Lakeside zeroes in on American Legion baseball regionals

July 29, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. July 29, 2015

Lakeside Recovery won its first three games at the Senior American Legion state tournament, putting the team in prime position to earn a berth at next week’s regional championships.

Lakeside Recovery (32-15) was scheduled to face the Kennewick Outlaws on July 27, after press time, with a win putting the group of Issaquah, Skyline and Newport high school players in the July 28 state title game at Bellingham’s Joe Martin Field.

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Lakeside Recovery rides momentum to state

July 16, 2015

Good baseball teams know successful seasons don’t happen simply by beating lesser teams — they challenge themselves against opponents who are older, wiser and more talented.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Alec Cordova hits during the fourth inning of a July 9 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game against the Kirkland Merchants at Issaquah High School. Kirkland won, 6-0.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Alec Cordova hits during the fourth inning of a July 9 Senior Babe Ruth baseball game against the Kirkland Merchants at Issaquah High School. Kirkland won, 6-0.

That’s the philosophy the Lakeside Recovery Senior Babe Ruth squad follows, and they hope their difficult schedule will put them in prime position to win the most important games of the 2015 season.

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Pitching keys Lakeside Recovery to doubleheader sweep

July 9, 2015

A season that’s been defined by superb pitching got even better for Lakeside Recovery last week as the team returned to the friendly confines of Issaquah High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Todd Reese delivers during the first game of a July 1 doubleheader against the ESC Tigers. Reese was masterful in a 9-0 win, allowing five hits and striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Todd Reese delivers during the first game of a July 1 doubleheader against the ESC Tigers. Reese was masterful in a 9-0 win, allowing five hits and striking out 10 batters in seven innings.

Pitchers Todd Reese and Jack Dellinger didn’t allow a run in Lakeside’s July 1 Senior American Legion doubleheader sweep of the visiting Evergreen Sports Center Tigers. Lakeside not only kept control of the Northwest League lead at 18-1, but added to its stellar defensive numbers this summer.

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Lakeside Recovery’s complete effort nets seventh straight win

July 2, 2015

In pursuit of its seventh straight win, the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team didn’t waste much time putting its opponent in a deep hole.

Bolstered by a five-run second inning, Lakeside Recovery went on to beat Juanita Boyz, 11-0, in a Northwest League game June 23 at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland.

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Lakeside Recovery continues hot start

June 25, 2015

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team kept rolling last week, and sits in first place in the Northwest Division after a five-game winning streak.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of players at Issaquah, Skyline and Newport high schools — finished the week June 21 with a 3-1 victory over Bellevue-Phiten at Interlake High School in Bellevue. Lakeside improved its record to 15-5 overall, 14-1 in division play.

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Liberty takes fourth at state baseball tourney

June 3, 2015

Whether the Liberty High School baseball team liked it or not, the label “underdog” was slapped on the Patriots from the moment they qualified for the Class 2A state tournament.

It stemmed from a cursory peek at their record — it was below .500 — and continued with a look at their regular-season standings, as they finished seventh out of eight teams in the 3A/2A KingCo Conference.

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Liberty baseball team makes state’s final four and other notes

May 26, 2015

NEW — 3:40 p.m. May 26, 2015

Something special is brewing on the Liberty baseball diamond.

The Patriots are in the state’s final four, after a weekend in which they eliminated Tumwater and then North Kitsap at Centralia’s Wheeler Field May 23.

Nate Steffens threw a complete game shutout, while Torey Anderson collected three hits to propel the Patriots to a 3-0 win over Tumwater. The Thunderbirds came into the contest with a 16-6 record and consistently found themselves in the top 10 of state rankings.

Liberty continued to stun spectators with a 4-3 come-from-behind win over North Kitsap. Read more

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Skyline baseball makes first return to state since 2010

May 20, 2015

The Skyline High School baseball team is headed back to the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in five seasons.

The Spartans advanced to state by winning four consecutive elimination games at the KingCo Conference tournament. They capped the run with a 7-3 victory over Woodinville — on the Falcons’ home field — and open state play at 10 a.m. May 23 against the Snohomish Panthers.

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Near perfection — Nate Steffens’ no-hitter propels Liberty into a state regional berth

May 12, 2015

Despite a regular season record below .500, and a seventh-place finish in the eight-team KingCo 3A/2A Conference, the Liberty High School baseball team is headed to state.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liberty High School pitcher Nate Steffens winds up to pitch in the Patriots’ 10-0 win over Foster. Steffens threw a no-hitter and came just an error away from a perfect game.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liberty High School pitcher Nate Steffens winds up to pitch in the Patriots’ 10-0 win over Foster. Steffens threw a no-hitter and came just an error away from a perfect game.

After a two-win day in the District 2/3 2A baseball tournament May 9, the Patriots are guaranteed a state regionals berth. They’ll continue district play next week to determine which seed they’ll get.

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Eagles beat rival Spartans, 8-3

April 14, 2015

Both Issaquah and Skyline high school head baseball coaches are looking for signs of improvement in their young squads.

So for each, picking a win over their arch rival in KingCo Conference competition April 10 would be just what the doctor ordered.

It was the Eagles who completed their first two-game winning streak in conference action, culminating with an 8-3 win.

By Greg Farrar Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School junior pitcher, strikes out two Skyline batters and gets the third to ground out during the third inning April 10 at the Skyline High School field.

By Greg Farrar
Jack Dellinger, Issaquah High School junior pitcher, strikes out two Skyline batters and gets the third to ground out during the third inning April 10 at the Skyline High School field.

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