Sampson brothers hit the mound, same night, a continent apart

June 28, 2011

By Bob Taylor

Brothers Adrian and Julian Sampson, although a continent apart, were the starting pitchers on the same night for their respective teams.

Although neither recorded a victory, both Skyline High School graduates had stellar performances June 20.

Adrian, pitching for the Bellingham Bells, had a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings against Cowlitz. The Bells emerged victorious, 1-0, in 13 innings.

On July 26, Adrian tossed six scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out eight in the Bells’ 11-0 rout of Klamath.

Julian, playing for the Broxton (Mass.) Rox, of the independent Can-Am League, pitched 7 2/3 innings and struck out four. The Rox lost to Rockland, 8-6. On June 25, Julian again went 7 2/3 innings and struck out seven but was the losing pitcher as the Rox fell to New Jersey, 3-1.

  • Michael Lee moves up: The Boston Red Sox moved Michael Lee, another Skyline graduate, to the Class AA Portland, Maine, Sea Dogs this season. Lee, drafted by the Red Sox in 2008, has a 1-4 record in nine games with 30 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings.
  • Matt Wickswat at Class A: Issaquah High graduate Matt Wickswat is pitching for the Winston-Salem Dash in the Class A Carolina League. The Chicago White Sox farmhand has a 0-0 record, but has whiffed 22 batters in 18.1 innings and has a nifty 2.45 earned run average. Earlier this season, he pitched for the AA Birmingham Barons.
  • Derek Bondo sees the world: Derek Bondo, another Issaquah graduate, played again in Europe this spring. Bondo pitched for the Hoboken Pioneers, a team based in Belgium, in the European Cup. Last year, Bondo pitched for the Zurich Barracudas.
  • Colin Curtis done for season: Outfielder Colin Curtis, who had the Issaquah community excited last year when he played for the New York Yankees in Safeco Field, is sidelined for the season. Curtis dislocated his right shoulder in a spring training game. He underwent surgery April 15. The former Issaquah standout is scheduled to return for the 2012 season.

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