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

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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Skyline hurler Sam Lawrence no-hits Eastlake

April 7, 2015

The Skyline High School baseball team figured to rely heavily this season on the left arm of Sam Lawrence, who showed exactly what he’s capable of during an April 1 game against Eastlake.

by Greg Farrar Above, Sam Lawrence, Skyline High School senior pitcher, throws to Cole Peterson, Camilo Acosta and Nathan Mano, of Eastlake, April 1 during the third inning of his no-hitter on the way to the Spartans’ 7-0 win.

by Greg Farrar
Sam Lawrence, Skyline High School senior pitcher, throws to Cole Peterson, Camilo Acosta and Nathan Mano, of Eastlake, April 1 during the third inning of his no-hitter on the way to the Spartans’ 7-0 win.

Lawrence tossed a no-hitter — his first at any level of the game — and led the Spartans to a 7-0 victory over the visiting Wolves in Class 4A KingCo Conference action.

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Young Eagles team off to rocky league start

March 31, 2015

The Issaquah High School baseball team has stumbled out of the starting gate to the 2015 league schedule with the cards stacked against them in the worst possible way.

After a 3-0 non-league win against Garfield to start the season, the Eagles have since been outscored 21-0. (Results of their game against Inglemoor Monday were unavailable before The Press’ deadline.)

By Greg Farrar Bryce Hughes, Issaquah High School sophomore, in the fifth inning after singling one of the Eagles’ four hits in the game, is the only player to reach second base March 27 after teammate Andy Co draws the only walk given up by Redmond senior pitcher Brendan Ecklebarger.

By Greg Farrar
Bryce Hughes, Issaquah High School sophomore, in the fifth inning after singling one of the Eagles’ four hits in the game, is the only player to reach second base March 27 after teammate Andy Co draws the only walk given up by Redmond senior pitcher Brendan Ecklebarger.

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Lakeside Recovery’s season ends at Legion district tournament

July 22, 2014

Lakeside Recovery had a largely successful regular season of Double-A American Legion baseball, but the end came surprisingly quick at last week’s Area 1 South District tournament.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of 17-and-under players from Skyline, Issaquah and Newport high schools — opened the tourney with an 11-1 loss to Juanita, and didn’t find its groove in the next game either, suffering a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Monroe Legends on July 17 at Eastlake High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

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Tossing for a title

July 22, 2014

By Kerry Baker Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

By Kerry Baker
Torey Anderson, who started as a freshman on the Liberty High School varsity baseball team last year, throws a pitch in the USSSA state championship game at Cheney Stadium July 9. His team, Eastside Select Sports 14U, won the game, 8-5.

Lakeside Recovery 17U is traveling bumpy road

July 1, 2014

The Lakeside Recovery 17-and-under American Legion baseball team is learning a difficult lesson this summer — it’s tough to play consistently when your roster is in turmoil.

Coach Chris Tamminen’s squad started the summer with 19 players. One moved away and another five got injured, leaving 13 players eligible for games. Working with a short bench hasn’t been an ideal situation, Tamminen said.

“It’s definitely hurt us as far as moves that we can make during in-game situations,” he said.

By Greg Farrar Tyler Kim (left) of Lakeside Recovery, heads home on a ground-rule double as batter Gunnar Erickson heads for second base with an RBI on a dead ball signal by the umpire in the third inning June 27 against the Kennewick Bandits.

By Greg Farrar
Tyler Kim (left) of Lakeside Recovery, heads home on a ground-rule double as batter Gunnar Erickson heads for second base with an RBI on a dead ball signal by the umpire in the third inning June 27 against the Kennewick Bandits.

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‘The Freak’ throws another no-hitter

July 1, 2014

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum threw his second-career no-hitter June 25, defeating the San Diego Padres, 4-0.

Lincecum, a 2003 Liberty High School graduate known as “The Freak” because of his unorthodox delivery, needed just 113 pitches to put away the Padres, compared to the 148 he used to no-hit the same team nearly a year ago.

Tim Lincecum

Tim Lincecum

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