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By Len Stevens
Contributing Writer 

Viking’s sweep season series with Monroe


April 10, 2012

Monday, April 2 Lake Stevens baseball hosted Eastmont of Wenatchee in a non league contest. Lake pulled out a tightly contested 4-3 victory.

Lake scored first in the bottom of the second inning on a sacrifice fly from Ty Partington. Eastmont responded with two runs of their own to lead 2-1 after three innings.

The score remained that way until the bottom of the fifth inning when lefty swinging Corey Bullens smashed a two run HR over the right field fence to score Christian Gasca, who had earlier been hit by a pitch, to give Lake a 3-2 lead.

Eastmont scored one run in the top of the sixth to tie the game. Logan Merrill promptly followed that with a RBI single in the bottom half of the inning, driving in Christian Shouman with the eventual game winning run.

Senior pitcher Kyle Cho started and went the first four innings holding Eastmont batters down until Lake’s bats could come alive. Sophomore Joey Palmieri earned his first varsity win with three innings of one run ball.

Tuesday, April 3 Lake baseball took two games from the Monroe Bearcats to sweep the three game series. In the first game, a rain suspended game from last Friday, the Vikings picked up where they left off. The game had been suspended in the bottom of the third inning with Lake leading 7-1, the bases loaded and no outs.

The 7-1 lead was courtesy of two bases loaded doubles and five RBI from Anthony Blackie.

When the game resumed, Wade Curtis walked to bring in a run and Jake Nelson followed with an RBI single to make the score 9-1.

In the bottom of the fourth Curtis and Nelson struck again. After walks to Merrill and Gasca, Koeplin singled to load the bases yet again. Curtis (2-3, 3 RBI) drove in two with a single and Nelson (3-3, 2 RBI) doubled to bring in another.

Alex Koeplin and Partington also had two hits each in the 13-1 victory.

Koeplin, who pitched the first three innings on Friday before the rain delay, came back to finish off the victory. He pitched a complete game, with the five inning mercy rule being invoked, giving up one run on one hit. The only trouble he had was a walk to lead off the game, followed by a one out single and a sac fly to score the Bearcats lone run. Koeplin also struck out the side in the second inning and finished the game with five strikeouts.

Vikings 26 Monroe 11

No, that is not a misprint. Lake won the second game 26 to 11 in six innings, scoring 10 runs in the sixth.

The Vikings pounded out eighteen hits. Merrill was 4-5, Curtis and Nelson both had 3 hits and Gasca, Blackie, Kelliher two each. Monroe pitchers also walked ten batters and hit four more Lake batters with pitches.

Lake Stevens pitchers also struggled with their control, giving up a season high eleven runs on only six hits and one error.

Viking baseball moves to 9-0 after 5-2 win over Eagles

Wednesday was the start of a three game series with league foe Arlington. Led by the hot hitting of Logan Merrill and the dominate pitching of Anthony Blackie, the Vikings earned a 5-2 victory.

With the win, Lake runs its record to 9-0, 4-0 in league play.

Lake struck first in the top of the fourth inning when Merrill singled to drive in Christian Shouman, who had been hit by a pitch. They made it 2-0 in the sixth as Merrill singled with two out and Gasca followed with his second hit of the day to knock him in.

Blackie went six innings allowing no runs on just four singles while striking out eight. His only trouble was in the fifth when two singles and a walk loaded the bases with one out, but he struck out the next two Arlington batters to end that threat.

The Vikings tacked on some soon to be needed insurance runs in the top of the seventh. Shouman drove in Curtis and Nelson with a single to right field and one out later Merrill delivered his third hit of the game to chase him home with Lake’s fifth run.

Kevin Lanto came in to pitch the seventh and the Vikings normally stellar defense failed him with two errors that resulted in two runs. The Eagles still had the bases loaded with two out when Lanto got a chopper back to the mound and he made a very athletic play to get the out at first base, securing victory for the Vikes.


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