Lakeside Recovery baseball rocks Honda in tourney opener

July 7, 2011

By Bob Taylor

 NEW — 11 a.m. July 7, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday to break a 2-2 tie and pull away for a 9-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue in the opening round of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park.

Jake Bakamus, of Issaquah High, had two hits and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery, the tournament host team. Brandon Mahovlich, also of Issaquah, and Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, each contributed two hits for Lakeside Recovery.

Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate who played for Walla Walla Community College in the spring, went the distance. He struck out seven batters and did not allow an earned run.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Twin City Titans at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bannerwood Park. On Friday, Lakeside Recovery plays the Bankers Baseball Club at 8 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.

In other first-round action, defending tournament champion Chaffey defeated the Bankers 9-1. Cody Reed and Kasey Beilec each had two hits for Chaffey, which is 28-0 on the season. Chaffey entered the tournament after winning the Star Spangled Banner Tournament in Corvallis, Ore.

Other first round scores were the Spokane Dodgers 3, Seattle Stars 2; and Taylor Baseball 8, Baden 0. Taylor Baseball is 36-7 this season and has won two invitational tournaments. The Spokane Dodgers recently won the Eastside Classic at Central Valley High School.

The Brandy Pugh Tournament continues through July 11 with games played at Bannerwood and Bellevue College.

Little League softball team loses tough game

The Issaquah-Sammamish all-star softball team lost 11-9 Tuesday to an all-star team composed of players from Bellevue West, Bellevue Thunderbird and Mercer Island 11-9 at North Bend’s Torguson Park in the semifinals of the District 9 tournament for 10 and 11-year-olds.

Emily Holderness had three hits for Issaquah-Sammamish. Taylor Juenke, Athena Benjamin, Shayna Swanson, and Natalie King each had two hits.

Issaquah-Sammamish plays the Snoqualmie Valley-Snoqualmie Valley North all-stars at 6 p.m. Thursday. The winner advances to the title round at 6 p.m. Friday.

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