Issaquah Indians baseball off to hot start

June 4, 2013

The Issaquah Indians 18-and-under baseball team began its 2013 summer season with nine straight wins.

The team will play a 50-game schedule in the American Senior Legion and Pony Palomino Baseball Leagues.

Many of the players have been playing together since T-ball with Issaquah Little League.

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Liberty limps into postseason

May 7, 2013

Darren Peterson (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the applause of Patriot parents in the fourth inning and celebrates the first of his two home runs against Mount Si by sharing a high-five with teammate Kyler Rose. Photo By Greg Farrar

Darren Peterson (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the applause of Patriot parents in the fourth inning and celebrates the first of his two home runs against Mount Si by sharing a high-five with teammate Kyler Rose. Photo By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School baseball team scored six runs in its May 2 regular season loss to Mount Si, and senior Darren Peterson was responsible for all of them.

The Liberty first baseman had an impressive day at the plate, going 3-4 with two homeruns and six RBIs.

“It felt pretty good,” he said after the team’s regular season finale. “Yesterday, we had a nice batting practice that got us loose and ready for today’s game.”

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Sizzling Spartans

April 16, 2013

Skyline wins battle of division leaders in 1-0 win over Eastlake

By Lillian O’Rorke Corbin Powers, Skyline High School senior, pitches against Eastlake April 8, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings en route to a 1-0 Spartans win.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Corbin Powers, Skyline High School senior, pitches against Eastlake April 8, allowing just six hits with four strikeouts and one walk in six innings en route to a 1-0 Spartans win.

It wasn’t just a matchup of neighboring plateau baseball teams April 8. It was a battle between the leaders of KingCo’s two divisions when the Skyline Spartans edged out the Eastlake Wolves in a single-run game.

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Issaquah rallies to beat Redmond, 7-6

April 16, 2013

The Issaquah High School baseball team grabbed its fourth consecutive league-win April 10 when it came from behind at the bottom of the sixth inning to beat Redmond, 7-6.

“It was a good game,” said Justin Vernia, a senior at Issaquah High School. “The beginning was kind of slow. We weren’t all there. We weren’t very energetic, but as the game went on, we got more into it.”

By Lillian O’Rorke Justin Vernia, Issaquah High School senior, hits his 3-RBI double to take the lead in the sixth inning for a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory April 10 against Redmond.

By Lillian O’Rorke
Justin Vernia, Issaquah High School senior, hits his 3-RBI double to take the lead in the sixth inning for a come-from-behind, 7-6 victory April 10 against Redmond.

The Issaquah Eagles started the game off with one run in the bottom of the first, but didn’t score again for the next three innings. After knocking down two runs in the third, Redmond was ahead 2-1.

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Eastside Catholic is undefeated six games in

April 2, 2013

After winning the Metro League Championship and taking second in state last year, the Eastside Catholic baseball team is at it again this season, boasting a 6-0 record as of March 31.

“This is an amazing group of young men, both on and off the field,” coach Kyle Larsen wrote in an email. “These boys have an incredible work ethic and great team chemistry.”

Much of the team is still intact from last season with several returning seniors, including left-handed pitcher Alex Foley, of Issaquah. Foley was named first-team All-State last year and was the team’s winning pitcher in its latest game when Eastside Catholic beat Lakeside, 4-0, March 26. During that game, Foley pitched six innings and earned seven strikeouts.

 

 

Boys’ seasons come down to experience

March 12, 2013

Issaquah

The Issaquah High School Eagles’ 2012 season saw a young squad win five in a row at the end to qualify for state.

Now, that squad is a year older and preparing for what coach Rob Reese said could be its breakout year.

“It’s a pretty good mix,” he said. “It’s a really, really good junior class and a group we’ve been counting on to have good things from.”

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School baseball players huddle before they split into two squads March 6 for a practice game.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School baseball players huddle before they split into two squads March 6 for a practice game.

Ten players are coming back this season.

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club earns third in American Legion World Series

August 28, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich, Lakeside Recovery pitcher, throws against Pacific Tech Construction July 14 at Bannerwood Park during the regular season Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club only lost two games in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., both to the same pitcher. Genetically, that is.

Brooklawn’s twin phenoms Casey and Cody Brown held Lakeside in check in the two games, limiting the Bellevue team to two runs in their first meeting Aug. 19, and only three runs in the Aug. 21 semifinal game. Both games were one-run affairs.

“We ran into a tough left-hander, and they got the big hit when they needed it with two outs,” Lakeside head coach Rob Reese said. “We got our chances in the eighth inning and we only got one out of it. There’s not much room for error when you get to that level. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we had a couple shots, but we just didn’t get it that day.”

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club nears national title

August 21, 2012

With only two games standing between them and an American Legion World Series title, Rob Reese’s Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club will find out if it has what it takes to bring the hardware home.

After going undefeated in the Senior Legion State Tournament in Selah, the team packed it up and went to Billings, Mont., to participate in the Senior Legion Regional Tournament.

It was there where the players’ offense came alive — they scored an average of 9.8 runs a game, losing only one game to Idaho Falls, by a score of 6-3.

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Lakeside to play for American Legion World Series title

August 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 21, 2012

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club defeated New Orleans 10-6 on Monday, launching them into the championship round of the American Legion World Series in Shelby N.C.

Jacob Rosen was the winning pitcher, going four and two-thirds innings giving up only two runs on seven hits. Lakeside took an early lead and piled on in the later innings taking advantage of some wild New Orleans pitching.

Right fielder Andrew Kemmerer and second basemen Jake Bakamus each came off the bench with three RBI.

Lakeside will face Brooklawn, N.J., Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Lakeside’s only loss in the World Series came at the hands of Brooklawn on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 in 10 innings.

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Positions open for Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club

July 31, 2012

The Bellevue Warriors Baseball Club is recruiting players for its 13 and under, 14 and under and 15 and under teams for 2013.

Several parents from Newcastle organized the Warriors team in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

Athletes from across the Eastside are welcome to participate.

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