High school baseball, softball resume after nearly two-year hiatus
High school baseball season has finally begun.
Given the COVID-19 pandemic started right before the 2020 spring season started, baseball teams from high schools in Sammamish have not taken the field in nearly two years. Below are the scores and a selection of highlights from the games this week.
Eastlake High School
Eastlake 6, Redmond 11 (May 11)
The Eastlake Wolves took on Redmond Tuesday night for their first game of the season. Unfortunately, the Wolves were missing both their number one and number two pitchers as well as some muscle in their offense due to COVID-19 concerns. Eastlake fell behind early, 8-0, before fighting back to make it 10-6 game in the sixth inning. Junior Tristen Emmons and senior Gage Schmitt had outstanding showings pitching relief and keeping Redmond scoreless for the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings. The offense was led by Jared Johnson and Noah Weintraub who each collected two hits.
Eastlake 7, Redmond 1 (May 14)
Eastlake 0, Redmond 1 (May 11)
In their season opener, the Wolves clashed with Redmond, playing for the first time in almost two years. It was a pitchers duel between Eastlake junior Leslie Hines, who allowed just one hit and struck out eight, and Redmond junior, Grace Haegele. Battling for a win, seniors Ellie Evans and Julie Holec as well as juniors Belle Schmidt and Leslie Hines added hits. In the end, the Wolves fell just short.
Eastlake 1, Redmond 7 (May 14)
Eastside Catholic High School
Eastside Catholic 3, Bishop Blanchet 2 (May 13)
Eastside Catholic 9, Chief Sealth 2 (May 14)
Eastside Catholic 11, Cleveland 0 (May 13)
It was Mary Powell, a junior, pitching for Eastside Catholic versus Lee from Cleveland. Both pitchers threw for five innings apiece, Powell striking out 8 and Lee 2. Powell threw an 11-0 shutout with no walks and one hit to junior Zoe Bachar catching behind the plate. Ellie Sampson, a junior, started the Crusaders off with a lead off single to begin the game. Finding a hole between the short stop and third base, junior Allie Upton hit a line drive to score Sampson for Eastside Catholic’s first score of 11 for the game. Upton went two for three with two RBIs while Claire Murawski, a junior, connected for a triple to left center field in the fourth inning, giving her two hits and one RBI on the night. In center field, junior Sophia Friedl made several crucial catches on defense. Next up, the Crusaders face off against Seattle Prep on May 18 at home at 4:00 p.m.
Skyline High School
Skyline 12, Hazen 1 (May 12)
Skyline 29, Hazen 0 (May 12)
Both Skyline baseball and softball face Mt. Si on Monday, May 17 at 4:00 p.m.
Stephanie Bailey, Courtney Brown and Frank Smith contributed to this report.