Hazen baseball players named all-league

July 3, 2012

Hazen High School standout pitchers Jake Kolterman and Jimmy Schmidt, as well as outfielder Eric Jacobs and second baseman Kyle Arinobu, were awarded the Seamount Conference’s First Team Honors.

The Highlanders’ Zac Kolterman was selected for the all-league second team, while Kyle Nelson, Sam Cook, Cody Moorhead and Alex Gayte were all selected as honorable mentions for Hazen.

Lindbergh High School’s Tyler Gould, Matt Stuart, Billy Hernandez, Ryan White, Craig Yamaguchi and Cooper Stevens join Highline High School’s Jonny Locher, Tyee High School’s Nate Owen and Kennedy Catholic High School’s Anthony McCluskey to round out the first-team selections.

Player of the year and coach of the year honors went to Locher, of Highline, and Benny Benavides, of Lindbergh High School, respectively.

The Freak Tim Lincecum makes pitching debut at Safeco Field

June 20, 2012

Tim Lincecum, San Francisco Giants Cy Young award-winning pitcher and former Liberty High School star, makes his pitching debut at Safeco Field June 16. By Greg Farrar

With their season on the line in a loser-out playoff game in the KingCo tournament, the 2003 Liberty Patriots knew they something had to give. Read more

Kennewick ends Hazen’s state run 4-0

May 31, 2012

After its first state championship run since 2008, the spring baseball season was over for Hazen High School in the first round after its 4-0 loss against the Kennewick Lions on May 19.

The Lions lead 2-0 after two innings played, with one run scored in each inning.

Hazen got two base runners in the first at-bat but ended the inning with two players left on base.

The Lions’ starting pitcher, Stetson Pew, pitched scoreless shutout baseball in the first six innings with only two hitters getting on base.

There was one final Hazen threat with two base runners in the sixth inning at-bat, with Highlanders on first and second base, but they couldn’t capitalize over Kennewick. The Lions went up two more runs to lead 4-0 after six innings played.

Hazen was last at bat in the seventh, but the Lions managed to hold them to a three-up, three-down inning to clinch the game.

Hazen finished the season 15-8, tying for most wins in a single season at 15.

Hazen beats Kennedy Catholic

May 3, 2012

The Hazen High School baseball team solidified a 4-3 win against the Kennedy Catholic Lancers on an eighth inning walk-off home run by senior Zac Kolterman on April 14.

The conference matchup was a regular season makeup game for an earlier rainout.

Contributed Senior Hazen Highlander pitcher Jimmy Schmidt gets ready to let one fly during a non-conference 3-2 loss against the White River Hornets at Hazen. The Highlanders would go on to secure the No. 1 seed for the 3A Seamount Conference for this season’s playoffs.

The contest started as a pitcher’s duel with Kennedy Catholic’s Dominic Peretti up against Hazen sophomore Jake Kolterman.

The Lancers scored first in the third inning with a leadoff double by Jacob Tauber.

Hazen rallied back to take the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning. First, Hazen junior Kyle Nelson doubled, and then junior Sam Cook had an RBI single.

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Coaching a community

April 5, 2012

John Martin happy to take the helm of Liberty’s baseball squad 

By Greg Farrar John Martin, the new Liberty High School baseball coach, works his team in the gym while it’s snowing outside March 13 on the Patriots’ baseball field.

While he always had an interest in the game, Liberty High School coach John Martin never anticipated he’d end up dedicating the past 20 or so years to coaching it.

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Hazen bests Liberty 6-2 in nonconference baseball matchup

April 5, 2012

In a 2A/3A KingCo Conference versus Seamount matchup March 20, the Hazen High School baseball team bested the Liberty Patriots with a final score of 6-2.

The game was played at Liberty.

Hazen was able to start the game strong with two runs scored in the top of the first inning by junior Jared Howell and senior Jimmy Schmidt.

Hazen senior Zac Kolterman and junior Cody Moorhead had one RBI each in the first.

Hazen added one run in the second inning with a leadoff single by senior Sam Cook, who scored on a game-winning RBI single by senior Kyle Arinobu to bring the score to 3-0.

The Patriots added their first run scored to the board in the fourth inning after an RBI-single by senior Blake Reeve.

Liberty closed in on the Highlanders in the fifth inning after an RBI-single by sophomore Loren Archibald, but Hazen pulled away from the Patriots to lead the contest, 5-2, after six innings played.

Hazen ended its scoring efforts with one additional run scored in the seventh.

Jake Kolterman, a Hazen sophomore, went on to be selected as the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association’s state athlete of the week for March 18-24 after he was one strike from a no-hitter before settling for a one-hit, 12-0 shutout against Kennedy Catholic High School on March 22.

Kolterman finished the game with 12 strikeouts and one walk.

Select baseball club has Newcastle roots

February 3, 2012

By Michael Stein Members of the Bellevue Warriors speak with coach Carson Cook during a game played in a March 2010 tournament in Gilbert, Ariz.

Bellevue Warriors coach Michael McCrite tells his baseball players one thing to always remember: How they train and perform at the high school level is the first job interview they’ll have to play in college or beyond.

And they’re not even in high school yet.

The Warriors, a select club with a 13 and under and 14 and under team, was organized by several parents from Newcastle in August 2009, so children in the area would have a program in place that offered a higher level of competition than was available in the area’s Pony League.

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Liberty hires new baseball coach

January 6, 2012

John Martin has been hired to take the helm as Liberty High School’s new baseball coach.

Martin was a pitching coach at Liberty for several seasons and was on the staff when Liberty won the 3A state title in 2003.

Among his prized pitchers that season was future Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum, of the San Francisco Giants.

Martin has spent the past several years as an assistant coach at Auburn Mountainview High School. He has also coached summer select baseball teams.

Martin replaces Steve Darnell, who directed Liberty to a 6-8 record last season, when the Patriots were knocked out in the first round of the KingCo Conference 3A tournament.

Liberty hires new baseball coach

September 27, 2011

NEW 2:35 — Sept. 27, 2011

Liberty High School athletic director Stark Porter announced Sept. 26 John Martin has been hired to be the Patriots’ new baseball coach.

Martin was a pitching coach at Liberty for several seasons and was on the staff when Liberty won the 3A state title in 2003.

Among his prized pitchers that season was future Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum of the San Francisco Giants.

Martin has spent the last several years as an assistant coach at Auburn Mountainview. He has also coached summer select baseball teams.

Martin replaces Steve Darnell, who directed Liberty to a 6-8 record last season, when the Patriots were knocked out in the first round of the KingCo Conference 3A tournament.

Team includes Newcastle Baseball Club members

September 2, 2011

The Raptors, a select baseball team from the Eastside, earned the title of 2011 Triple Crown World Series 2-Div Champions winning the final, 11-6, against the Salt Lake City Blast on July 30 in Park City, Utah.

Led by Raptor coach Ron Hay and assistant coach Sean Lincecum, the team includes five alumnus of the Newcastle Baseball Club; Rory Brown, Trevor Curl, Michael Morgan, Alex Pritchard and Lucas Senatore.

Raptors team members celebrate after winning their division championship at the Triple Crown World Series July 30. Contributed

The road to the Raptors’ Triple Crown World Series title started in April with a second-place finish in the Wenatchee Triple Crown tournament, earning the team a chance to play in the World Series.

The Raptors went on to win three other Washington tournaments, including the Bothell Triple Crown Memorial Weekend tournament.

The 10u World Series included 26 teams from California, Colorado, Nevada, Utah and Washington. All teams were finalists in regional Triple Crown tournaments.

The World Series tournament ran July 25-30.

Playing seven games in four days to reach the championship, the Raptors went into the championship game having earned a string of four dramatic come-from-behind victories, including two extra inning or overtime wins.

Learn more about the team at www.pugetsoundraptors.com.

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