Issaquah High School baseball team defeats Roosevelt, 9-0

April 17, 2012

By Matt Carstens

It doesn’t hurt when you score nine runs in the first two innings. It also never hurts when your starting pitcher throws a complete game shutout, and that’s what Issaquah High School senior pitcher Brandon Mahovlich did April 13 as Issaquah defeated Roosevelt, 9-0.

“It makes it a lot easier,” the winning pitcher said. “I can just go out there and throw strikes and not have to worry about it. They can score a couple runs and I can just pitch confidently with a lead.”

And quite a lead it was. Issa-quah jumped straight out of the gates with a two-run homer from senior shortstop Jake Bakamus, and followed that with the next five batters all touching home plate.

“We’ve really been struggling the last week and a half to score runs,” Issaquah head coach Rob Reese said. “So that kind of gave us some momentum. We had the best pitcher in the league pitching for us today, and when you give him that many runs it makes it easy.”

Mahovlich took his no-hitter into the seventh inning before surrendering a single to Roosevelt’s clean-up hitter Graylin Derke.

“Everything was working,” Mahovlich said. “I was finding the zone with all my pitches, and just avoiding their bats I guess.”

Although he sprinkled a few breaking balls in the mix, he really only needed one pitch.

“The top of the order (I used my breaking ball), but after that it was pretty much straight fastballs to everyone,” Mahovlich said. “I just want to go out and pound the zone and throw a lot of strikes.”

Although Mahovlich has heard from some professional scouts, most recently from the Dodgers and Indians, he remains committed to attending Gonzaga University in the fall.

Reese said he was relieved that his team stepped up for their ace.

“Mahov dominated,” Reese said. “We needed to break out, we have the guys that are capable of doing it, we’ve just been pressing and struggling.”

Coming into the matchup, Issaquah’s bats had been very quiet, with the Eagles only scoring two runs in their last four league games.

“We’ve had a lot of close games and we haven’t come through,” Reese said. “We’ve lost a lot of one-run games, and guys have come up and failed. The more you fail, the tighter you get, and it’s not just each individual failing, it’s as a team you’re failing and each time it happens the pressure builds a little more. It was nice today to just jump on somebody and get a lead and go from there.”

Although the Eagles’ offense surged early, they weren’t able to play add-on, despite having the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth inning.

“That’s been the story of our season right there,” Reese said. “We’ve had the bases loaded five times this week and only gotten one run out of it. Bases loaded, nobody out, five times this week in the other two games and we didn’t score. It’s just been a bugaboo of ours.

“We either hit a pop up or a weak ground ball in the infield,” he said. “We have to find a way to get the ball out of the infield. We do it in practice, we’ve got the guys that can do it, it’s just a matter of doing it when it counts.”

Next up, Issaquah will play Woodinville at home April 17, at Newport on April 19 and Eastlake at home April 23.

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