Baseball club ex-treasurer charged with embezzlement

October 5, 2010

Prosecutors said a Sammamish man in charge of the finances of a local baseball club bilked tens of thousands of dollars from the organization for pornography, rental cars and a consultation with a psychic.

Charles Leinas, 45, faces a first-degree theft charge in King County Superior Court, after prosecutors said he stole more than $21,000 from the Spartan Baseball Club, a select baseball club for teenagers.

Leinas could not be reached for comment. He is scheduled to be arraigned Oct. 7. Leinas had been arrested Feb. 2 and charged Sept. 23.

In January, Leinas served as the club’s treasurer and club President Robert Rosemont became concerned because the club’s bank account was overdrawn, charging documents state.

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Bears capture Koufax title

July 27, 2010

The Bears Baseball Club’s 14-under team didn’t begin the season looking like a state champion.

But the Bears, based out of Field of Champions in Preston, defeated the top-seeded Green Sox Baseball Club 7-3 July 12 to capture the Sandy Koufax 14-under state championship.

The Bears began the season 4-5, but finished 17-7 and qualified for the state tournament as the No. 7 seed.

In the tournament, the Bears opened with a 10-3 victory against the RIPS Brewers, the No. 2 seed. Pitcher Nate Gibson held the Brewers to two earned runs and struck out six.

In their second game, Tommy Medawar hurled six strong innings as the Bears downed O’Brien Autogroup 7-4. Medawar had six strikeouts.

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Spartan Club holds tryouts

July 13, 2010

The Spartan Baseball Club, of Sammamish, will hold tryouts for its Sandy Koufax 14-and-under team for the 2011 season July 31 and Aug. 1 at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Players can register for the tryouts here. Call 281-1158.

Lakeside Recovery wins pair of tuneup matches

July 6, 2010

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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

Sports Roundup

June 29, 2010

Yankees call up Colin Curtis

Looking for a versatile left-handed bat in the Interleague stretch, the New York Yankees called up former Issaquah High School baseball star Colin Curtis from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre June 21.

Curtis, an outfielder, delivered in his second Major League game.

After making his debut June 21 and going out as a pinch hitter in the Yankees’ 10-4 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Curtis came through with a two-run double June 22 when New York prevailed 9-3.

Both games were played in Phoenix. Curtis’ parents and brother flew down to watch him play in the series.

Following the Arizona series, the Yankees traveled to Los Angeles for a three-game series with the Dodgers. Curtis also played against the Dodgers.

Entering this week, Curtis had appeared in six games and collected two hits in six at bats with four runs batted in.

The first hit for Curtis had to be special, because he played college baseball at nearby Arizona State University. Curtis smashed a double off Arizona reliever Chad Qualls in the Yankees’ six-run eighth inning. When Curtis returned to the dugout, he got a hug from teammate Alex Rodgriguez.

Before getting called up, Curtis was hitting .280 with 12 homers and 46 RBIs in 35 games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Arizona State product was a fourth-round draft selection in 2006. Curtis had been considered earlier in the season to be called up to New York, but he suffered a high ankle sprain in late April. Read more

Lakeside takes doubleheader from Bellevue Legion

June 22, 2010

The Lakeside Recovery Senior American Legion baseball team capped a busy week June 19, when it swept a doubleheader from the Bellevue Legion team at Bannerwood Park.

Lakeside won the opener 3-1 and captured the second game 6-2.

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In the opener, Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah, ripped a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning as Lakeside came from behind to win the game.

Conner Lawhead, of Skyline, was the winning pitcher in the first game. He scattered seven hits in pitching a complete game. Lawhead boosted his season record to 2-0.

In the second game, Lakeside scored five times in the fourth inning to beat Bellevue Legion. Rogers, the starting pitcher, worked the first four innings and picked up his second victory. Adrian Sampson, of Skyline, pitched the fifth and sixth innings for Lakeside. Jarod Fisher, of Newport, relieved Sampson in the seventh to finish the game for Lakeside.

Brandon Mahovlich, of Issaquah, had two hits for Lakeside. Reid Dilley, of Newport, had a two-run triple in the fourth inning.

The two victories raised Lakeside’s record to 7-8. The club travels to San Diego, Calif., this week for the Best of the West Tournament.

Lakeside split a doubleheader June 18 with Honda of Bellevue. Honda won the first game 3-2, but Lakeside took the second game 10-7.

In the opener, Honda scored three times in the top of the fourth inning to overcome a two-run Lakeside lead. Victor King, a Newport High graduate, singled in both Lakeside runs in the third inning.

Honda pitcher Nori Shimizu held Lakeside to three hits in the first game. King had two of the hits. Mike Paulson, of Issaquah, had the other hit. Read more

Baseball club treasurer arrested for embezzlement

February 16, 2010

Sammamish Police have arrested a man who allegedly embezzled $21,371 from a local baseball little league. Read more