August 28, 2012
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.”
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.
July 17, 2012
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.
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.”
May 22, 2012
It was an up-and-down year for Issaquah High School baseball in 2012, but a late-season surge vaulted the team into the state tournament for the first time since 2009.
Hoping to ride the hot hand of senior pitcher Brandon Mahovlich, Issaquah’s offense came up short, and the team lost to Puyallup, 3-1, on May 19 at Everett Stadium.
“Puyallup’s a great team,” Issaquah head coach Rob Reese said. “We had our chances, just didn’t get enough runs. They had six hits and two of them were bunts. They clutched up, they had a triple one time and another sac fly. When we got guys on it was always with two outs, it seemed like. We just couldn’t get the run. We couldn’t string enough together.”
Mahovlich struggled early, but managed to give up only one run in the first inning and one run in the second.
April 17, 2012
It doesn’t hurt when you score nine runs in the first two innings. It also never hurts when your starting pitcher throws a complete game shutout, and that’s what Issaquah High School senior pitcher Brandon Mahovlich did April 13 as Issaquah defeated Roosevelt, 9-0.
“It makes it a lot easier,” the winning pitcher said. “I can just go out there and throw strikes and not have to worry about it. They can score a couple runs and I can just pitch confidently with a lead.”
And quite a lead it was. Issa-quah jumped straight out of the gates with a two-run homer from senior shortstop Jake Bakamus, and followed that with the next five batters all touching home plate.
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.”
March 13, 2012
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.
March 6, 2012
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.
February 14, 2012
To our Hall of Famer and MVP, Bob Taylor
You are an awesome sports editor, and your decision to bow out on March 9 to pursue your book-writing projects is going to make my transition from black-and-white film to color-digital photography seem like a piece of cake.
Thank you so much for the 12 years of wisdom and experience you have brought to your sports section. We hardly deserved to have you, considering your 19 “and-a-half” previous years covering Eastside sports for the old Journal-American. Any daily newspaper around Puget Sound would have been a better one with you on its staff.
It always amazed me when covering an event with you to see how grown dads and even coaches would approach you to reminisce about the times you covered their own high school athletic careers. You’re like the living encyclopedia of Eastside sports, and whenever it was relevant, any story you wrote could link to the past of a school’s athletic program.
We’ve had more time on the road together than I’ve spent with any other reporter in this business. No trip to Bellingham, Tacoma or Yakima ever seemed too long as we gabbed away the miles. I learned about your growing up in the southwest corner of the state, your awesome love for your wife Pauline and son David, and how you’ve worked with quite a few interesting characters, some sober and some inebriated, over the years.