Issaquah baseball team continues hot streak

April 19, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah High School baseball team continued its hot play of late as the Eagles captured two of three games last week.

Issaquah opened the week April 11 with an 8-3 victory against visiting Ballard.

Brandon Mahovlich’s pitching and hitting led Issaquah. Mahovlich tossed a complete game and had eight strikeouts to earn his second victory. He also had three hits, one a home run. Matt Gonn, Blake Miller, Jack Gellatly and Ben Rosellini each drove in runs for Issaquah.

The Eagles’ four-game winning streak came to an end April 13 when they were blanked by Bothell, 1-0. Issaquah’s Andrew Kemmerer had a solid game for the Eagles, holding the Crown Division leaders to just four hits.

However, one of those hits was a solo home run by Bothell pitcher Brian McAfee in the bottom of the second inning. McAfee was superb on the mound, tossing a one-hitter and striking out 10. Mahovlich ended McAfee’s no-hitter with a double in the top of the seventh inning.

Issaquah finished the week with a 6-4 victory against visiting Roosevelt. Freshman Mitchell Morimoto, promoted to the varsity last week, had two hits and drove in three runs to lead the Eagles. Jake Bakamus and Kemmerer also had two hits. Issaquah snapped a 4-4 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with two runs. Morimoto’s two-out single drove in both runs.

The victory boosted Issaquah’s league record to 5-4. The Eagles entered this week tied with Skyline for third place in the Crest Division. Both teams were just a game behind second-place Newport.

The Spartans also won two of three games last week.

Skyline lost to Inglemoor, 7-5, April 11. Nate Litka had three hits and drove in three runs for Skyline.

On April 13, Skyline pitcher Matt Lunde had one of the top mound performances of the week. Lunde hurled six scoreless innings, struck out nine and allowed two hits as Skyline defeated host Garfield, 7-0. Skyline broke open the game with five runs in the fifth inning. Litka had two hits and two runs batted in.

Skyline posted a 6-1 victory against visiting Ballard April 15. Winning pitcher Travis Snider had six strikeouts in six innings. Clayton Huber had three hits for Skyline. Teammate Brandon Fischer had two hits, and Litka drove in two runs.

In the 3A/2A KingCo Conference, Liberty dropped three league games, but finished the week with a nonleague triumph.

The Patriots were walloped 11-0 by first-place Mount Si April 11. Mount Si hit five home runs in the game, three by Tim Proudfoot. The latter hit five home runs for the week.

Liberty lost to host Mercer Island, 15-9, April 13 and fell to last-place Sammamish, 4-3, April 15. In the Sammamish game, Jacob Hofferber and Ben Wessel each had two hits for Liberty.

The Patriots surprised Skyline, 10-9, April 16 in a nonleague game. Jack Brady had two hits and drove in three runs for Liberty, which also defeated Issaquah earlier this season. Hofferber and Jason Hubbard each had two hits for the Patriots. Conner Reinertsen had two hits and drove in three runs for Skyline.

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