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.”
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.
May 6, 2014
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.
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.
April 22, 2014
Issaquah uses timely hitting for 7-3 victory
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.
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.
April 15, 2014
Eagles throttle sedro-woolley, 13-1
April 8, 2014
Sloppy defense plagues Patriots
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.
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.
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.
April 1, 2014
Liberty blows out rival Hazen, 10-0
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.