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.
April 22, 2014
There wasn’t much offense to support Skyline’s Caroline Bowman or Eastlake’s Mikel Charles in last week’s Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch game.
Charles, though, got enough of it to outduel Bowman, and the Wolves knocked off the Spartans, 2-0, April 15 at Skyline High School.
Charles was rarely threatened in leading the Wolves to their fourth KingCo win in five outings. The junior allowed one walk and three hits, all singles, while striking out six in a complete-game effort.
March 18, 2014
There are definite disadvantages in having freshmen fill six of nine starting roles, but Skyline High School fastpitch coach Ken Brooks also believes there’s a bright side.
“No one knows anything about us,” Brooks said. “All they know is we’ve got a bunch of freshmen, and so we’re excited. Every year we get out here, it’s just a new group, and we only lose two seniors this year. Next year, we lose no seniors.”
The Spartans have struggled to recruit players for a few seasons — 14 turned out this spring, 12 the year before. But the team isn’t making excuses, and knows it can win if the chemistry is right and individuals meet expectations.
And Brooks isn’t cutting the team any slack because of its youthfulness.
March 11, 2014
It’s always easier to do something the second time around, just ask Liberty High School softball coach Zach Bartholomew.
Bartholomew is heading into his second year leading the Patriots, and with a year under his belt, both he and the girls have a better idea of who they are and what they need to do as a team to bring the Liberty program back to previous levels of success.
“It’s always great coming into something that you’re a little bit used to,” he said. “I’m not brand new to the program, the players are not brand new to me, so it helps me out a lot.”
March 11, 2014
Eagles welcome Skyline transfers
With just two seniors on its 2014 squad, youth is the Issaquah High School softball team’s overriding theme.
That’s why, more than ever, second-year coach Ron Hatlen is preaching mental toughness and resiliency.
“We’re really going to work on the mental side for these guys,” he said. “I mean, they’ve all played for so long. It’s a matter of trying to turn their brain off when they’re out there.”
July 9, 2013
Facing elimination, the Issaquah/Sammamish 9/10 all-star softball team came into their July 5 game against Redmond ready to battle.
The team, comprised of 9- and 10-year-olds from Sammamish and Issaquah little leagues, fell short, though, losing to Redmond, 9-8, in what was a thrilling, back-and-forth finish.
June 4, 2013
Bellevue College freshman softball pitcher Brielle Bray has been selected as the 2013 NWAACC North Region Pitcher of the year.
The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges consists of 27 colleges and community colleges with two-year athletic programs from Washington, Oregon and Canada.
Bray, a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School, was one of only two pitchers in the league to have a 20-win season (20 wins, five losses). She lead NWAACC with four saves, was fourth in strikeouts with 155 and was sixth in ERA at 2.62. Bray also batted .394 for the season.
Bellevue College finished the season in fourth-place at 39-7.
May 21, 2013
When just 12 girls turned out for tryouts, a rebuilding year became a likelihood for the Skyline High School softball team. However, the Spartans hoped their subpar season wouldn’t conclude in as disappointing fashion as it did.
Skyline’s 2013 campaign came to an end May 14 with an 11-3 loss to Newport in a loser-out game of the KingCo 4A Tournament at Inglemoor High School. Opponents outscored the Spartans by a combined margin of 19 in Skyline’s two playoff games, making for a frustrating finish to the season for head coach Ken Brooks.
“We’re not happy at all,” Brooks said. “We’re a better team than we showed this year.”
May 21, 2013
The Issaquah High School softball season officially came to an end May 14 after the Eagles dropped two straight games in the KingCo 4A tournament.
The chance to advance in the tournament hit an early roadblock when the Eagles drew Woodinville as their first-round opponent. Not only did Woodinville win last year’s state championship, but the Falcons are also considered among the top teams in the nation.
Issaquah put up a respectable fight against the top-ranked Falcons, losing 6-0 May 13. It was a considerable improvement from the teams’ first meeting when Woodinville defeated Issaquah 12-2 in just five innings. In that game, however, the Eagles did not face Woodinville’s staff ace, Madi Schreyer.
May 14, 2013
It wasn’t the way the Liberty High School softball team expected the season to end, but after just one game in the KingCo tournament, Mercer Island sent the Patriots home May 9 with a 5-4 loss.
Just two weeks earlier, Liberty defeated Mercer Island, 7-4, but the Patriots failed to match that success during the tournament, showing more of the inconsistency that plagued the team this year.