Issaquah pitcher makes seamless transition to the Ivy League mound

May 10, 2011

A former softball standout for the Issaquah High School Eagles is making a name for herself in the Ivy League.

Mikenzie Voves, Issaquah High School 2010 graduate and fastpitch ace, now leads the Ivy League Pennsylvania Quakers squad as a freshman with a 4.12 ERA and an 8-7 record. By Greg Farrar

Mikenzie Voves, now a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania, caught the attention of Ivy League coaches, earning Rookie of the Week on March 29. Voves pitched three games the weekend of March 25-26, including a complete game win against Lehigh University, breaking their eight-game winning streak. Over her three games, she picked up two wins and had an ERA of just 2.93.

“Winning rookie of the week was an incredible feeling. It made me realize just how far I have come, and that no matter what anyone says I have accomplished my goal,” Voves said. “It also makes me want to work even harder. Getting that recognition just puts a big target on my back, so I need to step up my game even more.”

Playing softball is like a job for Voves, making her transition from high school to college seamless.

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Skyline overcomes Issaquah in baseball battle

May 10, 2011

The Skyline High School baseball team exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh inning May 3 and overcame host Issaquah 9-6 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

The game wrapped up the regular season for both teams, who entered the league tournament May 7 at Woodinville. Issaquah, 6-8, finished in fourth place in the Crest Division. Skyline, 8-6, took third place.

Ethan Kalin gave Issaquah an 4-1 lead in the bottom of the first inning when he walloped a grand slam. Issaquah extended its lead to 6-3 going into the top of the seventh inning. However, Skyline came back to defeat Issaquah for the second time this season.

Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline. Teammate Brandon Fischer also had two hits, and Clayton Huber knocked in three runs. Andrew Kemmerer had two hits for Issaquah.

On May 7, Skyline advanced to the KingCo tournament semifinals with a 4-1 victory against Woodinville. Fischer and Zack Liddle each slammed home runs for Skyline, which played Newport on May 9, after The Press’ deadline. The winner of the game earned a berth to the state regionals.

Issaquah meanwhile lost to Crown Division champion Bothell, 2-0.

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Issaquah softball rolls to second consecutive win

April 21, 2011

NEW — 12:15 p.m. April 21, 2011

The Issaquah High School softball team erupted for four runs in the bottom of the second inning Tuesday as the Eagles defeated visiting Inglemoor 6-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Heather Benjamin led Issaquah with three hits. The victory was the second in a row for Issaquah.

The Eagles also defeated host Bothell 7-3 Monday. Issaquah scored four times in the top of the fifth inning to break open the contest. Benjamin again led the Eagles with two hits and four runs batted in. Winning pitcher Brielle Bray struck out six batters.

In other action, Skyline lost to visiting Woodinville 13-2. The day before, Skyline whipped Roosevelt 13-7. Anya Kamber went 6-for-6 for Skyline and drove in two runs. Lindsey Nicholson had two hits and drove in a run. Megan Burns was the winning pitcher for Skyline.

In the 3A/2A KingCo Conference, Liberty walloped visiting Mercer Island 14-2 April 19. Taylor Wiek had three hits to lead Liberty. Marissa Jeffers contributed two hits and three runs batted in, and Jenn Rucker had two hits and two RBIs for the Patriots. Liberty scored 11 times in the bottom of the second inning.

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Eagles fall prey to Wolves’ six-run rally, lose 6-5

April 19, 2011

Heather Benjamin, Issaquah High School catcher, slams the first home run of her career to clear the outfield fence in the fifth-inning that also scored pitcher Brielle Bray on April 15 against Eastlake High School. By Greg Farrar

The Issaquah High School softball team had one bad inning, but often that is all it takes to determine the outcome of a game.

Issaquah was sailing along with a 2-0 lead April 15 when everything that could go wrong did. Visiting Eastlake capitalized on errors by the Eagles to score six runs in the fourth inning, and that was just enough as the Wolves posted a 6-5 4A KingCo Conference victory. Read more

Issaquah baseball team edges Eastlake

March 25, 2011

NEW — 3 p.m. March 25, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team earned its first victory of the season Thursday when the Eagles edged visiting Eastlake 3-2 in a 4A KingCo Conferencee contest.

Issaquah pitcher Andrew Kemmerer held Eastlake to three hits over 6.1 innings and struck out four to earn his first varsity win. Cole Westover, who relieved Kemmerer in the seventh inning, earned his first varsity save.

Kemmerer also drove in a run as Issaquah snapped a four-game losing streak.

In other action, Redmond topped Skyline 5-3. Nate Litka had two hits and drove in two runs for Skyline.

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Mikenzie Voves tosses no-hitter in pair of wins for the Eagles

May 11, 2010

Issaquah High School senior Mikenzie Voves demonstrated last week why she ranks among the best pitchers in the 4A KingCo Conference.

Voves won two of three games, including a no-hitter, for the Eagles.

Voves went the distance May 5 in an extra-inning battle with rival Skyline. The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to edge the host Spartans 5-4.

Brielle Bray had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah. Teammate Amanda Marques also had two hits.

Voves allowed just one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Skyline pitcher Lauren Richard also worked all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Mickey Dunn-Blad and Anya Kamber each had two hits for Skyline.

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Issaquah edges Skyline in softball thriller

May 6, 2010

NEW — 10:55 a.m. May 6, 2010

The Issaquah High School girls softball team scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning Wednesday to defeat host Skyline 5-4 in a 4A KingCo Conference extra-inning thriller.

Winning pitcher Mikenzie Voves went the distance, allowing just one earned run while striking out 16 batters. Skyline pitcher Lauren Richard also worked all nine innings and had 10 strikeouts.

Brielle Bray had three hits and drove in two runs for Issaquah. Teammate Amanda Marques also had two hits.

Mickey Dunn-Blad and Anya Kanyer each had two hits for Skyline.

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Skyline tied for fastpitch lead

May 4, 2010

The Skyline High School fastpitch softball team entered this week tied with Sammamish Plateau rival Eastlake for first place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division standings. Both teams are 6-4.

Skyline split two games last week. The Spartans lost to Inglemoor 8-4 April 26, but downed Roosevelt 4-1 April 30.

Against Roosevelt, Skyline pitcher Lauren Richards tossed a four-hitter and struck out 12 batters, Lindsey Nicholson had two hits and Lauren Wolfe drove in two runs for Skyline.

Issaquah won two of three games last week. The Eagles pounded Bothell 10-4 April 26, lost to Inglemoor 4-1 April 28 and blanked Lake Washington 2-0 April 30.

In the victory against Bothell, pitchers Mikenzie Voves and Brielle Bray combined on a one-hitter.

Voves, who had six strikeouts, was the winning pitcher. Heather Benjamin had two hits and drove in four runs for Issaquah. Christian McKone also had two hits for the Eagles.

Voves tossed a three-hitter against Lake Washington and had 13 strikeouts.

Issaquah Eagles no-hit Newport

May 4, 2010

NEW — 10 a.m. May 4, 2010

Pitcher Mikenzie Voves tossed a no-hitter Monday as the Issaquah High School fastpitch team blanked visiting Newport 10-0 in a five-inning 4A KingCo Conference contest.

Voves struck out six and walked just one batter.

Issaquah scored all its runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Brielle Bray, Tracy Castonguay and Chelsea Peart each had two hits for Issaquah.

In the 3A/2A KingCo, Liberty walloped host Sammamish 12-0. Winning pitcher Denise Blohowiak hurled a one-hitter. She also had two hits and drove three runs. Savannah Herrera had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Patriots.

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First-place Eagles down Skyline baseball team

April 29, 2010

NEW — 10:10 a.m. April 29, 2010

Mike Paulson’s pitching and hitting Wednesday carried the Issaquah High School baseball team to a 6-2 4A KingCo Conference victory against rival Skyline at Skyline.

Paulson hurled a complete game and struck out six. He also had two hits.

Issaquah struck early, tallying five runs in the first inning.

Ben Rosellini drove in two runs for Issaquah, which boosted its Crest Division-leading record to 11-3. The Eagles play at 4 p.m. Friday at Newport, then conclude the regular season at 3:45 p.m. May 4 against Redmond.

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