Lakeside run to state finale falls short of title

August 9, 2011

By Bob Taylor

The Lakeside Recovery 17U baseball team lost a showdown with District II rival Woodinville, 9-7, Aug. 7 in the state AA American Legion championship game at Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep.

Lakeside Recovery held a 7-3 lead through six innings, but Woodinville rallied behind home runs from Matt Laitala and Caleb Hamilton.

The Falcons scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Lakeside Recovery. Matt Laitala supplied the big blow with a three-run home run that put Woodinville ahead, 8-7. Caleb Hamilton followed with a solo shot.

Daniel Rawlings, of Issaquah High School, had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run to lead Lakeside Recovery. Patrick Harrod, of Skyline, had one hit and scored twice.

Lakeside Recovery, which won the District II tournament last month, finished the season with a 44-20 record.

The title game pitted the two bracket winners against each other for the title of the 16-team tournament. Eight teams played at Spokane’s University High School, and the other eight at Gonzaga Prep. Woodinville finished first in the University High bracket and Lakeside Recovery was first in the Gonzaga Prep bracket.

Lakeside Recovery reached the final by winning three straight games after falling to Burlington, 5-4, Aug. 4.

On Aug. 2, Lakeside Recovery scored three times each in the fifth and sixth innings to defeat the Mead Panthers, 6-2, in the opening round.

David McIlvaine, of Issaquah High, had two hits and scored two runs in Lakeside Recovery’s victory against Mead. Jacob Chinery and James Ferris, both of Newport High School, each had two hits. Winning pitcher Levi Novak, of Newport, pitched a complete game and struck out nine.

Lakeside Recovery exploded for four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning Aug. 3 en route to an 8-6 victory against the host Gonzaga Prep Bulldogs. Curtis Kojima and Frazier Krall, of Newport, Ferris and Harrod each had two hits for Lakeside Recovery. Chinery, who threw a complete game, struck out nine batters.

Lakeside Recovery scored twice in the first inning and then plated single runs in the second and third innings. The team then put the contest away with the four-run fourth.

On Aug. 4, Lakeside Recovery lost to Burlington, 5-4. Rawlings had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run for Lakeside Recovery.

Lakeside Recovery led 4-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning when Burlington scored four times to tie the game. Burlington tallied the winning run in the fifth inning.

The loss to Burlington meant Lakeside Recovery had to play Kennewick, a perennial power, in a loser-out game Aug. 5.

McIlvaine drilled a three-run triple in the sixth inning to highlight a four-run rally as Lakeside Recovery beat Kennewick, 14-9.

McIlvaine had two hits, four runs batted in and scored three runs for Lakeside Recovery.

Rawlings had a single, scored two runs and stole two bases for Lakeside Recovery.

Lakeside Recovery led 10-2 going into the top of the sixth inning when Kennewick scored four times to make the contest closer. However, Lakeside Recovery put the contest away by answering with four runs in the bottom half of the inning.

The victory against Kennewick meant Lakeside Recovery would again play Burlington, the lone undefeated team in the bracket. Lakeside Recovery, needing to beat Burlington twice to reach the state title game, responded with two crucial victories.

In the first game, Lakeside Recovery prevailed, 8-3. Rawlings, McAllvaine, Harrod and Newport’s Ioannis Kritsonis each had two hits. Lakeside Recovery hitters game starting pitcher Jacob Rosen, of Newport, a 6-0 cushion and he picked up the victory with relief help from Issaquah’s Scott Boydston.

In the second game, Lakeside Recovery rallied for six runs in the top of the sixth inning to beat Burlington, 8-7. McIlvaine had three hits to lead Lakeside Recovery.

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