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By Len Stevens
Contributing Writer 

Viking baseball still rising to the top

 

April 17, 2012



Lake 14 Arlington 0

The Vikings scored 10 runs in the second inning before they made an out and 11 total, on their way to victory in the second game of a three game series against Arlington.

Christian Shouman hit a three run home run in the third and Logan Merrill went 2-3 at the plate to lead Lakes’ offensive attack.

Alex Koeplin got the win with another five inning (mercy rule) complete game, scattering five hits.

Lake 4 Arlington 2

The Vikings (11-0, 6-0) completed a three game sweep of the Eagles (3-8, 0-6) with solid pitching from Kyle Cho and sophomore Taylor Shea, along with steady defense and just enough offense.

Dylan Lavelle returned to the lineup after missing the first 10 games of the season with an injury. In his first at bat, as the designated hitter, Lavelle hit a triple to the right field fence and Anthony Blackie followed with a RBI single to score him, giving Lake a 1-0 lead in the top of the first.

Jake Nelson hit a laser beam that seemed to still be rising when it cleared the fence in left field for a solo HR in the third, extending the lead to 2-0.

Cho held Arlington without a hit through four innings before running into trouble with two outs in the fifth. Arlington put together three straight singles to score one run. Taylor Shea came in to get the third out with the help of a nice running catch by Christian Gasca in center field.

Peter Ruiz and Ty Partington started off the fifth with back-to-back singles. After a fielders choice put runners on first and third, Nelson delivered an RBI single to score Ruiz and a balk by Arlington’s pitcher brought home run number four of the day for Lake Stevens.

Shea, making his varsity pitching debut, pitched two and one third innings giving up one run and striking out three, to earn the save.

Nelson, Gasca and Blackie all went 2-4 to lead Lake’s nine hit attack.

Lake 3 Marysville 2

In a matchup of two teams with undefeated league records, The Vikings scored one run in the bottom of the seventh inning and prevailed with a 3-2 victory.

Jake Nelson singled with one out in the seventh and promptly stole second base. With first base now open, the Tomahawks (9-2, 6-1) decided to intentionally walk slugger Dylan LaVelle. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and then Anthony Blackie singled past a drawn in infield to score Nelson and start a game winning celebration at home plate.

Marysville had tied the game 2-2 in the top half of the inning with an unearned run off Viking’s closer Kevin Lanto.

Blackie started and went the first five innings. He gave up one run on one hit, while striking out seven and walking six batters. Brandon Kelliher came in and pitched a perfect sixth inning.

The Tomahawks took a 1-0 lead in the second with their only base hit of the game, an error and two base on balls, to force in a run.

Lake responded with two runs in the fourth when Christian Gasca laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Christian Shouman (HBP) and Logan Merrill (single) into scoring position and Alex Koeplin followed with a single to score Shouman. Merrill came in to score on a wild pitch and when the throw to get him got by the pitcher covering, Koeplin tried to score from second and was called out at the plate.

Curtis, Nelson, and Blackie each had two hits for the Vikings, who ran their record to 12-0 and 7-0 in league play.

 

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