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

Tim Lincecum scheduled to face M’s June 16

June 12, 2012

If all goes according to plan, Tim Lincecum, former Liberty High School and University of Washington star and current San Francisco Giant, will face the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field for the first time in his career.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is having struggles this year, posting a 6.00 earned run average, along with a 2-7 record in his first 13 starts.

The Giants previously visited the Mariners at Safeco during May 2009, but Lincecum pitched the previous day, missing the Mariners series by one day.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. June 16.

Issaquah School District baseball players drafted

June 12, 2012

Three Issaquah School District baseball players were drafted in last week’s Major League Baseball Amateur player draft.

Skyline High School grad and current Bellevue College pitcher Adrian Sampson was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 166th overall pick in the fifth round. His Bellevue College teammate and Liberty High School grad Ian Parmley was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays two rounds later in the seventh round with the 235th overall pick.

Skyline senior catcher Jim Sinatro was chosen in the 35th round by the Houston Astros with the 1,059th overall pick.

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