 and belted Ballard 11-1 April 22. 

In the victory against Roosevelt, Richards had four hits and drove in three runs, and Molly Nelson had three hits and drove in four runs. Olsen also had two hits and two RBIs.

The Bray sisters, Brianna and Brielle, combined for a three-hitter against Ballard. Olsen and Voves each had three hits and drove in two runs. Sarah Sekijima had two hits and knocked in two runs.

In Issaquah’s first season at the 4A level, the Eagles have discovered that the league is much tougher than 3A KingCo, where they won the league title last season and were 20-0 going into the state tournament.

“It’s all about pitching at this level,” Magnuson said. “Pitching is the biggest difference, and each team seems to have pretty solid hitters in the top of the order.”

 

Patriots win twice

In 3A/2A KingCo action, Liberty won twice last week. The Patriots edged second-place Bellevue 3-2 April 22 and downed Sammamish 12-8 April 21. Liberty began the week with a 5-4 loss to Interlake April 20.

Against Bellevue, Aria Califano had two hits and Alexis Court drove in two runs for Liberty, which ended the week with a 3-3 league mark.

In the victory against Sammamish, the Patriots scored four times in the top of the sixth to take the lead. Montessa Califano had four hits and drove in five runs for the Patriots. Shawna Lynch and Kate Faoro each had two hits for the Patriots.

Denise Blohowiak was the winning pitcher in both games.

Reach Sports Editor Bob Taylor at 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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