Power surge lifts Eagles to fastpitch playoff win

May 27, 2015

The Issaquah High School fastpitch team saw its season come to an end May 20, but not before the Eagles recorded a memorable victory at the Class 4A KingCo Conference tournament.

By Greg Farrar Tia Hedman, Issaquah High School senior, exults after watching her walkoff homerun.

By Greg Farrar
Tia Hedman, Issaquah High School senior, exults after watching her walkoff homerun.

Issaquah started the eight-team, double-elimination tournament May 16 with a 3-0 win over Mount Si, but dropped a 10-3 decision to Inglemoor on May 18, forcing the Eagles to win three straight elimination games to reach the state tourney.

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Issaquah rallies to beat Eastlake, 7-4, in girls fastpitch

May 20, 2015

Some teams might have pushed the panic button after blowing a four-run lead, but the Issaquah High School fastpitch team just shrugged and kept smiling.

After host Eastlake put up a four-run fifth inning to tie the score, the Eagles responded with three runs in the top of sixth and held on for a 7-4 victory in the regular-season finale of Class 4A KingCo Conference play May 14.

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Hot-hitting Issaquah tops Skyline in fastpitch rivalry

April 21, 2015

Winter Ridgeway said it’s not unusual for Issaquah High School’s offense to start slowly, but given time, the Eagles can be very productive hitters.

Trailing by two runs after three innings, Issaquah put together three big innings at the plate and overwhelmed rival Skyline, 12-4, in a Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch game on April 15 in Sammamish.

The Eagles (7-2 overall, 4-2 KingCo) grabbed the lead with four runs in the fourth inning, added two more in the fifth, and slammed the door on Skyline’s hopes with a six-run sixth.

By Greg Farrar Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

By Greg Farrar
Issaquah High School’s Tia Hedman swats a two-run single to score teammates Morgan Bevell and Justi Johnson during the fifth inning against Skyline on April 15. The Eagles won, 12-4, as Hedman, a senior designated hitter, drove in four runs.

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All-league softball teams announced

June 17, 2014

Fastpitch coaches in both the KingCo 4A and KingCo 3A/2A conferences selected their all-league teams for the 2014 season.

 

KingCo 4A

First team: 2B Camille Goo, freshman, Skyline; and OF Sydney Schultz, sophomore, Issaquah

Second team: P Caroline Bowman, freshman, Skyline; 1B Riley Davidson, senior, Skyline; and DH Morgan Bevell, freshman, Issaquah

Honorable mention:

  • Skyline — Madisen Camp-Chimenti, Lauren Lo, Emma Patterson and Molly Spaniac
  • Issaquah — Amelia Cunningham, Michelle Fowler, Justi Johnson and Winter Ridgeway

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Annika Hildebrand goes deep, leads Spartans to next round

May 27, 2014

Annika Hildebrand (center), Skyline High School sophomore third baseman, leaps in the air onto home plate and into her teammates’ arms after collecting three runs with her first-ever high school homerun in the third inning May 20 against Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Annika Hildebrand (center), Skyline High School sophomore third baseman, leaps in the air onto home plate and into her teammates’ arms after collecting three runs with her first-ever high school homerun in the third inning May 20 against Issaquah. By Greg Farrar

Annika Hildebrand isn’t known as a power hitter, but she picked a very good time to collect her first home run as a high-school player.

The Skyline High School third baseman clobbered a three-run homer over the center-field fence, and those runs proved to be the difference as the Spartans held off the Issaquah Eagles, 7-6, in a loser-out game at the Class 4A KingCo Conference fastpitch tournament May 20 at Inglemoor High School in Kenmore.

In the bottom of the third inning, Skyline (15-7) took a 4-3 lead on Natalie King’s RBI single. Hildebrand then stepped to the plate and drilled a pitch from Issaquah’s Kylie Bevell, making it 7-3 in the blink of an eye.

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Sydney Schultz powers Issaquah to win over Ballard

May 6, 2014

By Greg Farrar Winter Ridgeway, Issaquah High School junior, pitches April 30 during a tough third inning against Ballard. Ridgeway hit an RBI and pitched a complete game in the 5-3 win.

By Christina Corrales-Toy
Winter Ridgeway, Issaquah High School junior, pitches April 30 during a tough third inning against Ballard. Ridgeway hit an RBI and pitched a complete game in the 5-3 win.

Issaquah High School sophomore Sydney Schultz’s first-inning homerun trot ended with a rather emphatic stomp on home plate.

Just a half-inning earlier, the Eagles watched as umpires erased a Ballard home run, after the hitter failed to touch home plate on her way back to the dugout.

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Spartans subdue Eagles in conference opener

April 8, 2014

The fastpitch rivalry between the Issaquah Eagles and Skyline Spartans always has intensity, and last week’s clash to open Class 4A KingCo Conference play was no different.

Facing off against former teammates Winter Ridgeway and Tia Hedman, the Spartans used a fourth-inning surge and rallied past the Eagles, 5-3, on April 1 at Skyline High School.

Photos by Greg Farrar At left, Caroline Bowman, Skyline High School freshman, retires three Issaquah batters in the seventh inning to round out her complete-game pitching effort April 1 in the Spartans’ 5-3 victory. Above, Lauren Lo (11), Skyline High School freshman shortstop, reaches home on a wild pitch as Issaquah pitcher Winter Ridgeway comes in to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior batter Riley Davidson watches the run come in.

Photo by Greg Farrar
 Lauren Lo (11), Skyline High School freshman shortstop, reaches home on a wild pitch as Issaquah pitcher Winter Ridgeway comes in to the plate in the bottom of the fourth. Senior batter Riley Davidson watches the run come in.

Caroline Bowman, one of six freshmen starters for Skyline, was superb in leading the comeback. She used her fastball and rise ball effectively to strike out 11 hitters, while limiting the Eagles to five hits and no walks.

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Young Issaquah softball team finds strength in pitching

March 11, 2014

Eagles welcome Skyline transfers

With just two seniors on its 2014 squad, youth is the Issaquah High School softball team’s overriding theme.

By Greg Farrar Kylie Bevell, Issaquah High School starting pitcher, throws to batters in a 2013 game against Eastlake.

By Greg Farrar
Kylie Bevell, Issaquah High School starting pitcher, throws to batters in a 2013 game against Eastlake.

That’s why, more than ever, second-year coach Ron Hatlen is preaching mental toughness and resiliency.

“We’re really going to work on the mental side for these guys,” he said. “I mean, they’ve all played for so long. It’s a matter of trying to turn their brain off when they’re out there.”

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