Issaquah rebounds from worst loss to best win
April 12, 2011
By Bob Taylor
After 10-0 drubbing to rival Skyline, Eagles keep season alive with 10-8 win over Garfield
The Issaquah High School baseball team went from its worst game of the season to its best last week to regain some optimism for the season.
Issaquah won three of four games in all. Two of the victories came in 4A KingCo Conference play. The worst game was the first of the week. Issaquah was routed by rival Skyline 10-0 April 6 at Skyline in a league encounter.
“It was the worst game I’ve ever seen us play,” Issaquah baseball coach Rob Reese said. “Of course, Skyline had something to do with it. But we did a lot of damage to ourselves. We didn’t do anything right.”
Clayton Huber provided Skyline with strong hitting and pitching. Huber had three hits and drove in two runs. On the mound, he worked the first five innings and struck out five batters.
With the score 6-0 going into the bottom of the sixth, Skyline scored four times and the game was called because of the mercy rule.
Jimmy Sinatro and Matt Sinatro each had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.
The Spartans were also helped by seven Issaquah errors.
Brandon Mahovlich had two hits for Issaquah.
After the game, Reese had a chat with his team.
“We challenged them to play better and they really bounced back,” Reese said.
The Eagles rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning April 7 to beat host Garfield 10-8.
Issaquah took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Garfield rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second to take a brief lead. The Eagles regained the lead in the third inning with three runs and went ahead 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning. Garfield then fought back with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 7-6.
After an out to begin the seventh, Issaquah had six straight hits to regain the lead. Ethan Kalin had a two-run triple to tie the score. Justin Reynolds followed with a run-scoring single to put the Eagles ahead. Jack Gellatly doubled in Reynolds for Issaquah’s final run.
“That was really good to see. Hitting can become contagious. When you swing the bats, good things can happen,” Reese said.
Rosellini and Gellatly each had three hits for Issaquah. Kalin and Rosellini each drove in two runs. Bakamus and Brandon Mahovlich each had two hits for the Eagles.
On April 8, Issaquah defeated visiting Inglemoor 10-3. Issaquah pounded out 10 hits against one of the better teams in the Crown Division. Almost every starter for Issaquah had a hit. Kalin pitched four strong innings for the Eagles, registering six strikeouts. Cole Westover finished up to earn a save.
“It was our best game of the year,” Reese said.
Issaquah went ahead 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. After Jake Bakamus scored on an Inglemoor error, Andrew Kemmerer followed with a two-run home run. Blake Miller and Gellatly each drove in runs as Issaquah went ahead 5-0 in the fourth inning.
After Inglemoor scored twice in the top of the fifth inning, Issaquah countered with two in the bottom half of the frame. Rosellini doubled in one run and Kalin hit a sacrifice fly to score the other run. Issaquah wrapped up the contest with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Rosellini singled in two of the runs.
Mahovlich, Rosellini and Kalin each had two hits for the Eagles, who evened their league record at 3-3.
Issaquah capped its week with a 7-5 victory against visiting Mount Rainier in an April 9 nonleague game. Issaquah fell behind 3-0 in the second inning but came back with a run in the bottom of the third and went ahead in the fifth inning with four runs. Rosellini, Mahovlich and Kalin each had run-scoring hits in the inning. Issaquah put the game away with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning. Matt Gonn scored the first by stealing home. David McIlvaine singled in Bakamus with the second run.
Relief pitcher Scott Boydston picked up his second victory of the season. Westover closed out the game to earn his third save.
“We’re getting better. Early in the season we were really struggling when it came to hitting. We looked a lot like the Mariners,” Reese said.
Prior to the three-game winning streak, Issaquah’s team batting average was .207. By the end of the week, the Eagles had boosted that average to .270.
“Some good things started to happen. Guys who we counted on to be our best hitters started hitting,” Reese said.
Spartans get blanked
On April 7 Skyline lost to host Woodinville 6-0. Woodinville pitcher Marty Luckenbach tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10. Brandon Fischer had two hits for Skyline.
The Spartans bounced back April 8 to beat Roosevelt 4-1. Skyline evened its league record at 3-3.
Patriots shut out Lake Washington
In the 3A/2A KingCo Conference last week, Liberty got shut out one day and came back with a shutout.
On April 7, the Patriots lost to host Interlake 9-0. Interlake pitcher Carl Snaring tossed a one-hitter and had 11 strikeouts. Kamana Adriano drove in four runs for Interlake.
Liberty, behind pitcher Izak Styskal blanked visiting Lake Washington 4-0 April 8. Styskal scattered five hits, struck out two and allowed just one walk.