Skyline’s outfielder named to all-area baseball team

June 3, 2014

Skyline High School senior Cole Blackburn was named to The Seattle Times’ All-Area baseball team.

Blackburn, an outfielder, had a solid season at the plate, batting .365 with four home runs, three triples and seven doubles. He stole 10 bases and had a fielding percentage of .971.

He helped the Spartans (13-10 overall) capture the KingCo Conference Crown Division title.

Blackburn will play football next year at the University of Redlands in California.

Sydney Schultz powers Issaquah to win over Ballard

May 6, 2014

By Greg Farrar Winter Ridgeway, Issaquah High School junior, pitches April 30 during a tough third inning against Ballard. Ridgeway hit an RBI and pitched a complete game in the 5-3 win.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Winter Ridgeway, Issaquah High School junior, pitches April 30 during a tough third inning against Ballard. Ridgeway hit an RBI and pitched a complete game in the 5-3 win.

Issaquah High School sophomore Sydney Schultz’s first-inning homerun trot ended with a rather emphatic stomp on home plate.

Just a half-inning earlier, the Eagles watched as umpires erased a Ballard home run, after the hitter failed to touch home plate on her way back to the dugout.

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Play at the plate

May 6, 2014


Maddy O’Connor, Liberty High School catcher, tags out Mount Si’s Emily Webb at home during the third inning of their May 2 fastpitch game. The Patriots lost to their division rival, 6-8, one day after an 8-4 win in a rainout make-up game.

Plate Patience

April 22, 2014

Issaquah uses timely hitting for 7-3 victory

By Neil Pierson Ty Gibson (right), Issaquah High School junior, puts the ball in play during the Eagles’ 7-3 win over Woodinville April 18 in a KingCo Conference baseball game.

By Neil Pierson
Ty Gibson (right), Issaquah High School junior, puts the ball in play during the Eagles’ 7-3 win over Woodinville April 18 in a KingCo Conference baseball game.

After scoring two early runs, the Issaquah Eagles had trouble getting more offensive production.

Trailing 3-2 in the fifth inning, though, Issaquah used some patient at-bats to draw walks and drive in runs. The Eagles pushed across two runs to take the lead, then added three insurance runs in the sixth for a 7-3 victory against the visiting Woodinville Falcons in a Class 4A KingCo Conference baseball game on April 18.

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Issaquah fastpitch holds little league day

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah High School fastpitch team will hold a special clinic for Issaquah Little League players April 27.

The varsity team’s players and coaches will serve as instructors at the free clinic. It will take place on the school’s field or gymnasium, depending on the weather. There are four training sessions organized by the different little league age divisions.

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No Mercy

April 15, 2014

Eagles throttle sedro-woolley, 13-1

Photos By Greg Farrar Mitchell Morimoto, Issaquah High School senior, smashes the first of two home runs in one inning, in an April 12 baseball game against Sedro-Woolley. Morimoto led off the third inning with this solo shot. After six more runs, including a three-RBI ground-rule triple by senior Derek Chapman, and a pitching change by the Cubs, Morimoto hit another solo shot with two outs. The Eagles won, 13-1, in a mercy-shortened five-inning game.

Photos By Greg Farrar
Mitchell Morimoto, Issaquah High School senior, smashes the first of two home runs in one inning, in an April 12 baseball game against Sedro-Woolley. Morimoto led off the third inning with this solo shot. After six more runs, including a three-RBI ground-rule triple by senior Derek Chapman, and a pitching change by the Cubs, Morimoto hit another solo shot with two outs. The Eagles won, 13-1, in a mercy-shortened five-inning game.

By Greg Farrar Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School senior, slides for a two-RBI triple during the first inning.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Gellatly, Issaquah High School senior, slides for a two-RBI triple during the first inning.

Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School sophomore pitcher, gets three Sedro-Woolley batters up and down in the second inning of the April 12 baseball game. Dellinger went the distance, improving his record to 2-0, striking out five, with three hits, in the 13-1 victory.

Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School sophomore pitcher, gets three Sedro-Woolley batters up and down in the second inning of the April 12 baseball game. Dellinger went the distance, improving his record to 2-0, striking out five, with three hits, in the 13-1 victory.

Liberty falls to Juanita, 6-5

April 8, 2014

Sloppy defense plagues Patriots

By Greg Farrar Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, battles during the sixth inning against Juanita on April 2, claiming six strikeouts during the game in a 6-5 loss.

By Greg Farrar
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School pitcher, battles during the sixth inning against Juanita on April 2, claiming six strikeouts during the game in a 6-5 loss.

As second-year Liberty High School fastpitch coach Zach Bartholomew analyzed the Patriots’ 6-5 loss to Juanita on April 2, he pointed to one inning.

In a game of numbers, one sloppy inning is all it takes to seal the fate of a team, and it was the top of Liberty’s third inning that proved costly.

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Spartans subdue Eagles in conference opener

April 8, 2014

The fastpitch rivalry between the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans always has intensity, and last week’s clash to open Class 4A KingCo Conference play was no different.

Facing off against former teammates Winter Ridgeway and Tia Hedman, the Spartans used a fourth-inning surge and rallied past the Eagles, 5-3, on April 1 at Skyline High School.

Photos by Greg Farrar At left, Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory. Above, Lauren Lo (11), Skyline High School freshman shortstop, reaches home on a wild pitch as Issaquah pitcher Winter Ridgeway comes in to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior batter Riley Davidson watches the run come in.

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 Lauren Lo (11), Skyline High School freshman shortstop, reaches home on a wild pitch as Issaquah pitcher Winter Ridgeway comes in to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior batter Riley Davidson watches the run come in.

Caroline Bowman, one of six freshmen starters for Skyline, was superb in leading the comeback. She used her fastball and rise ball effectively to strike out 11 hitters, while limiting the Eagles to five hits and no walks.

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Patriot pounding

April 1, 2014

Liberty blows out rival Hazen, 10-0

By Greg Farrar Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior pitcher, retires three Hazen batters in a row during the third inning of their March 25 baseball game.

By Greg Farrar
Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior pitcher, retires three Hazen batters in a row during the third inning of their March 25 baseball game.

It doesn’t have the same energy as the football or basketball rivalries, but anytime Liberty and Hazen high schools meet on the diamond, it’s always a battle between familiar foes.

Just three miles separate the two schools, and despite the fact they reside in different school districts, many of the students grew up together playing in youth leagues.

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Skyline’s Sam Lawrence pitches Spartans past Garfield Bulldogs

April 1, 2014

After starting the season with three losses, the Skyline High School baseball team was hungry for a win, and the Spartans satisfied their appetites March 26.

Skyline got a dominating performance from starting pitcher Sam Lawrence, and Jason Santiago drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the host Spartans earned a 4-0 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs in a Class 4A KingCo Conference opener.

By Chuck Blackburn Cole Blackburn, Skyline High School senior, extends his lead away from third base as senior Jason Santiago bats.

By Chuck Blackburn
Cole Blackburn, Skyline High School senior, extends his lead away from third base as senior Jason Santiago bats.

The Spartans scored only five runs in nonconference defeats to O’Dea, Auburn Riverside and Eastside Catholic. But they managed enough support for Lawrence, a 6-foot junior left-hander, who stymied Garfield’s offense.

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