Last Wednesday at Lake Stevens High School the Vikings opened Wesco North league play with a 9-0 win over Monroe in the first game of a three game series.
Anthony Blackie pitched six innings, giving up only one hit while striking out eight batters to earn the victory. Blackie struck out the side in the top of the third inning and didn’t give up a hit until one out in the sixth.
While Blackie was holding down the Bearcats offense, Lake was struggling to get their own bats going as they held a 1-0 lead after three innings. In the fourth, Logan Merrill led off with a single and Peter Ruiz laid down a sac bunt to move him into scoring position. After a walk to Corey Bullens, Branden Kelliher followed with a single into center field to score Merrill and Ty Partington followed that with a RBI single of his own. After a fielder’s choice to score another run, Lake had a 4-0 lead.
The offense did not have a great day but still managed nine runs on nine hits (all singles). Four of those singles were either swinging bunts or bloop hits over the Monroe infielders heads.
Kelliher had a good day at the plate, going 3-3 with three RBI. Partington was 2-2 with two RBI and a walk.
The Vikings added three runs in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to make the game a blow out.
With the victory, Lake remains undefeated at 5-0 overall and 1-0 in league play and are ranked fifth in the state at the 4A level according to the Seattle Times. This team is full of talent up and down the lineup.
At times they start nine seniors, but also have depth with some quality underclassmen. With an equally strong pitching staff, the 2012 version of the Viking baseball team is a team full of potential and fun to watch.