Issaquah Indians baseball team comes up short in state

July 24, 2012

By Matt Carstens

Ryan Siefkes, Issaquah Indians left fielder, lines a lead-off single in the sixth inning July 20 in the opening round of the 19U Pony State Championship Tournament at Lake Washington High School. By Matt Carstens

Jackson Meyer isn’t your typical frontline starter. He’s not the hardest thrower. He doesn’t rack up the strikeouts. But he does do one thing pretty well.

Win.

“He’s done it all year,” Issaquah Indians head coach Glenn Meyer said. “He doesn’t walk anybody, and keeps us in games. He’s a pitcher, not a thrower. He’s done it all year for us, and he’s done it forever. We’re in every game he pitches. He’s always around the plate. He was actually pissed, he walked a guy today. He’s walked three guys in 100 innings, we don’t give up extra bases when he’s on the mound.”

And Jackson continued to do that June 20 against the Stallions at Lake Washington High School. Jackson didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly. By that time the Indians had gone ahead in the third inning and never looked back.

With runners on first and second with two outs, left fielder Ryan Siefkes stepped up to the plate. Siefkes ripped what looked to be an RBI double down the left field line. Maybe one would score, two if Chris Young hustled around from first.

Siefkes’ hit landed and kept rolling and rolling, all the way to the fence, which is more of a gate separating the field from the sidewalk than a real, bona fide outfield fence.

As Siefkes rounded second he looked up at his third base coach and was shocked at what he saw.

“Once I was rounding second and looking at Mike our coach,” Siefkes said, “I didn’t think he’d send me, I thought he’d hold me up at third.”

The coach’s windmill arm let Siefkes know he had a chance.

“I was pretty winded by the time I was going around third,” he said. “It was pretty awesome when I made it.”

Siefkes’ three-run, inside-the-park-homerun put the Indians on the board first, a lead that was never relinquished.

Jackson continued to shut down the opposition, keeping the Indians in the game until they were able to blow it open in the seventh inning, scoring five runs.

“I really just tried to establish my fastball early and luckily I was able to,” Jackson said. “I got a lot of ground balls and as the game moved along I got a better feel for my off-speed stuff. I did a pretty good job of keeping them off balance the whole game.”

The defense behind Jackson was solid, turning two double plays and only committing two errors on the less than manicured infield.

“Yeah on this field it’s obviously a little bit more sketchy,” Jackson said. “But they did a good job.”

The Indians finished game one of the state tournament with a 9-3 win, but the tribe was not so fortunate the rest of the weekend, losing to the eventual champions Lacey and then getting eliminated by the Bothell Blue Devils, 11-10. The Indians finished third overall in the tournament.

“We were up against really good competition this year,” Glenn Meyer said. “And being the youngest in the league we saw the kids really step forward and really, really improve. We just had a great year together and we’re looking forward to doing it again next year. We had a lot of fun. It was a great summer.”

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