Issaquah High School baseball falls in state playoffs, 3-1

May 22, 2012

By Matt Carstens

It was an up-and-down year for Issaquah High School baseball in 2012, but a late-season surge vaulted the team into the state tournament for the first time since 2009.

Hoping to ride the hot hand of senior pitcher Brandon Mahovlich, Issaquah’s offense came up short, and the team lost to Puyallup, 3-1, on May 19 at Everett Stadium.

“Puyallup’s a great team,” Issaquah head coach Rob Reese said. “We had our chances, just didn’t get enough runs. They had six hits and two of them were bunts. They clutched up, they had a triple one time and another sac fly. When we got guys on it was always with two outs, it seemed like. We just couldn’t get the run. We couldn’t string enough together.”

Mahovlich struggled early, but managed to give up only one run in the first inning and one run in the second.

“He kind of struggled in the first but then he really settled down,” Reese said. “They still got three runs off him but hopefully we could have scored more for him. But the quality of our opposition was strong. Puyallup’s pretty darn good.”

While Reese said he was disappointed with the loss, he can take some pride in the fact that Issaquah was back in the state tournament.

“Obviously, making it to state is huge. It’s quite an accomplishment,” he said. “We kind of struggled this year. We were .500 in league, then we had to win our last five in a row just to get into the playoffs and get the state berth. It was a good ending to a year where we kind of struggled at times.”

But of course when presented with that opportunity to advance, you always want more.

“Just getting there is an accomplishment,” Reese said. “There’s only 16 teams left at the start of the day, but once you get there you start getting greedy. Once you’re there, you want to keep playing and get more games, and get to next week in the final four. I wish we could have done more.”

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