Skyline High School baseball stuns Redmond

April 27, 2011

NEW — 11:45 a.m. April 27, 2011

The Skyline High School baseball team posted one of the biggest upsets of the season in the 4A KingCo Conference on Tuesday when the Spartans stunned Redmond 4-3.

Redmond entered the contest as the first place team in the Crest Division.

With the game tied 3-3, Skyline scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Winning pitcher Travis Snider went the distance and held Redmond, a strong hitting team, to just four hits. Snider also struck out four batters.

Jimmy Sinatro and Snider each had two hits to lead the Spartans. Brandon Fisher, Jimmy Sinatro and Matt Sinatro each drove in runs for Skyline, which went to 6-5 in league play.

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Issaquah baseball team continues hot streak

April 19, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team continued its hot play of late as the Eagles captured two of three games last week.

Issaquah opened the week April 11 with an 8-3 victory against visiting Ballard.

Brandon Mahovlich’s pitching and hitting led Issaquah. Mahovlich tossed a complete game and had eight strikeouts to earn his second victory. He also had three hits, one a home run. Matt Gonn, Blake Miller, Jack Gellatly and Ben Rosellini each drove in runs for Issaquah.

The Eagles’ four-game winning streak came to an end April 13 when they were blanked by Bothell, 1-0. Issaquah’s Andrew Kemmerer had a solid game for the Eagles, holding the Crown Division leaders to just four hits.

However, one of those hits was a solo home run by Bothell pitcher Brian McAfee in the bottom of the second inning. McAfee was superb on the mound, tossing a one-hitter and striking out 10. Mahovlich ended McAfee’s no-hitter with a double in the top of the seventh inning.

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Issaquah rebounds from worst loss to best win

April 12, 2011

Jake Bakamus (2), Issaquah junior shortstop, tags out Skyline base stealer Peyton Harrod, caught in a rundown by Bakamus and first baseman Ethan Kalin (18) during the bottom of the third inning. By Greg Farrar

After 10-0 drubbing to rival Skyline, Eagles keep season alive with 10-8 win over Garfield

The Issaquah High School baseball team went from its worst game of the season to its best last week to regain some optimism for the season.

Issaquah won three of four games in all. Two of the victories came in 4A KingCo Conference play. The worst game was the first of the week. Issaquah was routed by rival Skyline 10-0 April 6 at Skyline in a league encounter.

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Eagles baseball team wins fourth straight

April 12, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 12, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team captured its fourth straight victory Monday when the Eagles downed visiting Ballard 8-3.

Brandon Mahovlich’s pitching and hitting led Issaquah, which moved into third place in the 4A KingCo Conference Crest Division with a 4-3 record. Mahovlich went the distance to earn his second victory. He also had three hits, one a home run. Matt Gonn, Blake Miller and Ben Rosellini had run-scoring hits for Issaquah, too.

In other action, Inglemoor topped Skyline 7-5. Nate Litka had three hits and drove in three runs for Skyline.

In a battle of division leaders, Crest pacing Redmond defeated Crown leader Bothell 11-9. In other games, it was Roosevelt 6, Eastlake 3 and Newport 6, Garfield 5.

In the 3A/2A KingCo, Mount Si hammered five home runs, three by Tim Proudfoot, to wallop Liberty 11-0. In other games it was Bellevue 5, Sammamish 1; Lake Washington 7, Juanita 3; and Interlake 3, Mercer Island 2.

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Issaquah baseball team overcomes Garfield

April 8, 2011

NEW — 10:30 a.m. April 8, 2011

The Issaquah High School baseball team rallied for four runs in the top of the seventh inning Thursday to beat host Garfield 10-8 in a 4A KingCo Conference game.

Issaquah took a 2-0 lead in the first inning but Garfield rallied with four runs in the bottom of the second to take a brief lead. The Eagles regained the lead in the third inning with three runs and went ahead 6-4 in the top of the fourth inning. Garfield then fought back with single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to go ahead 7-6.

Ben Rosellini and Jack Gellatly each had three hits for Issaquah. Ethan Kalin and Rosellini each drove in two runs. Jake Bakamus and Brandon Mahovlich each had two hits as the Eagles captured their third victory of the season.

In other action, Skyline lost to host Woodinville 6-0. Woodinville pitcher Marty Luckenbach tossed a four-hitter and struck out 10. Brandon Fischer had two hits for Skyline. Bothell, behind Brian McAfee, blanked Eastlake 10-0. McAfee, Bothell’s starting pitcher, had nine strikeouts. He also hit a home run for the Cougars.

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Liberty takes down Issaquah 8-4 in rainy battle

March 22, 2011

The Liberty High School baseball team took down the rival Issaquah Eagles, 8-4, March 18 at Liberty High School. The game started dry, but rain came in the third inning and didn’t let up, and eventually led to the game being stopped after the top of the fifth inning.

Jacob Hofferber, Liberty senior pitcher, throws out of a jam during the increasingly wet third inning March 18 against Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Liberty is now 2-1 for the year, and Issaquah is 0-3.

“This is a huge win for us, huge rivalry,” said Chris Weik, Liberty’s second baseman. “It’s a good start.”

Liberty’s offense found its stride in the second inning, with first baseman Ben Wessel knocking a 2-0 pitch to center field for a single.

After pairs of strikeouts and walks, Liberty center fielder Scott Zerda came to the plate with the bases loaded. The count stretched to 3-2, but Issaquah pitcher Andrew Kemmerer threw ball four, walking in the first run of the game.

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Baseball teams reload with youthful squads

March 8, 2011

Jake Bakamus, of Issaquah High School, is safe on a brush back to first base during a baseball game last year between Issaquah and Skyline. By Christopher Huber

Youth will be served this year as the Issaquah, Liberty and Skyline high school baseball teams will be younger than in previous years.

Issaquah, for instance, has just three seniors on this spring’s team. Last year, Issaquah coach Rob Reese had 13 seniors, eight who were starters.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum pitches Giants to World Series title

November 2, 2010

San Francisco Giants' Tim Lincecum carries the World Series trophy after winning baseball's World Series against the Texas Rangers Monday in Arlington, Texas. The Giants won 3-1 to capture the World Series. By David J. Phillip/AP

NEW — 11:55 a.m. Nov. 2, 2010

When Tim Lincecum came to Rangers Ballpark on Monday he was wearing a bow-tie and dressed as if headed to a party. As things turned out for the former Liberty High School baseball star, he will be doing some serious partying the rest of this week in San Francisco.

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Liberty grad Tim Lincecum, Giants victorious in series opener

October 28, 2010

NEW — 10:40 a.m. Oct. 28, 2010

Liberty High School graduate Tim Lincecum wasn’t at his sharpest but he pitched well enough Wednesday as the San Francisco Giants stunned the Texas Rangers 11-7 in the opener of the World Series at San Francisco’s AT&T Park.

What was expected to be a low-scoring, pitchers duel between Lincecum and Texas’ Cliff Lee never developed. The Giants, who fought back from an early 2-0 deficit, lit up Lee for seven runs.

Lincecum pitched 5 1/2 innings, struck out just three and surrendered eight hits. However, he picked up the victory. When the Giants’ ace was relieved in the sixth inning, he was given a standing ovation by fans.

Nervous father watches as Giants’ Tim Lincecum tries to make history

October 21, 2010

NEW — 10:30 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010

Watching his son, Tim, pitch makes Chris Lincecum a nervous wreck — a trait shared by every player and manager the Giants face.

When he’s at the ballpark, Chris Lincecum will wander around the stands. When he’s at home in Bellevue, he’ll take out a three-inch binder and meticulously chart the game.

He did that when “Timmy,” as his dad still calls him, was running roughshod through college baseball at Washington (dominance that still didn’t convince the hometown major-league team to draft him, a fact I promise to never mention again. In this column, anyway; and one that inspires the elder Lincecum to say, pointedly — after ticking off the supposed reasons why Lincecum was supposed to fizzle in the majors, two Cy Youngs ago, “Oops.”).

Chris started a new notebook when Tim joined the Giants’ organization in 2006, beginning with his first minor-league game.

“I don’t do this for him,” he said, chuckling, in a recent phone interview. “I do this for my sanity.”

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