Eagles’s softball season ends early
May 21, 2013
By Christina Corrales-Toy
The Issaquah High School softball season officially came to an end May 14 after the Eagles dropped two straight games in the KingCo 4A tournament.
The chance to advance in the tournament hit an early roadblock when the Eagles drew Woodinville as their first-round opponent. Not only did Woodinville win last year’s state championship, but the Falcons are also considered among the top teams in the nation.
Issaquah put up a respectable fight against the top-ranked Falcons, losing 6-0 May 13. It was a considerable improvement from the teams’ first meeting when Woodinville defeated Issaquah 12-2 in just five innings. In that game, however, the Eagles did not face Woodinville’s staff ace, Madi Schreyer.
Schreyer, one of the top players in the nation, put together a dominant performance against the Eagles. She collected 11 strikeouts and no-hit Issaquah to help her team win May 13.
Issaquah ace Kylie Bevell pitched six strong innings, giving up six runs, of which only two were earned, against a potent Woodinville offense.
Heather Benjamin and Lacey Westman showed patience at the plate, each drawing walks for the Eagles against Schreyer.
After the loss, Issaquah was sent to the consolation bracket, where they were paired against Ballard in a loser-out game.
The Eagles put points on the board first when Bevell stroked a homerun to center field in the bottom of the third inning, giving Issaquah a 1-0 lead. Ballard would go on to erupt for three runs in the top of the fifth though, on their way to a 3-1 advantage.
Three runs would prove to be all that Ballard needed to defeat the Eagles, but they added an extra insurance run in the top of the sixth. Issaquah added their second and final run in the bottom of the inning behind Benjamin’s solo homerun to center field.
Bevell went seven innings for Issaquah, giving up four runs on seven hits, with only two earned runs.
The Eagles end the season with a 6-14 record in what has been a bit of a rebuilding year. First-year coach Ron Hatlen managed an Issaquah squad that was young, inexperienced and thin in numbers.
As Hatlen preached throughout the season, though, the future looks bright for Issaquah. The Eagles will return with nearly their entire roster, led by Bevell, the staff ace and cleanup hitter, who is only a sophomore.
Issaquah baseball takes third
After dropping their first game to eventual KingCo champion Woodinville, the Issaquah baseball team had to win three games for a chance to get to the state tournament.
The Eagles did just that on their way to a third-place finish in the league championship. Issaquah defeated Redmond and Eastlake by identical scores of 7-2, before going on to face rival Skyline in a May 9 matchup.
Issaquah’s early 1-0 lead was gone when Skyline responded with two runs in the third. Issaquah erupted for five runs in the sixth and went on to win, 6-2.
The win earned Issaquah the opportunity to host Cascade, of the WesCo Conference, for a spot in the state tournament.
Issaquah lost that game, 5-0, May 13, bringing an end to the Eagles’ season.