Issaquah Indians place fourth in Hawaii World Series

July 30, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy

Members of the Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team capped their playing careers in grand fashion, jetting to Oahu to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series July 16-21.

The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, finished the tournament with a 3-4 record, good enough to capture fourth place among the eight teams in the competition.

Contributed Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

“It was great to finish the season playing our best baseball,” coach Glenn Meyer said. “Our defense finally showed up as we had our entire team together for really the first time all year.”

The Indians secured their finish with a win in the consolation bracket championship game against Big Island All-Stars. Troy Potensky knocked the game open with a bases-clearing double, while Anders Lindberg pitched six strong innings to secure the 11-6 victory, Meyer said.

Conditions were ripe for an offensive explosion, thanks to the hot air and large Hawaii playfields, Meyer said. The Indians hit the ball hard the entire tournament, notching a multitude of extra-base hits, resulting in several high-scoring games.

Meyer singled out Kevin Letourneau, Ryan Siefkes, Zach Garner, Chris Young and Anders Lindberg as Issaquah Indians who had solid performances at the plate.

The pitchers stepped up, too, putting together a string of gutsy pitching performances, Meyer said.

“On the mound, Jackson Meyer was a horse, pitching a complete game in sticky, humid 92 degree heat and then came back on two days rest and gave us five more strong innings,” Meyer said.

Kyle Thomas had quite the tournament working behind the plate, throwing out a staggering six would-be base-stealers.

“By our last two games, the word got out and the other teams didn’t attempt to steal much at all,” Meyer said.

The tournament pitted the Indians against some of the top teams from Hawaii, and the Issaquah team more than held its own.

“The other thing that stood out to me during the tournament is just how much baseball talent there is in our area,” Meyer said. “We finished in the bottom half of the standings in our senior American Legion League but were able to compete at a high level against the best teams here in Hawaii.”

The Indians took full advantage of their time playing in paradise, using their downtime to go snorkeling, surfing and swimming, Meyer said.

One of the more meaningful excursions, though, was a trip to the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

“To be able to stand on hallowed ground and see where World War II began for our country and ended, the USS Missouri, which accepted the formal surrender of Japan, is also at Pearl Harbor, I think was something our group will never forget,” Meyer said.

It was the last time many of the players, who have been together since playing T-ball, will ever play baseball, so emotions were flowing after the very last game, Meyer said. All of the players will now head off to college for their freshman years within the next few months.

“I watched these guys grow up,” Meyer said. “They are like an extended family, so it’s kind of emotional for a coach.”

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