Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography 
                                Skyline Spartans shortstop Alex Brenner, left, dives for a ball while Inglemoor baserunner Eunsang Yu slides into second base in the KingCo 4A baseball championship game on May 9 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Inglemoor defeated Skyline 7-3.

Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography Skyline Spartans shortstop Alex Brenner, left, dives for a ball while Inglemoor baserunner Eunsang Yu slides into second base in the KingCo 4A baseball championship game on May 9 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. Inglemoor defeated Skyline 7-3.

Inglemoor defeats Skyline in KingCo 4A baseball title game

Vikings score all seven of their runs in the top of the fifth.

One bad inning derailed the Skyline Spartans KingCo 4A baseball tournament championship aspirations.

Skyline, which led the Inglemoor Vikings 2-0 after four innings of play, surrendered seven runs in the top of the fifth. Skyline scored one run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Vikings held on for a 7-3 win in the KingCo 4A title game on May 9 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

“I tip my cap to Inglemoor. They put the hurt on us in that inning and we just couldn’t get out of it. They hit the ball well today. They made some nice adjustments and we didn’t make enough adjustments,” Skyline head coach Brandon Hemphill said.

Inglemoor finished the game with 13 hits. Viking starting pitcher William Larsen pitched the first six innings and relief pitcher Brandon Fothergill pitched the seventh inning.

Inglemoor head coach Craig Bishop was emotional following the victory against Skyline. In 2017, Bishop said the Vikings finished with a 1-15 record. The transformation on the diamond in a mere 12 months is officially complete. The Vikings were the No. 6 seed in the tournament but didn’t let it stop them from achieving their goal against the No. 1 seed (Skyline) in the tournament.

“This is a special time for us. Frankly, we didn’t have anything to lose. We felt like going into the tournament that we could play with anybody but we also knew that we achieved a goal to just get to the tournament. Once we got hot, things just kind of rolled from there,” Bishop said.

Bishop said he coached the vast majority of the varsity team when they were on a Little League team in 2010.

“I set a goal back then that I knew they would be capable of winning the KingCo Championship but I didn’t believe in a million years that I would be the coach,” Bishop said of coaching the Inglemoor varsity squad. “I have been thinking about this (championship) for a long, long time. This has been an amazing year.”

Despite the loss in the title game, Skyline’s season is still very much alive. The Spartans will face the Issaquah Eagles in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at 7 p.m. on May 11 at Bannerwood Park.

“We still got a pulse. We have a tremendous opportunity. We get to play against our rivals again, we get to play at Bannerwood (Park) again. We just have to embrace that opportunity and keep our eyes on the prize, which is a state championship,” Hemphill said.

More in Sports

Issaquah Eagles senior setter Claire Hyun sets up a perfect pass to one of her teammates against the Woodinville Falcons on Oct. 17. Issaquah cruised to a 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-13) victory on senior night. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Eagles dominate Falcons on senior night

Issaquah senior Liz Gorski was unstoppable against Woodinville.

Issaquah players mob Sarah Kim, right, after she scored a goal in the 52nd minute, giving Issaquah a 2-1 lead against the Eastlake Wolves. Issaquah earned a 3-1 win against Eastlake on Oct. 11 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Eagles soar past Wolves in rivalry matchup

Issaquah girls soccer team captures eighth victory of the 2018 season.

Issaquah Eagles quarterback Trevor Morine, center, unleashes a pass while being pressured by Mount Si defensive player Carlos Ortiz in the first half of play. Mount Si defeated Issaquah 38-6 on Oct. 5 at Gary Moore Stadium in Issaquah. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Wildcats defeat Eagles in 4A KingCo football matchup

Issaquah’s offense struggles in loss to Mount Si.

Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day set for Oct. 6

Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance will host Take a Kid Mountain Biking Day… Continue reading

Eastlake volleyball team remains undefeated

Sports roundup for the Issaquah/Sammamish region.

The Issaquah Eagles earned a 1-0 victory against the Skyline Spartans in a 4A KingCo soccer contest between rivals on Sept. 22. Issaquah improved its overall record to 4-0-1 with the victory. Skyline dropped to 3-4-1 with the loss. Skyline sophomore Brooke Mayes, left, and Issaquah defender Riley Larson, right, battle for possession of a 50/50 ball during the game. Photo courtesy of Rick Edelman/Rick Edelman Photography
Eagles capture win against Spartans in rivalry soccer contest

Issaquah still hasn’t lost a game during the 2018 season thus far.

Skyline Spartans junior receiver Luke Rohleder (pictured) had two receiving touchdowns against the Newport Knights on Sept. 21 at Newport High School in Factoria. Skyline defeated Newport 50-21. Photo courtesy of Jim Nicholson
Skyline cruises to victory against Newport on the gridiron

Spartan offense gets on track against the Knights.

Eastside Catholic to host seventh annual ‘No One Fights Alone’ event

Crusaders volleyball teams to host Bainbridge Island in volleyball matchup.

Issaquah Eagles senior cross country runner Sam Griffith captured first place with a time of 16:23.18 in a meet featuring the Mount Si Wildcats, Newport Knights and Issaquah squads on Sept. 12 at Kelsey Creek Park in Bellevue. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
Griffith earns first place in early season cross country meet

Issaquah senior dominates against rivals.

Issaquah Eagles sophomore Julia David-Smith cruised to a first-place finish with a time of 19:24.67 at a cross country meet featuring the Newport Knights, Mount Si Wildcats and Issaquah squads on Sept. 12 at Kelsey Creek Park in Bellevue. Photo courtesy of Don Borin/Stop Action Photography
David-Smith dominates in first meet of 2018 season

Issaquah sophomore earns first place with ease.

The Eastlake Wolves volleyball team is led by senior outside hitter Lauren Martin, left, and junior outside hitter Anna Ilstrup, right. Former Eastlake assistant coach Mike Knapick (center) is in his first season leading the Wolves varsity program. Shaun Scott/staff photo
Wolves are poised to dominate on the volleyball court

Eastlake is striving to return to the Class 4A state tournament this fall.