Eagles start baseball season with 6-2 win over Highlanders

March 23, 2010

By Tim Pfarr

Grant Gellatly, Issaquah senior shortstop, rounds second base to third on a fifth-inning single by Devin O’Donnell. Both then scored against Hazen on a two-out RBI double by senior pitcher Shane Yarnell. By Greg Farra

After three hitless innings by both teams to start the game, the Issaquah High School baseball team rallied to defeat Hazen 6-2 at home March 17 to start the season.

Issaquah’s offense caught fire in the bottom of the fourth inning, and the rally began with Marcus Gaan being hit by a pitch followed by a run-scoring double by Spencer Rogers. Next, Devin O’Donnell was walked, and Shane Yarnell drove O’Donnell in with a double.

Connor Young and Ben Rosellini also contributed to the fourth-inning rally, as each drove in a run.

In the fifth inning, Issaquah racked up two more runs, with another RBI coming from Yarnell.

“I’d like our offense to start before the fourth inning,” Issaquah coach Rob Reese said. “For the most part, it took us three innings to get our bats going, but once we started clicking, we started putting a couple bunts down and it started to open up some things.”

Defensively, Yarnell also led the way. He started the game on the mound and pitched five shutout innings, struck out six and allowed just one run. He was the game’s winning pitcher.

“It felt good to finally get out here,” Yarnell said.

Rogers took the mound in the sixth to work the final two innings. Although he gave up two runs, he struck out four batters. Rogers said he thought both he and Yarnell threw well against Hazen.

“I missed my spot a couple times, but that comes with the first game of the season,” he said, adding that the team needs to step up its offense. “We just need to come out and swing a little better in future games. It took us three innings to get anyone on base, and we can’t let that happen against good teams late in the season.”

The Eagles traveled to Kelso March 20, recording a 9-7 victory. Against Kelso, Rosellini smashed a three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning for Issaquah.

Issaquah trailed 5-0 after five innings, but tied the score with five runs in the top of the sixth inning. Kelso snapped the tie with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, before Issaquah came back one more time in the seventh to win its second game of the season.

Matt Houser was the winning pitcher in relief. Rogers worked the seventh inning to earn his first save of the season. O’Donnell had three hits. Gaan drove in two runs and Young had three RBIs for the Eagles.

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