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SECTION C THE ISSAQUAH PRESS SPORTS WEDNESDAY JULY 29 2009 More sports/C2-3 Classifieds/C4- 41, Lakeside still alive at Legion state tournament BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER single, but more importantly, it gave Lakeside a walk-off 4-3 vic- tory against Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak July 26 in a 13-inning battle in the American Legion AAA Se- nior state tournament at Tacoma's Heidelberg Park. The stifling heat wasn't enough to keep the boys of the Lakeside Recovery Senior Legion baseball club down in the first two rounds to send Yakima Valley into the los- ers bracket. akeside Recovery's Shawn Ellis would have scored from third any- way when Ryan Somers lined the, ball to center field, but those celebrating in the dugout said they found relief in the fact that the diving center- fielder dropped the catch. That play gave Somers an RBI BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Sean Penberthy, of Lakeside Recovery, winds up for a swing during his three- run home run at-bat in the third inning July 23 against Bellevue Baseball Club, in an American Legion game at Newport High School. Lakeside advanced to the third round July 27 when it met the Kennewick Bandits. "We won. That was a great game. What do you say about that?" asked assistant coach Brad Files. "We've always had great games with them." Head coach Rob Reese was out of town at his son's baseball tour- nament until July 26. The players had ample cold beverages in a cooler, Lakeside outfielder SPan Penberthy said, which helped them stay focused on battling a 3-3 tie. "We were pretty hydrated throughout the game," Penberthy said. Lakeside took a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning, and a throwing error with two outs allowed the tying run to score. In extra innings, "no one Could get the clutch hit to get the lead," Fries said. "It was high drama." But hydration wasn't the only thing keeping them going. Strong performances on the mound from starter Jared Fisher and reliever Spencer Rogers were key to Lake- side's victory. Fisher, a Newport High School left-hander, threw seven and two-thirds innings and struck out seven batters. Rogers, an Issaquah High School outfielder better known for his hitting and defense prowess, finished the game in long relief. Rogers improved to 2-0 on the year. "Rogers and Fisher were the heroes last night," Fries said July 27. "Spencer threw more innings last night than he had all sum- mer." Rogers also finished the night 4- for-7 from the plate, with two RBIs. Peuberthy went 2-for-4. Colin Hering, of Newport, also had two hits for Lakeside, including a crucial two-out single in the 13th. "It was a back-and-forth battle throughout the game," Penberthy said. "They had a lot of opportu- nities late in the game, but Rogers just shut them down." Lakeside took a 1-0 lead in the BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Lakeside Resevery's Ryan Semers slides safely into second as the Bellevue Baseball Club second baseman waits for the throw July 23. fifth inning when Trace Tam Sing, of Newport, scored on Issaquah High grad Mario Sanelli's fielder's choice grounder. Lakeside" raised its lead to 3-0 in the seventh, when Rogers singled in a run and Somers scored on an error. Yakima Valley tied the score in the ninth. In first-round action July 25, Lakeside heat Centralia 8-5. Lake- side got an early lead, scoring two runs in the first without a hit, Fries said, due to a few wild pitches. "We got a seven-run lead and just kind of held on," Fries said. "That was a big win. That gave us confidence going into the next round." The state championship game is July 29 at Heidelberg Park in Tacoma. A win will qualify the team for the Legion regional tour- nament. lakeside lSs head to state The Lakeside Junior American Legion 15-year-old team is headed to the state tournament Aug. I in Moses Lake. Lakeside earned a berth by winning three of four games in a district tourna- ment in Mount Vernon. Lakeside opened district July 23 with a 13-2 romp against Oak Harbor. Jake Bakamus had three hits and drove in two runs for Lakeside. Connor Gilchrist and Blake Miller each had two hits. Winning pitcher Matt Lunde struck out nine batters. In the second round July 24, Lakeside pounded Arlington 10-2. See BASEBALL, Page C3 Colt baseball team playing for entry to World Series BY BOB TAYLOR Longtime youth baseball coach George Thompson was thinking about taking this summer off. However, his plans changed when a group of neighborhood boys,. ages 15-16, were searching for a team to play for this season. Thompson, who has coached at just about every level of Little League, went to bat for the play- ers. He found some uniforms from the Bash Brothers team he coached last year, entered the team in the Five-Star Youth pro- gram and the Colt Division of the national Pony baseball organiza- tion, and booked a schedule of games. The team has played under the name of Five-Star this season. Thompson also talked Clayton Leady into helping coach the team. The team, mostly Liberty High School junior-varsity players, did the rest. Team members wanted to prove they could play competi- tive baseball, and they definitely have this summer. The Five-Star team enters the Zone Tournament in San Jose, Calif., where it will attempt to cap: ture a berth in the Colt World Se- ries Aug. 5-12 in Lafayette, Indi- ana. Teams from the western part of the United States, including several top California clubs, are entered in the Zone tournament. "The kids are all excited," Thompson said. "We know the Zone will be a tough go-round, but our kids are going down there ex- pecting to win it." Five Star takes a 20-9-1 record into the tournament after winning the Washington State and North- west Regional tournament July 19 in Enumclaw. "We went into the tournament at Enumclaw with Enumclaw as See COLTS, Page C3 Youth golfers to take a swing at state title July 29-31 BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER made it all better. He shot three birdies and fin- ished the last nine holes even. He ended the day with a 78-stroke performance and tied for eighth in the 14-15 age group. Not bad, but he needed a similar score July 21 to contend for one of i ssaquah youth golfer Darius Laller didn't shoot a great first-round front nine July 20 at Willows Run Golf Course, but his run on the back nine BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER Sammamish resident U Wang surveys the ninth-hole green before making his putt during day two of the WJGA District 2 Championship July 21 at Willows Run Golf Course. He won the 14-15 age group with a score of 142. 13 state-qualifying spots. He punched his ticket to state after hitting a 79 in the second round of the Washington Junior Golf Asso- ciation District 2 Championship tournament. "On the second day, it was more of a consistent round -- no blow- ups, no streaks of birdies. It wasn't a very exciting day," Lalier said. "It feels really good. It was kind of a relief. I shot two good rounds. I missed it by a stroke last year." This year, his 157 beat the cut by one stroke. Numerous local youth golfers hit well when it counted July 20 and 21 and will play July 29-31 for the state championship. Among the top performers was Sammamish youth Li Wang, who took first place in the 14-15 age group. He shot a two-under (72, 70) and beat Mercer Island's Charlie Kern by three strokes. This will be Lalier's first time at the state junior golf tournament. "I'm really excited to get the whole experience of it. I'm looking to just relax and be consistent," Lalier said. "I'm not expecting to go out there and win, I just want to play my game and try and be consistent with it." Sammamish's Megan Wother- spoon will also play at state. She took the fourth qualifying spot in the 14-15 age group after shooting a first-round 94 and second-round 85. "After the first day, I was tied for fourth and really wanted to make it to state, so I was motivated," Wotherspoon said after the tour- nament. "Most of my putts were going in. The first day, I was strug- gling a lot with putts. But the sec- ond day, they were just working for me. "A little bit of it might have just been luck, but I spent more time reading my putts," she added. "I was more prepared coming into the second day." Local athletes acknowledged Willows Run presented unique challenges. In particular, Wother- spoon and Lalier said, the course had a lot of hazards. "It seems like every hole had a hazard somewhere," Lalier said. "I managed to avoid them, though." Golfers also had to be more ac- curate, too, as the fairways tended to be narrower than courses they're used to. "Think it was a narrow course and sometimes, my drives would- n't go straight and would fade into the hazards," Wotherspoon said. Woodinville's Jarrett Foote shot a 142 (71, 71) and tied for first in the 16-17 age group with Belle- vue's Alec Pakzad, who hit a 73 first round and 69 second round. Sammamish resident A.J. Taylor missed the qualifying mark by just two strokes. He finished the dis- trict tournament with a 151-stroke performance. Issaquah's Nathan Stephenson shot an 84 and a 79 to finish with 153 strokes. Issaquah High School student Kevin Moon also missed the qualifying score, hitting a 155 over the two-day tournament. Sammamish residents Jordan Windsor and Ben Griffen shot 164 and 167, respectively, in the 16-17 age group. Following Wang and Lalier in the 14-15 age group, Sammamish's Jack Strickland shot an 83 and a 75 to qualify for state with a total score of 158, Christopher Kobak missed state by seven strokes, fin- ishing with.a score of 165. Brian Mogg, of Sammamish, fol- lowed closely behind Spencer Weiss to qualify for the state tour- nament in the 12-13 age group. Mogg placed third in the group af- ter hitting a 78 and an 81 (159} at Willows Run. Wotherspoon's 179-stroke state- Kevln Moon, of Issaquah, tees off on the 13th hole during the WJGA District 2 Championship July 21 at Willows Run Golf Course. BY CHRISTOPHER HUBER qualifying mark was 20 strokes off the top 14-15 qualifier, Kelly Ken- newick, of Woodinville. "Eighty five was a good score for me and 94 wasn't my best," Wotherspoon said. "I definitely could've done better than that." Ying Guan, of Sammamish, missed qualiing for state by six strokes. She shot a 185 at Willows Run. In the girls 12-13 group, Is- saquah's Mersadie TaUman just missed going to state. She finished with a 179, behind the first-place Marianne Li, of Bellevue, who shot a 152. Ten-year-old Sammamish resi- dent Ashley Fitzgibbons is headed to state after shooting a 96 over two days. She placed second in the 8-11 age group and Madeline Nel- son, of Sammamish missed the state cut with a 118-stroke per- formance. Par for the youngsters was 71 strokes. Area youths will vie for their re- spective state championships for three days at Glendale Country Club, Overlake Golf and Country Club and Bellevue Golf Course. I ' I ] _