Lakeside baseball falls to late Bellingham rally

July 5, 2011

By Christopher Huber

Brandon Mahovlich pops a bloop single to right field in the third inning in Lakeside Recovery's 4-2 loss to Bellingham Post 7 June 28 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue June 28. Mahovlich went 3-for-3. By Christopher Huber

The Lakeside Recovery bats were largely silent when they needed to produce June 28 against the visiting Bellingham Post 7 Legion team.

Despite holding onto a 2-1 lead going into the sixth inning, the boys from Skyline, Newport and Issaquah high schools couldn’t come through in the clutch. And Bellingham’s bats came alive late in the game to win, 4-2, at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

“They kinda put pressure on us in the last couple of innings,” head coach Rob Reese said. “They just happened to get a couple of key hits at the right time.”

The lackluster offensive production came against what some on the team consider the toughest of Area 1 competitors, and the loss continued a three-game losing streak — Lakeside had lost six of its last seven as of June 29. The loss put Lakeside at 14-11.

Lakeside took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning after Issaquah’s Andrew Kammerer hit an RBI single he lined in the gap between first and second.

Bellingham struck back in the top of the second, when infielder Kyle Peterson scored Todd Bird on Post 7’s first of four doubles of the game. Peterson was called safe at home when the ball popped out of Lakeside catcher Daniel Altchech’s grasp.

In the third inning, right fielder Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, put Lakeside up 2-1 when he drove in Jake Bakamus. Bellingham pitcher John Albert had walked Bakamus and Skyline’s Jimmy Sinatro to put two on with two outs.

“I was just trying to sit on it and go the other way,” Mahovlich said after the game.

He went 3-for-3 with three singles and improved his batting average to .400 for the summer.

Bellingham was dormant for the third, fourth and fifth innings, and looked to concede the game to Lakeside. But a fielding mistake put Post 7 runners in position to tie it up in the sixth.

Lakeside pitcher Aaron Sandefur, who had held opposing batters to just a .178 batting average going into the game, gave up four doubles and three triples. Those extra-base hits accounted for three of Bellingham’s four runs. The tying run came on a Sandefur wild pitch in the sixth inning, when Post 7’s Zach Slesk touched home plate just under Sandefur’s tag.

To make matters worse for Sandefur, who had only allowed four extra-base hits all season, Bellingham’s Kyle Buckham led off the top of the seventh with a long double to the gap in right-center field. He later scored the go-ahead run on a Slesk two-out RBI double. Post 7 made it 4-2 when infielder Anthony Pitsch, who had been hit in the elbow with a pitch earlier, smashed a triple to deep center field to drive in Slesk.

“We’re doing good, but we could do better in close games,” Mahovlich said.

Brandy Pugh Classic is July 6

Lakeside will host the annual Brandy Pugh Memorial Classic July 6-11. Games will be played at Bannerwood and at Bellevue College.

In the opening round, Lakeside plays Bellevue Honda at 8 p.m. at Bannerwood.

Christopher Huber: 392-6434, ext. 242, or chuber@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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