Lakeside still alive at Legion state tournament
July 28, 2009
By Christopher Huber
Lakeside Recovery’s Shawn Ellis would have scored from third anyway when Ryan Somers lined the ball to center field, but those celebrating in the dugout said they found relief in the fact that the diving centerfielder dropped the catch.
That play gave Somers an RBI single, but more importantly, it gave Lakeside a walk-off 4-3 victory against Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak July 26 in a 13-inning battle in the American Legion AAA Senior state tournament at Tacoma’s Heidelberg Park.
The stifling heat wasn’t enough to keep the boys of the Lakeside Recovery Senior Legion baseball club down in the first two rounds to send Yakima Valley into the losers bracket.
Lakeside advanced to the third round July 27 when it met the Kennewick Bandits.“We won. That was a great game. What do you say about that?” asked assistant coach Brad Files. “We’ve always had great games with them.”
Head coach Rob Reese was out of town at his son’s baseball tournament until July 26.
The players had ample cold beverages in a cooler, Lakeside outfielder Sean Penberthy said, which helped them stay focused on battling a 3-3 tie.
“We were pretty hydrated throughout the game,” Penberthy said.
Lakeside took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, and a throwing error with two outs allowed the tying run to score.
In extra innings, “no one could get the clutch hit to get the lead,” Files said. “It was high drama.”
But hydration wasn’t the only thing keeping them going. Strong performances on the mound from starter Jared Fisher and reliever Spencer Rogers were key to Lakeside’s victory. Fisher, a Newport High School left-hander, threw seven and two-thirds innings and struck out seven batters.
Rogers, an Issaquah High School outfielder better known for his hitting and defense prowess, finished the game in long relief. Rogers improved to 2-0 on the year.
“Rogers and Fisher were the heroes last night,” Files said July 27. “Spencer threw more innings last night than he had all summer.”
Rogers also finished the night 4-for-7 from the plate, with two RBIs. Penberthy went 2-for-4. Colin Hering, of Newport, also had two hits for Lakeside, including a crucial two-out single in the 13th.
“It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the game,” Penberthy said. “They had a lot of opportunities late in the game, but Rogers just shut them down.”
Lakeside took a 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Trace Tam Sing, of Newport, scored on Issaquah High grad Mario Sanelli’s fielder’s choice grounder. Lakeside raised its lead to 3-0 in the seventh, when Rogers singled in a run and Somers scored on an error. Yakima Valley tied the score in the ninth.
In first-round action July 25, Lakeside beat Centralia 8-5. Lakeside got an early lead, scoring two runs in the first without a hit, Files said, due to a few wild pitches.
“We got a seven-run lead and just kind of held on,” Files said. “That was a big win. That gave us confidence going into the next round.”
The state championship game is July 29 at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma. A win will qualify the team for the Legion regional tournament.
Lakeside 15s head to state
The Lakeside Junior American Legion 15-year-old team is headed to the state tournament Aug. 1 in Moses Lake. Lakeside earned a berth by winning three of four games in a district tournament in Mount Vernon.
Lakeside opened district July 23 with a 13-2 romp against Oak Harbor. Jake Bakamus had three hits and drove in two runs for Lakeside. Connor Gilchrist and Blake Miller each had two hits. Winning pitcher Matt Lunde struck out nine batters.
In the second round July 24, Lakeside pounded Arlington 10-2. Miller had three hits and three RBIs. Josh Chinn contributed two hits. Winning pitcher Jimmy Sinatro had eight strikeouts.
Lakeside walloped Bellingham 12-2 in the July 25 third round to earn its berth to state. Lakeside scored 10 runs in the fourth inning to break open a scoreless contest. Gilchrist had three hits and four RBIs to lead Lakeside.
Woodinville cooled off Lakeside 6-3 July 26. Gilchrist, Ethan Kalin and Sinatro each had two hits.
In other tournament action, Lakeside-Skyline won its first two games in the Junior AA state tournament in Spokane. Lakeside-Skyline topped Ferris, of Spokane, 7-1 July 25 and defeated Graham-Kapowsin 10-4 July 26.
Reach Reporter Christopher Huber at 392-6434, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Bob Taylor contributed to the report. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.