Tossing for a title

July 22, 2014

By Kerry Baker Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

By Kerry Baker
Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

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Lakeside Recovery 17U is traveling bumpy road

July 1, 2014

The Lakeside Recovery 17-and-under American Legion baseball team is learning a difficult lesson this summer — it’s tough to play consistently when your roster is in turmoil.

Coach Chris Tamminen’s squad started the summer with 19 players. One moved away and another five got injured, leaving 13 players eligible for games. Working with a short bench hasn’t been an ideal situation, Tamminen said.

“It’s definitely hurt us as far as moves that we can make during in-game situations,” he said.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Kim (left) of Lakeside Recovery, heads home on a ground-rule double as batter Gunnar Erickson heads for second base with an RBI on a dead ball signal by the umpire in the third inning June 27 against the Kennewick Bandits.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Kim (left) of Lakeside Recovery, heads home on a ground-rule double as batter Gunnar Erickson heads for second base with an RBI on a dead ball signal by the umpire in the third inning June 27 against the Kennewick Bandits.

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‘The Freak’ throws another no-hitter

July 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.

Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

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All-KingCo baseball teams announced

July 1, 2014

The 2014 KingCo Conference baseball teams were announced after the season finished last month. Coaches made the selections.

Class 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

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Andrew Kemmerer named top athlete at Edmonds Community College

June 24, 2014

Andrew Kemmerer, a 2012 Issaquah High School graduate, was named the 2013-14 Male Athlete of the Year at Edmonds Community College.

Kemmerer helped the Tritons baseball team win the 2014 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges championship. He was a two-year starter at pitcher, and led the NWAACC in wins in his final season.

He’ll continue playing baseball next year for Central Arkansas University.

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All-league baseball teams announced

June 24, 2014

Baseball coaches in both the KingCo 4A and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 season.

 KingCo 4A

First team: 3B Jason Santiago, senior, Skyline; OF Cole Blackburn, senior, Skyline; OF Mitchell Morimoto, senior, Issaquah; P Drew Lunde, senior, Skyline

Second team: OF Derek Chapman, senior, Issaquah; U Ryan Peart, senior, Issaquah

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Orioles draft Liberty High product John McLeod

June 24, 2014

John McLeod, a 2010 Liberty High School graduate playing at Wake Forest University, was selected by the Baltimore Orioles June 7 in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.

McLeod was chosen in the 21st round with the 631st overall pick. The redshirt junior, a left-handed pitcher, struck out 48 batters in 58 innings for Wake Forest in 2014.

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All-league softball teams announced

June 17, 2014

Fastpitch coaches in both the KingCo 4A and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 season.

 

KingCo 4A

First team: 2B Camille Goo, freshman, Skyline; and OF Sydney Schultz, sophomore, Issaquah

Second team: P Caroline Bowman, freshman, Skyline; 1B Riley Davidson, senior, Skyline; and DH Morgan Bevell, freshman, Issaquah

Honorable mention:

  • Skyline — Madisen Camp-Chimenti, Lauren Lo, Emma Patterson and Molly Spaniac
  • Issaquah — Amelia Cunningham, Michelle Fowler, Justi Johnson and Winter Ridgeway

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Hungry veterans lead Lakeside Recovery’s fast start

June 10, 2014

It’s not as though the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team had a poor 2013 season, but there wasn’t the same chemistry that carried the squad to the World Series in 2012.

Lakeside Recovery finished with a 10-2 record in Northwest League games last season, but was eliminated at the state tournament in July. The reason, longtime head coach Rob Reese said, is there weren’t enough leaders on a relatively inexperienced roster.

“We lost a lot of guys off the World Series team,” Reese said. “We had a few guys back, but they weren’t too vocal. And now they’ve grown up a little bit.”

By Neil Pierson Danny Sinatro, Lakeside Recovery shortstop, tags out a Phiten base runner during a June 4 Senior American Legion baseball game at Newport High School in Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery won, 4-2.

By Neil Pierson
Danny Sinatro, Lakeside Recovery shortstop, tags out a Phiten base runner during a June 4 Senior American Legion baseball game at Newport High School in Bellevue. Lakeside Recovery won, 4-2.

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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.

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