June 29, 2010
Yankees call up Colin Curtis
Looking for a versatile left-handed bat in the Interleague stretch, the New York Yankees called up former Issaquah High School baseball star Colin Curtis from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre June 21.
Curtis, an outfielder, delivered in his second Major League game.
After making his debut June 21 and going out as a pinch hitter in the Yankees’ 10-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Curtis came through with a two-run double June 22 when New York prevailed 9-3.
Both games were played in Phoenix. Curtis’ parents and brother flew down to watch him play in the series.
Following the Arizona series, the Yankees traveled to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers. Curtis also played against the Dodgers.
Entering this week, Curtis had appeared in six games and collected two hits in six at bats with four runs batted in.
The first hit for Curtis had to be special, because he played college baseball at nearby Arizona State University. Curtis smashed a double off Arizona reliever Chad Qualls in the Yankees’ six-run eighth inning. When Curtis returned to the dugout, he got a hug from teammate Alex Rodgriguez.
Before getting called up, Curtis was hitting .280 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 35 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Arizona State product was a fourth-round draft selection in 2006. Curtis had been considered earlier in the season to be called up to New York, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in late April.O’Brien Autogroup wins tourney
The 13-and-under O’Brien Autogroup Baseball Club, formerly the Issaquah Dragons, won the championship of the Triple Crown Tri-Cities Father’s Day Slugfest in Pasco.
O’Brien Autogroup defeated the TC Saints, of Olympia, 8-5, in the title game. In the first round, O’Brien Autogroup whipped the Rivercats, of Richland, 14-4 and the Southeast Hurricanes, of Auburn, 14-2 to enter the championship bracket.
In the first game of the championship bracket, O’Brien Autogroup defeated the Rebels Baseball Club, of Kent, 5-1. The team received stellar pitching from Connor Johnson, Ty Gibson and William Mansfield.
On the final day, O’Brien Autogroup walloped the Othello Desert Dawgs 11-1 and the Club Spokane Outlaws 10-3 en route to the championship game.
Prior to the tournament, O’Brien Autogroup defeated the Spartan Baseball Club to improve its league record to 13-1 and take over first place in the Sandy Koufax National League South standings.
Spartan club takes second
The Spartan Baseball Club’s 12-year-old Green team finished second recently in the Baseball on the Plateau Tournament. The Spartans defeated teams from Bellevue, Mukilteo and Mercer Island before losing to Auburn in the title game.
Individual standouts included Christopher Mogg, who went 3-for-6 and scored three runs; Braden Ahlemeyer, who went 4-for-9 with a home run and five runs batted in; Tommy Swinscoe, who went 3-for-6; and Daniel Lew, who went 4-for-6. Pitching-wise, Ahlemeyer had three shutout innings; Swinscoe had five shutout innings, two wins and a save; and Lew allowed just one run in four and two-thirds innings.
Lakeside wins three in San Diego
The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team won three games at the Southern California Best of the West Tournament in San Diego last week.
Lakeside edged the San Diego Gamers 3-2 June 25, topped the San Diego Dirtbags 7-3 June 26, and downed Team San Diego 6-1 June 27.
Lakeside enters the Curt Daniels Memorial Tournament June 30 in Portland, Ore.
Issaquah alumni run July 17
The second annual Issaquah High School alumni mile is 7 p.m. July 17 at the high school track.
The event gathers track and cross country runners who once competed for Issaquah.
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Golf tournament set for July 26
The Friends of Youth annual Tee Off Fore Kids tournament is July 26 at the Plateau Club.
The event begins at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start. Golfers have a chance to play in pitching and putting contests in addition to playing 18 holes. There will be contests for longest drive, straightest drive, closest to the pin, and the return of a pink ball. Following the tournament, there is a dinner auction.
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Lacrosse club hosts throw-arounds
The Issaquah School District women’s lacrosse club will be hosting throw-arounds on Wednesday nights for returning players or girls new to lacrosse.
The events are open to girls entering grades nine through 12 at Liberty, Issaquah or Skyline high schools and who are interested in playing lacrosse next season. Throw-arounds are from 5-7 p.m. at the Central Park fields in the Issaquah Highlands.
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Local driver places 15th
Sammamish resident Tayler Malsam finished 15th June 19 in the Bucyrus 200 in the NASCAR Nationwide series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
“Our goal was to come here, stay on the track and finish top 15,” said Shannon Rursch, Braun Racing crew chief for Malsam’s No. 10 Toyota. “We met all those goals.”
Malsam, driving the No. 10 Iron Horse Jeans Toyota, started 28th, but fought through tight conditions throughout the day to move forward in the 50-lap race.
Issaquah grad takes second
Kim Harding, an Issaquah High School graduate, had not been running competitively in recent years until last November. So, the 22-year-old surprised herself and her family at the Seattle Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon June 26 by placing second in the women’s division.
Harding finished the race in 2 hours, 56 minutes, 43 seconds. She finished 27th overall in the pack of men and women runners. In November, she placed 13th at the Seattle Marathon.
Sopagna Eap, a past Olympic Trials participant, took first in the women’s division in 2:43.05. Eap was a former NCAA Division II All-America at U.C. Davis in California.
Nick Roumonada, an Issaquah and University of Washington graduate who now lives in New York City, competed in the half-marathon. The 31-year-old Roumonada, who runs with a high-tech, carbon fiber prosthetic on his left leg, finished in 1:38:38. It was his 10th half-marathon this year. The leg, made available through the Challenged Athletes Foundation, gives Roumonada the ability to run distance races. Roumonada’s diseased leg was amputated below the knee when he was 13.
Issaquah’s Jaclyn Dabell, 26, finished 57th overall in the half-marathon in a time of 1:23:29 and was first in her age group.
Kathy Bainbridge, of Issaquah, finished first in her age group. Bainbridge, 76, ran the half-marathon in 2:44:38.
The event drew 27,000 entrants from all 50 states and 23 countries.