On fire at state tourney

August 5, 2015

NEW — 3 p.m. Aug. 5, 2015

Contributed The Flame Fastpitch Club’s 12-and-under squad had a successful 2015 season, capping it last month by winning the championship at the Amateur Softball Association’s state tournament in Centralia. They won three other tournaments earlier in the season, and were the runners-up at the National Softball Association’s state tournament, in June in the Tri-Cities. The team with several Issaquah and Sammamish residents went on to compete at the ASA Western Regionals in Medford, Oregon. Pictured in the back row (from left) are coaches Michaela Monson, Pat Jones, Phil Scott, David Pingree, Mary Gegus and Teresa Wilson. Second row (from left) Evalyn Morgan, Kelly Hruza, Olivia Pess, Morgan Pingree, Jenna Gegus, Brook Tilson and Hallie Sehlin. Third row (from left) Brooklyn Jones, Leslie Hines, Skylar Maloney, Megan Cotton and Ellie Evans. Front row is Claire Seats.

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The Flame Fastpitch Club’s 12-and-under squad had a successful 2015 season, capping it last month by winning the championship at the Amateur Softball Association’s state tournament in Centralia. They won three other tournaments earlier in the season, and were the runners-up at the National Softball Association’s state tournament, in June in the Tri-Cities. The team with several Issaquah and Sammamish residents went on to compete at the ASA Western Regionals in Medford, Oregon. Pictured in the back row (from left) are coaches Michaela Monson, Pat Jones, Phil Scott, David Pingree, Mary Gegus and Teresa Wilson. Second row (from left) Evalyn Morgan, Kelly Hruza, Olivia Pess, Morgan Pingree, Jenna Gegus, Brook Tilson and Hallie Sehlin. Third row (from left) Brooklyn Jones, Leslie Hines, Skylar Maloney, Megan Cotton and Ellie Evans. Front row is Claire Seats.

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Bullets aim for national title

July 23, 2015

By Lennon Lo The Northwest Bullets, a Seattle-based select fastpitch team, qualified for two national tournaments this summer. It will compete at the American Softball Association 18-and-under Gold Nationals, July 19-25 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and at the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals, Aug. 1-8 in Huntington Beach, California. The team includes six players from the Issaquah School District: Liberty High School’s Kendall Kauzlarich; Skyline High School’s Camille Goo and Lauren Lo; and Issaquah High School’s Tatum Dow, Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson.

By Lennon Lo
The Northwest Bullets, a Seattle-based select fastpitch team, qualified for two national tournaments this summer. It will compete at the American Softball Association 18-and-under Gold Nationals, July 19-25 in Hillsboro, Oregon, and at the Premier Girls Fastpitch Nationals, Aug. 1-8 in Huntington Beach, California. The team includes six players from the Issaquah School District: Liberty High School’s Kendall Kauzlarich; Skyline High School’s Camille Goo and Lauren Lo; and Issaquah High School’s Tatum Dow, Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson.

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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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Issaquah rallies to beat Eastlake, 7-4, in girls fastpitch

May 20, 2015

Some teams might have pushed the panic button after blowing a four-run lead, but the Issaquah High School fastpitch team just shrugged and kept smiling.

After host Eastlake put up a four-run fifth inning to tie the score, the Eagles responded with three runs in the top of sixth and held on for a 7-4 victory in the regular-season finale of Class 4A KingCo Conference play May 14.

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Hot-hitting Issaquah tops Skyline in fastpitch rivalry

April 21, 2015

Winter Ridgeway said it’s not unusual for Issaquah High School’s offense to start slowly, but given time, the Eagles can be very productive hitters.

Trailing by two runs after three innings, Issaquah put together three big innings at the plate and overwhelmed rival Skyline, 12-4, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch game on April 15 in Sammamish.

The Eagles (7-2 overall, 4-2 KingCo) grabbed the lead with four runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the fifth, and slammed the door on Skyline’s hopes with a six-run sixth.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

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Liberty’s Sydney Hopper excels on and off field

April 14, 2015

Sydney Hopper has enjoyed heroic moments in softball.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

By Mark Harrison/The Seattle Times
Sydney Hopper, Liberty High School senior pitcher, throws against Lake Washington batters during their April 7 fastpitch game.

Winning hits at the plate, game-saving strikeouts in the pitching circle.

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Patriots softball team off to quick start

April 14, 2015

As the Liberty High School softball team nears its halfway point, the Patriots are nearly perfect.

Two narrow losses to defending 2A state champion Lake Washington are the only things that kept Liberty from a 9-0 start. Despite near perfection, first-year head coach Jon Kinsley said the team is pleased, but not satisfied.

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Spartans’ offensive woes continue in 3-1 loss

April 7, 2015

The Skyline High School fastpitch team has started the season with four losses in five games, and the results can largely be chalked up to one thing — the Spartans aren’t doing enough on offense.

Skyline dropped a 3-1 decision to visiting Eastlake April 1 in Class 4A KingCo Conference play. The Spartans’ record fell to 1-4 overall, 0-3 in conference, as their offensive drought continued.

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Northwest Bullets shoot for nationals

July 8, 2014

By Lisa Lo The Northwest Bullets 16-and-under fastpitch team, which includes seven players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, qualified for the Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament to be held July 19-27 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are head coach Kris Zacher, assistant coach Ali Hooks, Kendall Kauzlarich (Liberty), Maddy Trout (Mount Si), Megan Marino (Bothell), Lauren Lo (Skyline), Marnie Skinner (Moses Lake), Camille Goo (Skyline), and assistant coach Greg Erwin. Front row, from left to right, are Kelsey Bechtholdt (Granite Falls), Molly Spaniac (Skyline), Justi Johnson (Issaquah), Sydney Schultz (Issaquah), Morgan Bevell (Issaquah), Madelyn Carlson (Enumclaw) and assistant coach Tom Kauzlarich.

By Lisa Lo
The Northwest Bullets 16-and-under fastpitch team, which includes seven players from Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high schools, qualified for the Premier Girls Fastpitch national tournament to be held July 19-27 in Huntington Beach, Calif. Pictured in the back row, left to right, are head coach Kris Zacher, assistant coach Ali Hooks, Kendall Kauzlarich (Liberty), Maddy Trout (Mount Si), Megan Marino (Bothell), Lauren Lo (Skyline), Marnie Skinner (Moses Lake), Camille Goo (Skyline), and assistant coach Greg Erwin. Front row, from left to right, are Kelsey Bechtholdt (Granite Falls), Molly Spaniac (Skyline), Justi Johnson (Issaquah), Sydney Schultz (Issaquah), Morgan Bevell (Issaquah), Madelyn Carlson (Enumclaw) and assistant coach Tom Kauzlarich.

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Patriots’ fastpitch makes quick exit from state tourney

June 3, 2014

The Liberty High School fastpitch team’s postseason magic came to an end May 30 after two consecutive losses in the 3A state tournament at Lacey’s Regional Athletic Complex.

Liberty was dealt the toughest possible opening-round game when it was matched up with Kamiakin, winners of the previous two state championships. The Braves went on to make it three in a row before the weekend ended.

The Patriots fell to Kamiakin, 12-6. Despite the loss, Liberty’s offense was the only Kamiakin tournament opponent to score more than three runs against the champions.

By Greg Farrar Madison Jones (left), Liberty High School sophomore, is plowed into by Riley Gregoire, Bainbridge junior second baseman, running in at top speed with the ball to cover first base, during the third inning of their 3A state tournament fastpitch game May 30 in Lacey.

By Greg Farrar
Madison Jones (left), Liberty High School sophomore, is plowed into by Riley Gregoire, Bainbridge junior second baseman, running in at top speed with the ball to cover first base, during the third inning of their 3A state tournament fastpitch game May 30 in Lacey.

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