MI Power rallies to win Olalla tournament

The MI Power ended its 2005 season in style with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over the AMC Eagles to win the South Kitsap Southern Grand Slam 9-and-under baseball tournament held the weekend of July 23-24 in Olalla, Wash. Nate Schuler's two-out double in the bottom of the sixth inning drove in Lucas Schiltz from first base with the winning run in the 5-4 victory.

The MI Power played well throughout the tournament, going 3-0 during pool play. The first win was 13-3 over the Redmond Rebels, as Hallock and Jacob Stenberg combined on a four-hitter. In the second game, Christopher Lawler, Cole Blackburn and Schiltz combined on a one-hitter with 14 strikeouts to shut out the Bainbridge Island Niners, 5-0. In the last game of the day on Saturday, the MI Power offense pounded out 14 hits and scored 15 runs in a victory over the Gig Harbor Stingrays. Blackburn led the way with a home run and four RBI and Arthur McCray added three RBI.

In the semifinal game, the MI Power faced the Bainbridge Island Niners in a rematch. Once again, the MI Power pitchers did the job and shut out the Niners, 6-0. Lawler, Stenberg and Schiltz combined on a two-hitter with nine strikeouts. Keegan Ogard and Hallock drove in two runs each.

The championship game was a match up between the MI Power and the host team, AMC Eagles, who were 6-0 in the tournament going into the final. The MI Power fell behind early in the championship. Brandon Lawler made a catch in rightfield for the final out with the based loaded in the top of the first inning to hold the Eagles to one run. The Eagles extended their lead to 3-0 after three innings. In the top of the fourth inning, the Eagles nearly broke the game open. With runners on first and second and no outs, the Eagles batter drilled a double into the gap in rightcenter field. Blackburn relayed a throw to Stenberg at home plate to tag out the runner from first trying to score. Stenberg then threw down to Lawler at third base for a tag out on the batter trying to advance on the throw home.

The double play seemed to change the momentum of the game. The MI Power scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to close the gap to 4-1. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Schuler and McCray led off with back-to-back walks. After advancing on a passed ball, Schuler scored on an RBI by Alexander Gosanko. McCray then scored on a two-out single by Josh Stenberg. Stenberg then advanced to third on a sharp single by Blackburn and then stole home on a passed ball to tie the game at 4-4. After holding the Eagles in the top of the sixth, the MI Power completed the come-from-behind victory on Schuler's two-out RBI double.

In addition to winning the tournament, the MI Power won the tournament's Around the Horn team relay competition and Power player Lucas Schiltz won the Home Run Derby. Despite a 4-6-1 start to the season, the MI Power finished with a record of 36-12-1.

White wins Lake Oswego Nike Cup Soccer tourney

The Eastside Football Club BU-14 White soccer team are champions of the 2005 Lake Oswego Nike Cup Tournament played in Lake Oswego, Ore. July 22-24. The EFC was undefeated during the tournament. Daniel Strome led all scorers with five goals. Kenny Nelson scored two goals and helped anchor a defense that allowed only one goal during the entire tournament. David Yount provided strong play from the midfield position. Strome, Kenny Nelson and Yount are Mercer Island residents who play on the team comprised of boys from Bellevue, Issaquah, Sammamish and Woodinville. All three Mercer Island boys are students at Islander Middle School. The team begins state league play in the fall and is coached by Brian Hercules and Doug Backous.

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