Lakeside Recovery’s season ends at Legion district tournament

July 22, 2014

Lakeside Recovery had a largely successful regular season of Double-A American Legion baseball, but the end came surprisingly quick at last week’s Area 1 South District tournament.

Lakeside Recovery — comprised of 17-and-under players from Skyline, Issaquah and Newport high schools — opened the tourney with an 11-1 loss to Juanita, and didn’t find its groove in the next game either, suffering a season-ending 5-1 loss to the Monroe Legends on July 17 at Eastlake High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery pitcher Jack Rooney keeps his team in the game for five innings.

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Kyle Gruber’s one-hitter keeps Lakeside Recovery rolling

June 18, 2013

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Matt Sinatro fouls off a pitch during Lakeside Recovery’s 1-0 loss to Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High, will play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Matt Sinatro fouls off a pitch during Lakeside Recovery’s 1-0 loss to Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Sinatro, a senior at Skyline High, will play collegiate baseball next year at the University of San Francisco.

Kyle Gruber hasn’t played varsity baseball for Skyline High School yet, but if he keeps doing what he did June 13, coach Chris Tamminen won’t be able to hold him back.

Gruber needed only 75 pitches to throw a complete-game one-hitter, leading Lakeside Recovery to a 5-0 victory against the West Seattle Indians in a Double-A American Legion game at Skyline.

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Lakeside Recovery falls late to Phiten

June 11, 2013

Jake Rosen tosses five hitless innings in no decision

Jake Rosen had barely pitched since his Newport High School baseball team ended its season in late April, but that didn’t stop him from putting together a great outing June 6.

Rosen shut out Phiten Legion of Bellevue through five innings, but Phiten scored a run in the sixth off reliever Clayton Huber to top Lakeside Recovery, 1-0, in a Senior American Legion contest at Issaquah High School.

By Neil Pierson Lakeside Recovery’s Jake Rosen pitches during the June 6 Senior American Legion baseball game against Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Rosen allowed three hits and no runs in five innings, but Lakeside Recovery lost, 1-0.

By Neil Pierson
Lakeside Recovery’s Jake Rosen pitches during the June 6 Senior American Legion baseball game against Phiten Legion at Issaquah High School. Rosen allowed three hits and no runs in five innings, but Lakeside Recovery lost, 1-0.

Lakeside Recovery coach Rob Reese said he liked what he saw from Rosen, who allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts.

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club earns third in American Legion World Series

August 28, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich, Lakeside Recovery pitcher, throws against Pacific Tech Construction July 14 at Bannerwood Park during the regular season Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club only lost two games in the American Legion World Series in Shelby, N.C., both to the same pitcher. Genetically, that is.

Brooklawn’s twin phenoms Casey and Cody Brown held Lakeside in check in the two games, limiting the Bellevue team to two runs in their first meeting Aug. 19, and only three runs in the Aug. 21 semifinal game. Both games were one-run affairs.

“We ran into a tough left-hander, and they got the big hit when they needed it with two outs,” Lakeside head coach Rob Reese said. “We got our chances in the eighth inning and we only got one out of it. There’s not much room for error when you get to that level. You have to take advantage of your opportunities and we had a couple shots, but we just didn’t get it that day.”

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Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club nears national title

August 21, 2012

With only two games standing between them and an American Legion World Series title, Rob Reese’s Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club will find out if it has what it takes to bring the hardware home.

After going undefeated in the Senior Legion State Tournament in Selah, the team packed it up and went to Billings, Mont., to participate in the Senior Legion Regional Tournament.

It was there where the players’ offense came alive — they scored an average of 9.8 runs a game, losing only one game to Idaho Falls, by a score of 6-3.

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Lakeside to play for American Legion World Series title

August 21, 2012

NEW — 10 a.m. Aug. 21, 2012

The Lakeside Recovery Baseball Club defeated New Orleans 10-6 on Monday, launching them into the championship round of the American Legion World Series in Shelby N.C.

Jacob Rosen was the winning pitcher, going four and two-thirds innings giving up only two runs on seven hits. Lakeside took an early lead and piled on in the later innings taking advantage of some wild New Orleans pitching.

Right fielder Andrew Kemmerer and second basemen Jake Bakamus each came off the bench with three RBI.

Lakeside will face Brooklawn, N.J., Tuesday at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Lakeside’s only loss in the World Series came at the hands of Brooklawn on Sunday, when they lost 3-2 in 10 innings.

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Lakeside Recovery 15U prepares youths for future

July 31, 2012

Frank Lawhead, head coach of the Lakeside Recovery 15U team, knows that baseball is a game of failure. After going 29-12 entering the Lee Johnson Tournament July 25-29, his team was ready for a challenge.

“We were playing in an older tournament with some better competition,” Lawhead said.

Lawhead’s team went 1-4, winning their last game in the tournament, 5-3, against Showtime. Despite the rough time over the weekend, Lawhead said he knows it was a good experience for his kids.

“For them to see what they have to do next year is important,” he said. “We’ve done that several times this year, we played in a 16-17-year-old tournament and we did a little bit better there. We’re just trying to get them to understand that when they get to high school there is no age limit, they’re competing against 16-, 17- and 18-year-old kids.

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Lakeside Recovery pitcher Brandon Mahovlich gasses competition

July 17, 2012

Brandon Mahovlich smokes in a pitch for Lakeside Recovery to a batter from Pacific Tech Construction in the fourth inning July 14 during the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park. By Greg Farrar

Lakeside Recovery catcher Jim Sinatro squatted down behind the plate July 14 at Bannerwood Field. As pitcher Brandon Mahovlich peered in for the sign, Sinatro extended only his index finger.

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Lakeside Recovery rides hot streak to postseason

July 3, 2012

When they’re hot, they’re hot. When they’re not, they’re not.

And after June 30’s 13-1 routing of Prep Sportswear’s ball club at Bothell High School, the Lakeside Recovery team proved just that.

Lakeside coach Rob Reese said that kind of winning margin — the team has scored at least seven runs in 10 of the team’s 14 wins this season — is not uncommon for this year’s team.

“Offensively, we’re kind of contagious,” he said. “We can be hit and miss offensively, though. When we do hit, everyone hits. When we don’t hit well, nobody hits well.”

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Lakeside run to state finale falls short of title

August 9, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery 17U baseball team lost a showdown with District II rival Woodinville, 9-7, Aug. 7 in the state AA American Legion championship game at Spokane’s Gonzaga Prep.

Lakeside Recovery held a 7-3 lead through six innings, but Woodinville rallied behind home runs from Matt Laitala and Caleb Hamilton.

The Falcons scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to beat Lakeside Recovery. Matt Laitala supplied the big blow with a three-run home run that put Woodinville ahead, 8-7. Caleb Hamilton followed with a solo shot.

Daniel Rawlings, of Issaquah High School, had two hits, drove in a run and scored a run to lead Lakeside Recovery. Patrick Harrod, of Skyline, had one hit and scored twice.

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