Issaquah grad Colin Curtis slams first major-league home run

July 22, 2010

By Bob Taylor

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 22, 2010

Former Issaquah High School star Colin Curtis was sitting on the New York Yankees’ bench and savoring a cup of cold Gatorade when he was unexpectedly called to pinch hit in Wednesday’s game against California Angels.

Curtis came through for the Yankees, smashing a three-run home run in New York’s 10-6 victory.

Manager Joe Girardi summoned the rookie outfielder when Brett Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the seventh inning. Gardner left the game with a 0-2 count. Curtis looked at three fastballs outside the strike zone from Angel reliever Scott Shields before belting a pitch into the right field seats.

Curtis became the first Yankee to hit his first major-league homer as a pinch-hitter since Andy Phillips on Sept. 26, 2004, at Boston’s Fenway Park.

If Curtis had struck out, Gardner would have been credited with the strikeout. However, the home run belonged to Curtis.

Curtis enjoyed a major-league homecoming at Safeco Field in early July when the Yankees headed west to take on the Mariners.

Lakeside Recovery baseball reaches sub-regionals

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion team plays the Spokane Cannons at 7 p.m. Saturday in the first-round of the AAA sub-regional baseball tournament at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park. The winner of the game will meet either Kennewick or Bremerton on Sunday for a berth into the state tournament.

The state tournament begins July 28 at Selah’s Carlon Park.

Lakeside Recovery, 20-18 on the season, enters the sub-regional tournament as the defending AAA state champion.

In a final tune-up for the sub-regionals, Lakeside Recovery defeated Bellevue Legion 9-4 on July 20. Skyline High School graduate Sean Penberthy had four hits and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery. Reid Dilley, of Newport, had three hits, and Issaquah graduate Spencer Rogers had two hits and scored four runs.

Joey Gale, of Newport, was the winning pitcher. He pitched four innings of scoreless relief, holding Bellevue Legion to one hit.

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