Issaquah Little League wraps up season

July 22, 2014

The Issaquah Little League all-star season came to a close in July, when its Intermediate Baseball team lost in the state tournament July 9.

The Intermediate squad was the only Issaquah Little League all-star team to make it to the state championship tournament. It qualified after winning the District 9 tournament at the end of June.

Issaquah came back to win the tournament after dropping the first game to the Bellevue Thunderbird/East combined squad. It proceeded to defeat Eastlake, and exact revenge on the Bellevue team, to make it to the District 9 finals.

Contributed The Bellevue Warriors U-14 team receives its first-place trophy after winning the Sandy Koufax State Championship. The squad features several former Issaquah Little League players.

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The Bellevue Warriors U-14 team receives its first-place trophy after winning the Sandy Koufax State Championship. The squad features several former Issaquah Little League players.

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Issaquah Little League hosts Championship Day tomorrow

June 6, 2014

NEW — 3 p.m. June 6, 2014

The community is invited to join Issaquah Little League for a day full of fun, food and championship games June 7.

It all goes down from noon to 2 p.m. at Dodd Field, 565 N.W. Holly St., where fans can watch baseball and softball teams battle for the championship title.

Attendees can munch on free hot dogs, drinks and ice cream, while taking a turn at the dunk tank, testing their throwing arm against a speed machine or playing in a bouncy house.

Coaches and managers will engage in a water balloon toss competition, and prizes and giveaways will be awarded.

Issaquah fastpitch holds little league day

April 22, 2014

The Issaquah High School fastpitch team will hold a special clinic for Issaquah Little League players April 27.

The varsity team’s players and coaches will serve as instructors at the free clinic. It will take place on the school’s field or gymnasium, depending on the weather. There are four training sessions organized by the different little league age divisions.

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Early registration for Issaquah Little League ends Jan. 7

December 31, 2013

Enrollment fees for Issaquah Little League will increase by $25 after Jan. 7, the end of the early registration period.

The league offers T-Ball through major baseball for boys and T-Ball through junior fast-pitch softball for girls.

The growing program has more than 800 players, 150 coaches and 58 teams playing on local fields, including the newly turfed Dodd Field.

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Registration opens for Little League

November 26, 2013

Registration of the 2014 Issaquah Little League Baseball and Softball is now open for all boys and girls ages 5 to 15 within the league boundaries.

The league offers T-Ball through major baseball for boys and T-Ball through junior fast-pitch softball for girls.

Early registration saves on fees, and scholarships are available. Register, or get more information, at www.issaquahlittleleague.org.

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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.

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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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County seeks proposals for youth sports facilities

February 7, 2013

NEW — 8 a.m. Feb. 7, 2013

Local youth sports organizations can apply for King County grants to build or upgrade recreation facilities.

The county Youth Sports Facilities Grants Program provides matching grant funds from $5,000 to $75,000. Past grant recipients include playgrounds and athletic fields, including the Issaquah Little League’s Dodd Fields near Issaquah Valley Elementary School.

Other local grant recipients in the Issaquah area include city-run Central Park in the Issaquah Highlands and county-run Duthie Hill Park in Sammamish.

Overall, officials awarded $12 million through the program in the past 20 years.

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Dodd Field gets new turf, opens to Little League

June 26, 2012

Project Manager Greg Crockett and son Torin Crockett cut the ribbon June 9 at the opening of Dodd Field. By Juan Gonzalez

On June 9, Issaquah Little League celebrated the opening of two new artificial turf fields at Dodd Field behind Issaquah Valley Elementary School. The fields are named after Terry Dodd, former league president and 30-year volunteer.

The dedication included baseball-themed music provided by the Issaquah High School marching band, a ribbon cutting ceremony, three championship baseball games, and a variety of attractions including a dunk tank and speed pitching booth.

Issaquah Little League began the $320,000 project to add turf to Dodd Field in October 2010.

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King County steps to the plate on baseball project

November 22, 2011

Issaquah Little League players could step onto synthetic turf infields next spring after King County committed $75,000 to a renovation project at Dodd Fields in downtown Issaquah.

In September 2010, the Issaquah Little League embarked on a $310,000 project to add the synthetic turf to the infields at a pair of baseball diamonds at Dodd Fields. Construction is expected to start in January and conclude in March, in time for opening day.

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Little Leaguer selected for USA Baseball tryouts

November 22, 2011

Hiro Fujiwara is only one of three Washingtonians chosen for the event

Hiro Fujiwara (right), makes a play in a game this summer on the Issaquah Little League All-Stars. Contributed

If a baseball game is on, Hiro Fujiwara is watching it.

While he grew up watching the Seattle Mariners, he said his favorite team right now is the Boston Red Sox.

Someday, he hopes to be the one people watch — a goal not so far-fetched if he can continue to work hard, said Tom Chan, Issaquah Little League president.

“Hiro has a lot of range and a strong arm,” Chan said. “He’s one of the top pitchers for sure in Little League at the All-Star level.”

In September, the 13-year-old Pacific Cascade Middle School student joined 756 other players from across the country to participate in the 2011 USA Baseball National Team Identification Series. The series consists of players from three age groups that ultimately serve as an opportunity to be on one of USA Baseball’s national teams.

USA Baseball is the national governing body of amateur baseball in the United States and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic Team and World Cup Team, national teams and the USA Baseball Women’s National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year.

After scouts came to watch Fujiwara in action locally, he was only one of three players from Washington to be chosen for the event.

As part of the Northwest region team, Fujiwara competed against 12 other regions from across the country in the NTIS at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C.

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