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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Eagles are all about the new in 2013

March 12, 2013

By Sebastian Moraga Amelia Cunningham fires the ball home during drills at Issaquah High School’s softball practice. The Eagles have a new coach in Ron Hatlen and a new attitude this season, players said.

By Sebastian Moraga
Amelia Cunningham fires the ball home during drills at Issaquah High School’s softball practice. The Eagles have a new coach in Ron Hatlen and a new attitude this season, players said.

For this year’s Issaquah High School squad, the word is new.

New year, new coach and a new chance to leave last year’s campaign behind.

Last year’s squad lacked enthusiasm, senior catcher Heather Benjamin said. This year is different, she added.

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Enthusiasm lacks as Issaquah Eagles softball team loses, 4-2

May 1, 2012

Traci Castonguay, Issaquah High School senior, belts a two-RBI single during the third inning April 27 against Ballard at Woodland Park. By Greg Farrar

It’s been a rough, up-and-down season for the Issaquah High School softball team in 2012, and head coach Jim Magnuson chalked up another couple of losses over the weekend to attitude.

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Skyline High School softball team earns first conference win

April 17, 2012

Erika Wolfe, Skyline High School Spartans catcher, slides safely into home to score their eighth run at the bottom of the fifth inning. By Lillian Tucker

The Skyline High School softball team turned its season record on its head with an 11-1 victory over Redmond High School on April 9.

“I was really impressed,” said head coach Alison Mitchell, who explained that the Redmond Mustangs are a team that usually finds a way to hang around and win. “It was nice to get that monkey off our back, because I know our team is much more capable than our record has shown.”

The Skyline Spartans had gotten off to a rocky start of conference play with consecutive losses to Issaquah and Newport.

But their stay at the bottom of the KingCo 4A-Crest standings didn’t last long. The score was tied at zero at the bottom of the third inning when Winter Ridgeway, Skyline’s freshman pitcher, hit a single to secure herself on first. Fellow freshman Tia Hedman followed with another single. With runners on first and second, Natalie De La Garrigue smacked a double to bring Ridgeway home and for the first time this season; Skyline had the lead.

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Youth must rise from limited talent pool in Skyline’s softball program

April 3, 2012

Shannon Heneghan, Issaquah High School senior, is safe stealing home on a wild pitch as Skyline High School sophomore catcher Erika Wolfe returns with the ball to attempt the tag during the fourth inning. Issaquah won the rain-shortened game, 3-2. By Greg Farrar

“Strike three!” yelled the umpire on a questionable pitch that was closer to the dirt than the strike zone.

Groans could be heard from the Issaquah High School dugout after the questionable call. The intensity of the Issaquah-Skyline rivalry could be felt with every pitch as both teams struggled to score runs early in the game March 28.

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Issaquah pitcher sparks Spice

July 12, 2011

Pitcher Brielle Bray, of Issaquah High School, posted a 3-1 record with a save for the Seattle Spice U-18 fastpitch softball team, which recently won the Sparkler Open Tournament in Westminster, Colo.

Bray also led the Spice in hitting.

More than 200 teams participated in the tournament. The Spice was the second team from Washington to ever win a bracket championship in the Sparkler tournament.

Patriots’ softball postseason ends at district tournament

May 24, 2011

The Liberty High School softball team’s playoff run came to a tough ending in the first round of the 3A SeaKing District Tournament May 18 at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle.

Amanda Jewett, Liberty High School senior second baseman, is beaten by the hard-hit two-RBI single by a Bishop Blanchet player during the fifth inning of their 3A SeaKing District Tournament game May 18, at Lower Woodland Park in Seattle. By Greg Farrar

The Patriots — the 3A KingCo Conference’s No. 4 seed — fell to Metro No. 4 seed Bishop Blanchet High School, 5-2, in a largely defensive loser-out game.

The loss brought Liberty’s final record for the year to 8-10.

It was a tough outcome to swallow for the Patriots, who racked up nine hits during the game but stranded eight runners.

“We just didn’t hit today,” Liberty coach Jessica Johnson said. “We played great defense, but we just didn’t hit. If we had put the ball on the ground more today and made them work, we would have won the game. But we were popping up.”

Both teams’ offenses were cold through the top of the fourth inning, when the Braves managed to score a run on a single to left center field. The Patriots struck back in the top of the fifth, when junior centerfielder Ana Faoro drew a two-out walk and freshman second baseman Liza VanCamp made it to first base on a dropped fly ball to third base.

With runners on first and second, junior shortstop Denise Blohowiak came to the plate. After a wild pitch allowed both runners to advance, Blohowiak hit a ground ball to third. However, the Braves’ third baseman stepped on the bag, mistakenly thinking there was a force-out on the bag that would end the inning. Faoro scored on the play to tie the game, and VanCamp made it to third without being tagged.

A foul out ended the top of the fifth, and Bishop Blanchet just as quickly regained control of the game in the bottom half of the inning. The Braves opened with a single, and after a strikeout and a fielder’s choice, they racked up five straight hits, driving in four runs.

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Issaquah School District athletes earn titles

May 20, 2011

NEW — 7 p.m. May 20, 2011

Kasen Williams, of Skyline High School, and Devin Bennett, of Liberty High School, each won individual titles Wednesday at their respective post-season track and field meets.

Williams, competing in the 4A Northwest Regional meet at Marysville-Pilchuck, won the boys high jump by going 6-feet, 4 inches. He also took second in the long jump by going 22-1 1/4. Williams was just edged by Alec Fellows, of Edmonds-Woodway, who won at 22-6 1/2. Issaquah’s Jorrell Dorsey was third at 21-1 1/4.

In other first-day action at the 4A Regional, Issaquah’s Jason Hollaway finished in a tie for second place in the pole vault by going 14-6. Skyline’s Kyle Branch was third in the 1,600 in 4:21.08.

In the girls competition, Skyline’s Lindsay Coutts was second in the long jump by going 16-10. Issaquah’s Mckenna Hogan was fifth at 16-7 1/4.

The second day of the meet took place Friday.

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Issaquah softball team tops Roosevelt

May 13, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. May 13, 2011

Issaquah High School pitcher Brielle Bray struck out 16 batters Thursday as she hurled the Eagles to a 3-1 4A KingCo Conference girls softball victory against visiting Roosevelt.

Bray allowed just two hits.

In other action, the Liberty High School girls softball team fell to Bellevue 7-1 Thursday in the 3A KingCo Conference tournament. Bellevue scored all its runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to wipe out a 1-0 deficit.

Liberty’s run cam on a home run by Denise Blohowiak in the fourth inning.

Eastlake blanks Skyline in soccer title game

May 11, 2011

NEW — 5 p.m. May 11, 2011

The Skyline High School boys soccer team lost to rival Eastlake 2-0 Tuesday in the 4A KingCo Conference championship game at Eastlake.

Sean Klauer scored both Eastlake goals.

Skyline and Eastlake both advance to next week’s state regionals.

In other action, Issaquah’s season came to an end when the Eagles lost to Garfield 5-2. Alex Shane and Michael Roberts scored Issaquah’s goals in the game for KingCo’s No. 3 berth.

Garfield advances to a sub-district game May 14 and hosts the Western Conference’s No. 3 team.

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