Crest tops Crown in KingCo 4A baseball feeder all-star game

June 8, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Home runs ignite offensive rumble

Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah (right), KingCo’s player of the year, arrives at home plate after bashing a grand slam home run in the fifth inning of the June 3 4A KingCo all stars feeder game. Baserunners Mike Paulson of Issaquah (left), Eastlake’s Sam Nasci (7) and on-deck batter Shane Yarnell of Issaquah, greet the slugger. By Greg Farrar

The KingCo 4A Crest division all stars beat out the KingCo 4A Crown division all stars 13-7 in the conference feeder game June 3 at Woodinville High School.

Five players from Issaquah High School and two from Skyline High School played and represented the Crest division.

For Issaquah, catcher Devin O’Donnell, outfielder Mike Paulson, infielder Marcus Gaan, outfielder/pitcher Spencer Rogers and pitcher Shane Yarnell played. Infielder Grant Gellatly was also named to the team, but he was not on hand.

After the game, Rogers and Yarnell were named to the all-state team based on their performance in the feeder game.

For Skyline, outfielder Sean Penberthy and pitcher Connor Lawhead played.

The Crest, considered the home team, started off hot in the bottom of the first inning, jumping ahead to a 1-0 lead. The Crown bounced back in the top of the second inning with two runs to take the lead.

From there, things remained quiet until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Yarnell got on base with and was followed by Peter Summerville, of Garfield High School, who launched a homerun to give the Crest the lead again.

The bats turned from hot to blistering in the bottom of the fifth inning, when Rogers blasted a grand slam into the trees over the center field fence.

“I just put a good swing on it,” Rogers said.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Penberthy belted a three-run homer to make the lead 10-2.

Both teams added two runs in the eighth inning, and Penberthy scored one of the Crest’s runs, getting on base with a single and scoring on a subsequent double.

The Crown rallied in the ninth to score three more runs, but it was too little too late, and the Crest got the win.

“It puts a better end to the season than the bitter loss to a tough Kentwood team,” Penberthy said after the game, referring to the Spartan’s 16-4 first-round playoff loss to Kentwood High School.

Rogers said he enjoyed playing together with his division rivals.

“It’s good experience playing with the guys from around the league,” he said.

As for Issaquah’s other players, O’Donnell went 0-2 at the plate, Yarnell went 1-2, Gaan went 0-3 and Paulson went 1-1 with a single and a walk.

Lawhead pitched the seventh and eighth innings for the Crest team. He had a strong seventh inning with no hits. But in the eighth inning, he gave up three walks and a triple that amounted to two runs. However, he did strike out three batters in the eighth inning.

At bat, Lawhead had one at bat and was walked.

In addition to Issaquah, Skyline and Garfield, the Crest division also includes Redmond, Newport and Eastlake high schools. The Crown division includes Inglemoor, Bothell, Woodinville, Lake Washington, Ballard and Roosevelt high schools.

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