Redmond all-stars send local girls home

July 9, 2013

By Christina Corrales-Toy Samantha Nemiroff slides safely into home, putting the Issaquah/Sammamish all stars up 1-0 in the first inning against Redmond on July 5. Redmond ultimately won, 9-8.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Samantha Nemiroff slides safely into home, putting the Issaquah/Sammamish all stars up 1-0 in the first inning against Redmond on July 5. Redmond ultimately won, 9-8.

Facing elimination, the Issaquah/Sammamish 9/10 all-star softball team came into their July 5 game against Redmond ready to battle.

The team, comprised of 9- and 10-year-olds from Sammamish and Issaquah little leagues, fell short, though, losing to Redmond, 9-8, in what was a thrilling, back-and-forth finish.

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Brielle Bray named pitcher of the year

June 4, 2013

Bellevue College freshman softball pitcher Brielle Bray has been selected as the 2013 NWAACC North Region Pitcher of the year.

The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges consists of 27 colleges and community colleges with two-year athletic programs from Washington, Oregon and Canada.

Bray, a 2012 graduate of Issaquah High School, was one of only two pitchers in the league to have a 20-win season (20 wins, five losses). She lead NWAACC with four saves, was fourth in strikeouts with 155 and was sixth in ERA at 2.62. Bray also batted .394 for the season.

Bellevue College finished the season in fourth-place at 39-7.

Spartans ousted in lopsided defeat

May 21, 2013

When just 12 girls turned out for tryouts, a rebuilding year became a likelihood for the Skyline High School softball team. However, the Spartans hoped their subpar season wouldn’t conclude in as disappointing fashion as it did.

Skyline’s 2013 campaign came to an end May 14 with an 11-3 loss to Newport in a loser-out game of the KingCo 4A Tournament at Inglemoor High School. Opponents outscored the Spartans by a combined margin of 19 in Skyline’s two playoff games, making for a frustrating finish to the season for head coach Ken Brooks.

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Winter Ridgeway delivers a pitch during a game earlier in the season.

“We’re not happy at all,” Brooks said. “We’re a better team than we showed this year.”

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Eagles’s softball season ends early

May 21, 2013

The Issaquah High School softball season officially came to an end May 14 after the Eagles dropped two straight games in the KingCo 4A tournament.

The chance to advance in the tournament hit an early roadblock when the Eagles drew Woodinville as their first-round opponent. Not only did Woodinville win last year’s state championship, but the Falcons are also considered among the top teams in the nation.

Issaquah put up a respectable fight against the top-ranked Falcons, losing 6-0 May 13. It was a considerable improvement from the teams’ first meeting when Woodinville defeated Issaquah 12-2 in just five innings. In that game, however, the Eagles did not face Woodinville’s staff ace, Madi Schreyer.

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Liberty bounced early from KingCo softball post season

May 14, 2013

It wasn’t the way the Liberty High School softball team expected the season to end, but after just one game in the KingCo tournament, Mercer Island sent the Patriots home May 9 with a 5-4 loss.

By Christina Corrales-Toy Liza VanCamp, Liberty High School shortstop, slides past the Mercer Island catcher to score the Patriots’ first run of the game.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Liza VanCamp, Liberty High School shortstop, slides past the Mercer Island catcher to score the Patriots’ first run of the game.

Just two weeks earlier, Liberty defeated Mercer Island, 7-4, but the Patriots failed to match that success during the tournament, showing more of the inconsistency that plagued the team this year.

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Ballard blanks Skyline, 5-0

May 7, 2013

Spartans retain third rank despite loss

Winter Ridgeway, Skyline High School sophomore, delivers a pitch April 30 against Ballard. By Lillian O’Rorke

Winter Ridgeway, Skyline High School sophomore, delivers a pitch April 30 against Ballard. By Lillian O’Rorke

After suffering a 6-5 loss at home to Skyline High School April 3, Ballard turned the tide April 30 by pulling a 5-0 win over the No. 3 ranked plateau softball team.

“It’s softball, and that’s part of the game,” said Ken Brooks, coach of the Skyline Spartans. “We expected ups and downs with only having 12 kids turn out.”

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Wolves too much for the Eagles in 13-2 loss

April 30, 2013

Sydney Schultz, Issaquah High School center fielder, reaches third base from first on the fourth-inning double by catcher Heather Benjamin (left), in their game April 26 against Eastlake. Photo by By Greg Farrar

Sydney Schultz, Issaquah High School center fielder, reaches third base from first on the fourth-inning double by catcher Heather Benjamin (left), in their game April 26 against Eastlake. Photo by By Greg Farrar

In a season when the win column just doesn’t look pretty, players tend to place undue pressure on themselves to try to power through the adversity.

The youth-laden Issaquah High School softball team knows the feeling all too well as it struggles to turn around a season plagued by injuries and inexperience.

“In the games, they are just trying to win so bad right now that they’re pressing in everything, offense and defense,” first-year Issaquah coach Ron Hatlen said.

There were not too many positives during the April 26 contest between Eastlake and Issaquah. The Wolves needed just six innings to put away the Eagles, 13-2.

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Skyline error proves costly to Eastlake

April 16, 2013

By Lillian O’Rorke Riley Davidson, Skyline High School junior infielder, steps up to bat against Eastlake April 8.

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Riley Davidson, Skyline High School junior infielder, steps up to bat against Eastlake April 8.

Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning April 8, the Skyline High School softball team was leading Eastlake, 2-1, but by the inning’s end it had fallen to 6-2.

The Skyline Spartans first pulled ahead of their plateau neighbors in the top of the fifth by scoring two runs, including one by senior Charlotte Zhao, who went 3 for 4 with a double.

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Patriots not happy with 3-1 win over Thunderbirds

April 2, 2013

By Greg Farrar Miranda Bukantz, Liberty High School catcher, grins as she prepares to put out Haley Newton, of Sammamish, on a double play, to retire the side March 28 during the third inning of the Patriots’ 3-1 win over the Totems.

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Miranda Bukantz, Liberty High School catcher, grins as she prepares to put out Haley Newton, of Sammamish, on a double play, to retire the side March 28 during the third inning of the Patriots’ 3-1 win over the Totems.

If the Liberty High School scoreboard was functioning during the softball team’s matchup against Sammamish, it would have shown a 3-1 victory for the Patriots.

The March 28 win against the Totems didn’t feel like much of an achievement for the Liberty coaches and players, though.

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Skyline’s offensive explosion downs rival Issaquah, 9-6

April 2, 2013

The Issaquah High School softball field was host to an explosion of offense when rivals Issaquah and Skyline High School squared off March 25. It was the Spartans’ bats that proved to pack the most punch, though, defeating the Eagles, 9-6.

The schools combined to produce 25 hits, but the game remained scoreless through two innings, before Skyline pushed six runs across the plate in the third.

Skyline’s Madisen Camp-Chimenti put the Spartans on the board first, driving in two runs with a double laced to the left-center field gap. It was just the beginning of what would be a productive day for the Skyline junior, who collected four hits and three RBIs.

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