Liberty limps into postseason

May 7, 2013

Darren Peterson (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the applause of Patriot parents in the fourth inning and celebrates the first of his two home runs against Mount Si by sharing a high-five with teammate Kyler Rose. Photo By Greg Farrar

Darren Peterson (left), Liberty High School senior, gets the applause of Patriot parents in the fourth inning and celebrates the first of his two home runs against Mount Si by sharing a high-five with teammate Kyler Rose. Photo By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School baseball team scored six runs in its May 2 regular season loss to Mount Si, and senior Darren Peterson was responsible for all of them.

The Liberty first baseman had an impressive day at the plate, going 3-4 with two homeruns and six RBIs.

“It felt pretty good,” he said after the team’s regular season finale. “Yesterday, we had a nice batting practice that got us loose and ready for today’s game.”

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Boys’ seasons come down to experience

March 12, 2013

Issaquah

The Issaquah High School Eagles’ 2012 season saw a young squad win five in a row at the end to qualify for state.

Now, that squad is a year older and preparing for what coach Rob Reese said could be its breakout year.

“It’s a pretty good mix,” he said. “It’s a really, really good junior class and a group we’ve been counting on to have good things from.”

By Greg Farrar Liberty High School baseball players huddle before they split into two squads March 6 for a practice game.

By Greg Farrar
Liberty High School baseball players huddle before they split into two squads March 6 for a practice game.

Ten players are coming back this season.

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Return of the freak show as Tim Lincecum makes pitching debut at Safeco Field

June 19, 2012

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16. By Greg Farrar

With their season on the line in a loser-out playoff game in the KingCo tournament, the 2003 Liberty Patriots knew they something had to give. Read more

Tim Lincecum scheduled to face M’s June 16

June 12, 2012

If all goes according to plan, Tim Lincecum, former Liberty High School and University of Washington star and current San Francisco Giant, will face the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field for the first time in his career.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is having struggles this year, posting a 6.00 earned run average, along with a 2-7 record in his first 13 starts.

The Giants previously visited the Mariners at Safeco during May 2009, but Lincecum pitched the previous day, missing the Mariners series by one day.

The game starts at 7:10 p.m. June 16.

Issaquah School District baseball players drafted

June 12, 2012

Three Issaquah School District baseball players were drafted in last week’s Major League Baseball Amateur player draft.

Skyline High School grad and current Bellevue College pitcher Adrian Sampson was chosen by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the 166th overall pick in the fifth round. His Bellevue College teammate and Liberty High School grad Ian Parmley was chosen by the Toronto Blue Jays two rounds later in the seventh round with the 235th overall pick.

Skyline senior catcher Jim Sinatro was chosen in the 35th round by the Houston Astros with the 1,059th overall pick.

Rain-soaked Liberty Patriots fall to Mount Si Wildcats

May 1, 2012

Mother Nature parted storm clouds just long enough for Mount Si and Liberty high schools to face off for the second time this season, ending in a Wildcat 4-2 win and a torrential downpour.

The pregame rain forced the conference matchup to be moved from the soggy Mount Si field to the Patriots’ turf ballfield in Renton. But the home-field advantage didn’t help the Patriots, who lost to Mount Si a second time this year on April 25.

It wasn’t until the second inning that any runs went up on the board.

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New rule, bats expected to lower scores, reduce injuries

April 3, 2012

New, stricter bat regulations are forcing producers to make less powerful bats and will greatly affect gameplay on both the college and high school levels.

The regulations require BBCOR bats, short for Batted-Ball Coefficient of Restitution. Though the bats are still aluminum, they are less “springy” and will hit more like wood bats. Permissible bats will feature a BBCOR-certified sticker.

A major problem with the old BESR (ball-exit-speed-ratio) bats was that they would become too powerful once broken in. As fibers within the bats repeatedly came into contact with baseballs, they would break down, become more flexible and surpass levels deemed safe.

“Back in the early days, the best it was going to be was right when you took it out of the wrapper,” Issaquah High School head baseball coach Rob Reese said. “Recently, bats would get more powerful after use.”

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John Martin is happy to take the helm of Liberty’s baseball squad

March 27, 2012

John Martin, the new Liberty High School baseball coach, works his team in the gym while it’s snowing outside March 13 on the Patriots’ baseball field. By Greg Farrar

While he always had an interest in the game, Liberty High School coach John Martin never anticipated he’d end up dedicating the past 20 or so years to coaching it.

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Pitching, defense will be key to local baseball teams’ success

March 13, 2012

Ethan Kalin, an Issaquah High School senior this year, advanced two baserunners with an at-bat in April 2011 during his team’s game against Skyline. By Greg Farrar

As the clocks spring forward and the calendar flips to March, the Issaquah, Skyline and Liberty high school baseball programs will all have a common approach to this season: pitching and defense.

With the new bat regulations for the upcoming season, first-year Liberty Coach John Martin thinks the game is in for a change.

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Retiring Sports Editor Bob Taylor shares milestones from a long career on the sidelines

March 6, 2012

Kasen Williams, then-Skyline High School senior, makes his winning triple-jump leap of 45 feet, 5 1/2 inches, during the KingCo track and field championships May 13, 2011, at Juanita High School. File

I kind of know how Bill Gates must have felt when he made his first million. When I joined The Issaquah Press news staff May 22, 2000, I struck it rich, too!

Five days after being hired at The Press I covered my first Issaquah School District state championship team. Actually, it was inevitable that an Issaquah team would win when Issaquah and Skyline met for the 3A state baseball title in Tacoma’s Cheney Stadium. Issaquah won 5-3.

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