The IssaquahPress Sports A10 Wednesday April 2, 2014 PATRIOT POUNDING Liberty blows out rival Hazen, 10-0 By Christina Corrales-Toy email@example.com It doesn’t have the same energy as the football or basketball rivalries, but anytime Liberty and Hazen high schools meet on the diamond, it’s always a battle between familiar foes. Just three miles separate the two schools, and despite the fact they reside in different school districts, many of the students grew up together playing in youth leagues. This time, it was the Liberty ball players who bested the Highlanders in a convincing 10-0 nonleague tune-up March 25. “That was pretty amazing,” Liberty baseball coach John Martin said. “Hazen is typically a really good program, and usually battles pretty tough, if not comes out on the other side with a win, so that was pretty exciting.” It took the Patriots just five innings to put away Hazen, which struggled to put together any momentum against Liberty’s winning pitcher, Lorin Archibald. Archibald, a senior, was credited with the shutout, By Greg Farrar Lorin Archibald, Liberty High School senior pitcher, retires three Hazen batters in a row during the third inning of their March 25 baseball game. going all five innings and striking out four along the way. “Archie looked good today,” Martin said. “He was the big part on our defensive side that led us to this win.” The game remained scoreless after the first inning. Liberty secured the only runs it would need, though, in the three-run second inning. Every Liberty starter came to the plate in the five-run third inning, chasing Hazen starting pitcher Ryan Gayte from the mound. Nolan Hoover, who also stars as the Highlanders’ quarterback, came on in relief. “I think some of our mental approach was a little lacking, but I think we’ll be fine,” said Hazen baseball coach Mike Brundage said. “It’s a nonleague game, it is what it is. The key thing is to bounce back and have a short-term memory, and go out and start league.” Hazen batters Brooks Jacobs and J. Crosby, a commit to play baseball at Pacific Lutheran University next year, were the only ones to come away with hits for the Highlanders. In a moment of comic relief, during what was an otherwise lackluster game for Hazen, HighlandBy Greg Farrar See PATRIOTS, Tyler Haselman, Liberty High School sophomore catcher, tags out Hazen’s J. Crosby in the top of Page A11 the fourth on a spot-on throw from Liberty freshman centerfielder Torey Anderson. Skyline’s Sam Lawrence pitches Spartans past Garfield Bulldogs By Neil Pierson npierson@ sammamishreview.com By Chuck Blackburn Cole Blackburn, Skyline High School senior, extends his lead away from third base as senior Jason Santiago bats. After starting the season with three losses, the Skyline High School baseball team was hungry for a win, and the Spartans satisfied their appetites March 26. Skyline got a dominating performance from starting pitcher Sam Lawrence, and Jason Santiago drove in a pair of runs at the plate as the host Spartans earned a 4-0 victory over the Garfield Bulldogs in a Class 4A KingCo Conference opener. The Spartans scored only five runs in nonconference defeats to O’Dea, Auburn River- side and Eastside Catholic. But they managed enough support for Lawrence, a 6-foot junior left-hander, who stymied Garfield’s offense. Lawrence limited the Bulldogs (2-2 overall, 0-1 conference) to three hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings. He struck out six hitters, and the key may have been throwing first-pitch strikes 60 percent of the time. “I just go out there and my only goal is to throw strikes, get ahead in the count, just do my job and hit spots,” said Lawrence, who picked up his first varsity win and has yet to allow a run in 10 2/3 innings this season. He followed the blueprint coach Chris Tamminen and his defense laid out. “That just goes to show you that’s what happens when you throw strikes,” Santiago said. “You get outs, quick innings … We really just enforced our pitchers to throw strikes and trust the defense.” Lawrence worked out of two jams to earn the shutout, although he didn’t complete the game. Alex Wu, a senior, struck out Garfield’s Justin ArkillsMcLain for the game’s final out. In the first inning, a throwing error and a single put Bulldogs at first and second with See SPARTANS, Page A11 Eagles fly out of the gate In Issaquah High School’s first track and field meet of the season March 27 against Ballard, the boys squad won, 71-57, and the girls also easily won, 82-59. At right, Roddy Jensen, Issaquah High School sophomore, wins the discus event with this throw of 104 feet. Below, Cayla Seligman, Issaquah High School junior, sometimes closing her eyes in thought, speeds around the track far ahead of the pack to win the 1,600 meter race in a time of 5 minutes, 17 seconds Above, Jason Crandall, Issaquah High School sophomore, makes this leap of 19 feet, 1 1/2 inches, good for the victory in the long jump. Photos by Greg Farrar Above, Mackenzie Wieburg, Issaquah High School senior, tries to clear 5 feet, 2 inches. Wieburg won the event easily at 5 feet even and would love to clear 5-feet-6 at state.