Two late Issaquah hits are enough to beat Eastlake

May 12, 2009

By Christopher Huber

Issaquah's Kenna Olsen puts the ball in play in the third inning May 8 against Eastlake. She later hit a double, which turned into the game's only run. By Christopher Huber

Issaquah's Kenna Olsen puts the ball in play in the third inning May 8 against Eastlake. She later hit a double, which turned into the game's only run. By Christopher Huber

It came down to two late-game hits.

In the bottom of the sixth, Issaquah High School senior Kenna Olsen drove a double to deep right field to break a dry spell for both Eastlake and the Eagles. Both pitchers had battled all game, throwing heat and forcing easy outs.

But with one out and a pinch runner in for Olsen, senior Tanika Ladd nailed a double in the gap and drove in the game’s only run.

“When you get to that point, it’s more of a mental game,” said Issaquah pitcher Mikenzie Voves.

Issaquah beat Eastlake 1-0 May 8 to hold its spot atop the KingCo 4A Crest Division standings. It was the second time since April 21 the Eagles beat the Wolves in a 1-0 shutout. The Eagles improved to 13-2 KingCo Crest and 14-3 overall.

Eastlake (7-6 KingCo Crest, 8-8 overall) had a couple of good scoring opportunities it wasn’t able to capitalize on, coach Al Leaverenz said. 

“That’s the difference,” he said.It was also the second time Voves and Eastlake’s Nicole Guptil faced each other. Both hard-throwing aces overpowered batters and controlled the tempo of the game. 

Each pitched the full seven innings, with Guptil allowing just five hits and four walks while striking out four. Voves, however, struck out 10 batters, allowed just three Eastlake hits and didn’t walk anyone.

“Eastlake is definitely a tough team. I definitely had to be a little more on the edges” of the strike zone, Voves said. “As a team, we started out not playing to our level. But as the game went on, they all started to do their part.” 

With the win, Voves improved to an 8-2 record overall.

“For a junior, she’s really stepping up,” Issaquah coach Jim Magnuson said.

Eastlake began with two singles in the first, but Voves got out of a jam with a strikeout to end the inning. Guptil came out throwing strong, with good location.

Hilary Hansen went 1-for-3 with a double for Eastlake. Brianna Bray and Ladd went 1-for-2 and Olsen finished 1-for-3 for Issaquah. 

“To walk away with the win and to stay in first is good,” Magnuson said after the game.

Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242 or chuber@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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