Lakeside to play for American Legion World Series title

August 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 21, 2012

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club defeated New Orleans 10-6 on Monday, launching them into the championship round of the American Legion World Series in Shelby N.C.

Jacob Rosen was the winning pitcher, going four and two-thirds innings giving up only two runs on seven hits. Lakeside took an early lead and piled on in the later innings taking advantage of some wild New Orleans pitching.

Right fielder Andrew Kemmerer and second basemen Jake Bakamus each came off the bench with three RBI.

Lakeside will face Brooklawn, N.J., Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Lakeside’s only loss in the World Series came at the hands of Brooklawn on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 in 10 innings.

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Positions open for Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club

July 31, 2012

The Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club is recruiting players for its 13 and under, 14 and under and 15 and under teams for 2013.

Several parents from Newcastle organized the Warriors team in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

Athletes from across the Eastside are welcome to participate.

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Lakeside Recovery 15U prepares youths for future

July 31, 2012

Frank Lawhead, head coach of the Lakeside Recovery 15U team, knows that baseball is a game of failure. After going 29-12 entering the Lee Johnson Tournament July 25-29, his team was ready for a challenge.

“We were playing in an older tournament with some better competition,” Lawhead said.

Lawhead’s team went 1-4, winning their last game in the tournament, 5-3, against Showtime. Despite the rough time over the weekend, Lawhead said he knows it was a good experience for his kids.

“For them to see what they have to do next year is important,” he said. “We’ve done that several times this year, we played in a 16-17-year-old tournament and we did a little bit better there. We’re just trying to get them to understand that when they get to high school there is no age limit, they’re competing against 16-, 17- and 18-year-old kids.

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Issaquah Indians baseball team comes up short in state

July 24, 2012

Ryan Siefkes, Issaquah Indians left fielder, lines a lead-off single in the sixth inning July 20 in the opening round of the 19U Pony State Championship Tournament at Lake Washington High School. By Matt Carstens

Jackson Meyer isn’t your typical frontline starter. He’s not the hardest thrower. He doesn’t rack up the strikeouts. But he does do one thing pretty well.

Win.

“He’s done it all year,” Issaquah Indians head coach Glenn Meyer said. “He doesn’t walk anybody, and keeps us in games. He’s a pitcher, not a thrower. He’s done it all year for us, and he’s done it forever. We’re in every game he pitches. He’s always around the plate. He was actually pissed, he walked a guy today. He’s walked three guys in 100 innings, we don’t give up extra bases when he’s on the mound.”

And Jackson continued to do that June 20 against the Stallions at Lake Washington High School. Jackson didn’t allow a run until the fifth inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly. By that time the Indians had gone ahead in the third inning and never looked back.

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Lakeside Recovery pitcher Brandon Mahovlich gasses competition

July 17, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich smokes in a pitch for Lakeside Recovery to a batter from Pacific Tech Construction in the fourth inning July 14 during the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park. By Greg Farrar

Lakeside Recovery catcher Jim Sinatro squatted down behind the plate July 14 at Bannerwood Field. As pitcher Brandon Mahovlich peered in for the sign, Sinatro extended only his index finger.

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Field of Champions 14U Bears win league championship

July 17, 2012

The Field of Champions 14U Bears won their league championship July 9 after finishing 5-1 in the championship tournament.

The team was led by coaches George Fletcher and Tommy Brown, both of whom are Issaquah High School graduates.

“I would say the difference in the tournament was the pitching depth and our defense,” general manager Alan Patrick said. “Those were the two biggest strengths throughout the tournament.”

The Bears were faced with an extra game because of their draw, so the pitching depth provided them enough innings to overcome the challenge.

They won the championship game 4-3.

“It was a great game,” Patrick said. “A lot of offensive and defensive highlights. The cool thing about the tournament is that every single kid had a moment that was key to us progressing and winning the championship. So all 13 players contributed to the championship. It was a complete team effort.”

Issaquah Indians eye repeat as league champs

July 3, 2012

The Issaquah Indians huddle before the taking the field on defense in the bottom of the fifth inning June 28 with a 3-1 lead against the Bothell Blue Devils. Issaquah won, 9-3. By Greg Farrar

There’s only one thing harder than winning the Pony Baseball’s Northwest Regional Championship. And that’s doing it two years in a row.

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Lakeside Recovery rides hot streak to postseason

July 3, 2012

When they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, they’re not.

And after June 30’s 13-1 routing of Prep Sportswear’s ball club at Bothell High School, the Lakeside Recovery team proved just that.

Lakeside coach Rob Reese said that kind of winning margin — the team has scored at least seven runs in 10 of the team’s 14 wins this season — is not uncommon for this year’s team.

“Offensively, we’re kind of contagious,” he said. “We can be hit and miss offensively, though. When we do hit, everyone hits. When we don’t hit well, nobody hits well.”

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Dodd Field gets new turf, opens to Little League

June 26, 2012

Project Manager Greg Crockett and son Torin Crockett cut the ribbon June 9 at the opening of Dodd Field. By Juan Gonzalez

On June 9, Issaquah Little League celebrated the opening of two new artificial turf fields at Dodd Field behind Issaquah Valley Elementary School. The fields are named after Terry Dodd, former league president and 30-year volunteer.

The dedication included baseball-themed music provided by the Issaquah High School marching band, a ribbon cutting ceremony, three championship baseball games, and a variety of attractions including a dunk tank and speed pitching booth.

Issaquah Little League began the $320,000 project to add turf to Dodd Field in October 2010.

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Return of the freak show as Tim Lincecum makes pitching debut at Safeco Field

June 19, 2012

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16. By Greg Farrar

With their season on the line in a loser-out playoff game in the KingCo tournament, the 2003 Liberty Patriots knew they something had to give. Read more

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