Skyline overcomes Issaquah in baseball battle

May 10, 2011

By Staff

The Skyline High School baseball team exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning May 3 and overcame host Issaquah 9-6 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

The game wrapped up the regular season for both teams, who entered the league tournament May 7 at Woodinville. Issaquah, 6-8, finished in fourth place in the Crest Division. Skyline, 8-6, took third place.

Ethan Kalin gave Issaquah an 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he walloped a grand slam. Issaquah extended its lead to 6-3 going into the top of the seventh inning. However, Skyline came back to defeat Issaquah for the second time this season.

Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline. Teammate Brandon Fischer also had two hits, and Clayton Huber knocked in three runs. Andrew Kemmerer had two hits for Issaquah.

On May 7, Skyline advanced to the KingCo tournament semifinals with a 4-1 victory against Woodinville. Fischer and Zack Liddle each slammed home runs for Skyline, which played Newport on May 9, after The Press’ deadline. The winner of the game earned a berth to the state regionals.

Issaquah meanwhile lost to Crown Division champion Bothell, 2-0.

Bothell ace Brian McAfee hurled his seventh straight shutout. The Cougar right-hander held Issaquah to four hits. Issaquah got a solid pitching effort from Brandon Mahovlich, who allowed just five hits.

The Eagles played Crest Division champion Redmond May 9 in a loser-out game. Redmond was stunned by Inglemoor 8-1 in the first-round of the tournament. The Issaquah-Redmond winner plays Woodinville or Ballard on May 12 in a game to determine KingCo’s No. 3 berth. The KingCo No. 3 team plays the Western Conference No. 3 team for a regional berth.

Liberty baseball team continues winning streak

The Liberty High School baseball team finished the regular-season hot by winning three games last week.

The three victories earned Liberty a berth in this week’s 3A KingCo Conference tournament. The Patriots entered the tournament at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park on May 10 riding a five-game winning streak.

Liberty began last week May 2 by edging first-place Mount Si, 3-2. The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third, but Mount Si tied the score in the top of the sixth inning. Liberty broke the tie in the bottom half of the inning.

The Patriots got solid starting pitching from Miles Bruck. Izak Styskal, who finished up for the Patriots, was the winning pitcher.

The Patriots won another thriller May 4 when they edged Juanita, 5-4. Liberty scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Ben Wessel singled in Scott Zerda with the winning run. Zerda began the rally with a walk and then stole second base to set up the winning run. Blake Reeve was the winning pitcher.

Liberty ended its big week May 5 with a 12-2 rout of Sammamish. Ryan Maio had a home run and a double for the Patriots. Wessel, the winning pitcher, tossed four scoreless innings. Harrison Diemert had two hits and Zerda three hits.

Issaquah softball takes two

The Issaquah High School softball team posted two 4A KingCo Conference victories last week.

Issaquah edged rival Skyline 5-4 May 5. The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning to overcome a 2-0 deficit and then tallied the game-winning run on the fourth inning.

Winning pitcher Brielle Bray helped her own cause by pounding out two doubles. Lindsey Nicholson had three hits for Skyline.

The Eagles downed Newport 8-4 May 6. Bray had two hits, one a home run, and drove in two runs to lead the Eagles.

Spartans pound Garfield in softball

Anya Kamber had three hits and drove in three runs May 5 as the Skyline High School softball team walloped Garfield, 19-2. Skyline scored 13 runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Liberty softball nips Interlake

The Liberty High School softball team built up an early lead and held on to defeat Interlake, 7-6, in a 3A/2A KingCo Conference contest May 5.

Jenn Rucker had three hits and Allie Wood drove in three runs for the host Patriots. Liza Van Camp also had two hits and drove in a run for Liberty.

On May 3, Lake Washington scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to outlast the visiting Patriots, 12-11, in a wild contest.

Liberty trailed early in the game but rallied for seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to take a short-lived 11-8 lead. Lake Washington answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score.

Marissa Jeffers had two hits and four runs batted in for Liberty.

Issaquah golfers down Roosevelt

Lauren Merdinyan shot a 44 May 3 to take medalist honors and lead the Issaquah High School girls golf team to a 243-266 victory against visiting Woodinville in a 4A KingCo Conference match at the Snoqualmie Falls Golf Course.

Morgan Young contributed a 48 and Elin Skaardal had 49 for Issaquah.

In other league action, Skyline defeated Ballard, 282-331, at the Jackson Park Golf Course in Seattle. Skyline’s Bryalynn Vowels was medalist with a 48.

In the 3A/2A KingCo Conference May 3, Liberty whipped Lake Washington, 243-266, at the Bellevue Golf Course. Krysta Dawson led Liberty with a 45.

Eagles split two tennis matches

The Issaquah High School girls tennis team split two 4A KingCo Conference matches last week.

The Eagles were edged by Newport 4-3 May 6. Issaquah won all of the doubles matches, but couldn’t capture a singles match. Sam Garrard and Sabrina Norton won the No. 1 doubles match with a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Jane Choi and Emily Chen.

Issaquah blitzed Skyline 7-0 May 4. Dayna Bennett won the No. 1 singles with a 6-0, 6-1 win against Kristin Park. Garrard and Norton defeated Skyline’s Alison Opitz and Molly Knutson 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 double match.

Issaquah lacrosse tops Bellevue

The Issaquah High School boys lacrosse team punched in three goals in the final period to pull away from visiting Bellevue, 6-2, in a Washington Lacrosse Association Division I contest May 6.

Matt O’Neil scored two goals for Issaquah. Ben Director, Jake Fritz, Kevin Powers and Duncan Hamilton accounted for the other goals.

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