Longtime Issaquah baseball coach inducted into hall of fame

December 10, 2013

Rob Reese

Rob Reese

Rob Reese knows there are some impressive names that make up the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Heck, he’s coached against many of them in his 20 years at the helm of Issaquah High School’s program. He just never figured he would join their ranks before he retired.

Reese was inducted into the hallowed halls Nov. 24.

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Drew Lunde signs to play WSU baseball

November 26, 2013

If KingCo Conference baseball fans are looking for a player that resembles Los Angeles Dodgers star Clayton Kershaw, they might find their match in Skyline High School southpaw Drew Lunde.

Last season, Lunde was the staff ace for Skyline, which won the KingCo Crown Division title and finished with a 17-7 record. His stat line was impressive — a 1.73 ERA with 41 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings, and an opponents’ batting average of .138.

It may come as no surprise that Lunde’s big-league role model is Kershaw, a three-time all-star and two-time National League Cy Young Award winner.

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Issaquah Indians place fourth in Hawaii World Series

July 30, 2013

Members of the Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team capped their playing careers in grand fashion, jetting to Oahu to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series July 16-21.

The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, finished the tournament with a 3-4 record, good enough to capture fourth place among the eight teams in the competition.

Contributed Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

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Issaquah Indians pitcher Jackson Meyer hurls a pitch from the mound in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

“It was great to finish the season playing our best baseball,” coach Glenn Meyer said. “Our defense finally showed up as we had our entire team together for really the first time all year.”

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Lakeside Recovery relies on pitching depth for close victories

July 23, 2013

Bradley Hoss, of Lakeside Recovery, digs in at the plate. Hoss, a Skyline High School product, had an RBI double as Lakeside Recovery defeated Chaffey, 2-1, on July 17. By Neil Pierson

Bradley Hoss, of Lakeside Recovery, digs in at the plate. Hoss, a Skyline High School product, had an RBI double as Lakeside Recovery defeated Chaffey, 2-1, on July 17.
By Neil Pierson

Its 2013 record is a gaudy one, but don’t be fooled: The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team has had to win several close contests this season.

Lakeside Recovery stretched its record to 6-2 in one-run games, defeating Chaffey, 2-1, in a nonleague outing at Issaquah High School on July 17. But the team’s biggest win of the campaign might have come a day earlier, when it rallied for a 7-4 triumph in nine innings at Bellingham to capture the Northwest League title.

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Freaky feat

July 16, 2013

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum throws no-hitter

After seven years in Major League Baseball, Liberty High School product Tim Lincecum has accumulated his fair share of accolades.

By Greg Farrar 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, 2012.

By Greg Farrar
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, 2012.

The San Francisco Giants pitcher has won two Cy Young Awards, given to baseball’s best pitcher, two World Series championships and has appeared in four all-star games. He had not, however, thrown a no-hitter, despite the fact that he had come close a few times.

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Indians heading to Hawaii tournament

July 2, 2013

The Issaquah Indians 18U baseball team accepted an invitation to compete in the 2013 Hawaii World Series.

The team, comprised of Issaquah and Skyline high school students, will travel to the island of Oahu to compete in the July 16-21 tournament.

It is the last hurrah for the group, many of whom have played together since T-ball with Issaquah Little League.

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Baseball trio awarded $3,000 in scholarship

July 2, 2013

Baseball trio awarded $3,000 in scholarships

The Sammamish Little League has announced three recipients of this year’s Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship. They are Corbin Powers, of Skyline High School; Garrett Hughes, of Liberty High School; and Justin Vernia, of Issaquah High School.

The league’s scholarship committee awards a $1,000 scholarship each year to three graduating senior baseball players. The award recipients must have made a commitment to play baseball at the collegiate level, and demonstrated attributes that O’Connor did during his life.

O’Connor, a 1999 graduate of Issaquah, died at age 19 following an accident at his summer job. He played baseball for the Eagles and was well known in the community for his leadership and ability to motivate his peers and adults.

The Brock O’Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in July 2000.

 

Kyle Gruber’s one-hitter keeps Lakeside Recovery rolling

June 18, 2013

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Matt Sinatro fouls off a pitch during Lakeside Recovery’s 1-0 loss to Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High, will play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Matt Sinatro fouls off a pitch during Lakeside Recovery’s 1-0 loss to Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High, will play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco.

Kyle Gruber hasn’t played varsity baseball for Skyline High School yet, but if he keeps doing what he did June 13, coach Chris Tamminen won’t be able to hold him back.

Gruber needed only 75 pitches to throw a complete-game one-hitter, leading Lakeside Recovery to a 5-0 victory against the West Seattle Indians in a Double-A American Legion game at Skyline.

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Justin Vernia named All-State defensive MVP

June 18, 2013

Issaquah player almost missed the series, until luck called him up

YAKIMA — There was some interesting karma — or whatever you might want to call it — going on in the championship game of the All-State Baseball Series on June 9. Good manners translated into good deeds at the plate, and an unexpected turn of luck led to a stellar pitching display.

Odd things, big results.

By Lillian O’Rorke Justin Vernia (left), Issaquah High School senior, is safe on first base in a game April 10 against Redmond. He hit two doubles, scoring four runs in a 7-6 victory.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Justin Vernia (left), Issaquah High School senior, is safe on first base in a game April 10 against Redmond. He hit two doubles, scoring four runs in a 7-6 victory.

Marysville-Pilchuck’s Kyle Nobach and Issaquah’s Justin Vernia swept the individual awards, and led Team Baker’s stout pitching and defense to a 7-2 victory against Team Rainier in the title game of the annual senior all-star baseball weekend at Davis Field.

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Lakeside Recovery falls late to Phiten

June 11, 2013

Jake Rosen tosses five hitless innings in no decision

Jake Rosen had barely pitched since his Newport High School baseball team ended its season in late April, but that didn’t stop him from putting together a great outing June 6.

Rosen shut out Phiten Legion of Bellevue through five innings, but Phiten scored a run in the sixth off reliever Clayton Huber to top Lakeside Recovery, 1-0, in a Senior American Legion contest at Issaquah High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Jake Rosen pitches during the June 6 Senior American Legion baseball game against Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Rosen allowed three hits and no runs in five innings, but Lakeside Recovery lost, 1-0.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Jake Rosen pitches during the June 6 Senior American Legion baseball game against Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Rosen allowed three hits and no runs in five innings, but Lakeside Recovery lost, 1-0.

Lakeside Recovery coach Rob Reese said he liked what he saw from Rosen, who allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

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