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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY MAY 6 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4-5 Schools/ce Eagles win 2-1 in seventh inning over Spartans BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Issaquah High School right fielder Miles Perkins knew he had to make the catch. The game was still within grasp. But the Eagles had to get out of a jam. Skyline led 1-0 in the top of the sixth. With two outs, runners at the comers and a 3-2 count, the Spartans' Shawn Ellis ripped what looked like a blooper to shallow right. Perkins turned on his turbo switch and leaped, fully out- stretched for the ball. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Brennan Miller, Issaquah senior out- fielder, catches a fly ball in the sec- ond inning against Skyline. He held it high for the umpire. Out. Side retired. Disaster averted. "I definitely wanted the ball. I was just thinking about the team," Perkins said. "I put the team on my shoulders and made the catch that needed to happen." The catch helped turn the tables for the Eagles, who beat the Spar- tans 2-1 April 29 in a 4A KingCo Conference battle at Issaquah High School. "It's awesome to finally get a win against Skyline at our home field," Perkins said. It was a game of pitching and defense. Both starters threw hard and forced easy outs, for the most part. Despite allowing just three hits and striking out two, Skyline starter Jared Lemke finished with five walks, two of which led to Is- saquah runs. "I definitely had too many walks. I walked (Michael) Paulson like three times. That can't hap- pen," Lemke said. "That's my bad. The run was a walk. That guy scored." Issaquah tied the game after Lemke walked Perkins and Is- saquah's Michael Dixon hit a one- out double to deep left field. Perkins scored from first. "I just knew he was going to come through," Perkins said of Dixon's clutch hit. The winning run came in the See BASEBALL, Page C3 Lady Spartans win, Patriots break two school records BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER It only won one event, but the Skyline High School girls track team managed to pile up 52 points collectively May 2 to win the Lake Washington Invite at Eastlake High School. The lone victory, a 1:44.89 fin- ish in the 4x200 relay, helped, but the Lady Spartans' sheer depth won it for them. "One thing that has always im- pressed me with this group is when they get to a meet, they don't get there just to improve upon an individual event, but when they show up to a meet, they want to win," coach Dawn Geiser said after the meet. "You can't teach that. They brought their A game." Junior Shealee O'Donnell wowed Skyline fans and coaches when she won the 4x200 relay as anchor. "I was in shock when she was, kind of got cut off and actually stopped and regained momen- tum," Geiser said. "She just put it in another gear coming down the back stretch. I don't really know where she found it." Senior Kaylyn Berry placed in the top three in three separate events, including the winning 4x200 relay. She placed second in the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 5.5 inches and second in the See TRACK, Page C3 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBEI Jay Chakravarty, of Liberty High School (left), stretches across the finish line just behind a runner from Cedar Park Christian during the 200-meter sprint. PHOTOS BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Spencer Rogers, of Issaquah (above), cranks a single in the first inning against Skyline. At left, Issaquah shortstop Michael Dixon turns a double play as Skyline's William Chandler tries to break up the throw. Spartan Ryan Somers signs with Seattle U Ryan Somers, a versatile player on the Skyline High School baseball team, has signed a na- tional letter of intent to play for Seattle Univer- sity. Somers has been a catcher, left fielder and in- fielder for the Spartans. He is currently batting .477. Somers hit .459 last summer for the Lakeside Senior American Legion baseball team. He was also a starter on the 4A Skyline state championship football team last fall. i | Liberty wins first 3A/2A KingCo conference title The Liberty High School base- ball team clinched its first 3A/2A KingCo Conference title May 1 with a 6-2 victory against host Sammamish. The Patriots, 14-2 in KingCo play and 15-3 overall, will enter the KingCo tournament May 12 at Bellevue's Bannerwood Park seeded No. 1. Liberty actually draws a first-round bye and won't play its game until May 14 in the semifinals. The tourna- ment concludes May 16. Eric Peterson highlighted the victory against Sammamish 3-4, including a home run, and drove in two runs. Peterson, who re- lieved starting pitcher John McLeod in the sixth inning, also picked up the save. Troy Colyer also had three hits and knocked in two runs for Lib- erty. Eric Etter contributed two hits and two runs batted in, and Cameron Talley had two hits. First-year head coach Steve Darnell was quite pleased with the Patriots' title achievement. "It's been a lot of hard work and a commitment, something I've asked from the players from Day 1," Darnell said. "They've done a great job of that." The victory was Liberty's sec- ond of the week. On April 27, Liberty rallied for a 16-6 win against second- place Mount Si at Mount Si. Troy Askins, Kyle Arbaugh, Colyer, Etter, Nick Hart, McLeod and Peterson each had two hits. Colyer drove in three runs and Arbaugh two. Liberty trailed early in the game, and was tied 6-6 going into the top of the seventh inning when the team exploded for 10 runs. Dan Eck, the third Liberty pitcher, picked up the victory. Liberty crushes Islanders 17-1 Jen Rucker, Liberty runner, slides safely into second base, extending a sin- gle into a double, during the fourth inning of the Patriots' 17-1 win against Mercer Island. BY JIM FEEHAN .................... II'l! 'rlrlrl '1 ii,, i, BY JIM FEEHAN Liberty High School's fast-pitch softball team scored early and of- ten to top Mercer Island 17-1 April 29. The Patriots scored six runs in the first inning and seven runs in the third to crush the Is- landers in a mercy-rule shortened game. A mercy rule brings a sports event to an early end when one team has a large and presumably insurmountable lead over the other team. The KingCo League uses the 10-run, five inning stan- dard, meaning if one team is ahead by 10 runs after five in- nings, the game is over. Liberty scored in every inning on the way to an easy 3A/2A KingCo Conference victory. Alexis Court went 2-3 with two runs and three RBIs. Aria Faora:: had 2-3 with two runs and two See SOFTBALL, Page c3 Amber Smith, Liberty pitcher, throws to a Mercer Island batter in the early innings of a complete game, striking out five in a five-inning, 17- I win. BY JIM FEEHAN