Lakeside Recovery rides hot streak to postseason

July 3, 2012

By Christina Lords

When they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, they’re not.

And after June 30’s 13-1 routing of Prep Sportswear’s ball club at Bothell High School, the Lakeside Recovery team proved just that.

Lakeside coach Rob Reese said that kind of winning margin — the team has scored at least seven runs in 10 of the team’s 14 wins this season — is not uncommon for this year’s team.

“Offensively, we’re kind of contagious,” he said. “We can be hit and miss offensively, though. When we do hit, everyone hits. When we don’t hit well, nobody hits well.”

Clayton Huber, Brandon Mahovlich and Matt Lunde — all 2012 graduates from Skyline and Issaquah high schools — have proven to be an asset to the team, which also pulls from a pool of players at Newport High School, Reese said.

“We have a pretty dominant pitching staff,” he said. “All of our seniors will play for a JC or four-year college next year. This keeps them focused and working for their next goal. We just have some outstanding arms. Some of the best arms in KingCo are on our staff.”

Lakeside was able to travel to San Diego for the SoCal Best of the Best invitational tournament at the end of June — a trip the club tries to make every other year.

“We went 2-3, and we obviously feel we should have done better,” Reese said. “We lost a play-in game to get into the semifinals.”

Lakeside beat out San Diego Show 17U, 6-0, and the VBA Hornets, 13-1, but dropped games against Gold Era, 4-2, SoCal Victory, 3-0, and Golden Era, 2-1.

“It’s beneficial going to play some different competition for once,” he said. “You’re playing in great weather, which is something we haven’t had a lot of here. There are college coaches and scouts watching. It was probably the first road trip with that group, so players from the three different high schools were able to mesh together a little bit.”

The team still has about three weeks of baseball to play this season before the postseason starts July 21, Reese said.

Lakeside will travel to Portland, Ore., for the Curt Daniels Memorial tournament July 5, and will take part in the Brandy Pugh memorial Classic in Bellevue beginning July 11.

The club will host the first round of postseason play in Issaquah.

“When we play well is when we keep our focus — and with a bunch of high school students, it can be difficult to keep focused,” Reese said. “Hopefully we’ve made it out of all the distractions: the graduations, the proms, the finals. Now we can really focus on baseball, because we’ve got some really great talent on this team.”

Christina Lords: 392-6434, ext. 239, or newcastle@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com

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