Centralia dashes Lakeside’s hopes for repeat title

August 3, 2010

By Bob Taylor

Lakeside Recovery survived thunder and lightning, but the Senior team just didn’t have enough electricity to energize its way to another AAA American Legion state championship.

The Centralia Lizards ended Lakeside Recovery’s hopes of a second-straight title July 29 by winning 10-6 in a loser-out game at Selah.

Lakeside Recovery, which ended the season with a 22-20 mark, also lost its opener July 28 to the Spokane Bandits 8-6.

“We were playing well going into the tournament. I felt good about our chances,” Lakeside Recovery coach Rob Reese said.But once in the state tournament, Lakeside Recovery couldn’t maintain its momentum. The club struck for early leads in both games, but their opponents rallied in the later innings for the victories.

“We started out well in both games. We just couldn’t finish them,” Reese said. “We made too many mental mistakes and it cost us. We just didn’t put it all together like we needed to.”

In the first game, Lakeside Recovery grabbed a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third inning when Brandon Mahovlich, an Issaquah High School sophomore, smashed a grand slam.

“Brandon really came on this summer. He is going to be a good player for us,” Reese said.

Lakeside Recovery boosted its lead to 5-0 in the fourth. Starting pitcher Shane Yarnell, who blanked the Bandits through the first four innings, surrendered four runs in the fifth inning. The Bandits chased Yarnell, an Issaquah graduate, in the sixth after they tied the score. In the bottom of the sixth, the game was halted for more than an hour because of thunder and lightning. Lakeside Recovery seemed to be in good shape before the game was halted, as it had a runner on second base and no outs. However, after the game was resumed, Lakeside Recovery was unable to score the tie-breaking run.

The Bandits scored twice in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good.

Mike Paulson, an Issaquah graduate, had two hits, both doubles, to lead Lakeside Recovery.

Against the Lizards, Lakeside Recovery scored five times in the bottom of the fourth to overcome a three-run deficit. However, Centralia answered with five runs in the top of the fifth to reclaim the lead. Lakeside Recovery scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to cut the Lizards’ lead to 8-6, but the Lizards wrapped up the contest with two more runs in the seventh.

Paulson and Mikey Smith, of Skyline, each had three hits for Lakeside Recovery.

“Paulson had a great summer for us, and Smith really solidified our infield after we moved him from the outfield to shortstop,” Reese said.

Bob Taylor: 392-6434, ext. 236, or bobtaylor@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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