April 30, 2013
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.
March 12, 2013
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.
May 1, 2012
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.
April 17, 2012
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.
April 3, 2012
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.