Enthusiasm lacks as Issaquah Eagles softball team loses, 4-2

May 1, 2012

By Matt Carstens

Traci Castonguay, Issaquah High School senior, belts a two-RBI single during the third inning April 27 against Ballard at Woodland Park. By Greg Farrar

It’s been a rough, up-and-down season for the Issaquah High School softball team in 2012, and head coach Jim Magnuson chalked up another couple of losses over the weekend to attitude.

“The lack of enthusiasm on this team is really hurting us,” he said. “We’re not coming together as a team. It’s something we’ve been struggling with the last few weeks. We’ve struggled with getting excited about playing ball. It’s almost like we’re going through a scrimmage every game.”

Issaquah lost its April 27 matchup against Ballard, 4-2. Bellevue College-bound standout pitcher senior Brielle Bray had what looked like lights-out stuff to start off game, but she fell apart in the later innings.

“Yeah, I think she had it early,” Magnuson said. “I think she wore out. It’s her fourth game this week and we gave her too many outs.”

After going up 2-0 in the third inning, Issaquah’s defense looked sharp, making a few outstanding plays in the fourth inning.

Brielle started giving up some solid contact, including a line drive to the left-center field gap, but sophomore outfielder Allison Aahl ranged over to keep the lead intact.

“Ally made a huge play, a great play,” Magnuson said. “She’s been playing third base previously. She jumped out in the outfield, and made a nice play.”

The Eagles couldn’t hold off forever, though, and eventually gave up four runs in the bottom of the sixth. They were quickly dismissed in the top of the seventh, ending the game with a final of 4-2.

“You can’t take anything away from them,” Magnuson said. “We made some errors, where if we field the ball cleanly they don’t score four runs. I just wish once we score a few runs that we could keep scoring. We’ve had so many runs scored against us, our run ratio is a little lopsided right now.”

Although they haven’t been displaying the power recently, Magnuson said he knows his players have what it takes and he has seen it from them before.

“I mean against Eastlake we came back by seven runs and the kids got really excited, and that’s our highlight of the year,” Magnuson said. “Honestly, it’s frustrating. Can’t play for them, can’t get them excited, we’re up two to nothing there’s no reason we can’t score more runs. We just flatlined.”

“We’ve got three kids that can hit the ball out of the park,” he continued. “We’ve got Brielle, we’ve got Bevell and we’ve got Benjamin. All three of those kids have hit home runs this year, out of the park. Hitting’s contagious. When your big hitters are hitting, all your other hitters follow suit. Your big hitters aren’t hitting, it carries the status.”

The flatlining continued April 28, as Issaquah was blown out by Bothell, 15-3. Issaquah surrendered four triples, 15 hits and committed six errors on the way to their second double-digit loss of the season.

“To be honest, I’m trying to put nine kids on the field that are excited about playing right now,” Magnuson said. “That’s where we’re hurting.”

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One Response to “Enthusiasm lacks as Issaquah Eagles softball team loses, 4-2”

  1. Robert on May 2nd, 2012 3:23 pm

    Im a friend of Brielle… I’ve watched her pitch now for 2 1/2 years. If you got a pitcher that has an average of ABOUT 11 strike outs a game how do you lose? Easy, team doessnt bat and if the pitcher doesnt have fielders that can catch the ball then those strike outs do nothing. Brielle is the Issaquah defense, and thats not how it should be. Look at Felix Hernandez for the mariners… Amazing pitcher but guess what, he loses games because his team cant bat. Difference is Felix has a defense behind him. If you look at Brielle’s stats for select, they are way better. Because she has a defense behind her and batters on her team.

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