Issaquah grad Colin Curtis slams first major-league home run

July 22, 2010

NEW — 10:45 a.m. July 22, 2010

Former Issaquah High School star Colin Curtis was sitting on the New York Yankees’ bench and savoring a cup of cold Gatorade when he was unexpectedly called to pinch hit in Wednesday’s game against California Angels.

Curtis came through for the Yankees, smashing a three-run home run in New York’s 10-6 victory.

Manager Joe Girardi summoned the rookie outfielder when Brett Gardner was ejected by home-plate umpire Paul Emmel in the seventh inning. Gardner left the game with a 0-2 count. Curtis looked at three fastballs outside the strike zone from Angel reliever Scott Shields before belting a pitch into the right field seats.

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Lakeside engineers comeback to remain unbeaten in tourney

July 13, 2010

Lakeside’s Mikey Smith strokes a single in the first inning against the Twin City Titans July 8 at Bannerwood Park. He later scored on a Sean Penberthy single. By Christopher Huber

By the end of the top of the first inning July 8, the Lakeside Recovery baseball club already had an uphill battle. The Twin City Titans had scored four runs on five hits off starting pitcher Shane Yarnell, including an RBI double and RBI triple.

But thanks to shaky pitching from Mike Dunford and a couple of clutch hits from the middle of the lineup, Lakeside tied at 4-4 to end the first in its second game of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Lakeside improved to 2-0 in the tournament after beating the Titans 7-5 in the 90-plus degree late-afternoon heat.

“It was a great win,” said head coach Rob Reese. “The key was, we didn’t stay behind.”

At first, Yarnell struggled to reign in the Twin City bats and Lakeside fielders bobbled three easy grounders. Yarnell gave up one more run in the second, but by the third inning, he hit his stride. Lakeside’s fielding also bounced back.

“After the first two, I started mixing it up a lot more,” Yarnell said.

Yarnell gave up just one earned run and struck out four Twin City batters. He retired 10 straight batters to end the game, too. His changeup was the most effective, he said. He forced a mix of pop-ups and grounders, but all routine outs.

“It’s cool once you get on a roll,” he said. “I felt like I couldn’t miss the zone.” Read more

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Baltimore Orioles sign Skyline High School grad

July 8, 2010

NEW — 12:50 p.m. July 8, 2010

The Baltimore Orioles recently signed former Skyline High School baseball standout Brad Decater. He was the Orioles’ 36th round pick in this year’s amateur baseball draft.

Decater is playing for the Bluefield Orioles in Bluefield, W.Va. The team is part of the Rookie Appalachian League. He has appeared in 11 games and is hitting .263.

Last spring, Decater played at California State University, Northridge.

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Lakeside Recovery wins pair of tuneup matches

July 6, 2010

Baseball Roundup

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team tuned up for this week’s Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament by posting two wins last week in the Curt Daniels Memorial Tournament in Portland, Ore.

Skyline High School’s Mike Smith was a key player for Lakeside Recovery in its two victories. He went 8-for-14 in the tournament, raising his season batting average to 3.67.

Smith had two hits and drove in four runs July 1, when Lakeside Recovery topped Mudville, 9-5. Reid Dilley and Kyle Goemmer, both from Newport, each had two hits for Lakeside Recovery. Issaquah High School graduate Shane Yarnell was the winning pitcher. Skyline grad Adrian Sampson worked the final two innings to earn the save.

Smith had three hits and drove in three runs July 3, when Lakeside Recovery topped Capital City 10-8. Issaquah graduate Spencer Rogers had three hits and knocked in two runs. Dan Spray, of Newport, had two hits and drove in a run for Lakeside Recovery. Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, was the winning pitcher.

In its June 30 opener, Lakeside Recovery lost to the Vancouver Cardinals 11-4. Dan Altchech had two hits and drove in two runs. Spencer Rogers had two hits, and Smith smashed a home run.

In other games, Lakeside Recovery lost to Baden Baseball 11-0 and to the Spokane Dodgers 9-3. Smith had two hits in the game against Baden, and Dilley ripped a three-run home run in the loss to the Dodgers.

Lakeside Recovery is the host team for the Brandy Pugh Tournament, which showcases some of the state’s top Legion and select teams. Lakeside Recovery begins play at 8 p.m. July 7 against rival Honda of Bellevue at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Read more

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Issaquah runners rock Seattle marathon

June 29, 2010

NEW — 11:05 a.m. June 29, 2010

Kim Harding, an Issaquah High School graduate, had not been running competitively in recent years until last November. So, the 22-year-old surprised herself and her family at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon on June 26 by placing second in the women’s division.

Harding finished the race in 2:56:43. She finished 27th overall in the pack of men and women runners. In November, she placed 13th at the Seattle Marathon.

Sopagna Eap, a past Olympic Trials participant, took first in the women’s division in 2:43.05. Eap was a former NCAA Division II All-America at the University of California, Davis.

Nick Roumonada, an Issaquah and University of Washington graduate who now lives in New York City, competed in the half-marathon. The 31-year-old Roumonada, who runs with a high-tech, carbon-fiber prosthetic on his left leg, finished in 1:38:38. It was his 10th half-marathon this year.

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Crest tops Crown in KingCo 4A baseball feeder all-star game

June 8, 2010

Home runs ignite offensive rumble

Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah (right), KingCo’s player of the year, arrives at home plate after bashing a grand slam home run in the fifth inning of the June 3 4A KingCo all stars feeder game. Baserunners Mike Paulson of Issaquah (left), Eastlake’s Sam Nasci (7) and on-deck batter Shane Yarnell of Issaquah, greet the slugger. By Greg Farrar

The KingCo 4A Crest division all stars beat out the KingCo 4A Crown division all stars 13-7 in the conference feeder game June 3 at Woodinville High School.

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Lakeside eyes repeat as state champs

June 8, 2010

Shane Yarnell, who returns to Lakeside Recovery this season, pitches to a Bellevue Baseball Club batter during a 2009 American Legion game. By Christopher Huber

Many people get tired of watching reruns during the summer. Rob Reese, however, wouldn’t mind viewing another rerun of the Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team’s summer of 2009.

Lakeside Recovery finished 2009 as the hottest AAA legion team in the state. The club won the state championship by beating teams that were highly regarded.

Lakeside Recovery advanced to the Pacific Northwest regionals, where it finished second despite missing some key players. All in all, it was a banner season for Lakeside Recovery, one of the oldest Senior legion programs in the state.

“We got hot at just the right time and we’re swinging the bats well going into the state tournament. Hopefully, we’ll have another pretty good year,” said Reese, who during the school year is Issaquah High School’s head baseball coach.

Reese said he believes Lakeside Recovery has the potential to repeat its state championship. The club has a strong outfield and pitching staff.

The outfield features Issaquah High’s Spencer Rogers and Mike Paulson, Skyline’s Sean Penberthy and Newport’s Victor King.

Rogers comes off an outstanding senior season at Issaquah. He led the 4A KingCo Conference in hitting and was selected as the league’s Player of the Year. He also had a spectacular 2009 legion season, earning the state tournament’s MVP award.

“He is one of the best players in the state,” Reese said of Rogers, who will play for the University of Washington next year.

Paulson had a strong season for Issaquah, hitting .414.

“All our outfielders have good arms and swing the bats well. Our outfield is one of the strongest areas on our team,” Reese said. Read more

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Merciless Skyline 10-runs Eastlake

March 30, 2010

Jim Carnes, Skyline senior pitcher, throws to the plate March 23 against Eastlake, striking out three in three innings and earning the win in a 12-2 victory. — By Christopher Huber

With solid accompaniment from a few teammates, Skyline High School’s Sean Penberthy helped answer a lot of questions about the team’s 2010 season outlook March 23.

Penberthy, the Spartans’ lone returning senior starter, went 4-for-4 and ended the game early on a two-out, two-RBI double in the fifth inning. He also launched a solo homerun over the left-field fence in the third.

Skyline beat the visiting Eastlake Wolves 12-2 in the 4A KingCo Conference opener.

“I was just trying to get a hit, trying to stay alive,” Penberthy said of the double that ended the game due to the 10-run rule.

Penberthy wasn’t the only Spartan to have a good day offensively. Nate Litka, a junior outfielder, drove in five runners on three hits, including a triple in the second. And senior Anthony DeMatteo finished the day 3-for-4, with one RBI and three runs scored. DeMatteo drove in the run that set Penberthy up for the game-ending hit.

Offense was Skyline’s strong point against Eastlake, but the team still needs to relax and focus in the field, coach Chris Tamminen said after the game. Skyline committed three errors.

“I liked the way we swung it. The offense did pretty good,” he said. “On defense, they’ve got to play catch. They need to just play.” Read more

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Patriots gear up for another big season

March 16, 2010

After 2009 season, Eagles look to rebound, Spartans to reload

Troy Colyer, of Liberty High School, gets a pat at third base from coach Steve Darnell after he smashes a three-RBI home run during a 2009 baseball game against West Seattle. By Greg Farrar

The Liberty High School baseball team is gearing up for another big season with 12 returning seniors, including powerhouse pitcher John McLeod.

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