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Islanders Pound Bainbridge-Earn Bid to State Championship
Photo Credit: Seattle Times
The Islanders blasted the Spartans for 11 runs and 16 hits in the State Semi-Final game. Noah Hsue went 4 for 4 with 2 RBI, Michael Bantle, Brandon Lawler and Anthony Scalzo each had two hits. Scalzo's bases clearing triple tied the game 6-6 and Hsue's single put the Islanders ahead for good.
On the mound, Peter Lopes gave up 2 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings and William Mansfield closed it out to earn the win.
Next up is the State Final vs.Shorewood who beat Central Kitsap 1-0 in 8 innings. Fan Fest starts at 1pm and the game starts at 4pm Saturday at Husky Ballpark.
Mercer Island third baseman Josh Stenberg is tagged out at home plate by Garfield catcher Eli Wilson in the bottom of the sixth. (Lindsey Wasson/The Seattle Times)
Islanders Take 2nd in KingCo Tourney
Peter Lopes pitched a complete game 1 hitter as the Islanders took 2nd in the KingCo tournament. May 12, 2015 Photo Credit: Gregg Petrie
The Islanders dominated the Wolverines on their way to a 4-1 win Tuesday at Bannerwood. The victory means that MI will play the fifth seed from the Metro Conference for a birth in the 3A state championship tournament. Peter Lopes kept Bellevue off the basepaths with an efficient 66 pitch outing, giving up 1 hit and 1 unearned run. At the plate, Islanders Noah Hsue, Michael Bantle and Josh Stenberg had two hits each and the three were responsible for all 4 RBI.
Come cheer on the Islanders this Saturday - 1PM at Bannerwood Park as they march onto State!
Apr 18, 2015 at 2:00PM updated Apr 19, 2015 at 10:59AM
On a bright sunny day with temperatures reaching the 60s, hundreds turned out to catch a glimpse of Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano as he helped usher in Opening Day ceremonies for Mercer Island Little League Saturday at South Mercer Playfields. Full Story and Slideshow
LITTLE LEAGUE NIGHT--Friday at 5:30pm!
Prizes, Churro Dogs and Free Hot Dogs!
Little League Night is THIS FRIDAY and festivities will begin at 5:30pm. All Little League kids in uniform or wearing their Team Jersey will have the opportunity to go onto the field with the team during the National Anthem. They'll also get a free hot dog meal (hot dog, chips and drink), plus prizes will be awarded to LL kids throughout the game.
And, you won't want to miss out on the latest craze in ballpark food: the Churro Dog! Our version will have a TOP POT chocolate donut stuffed with a churro, topped with 3 small scoops of vanilla frozen yogurt, whipped cream and drizzle. There will be a limited number available for $2, so arrive early to experience this delicious phenomenon!
Festivities start at 5:30 at Island Crest Park.
Little League Opening Day
Saturday, April 18
All members of the Mercer Island Baseball Community are invited to attend Opening Day for Mercer Island Little League this Saturday, 10:45-noon, at the South Mercer Playfields.
Special guest speaker will be Seattle Mariners Second Baseman, Robinson Cano.
High School Varsity Players will be attending to participate in the annual "High-Five" tradition. More info here.
The Islanders swept the first two games of the series against Juanita at Lee Johnson Field in Kirkland. On Wednesday Harrison Goonewardene started on the mound for the 8-3 victory. Noah Hsue had a double and a triple with 1 RBI while Anthony Scalzo knocked in two with a double. Brandon Lawler went 2-3 and scored three times.
Thursday saw the MI cruise to a 16-4 win. William Mansfield got the start and pitched 2 solid innings giving up one run. Peter Lopes finished it out on the mound. The bats were on fire starting with a first inning 3-run bomb by Brandon Lawler. Michael Bantle, Michael Petrie, Anthony Scalzo, Brendan Yan and Alex Shanks each drove in 2 runs.
MI (12-2,10-2) comes home Friday for Little League Night at ICP against Liberty (5-8, 4-8). Festivities start at 5:30 and include free hot dog meals for all kids wearing a little league jersey.
The Islander bats came alive with a 13 hit outburst and 17-5 win over Bellevue Friday at BHS. Doubles by Josh Stenberg, George Pallis, Michael Bantle, Anthony Scalzo, Alex Shanks (2) led the surge. On the hill Alfonzo Gonzalez and Anthony Scalzo kept the Wolverines at bay.
MI (10-2, 8-2) travels to Lee Johnson field in Kirkland on Monday at 7pm to take on the Juanita Rebels (5-7, 5-5).
The Islanders (9-2, KingCo 7-2) made it exciting by mounting a 7th inning come back, however they were not able take the lead and lost 3-2. Josh Stenberg and George Pallis each an RBI for MI.
The second game of the series with Bellevue (9-1, KingCo 8-1) is Friday at 4pm-BHS.
Timely Hitting Drops Kangs
Noah Hsue reacts favorably to an inning ending double play.
4/6/2015 Photo Credit: Gregg Petrie
The Islanders (9-1, 7-1 KingCo) won 4-3 in a back and forth game against Lake Washington (6-4, 4-4 KingCo) Monday night at ICP. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning, Noah Hsue tripled to right center and later tied the score on Brandon Lawler's scorching line drive single to the pitcher. Lawler then scored the games decisive run on a sacrifice fly by George Pallis. Peter Lopes followed a strong effort from Harrison Goonewardene to close out the victory.
MI travels to Bellevue (8-1, 7-1 KingCo) to battle for first place Wednesday and Friday at 4:00.
12 Hits Bounce Kangaroos
Josh Stenberg tags out a Kang trying to stretch a double into a triple. 4/3/2015 Photo Credit: Gregg Petrie
The Islanders (8-1, 6-1 KingCo) exploded for 12 hits and beat Lake Washington (6-3, 4-3 KingCo) 7-1 Friday night at ICP. Brandon Lawler had 3 hits and Michael Petrie, Michael Bantle and Anthony Scalzo had two each. Harrison Goonewardene and George Pallis contributed 2 RBI each for the offense. On the bump Alfonzo Gonzales allowed 1 earned run in 4 1/3 innings and Peter Lopes finished off the game with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
The Kang's return to ICP Monday for the second game of the series with JV starting at 4PM and Varsity at 7:00.
Interlake Downs Islanders
Michael Petrie steps into the box before blasting a solo home run. Interlake won 4-3. Photo Credit: Gregg Petrie
The Saints handed MI their first loss of the season with a 4-3 defeat yesterday at ICP. A solo home run by Michael Petrie and RBI by Michael Bantle and Anthony Scalzo were not enough to overcome the scrappy Interlake team.
Next for the Islanders is a match up against 3rd place Lake Washington at 7pm this Friday at ICP. JV plays at 4:00 so come out and enjoy some exciting KingCo action.
Islanders Crush Interlake
Josh Stenberg knocks the ball loose after colliding with the Interlake catcher Monday at ICP. The Islanders won 10-0. Photo Credit: Gregg Petrie
The Islanders took care of business Monday against Interlake with a 10-0 victory. Peter Lopes pitched a complete game shutout allowing 1 hit and striking out five. Anthony Scalzo collected 3 hits while Harrison Goonewardene, Michael Petrie and Noah Hsue had two hits each.
The Saints return for the second game of the series Wednesday at 4:30-ICP.
Islanders Escape in Extra Innings
Alfonzo "Fonz" Gonzales shuts down Sammamish with 1 run and six strikeouts in 7 innings. 3/27/15 Photo Credit: Karen Goonewardene
The Islanders won in thrilling fashion over Sammamish 2-1 Friday at ICP. The extra inning affair was led by Alfonzo Gonzales' 7 strong innings on the mound allowing only a first inning run. Josh Stenberg tied the game with a long solo home run to right field in the 5th inning. In the bottom of the 8th, a single by Michael Petrie, a Brandon Lawler walk and a hard single up the middle by Harrison Goonewardene scored the game winning run.
The win leaves the Islanders atop the KingCo 3A standings at 4-0. Interlake is up next on Monday 4:30 at ICP and is the first of 3 conference home games next week.
Bold=Conference Game (updated 5/2)
*Due to several players injuries, all C-Team players will move up to JV. PPD games may be
Islanders Move to 5-0 with Late Inning Win
The Islanders battled Sammamish to a 4-3 win Wednesday with solid defense, timely pitching and clutch hitting. In response to the Totem's 3-0 lead in the top of the first, Brandon Lawler hit his second home run of the season to close the gap to 3-2. Lawler had a sac fly in the 3rd inning and Jack Smith drove in the go ahead run with a sac fly in the bottom of the 6th. Harrison Goonewardene and Peter Lopes allowed 4 hits and struck out 6 to help the Islanders stay undefeated on the season.
Sammamish returns to ICP this Friday at 4:30 for another conference game.
Big 5th Inning Sinks Redmond
Colton Matzke shuts down Redmond in a 12-1 victory 3/23/15. Photo Credit: Karen Goonewardene
The Islanders moved to 4-0 on the season with a 12-1 win over Redmond. Colton Matzke picked up the win allowing one earned run, six hits and one walk while striking out two over 6 innings of work. The Islander's offense took control of the game with multiple hits by Michael Bantle (2), Brandan Lawler (2) and Brendan Yan (2). Yan contributed to the outburst with 4 RBIs, Lawler and Bantle had two and George Pallis and Jack Smith had one each.
The Islanders resume conference play with home games against Sammamish this Wednesday and Friday at 4:30-ICP.
Islanders Win Non-Conference Battle
The Islanders defeated Seattle Prep 4-1 Thursday during the team's home opener. Peter Lopes threw 6 strong innings allowing 1 run on three hits while striking out five. Brandon Lawler hit the Islanders first HR of the season and had two hits on the night.
The Islanders face another non-conference foe on Monday when the 2-0 Redmond Mustangs visits ICP at 4:30pm.
Islanders Throttle Liberty
Brandon "The Scorpion" Lawler and his patented head first slide. Photo Credit: Gregg Petrie
The Islanders took down Liberty 11-1 in 5 innings with RBI's from Harrison Goonewardene (3), Brandon Lawler (3), George Pallis (2) and Devon Hays (1). On the mound Alphonzo Gonzales and Colton Matzke combined for a one-hitter. The Islanders host Seattle Prep in a non-conference game and home opener today at ICP @6:30.
Islanders Take Down Liberty in Season Opener
Anthony Scalzo waits for the pickoff throw against Liberty March 16, 2015. Photo Credit: Karen Goonewardene
The Islanders started the season with a solid 3-1 win over Liberty yesterday. Harrison Goonewardene pitched a complete game while giving up 3 hits. He also drove in all 3 runs with a bases clearing double in the 3rd inning. Michael Bantle had 2 hits while Noah Hsue and Michael Petrie each contributed a hit and a walk.
The Islanders return to Renton on Wednesday for another KingCo match up with Liberty.
From left, baseball captains Brandon Lawler, Harrison Goonewardene
and Michael Petrie. Image Credit: Joseph Livarchik/Mercer Island Reporter
Islander baseball builds off last season's experience
by JOE LIVARCHIK, Mercer Island Reporter Staff Reporter Mar 12, 2015 at 4:00AM
Staring down Bellevue with the bases loaded and one out in last year’s regular season finale, Mercer Island was a swing away from taking the 3A KingCo league title. It was a big moment for the Islanders’ younger players, who despite their inexperience, coach Dominic Woody turned to often throughout last season.
A line-out to second ended the Islanders’ season in disappointing fashion. But Mercer Island’s coach hopes that the big-game experience will prove invaluable as the Islanders take the field this year. Read More