3A beats 4A in back-to-back games for
first time ever
A select group of Issaquah and Skyline senior baseball players ended their high school careers with a bang May 30, earning a pair of wins in the annual 3A-4A KingCo All-Star Feeder game at Bellevue’s Bannerwood Park.
“They were well-played games,” said Issaquah High and 3A assistant coach Steve Sanelli. “This was the first time the 3A beat 4A in two games.”
The Eagles had six senior representatives in the contest, and the Spartans had three.
Issaquah’s pitching trio of Jacob Kemmerer, Tyler Vanderboegh and Alex deMarne shut down the 4A bats in the first game, leading the 3A squad to a 3-1 victory. Kemmerer pitched the first three innings, allowing just one hit and one walk, along with two strikeouts. Vanderboegh pitched the next three innings, allowing one run on three hits. He had two strikeouts.
“Kemmerer and Vanderboegh were almost unhittable in that first game,” Sanelli said.
The left-handed deMarne closed the final two innings out, allowing one hit and three walks.
The 3A team generated early offense when Issaquah senior Kyle Sutherland drove in Mercer Island’s Joe Scalzo on an RBI single up the middle. The 3A tacked a run on later via an error and an RBI groundout.
The 3A team only generated three hits in the second game of the doubleheader, but used five walks, four hit batters and three errors to move on to a 6-4 victory.
Issaquah second baseman Mario Sanelli helped cap off a three-run fifth inning after earning an RBI and being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Sanelli ended the two games 1-for-4 with an RBI. Sutherland was 1-for-3 with an RBI, and Russell Bair was 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Ryan Sapp led the Skyline hitters at the plate, going 1-for-3. Eric Biege and Phil Tushar were unable to reach base.
With Issaquah, Skyline and Newport moving to 4A next fall, there is speculation to what might happen to the all-star game next season.
“That might have been the last time we played that game in that format,” Sanelli said.
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