Indians headed for California tourney

July 26, 2011

By Staff

The Issaquah Indians 16-and-under baseball team is headed for the PONY Colt Zone Tournament from July 29-Aug. 3 in San Jose, Calif.

The Indians earned a berth after winning the state regional tournament July 10 in Kirkland.

If the Indians win the Zone tournament, they would head to the Colt World Series Aug. 6-11 in Lafayette, Ind.

The Indians went 5-0 in the regional tournament. They opened tournament play July 7 with a 2-0 victory against the Maltby Stallions. The Indians scored their runs in the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Anders Lindberg and a double by Chris Young. Winning pitcher Jackson Meyer tossed a two-hitter, did not allow a walk and faced just 22 batters, one more than the minimum.

On July 8, the Indians walloped Maple Valley, 16-5. Winning pitcher Kevin Letourneau struck out seven and also went 2-for-5 at the plate. First baseman Jack Nickel went 4-for-5 and drove in five runs. Young also knocked in four runs, and Lindberg had three hits and two runs batted in.

The Indians finished pool play July 9 with an 8-5 victory against Kirkland. Andrew Huynh and Nickel each had two hits. Blake Young and Lindberg contributed run-scoring doubles. Bobby Griffith was the winning pitcher in relief and Ryan Siefkes picked up the save.

On July 10, the Indians rocked Maltby, 12-2, in the semifinals. Meyer again was the winning pitcher, allowing just four hits. Nickel got the Indians going early when he cleared the bases with a two-out double in the first inning. Josh Min followed with a run-scoring double as the Indians went up 4-0. Lindberg, Chris Young, Huynh, Siefkes and Cody Collister each drove in runs later in the game.

In title game, the Indians defeated the Seattle North Stars, 7-3. The North Stars had defeated the Indians twice during the season and were the pre-tournament favorites. Letourneau didn’t allow an earned run in pitching a complete game. Siefkes had two hits and two runs batted in to lead the Indians. Troy Potensky, Kyle Thomas, Huynh and Letourneau all drove in crucial runs for the Indians.

The Indians are coached by Mike Griffith, Glenn Meyer and Mike Young. The club was minus catcher Zach Garner, who was unable to play in the tournament because of an injury.

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