Lakeside engineers comeback to remain unbeaten in tourney

July 13, 2010

By Christopher Huber

Lakeside’s Mikey Smith strokes a single in the first inning against the Twin City Titans July 8 at Bannerwood Park. He later scored on a Sean Penberthy single. By Christopher Huber

By the end of the top of the first inning July 8, the Lakeside Recovery baseball club already had an uphill battle. The Twin City Titans had scored four runs on five hits off starting pitcher Shane Yarnell, including an RBI double and RBI triple.

But thanks to shaky pitching from Mike Dunford and a couple of clutch hits from the middle of the lineup, Lakeside tied at 4-4 to end the first in its second game of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Lakeside improved to 2-0 in the tournament after beating the Titans 7-5 in the 90-plus degree late-afternoon heat.

“It was a great win,” said head coach Rob Reese. “The key was, we didn’t stay behind.”

At first, Yarnell struggled to reign in the Twin City bats and Lakeside fielders bobbled three easy grounders. Yarnell gave up one more run in the second, but by the third inning, he hit his stride. Lakeside’s fielding also bounced back.

“After the first two, I started mixing it up a lot more,” Yarnell said.

Yarnell gave up just one earned run and struck out four Twin City batters. He retired 10 straight batters to end the game, too. His changeup was the most effective, he said. He forced a mix of pop-ups and grounders, but all routine outs.

“It’s cool once you get on a roll,” he said. “I felt like I couldn’t miss the zone.”Offensively, Lakeside relied on the hot bats of Mikey Smith and Sean Penberthy, both 2010 Skyline grads, as well as key hits from Issaquah’s Spencer Rogers.

Leadoff hitter Smith continued his streak, going 2-for-4 with two singles July 8. That’s on top of two hits July 7 and an 8-for-14 performance in the Curt Daniels Memorial Tournament June 30-July 3 in Portland, Ore. His season average is hovering around .360.

“He’s been on fire,” Reese said. “He’s pretty much carrying us, at times.”

Smith attributed his mid-season run to simply reading pitches better.

“I feel real confident at the plate,” Smith said after the Twin Cities game. “It’s nice to start seeing the ball well. I’m feeling in the zone, but I definitely look for that fastball.”

Newport’s Kyle Goemer finished with two singles and Rogers drove in two on a double down the left-field line in the second inning. Issaquah High School’s Mike Paulson scored a runner on a double in the fourth. Penberthy went 1-for-3 with a two-RBI double in the first.

“It was a good win,” Smith said. “Good to get (a couple wins) under our belt in this tournament.”

Lakeside rounded out the Brandy Pugh Memorial Summer Classic with another win and two losses. It finished the tournament 3-2. After beating the Titans July 8, Lakeside lost 8-2 to the Vancouver Cardinals and 14-1 to the Kennewick Bandits.

Lakeside topped it off July 11 with a commanding 9-2 win over Pacific Tech Construction, of the Kelso-Longview area. Connor Lawhead, a 2010 Skyline grad, got the win for Lakeside after he went all seven innings and struck out five. Issaquah’s Yarnell went 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Reid Dilley, of Newport, went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

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