Lakeside Recovery falls late to Phiten
June 11, 2013
By Neil Pierson
Jake Rosen tosses five hitless innings in no decision
Jake Rosen had barely pitched since his Newport High School baseball team ended its season in late April, but that didn’t stop him from putting together a great outing June 6.
Rosen shut out Phiten Legion of Bellevue through five innings, but Phiten scored a run in the sixth off reliever Clayton Huber to top Lakeside Recovery, 1-0, in a Senior American Legion contest at Issaquah High School.
Lakeside Recovery coach Rob Reese said he liked what he saw from Rosen, who allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.
“He hasn’t pitched much because Newport, they’ve been out of it for a while, so he’s only had, like, three innings in a month,” Reese said. “Five innings is about where he was good to go today, and then he gave us five shutout innings. You can’t ask for much more than that.”
Lakeside Recovery entered the game with five straight wins, and its offense had been red-hot during the streak, averaging more than eight runs per outing. The bats were silenced against Phiten, though, as they managed only three hits and struck out eight times.
Lakeside Recovery’s best scoring chance came in the bottom of the first inning after Matt Sinatro dropped a leadoff double down the left-field line. However, Sinatro was thrown out trying to steal third base, and Phiten ended the threat when Lakeside Recovery’s Justin Vernia grounded into a double play.
Reese credited Phiten’s pitcher with a solid outing, and said Lakeside Recovery didn’t accomplish the type of small-ball tasks that make a difference in a close game.
“We had our shot in the first inning,” Reese said. “We made a base-running error, and we had our three, four hitters up with a guy in scoring position, and we just didn’t get him in. That was the end of our offense today.
“Who knows, if we get two or three runs in the first, it changes the whole game.”
Instead, Rosen was forced to hold Phiten at bay. He dodged a bullet in the third when a base-running error helped squash a rally, and he stranded men in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings.
After finishing third last season at the American Legion World Series in North Carolina, Lakeside Recovery has started 2013 well with a 5-2 record. Reese credits the team’s depth and versatility.
“We’ve got a lot of good players,” the coach said. “It’s a tough time of the year right now for everybody with end-of-the-year school and finals, and football camps and all that, so it’s just a matter of getting everybody here and getting everybody on the same page.”
Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High School, may be one of the team’s best players from his shortstop position. He’ll play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco. He was chosen to play in Washington’s all-state game over the weekend, causing him to miss a few of Lakeside Recovery’s games.
“He’s probably one of the best shortstops around,” Reese said. “He’s just a great player.”
This week, Lakeside Recovery hosts Sedro-Woolley at Issaquah High (6 p.m. June 13), and travels to Sedro-Woolley for a June 15 doubleheader starting at noon. Next week, Lakeside Recovery has home games at Newport High against Phiten and Wollochet Baseball Club of Gig Harbor.