Lakeside prepares for home-stretch run to playoffs

July 12, 2011

Andrew Kemmerer swings at a pitch during the third inning July 8 against Bankers Baseball Club. He had two hits, including a home run, and drove in three runs July 7 against the Twin City Titans. By Greg Farrar

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team enters an important stretch this week with hopes of getting healthier and gaining momentum for the post-season.

Thus far, it has been a season when Lakeside Recovery has shown promise at times and has also shown its share of futility.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball rocks Honda in tourney opener

July 7, 2011

 NEW — 11 a.m. July 7, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday to break a 2-2 tie and pull away for a 9-2 victory against Honda Auto of Bellevue in the opening round of the Brandy Pugh Memorial Tournament at Bannerwood Park.

Jake Bakamus, of Issaquah High, had two hits and drove in three runs for Lakeside Recovery, the tournament host team. Brandon Mahovlich, also of Issaquah, and Aaron Sandefur, of Newport, each contributed two hits for Lakeside Recovery.

Winning pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline graduate who played for Walla Walla Community College in the spring, went the distance. He struck out seven batters and did not allow an earned run.

Lakeside Recovery plays the Twin City Titans at 8 p.m. Thursday at Bannerwood Park. On Friday, Lakeside Recovery plays the Bankers Baseball Club at 8 p.m. at Bannerwood Park.

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Lakeside baseball falls to late Bellingham rally

July 5, 2011

Brandon Mahovlich pops a bloop single to right field in the third inning in Lakeside Recovery's 4-2 loss to Bellingham Post 7 June 28 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue June 28. Mahovlich went 3-for-3. By Christopher Huber

The Lakeside Recovery bats were largely silent when they needed to produce June 28 against the visiting Bellingham Post 7 Legion team.

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Adrian Sampson composes a mound miracle

June 28, 2011

Skyline grad overcomes Tommy John surgery, gets drafted by Florida Marlins

Adrian Sampson pitches one of his games for Bellevue College this spring on the way to a 6-2 record and a 1.87 earned-run average. By Rich Dworkis/BC Athletics

The excruciating pain in his elbow was matched by the agonizing ache in his heart. Adrian Sampson thought his baseball career might be over two years ago. Read more

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Sampson brothers hit the mound, same night, a continent apart

June 28, 2011

Brothers Adrian and Julian Sampson, although a continent apart, were the starting pitchers on the same night for their respective teams.

Although neither recorded a victory, both Skyline High School graduates had stellar performances June 20.

Adrian, pitching for the Bellingham Bells, had a no-hitter for 8 2/3 innings against Cowlitz. The Bells emerged victorious, 1-0, in 13 innings.

On July 26, Adrian tossed six scoreless innings, allowed two hits and struck out eight in the Bells’ 11-0 rout of Klamath.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball goes 1-4 in tourney

June 28, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team went 1-4 at the Palouse Summer Series last week.

The tournament was held at the home baseball fields of Washington State University and Lewis-Clark State University.

Lakeside’s lone victory came June 23 when the club played two games. Earlier in the day, Lakeside lost to the Rips Brewers, 11-6, in Lewiston, and then hustled to Pullman where the club defeated the Seattle Stars Gold team, 9-4.

In the contest with the Seattle Stars Gold, Newport’s Dan Altchech had four hits and Issaquah’s Brandon Mahovlich had two hits.

In the game with the Rips Brewers, Mahovlich had four hits, one a home run, and drove in three runs. Skyline’s Jimmy Sinatro had three hits.

Lakeside opened the tournament June 22 with a 3-2 loss to the Puget Sound Roxx. Skyline graduate Connor Lawhead pitched well for Lakeside, not allowing an earned run in six innings.

On June 24, Lakeside lost a slugfest to the Lewis-Clark Twins, 9-8. Altchech, Sinatro and Newport’s Kyle Goemmer each had two hits.

Lakeside played its final game June 25, falling to Taylor Baseball, 7-3. Goemmer had two hits to lead Lakeside.

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Lakeside Recovery baseball loses tournament opener

June 23, 2011

NEW — 11:30 a.m. June 23, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team got solid pitching again Wednesday, but the club lost to the Puget Sound Roxx 3-2 in the opening round of the Palouse Summer Series in Pullman.

Lakeside Recovery, 13-7 on the season, took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. However, the Roxx scored three unearned runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Lake Recovery’s second run came in the bottom of the sixth.

Pitcher Connor Lawhead, a Skyline High School graduate, worked the first six innings and had four strikeouts.

Lakeside Recovery had two games June 23, playing the Ripps Brewers in the morning and the Seattle Sars Gold in the afternoon.

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Lakeside Recovery wins fifth straight game

June 21, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team entered this week riding a five-game win streak. The club got its fifth win June 19 by downing the Kirkland Merchants, 8-4, at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Catcher Jimmy Sinatro, of Skyline High School, belted two home runs and drove in five runs in the victory against the Kirkland Merchants. Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, and Travis Snider, of Skyline, each had two hits for Lakeside Recovery, which went to 13-5 on the season.

Lakeside Recovery trailed 4-3 entering the bottom of the fifth inning, but struck for five runs to overcome the Merchants.

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Lakeside Recovery hurlers blank Chaffey team

June 16, 2011

NEW — 12:05 p.m. June 16, 2011

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion team’s pitching staff came up with another gem Wednesday with nine scoreless innings against perennial power Chaffey at the Husky Ballpark. Unfortunately, Lakeside failed to score and the game ended in a 0-0 tie when the contest was halted after the bottom of the ninth because of darkness.

Lakeside Recovery starter Connor Lawhead, a Skyline High graduate, pitched the first eight innings and allowed just one hit. Lawhead, who played at Walla Walla Community College this spring, struck out five and walked just one batter in his sharpest outing of the season.

Brandon Mahvolich, of Issaquah, pitched the final inning.

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Lakeside hurlers toss no-hitter

June 14, 2011

Connor Gilchrist, Aaron Sandefur and Andrew Kemmerer combined on a no-hitter June 11 as Lakeside Recovery’s Senior American Legion team blanked Garfield, 7-0, in the second game of a doubleheader.

Lakeside Recovery, 7-1 in league play and 7-4 overall, also won the opener, 11-1.

In the second game, Gilchrist was the starting pitcher and picked up his first victory of the season. The Skyline High School player worked the first three innings before getting relieved by Sandefur, of Newport. Sandefur pitched the next three innings. Kemmerer, of Issaquah, worked the seventh inning.

Nate Anderson, a Newport High School player, had three hits, one a home run, and knocked in three runs for Lakeside. Kemmerer had two hits and two RBIs.

In the opener, Lakeside scored 11 times in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap a two-game losing streak. Dan Altchech, a Newport graduate, had two hits and three RBIs to lead Lakeside.

Altchech capped the fifth inning with a home run. Wes Blackburn, of Skyline, had two hits and drove in a run. Winning pitcher Brandon Lundeberg, of Skyline, tossed a complete game, allowing two hits and striking out nine batters.

Lakeside Recovery dropped a tough nonleague game June 8 to Chaffey, 4-3, at the Husky Ballpark. Lakeside got a strong effort from pitcher Travis Snider, of Skyline, but poor defensive play cost the club, which made five errors.

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