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By Len Stevens
Contributing Writer 

Lake baseball still on a winning streak


May 8, 2012

Lake 8 Snohomish 5

The Vikings clinched the outright league title in the Wesco north division with an eight-inning victory over the Panthers last Friday at Snohomish High School. After scoring one run in the seventh to tie the game, Lake tallied three runs in the top of the eight-inning to nail down the win.

Trailing 5-4 entering the seventh inning, Lake got a lead off single by Dylan LaVelle, a sacrifice bunt from Anthony Blackie and a RBI single by Christian Shouman, to tie the game at five.

Kyle Cho , who relieved starting pitcher Alex Koeplin in the sixth, pitched his second scoreless inning to extend the game to the eighth for the Vikings.

In the top of the eighth Koeplin led off with a single, and after a Panther error put runners on first and second base, Wade Curtis laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position for Jake Nelson, who followed with a line drive into right center field to make the score 7-5. After an out and a walk to Blackie, Logan Merrill added one more insurance run, with a two out single to score Nelson.

Kevin Lanto struck out two in the bottom of the eighth to seal the victory and earn the save.

Lake jumped out to an early lead in the first with walks to Curtis and Nelson, Blackie singled to score Curtis and Nelson came home shortly thereafter on a wild pitch.

In the second inning, Koeplin and Curtis were on base via walks when Nelson drove them home with a two run double. Nelson was 2-4 on the day and had four RBI for the second game in a row.

Koeplin started and had little trouble, facing the minimum through the first three innings, thanks to a double play grounder in the first. In the fourth, Snohomish sent nine batters to the plate and scored four runs, three earned, to tie the game. Koeplin helped to control the damage by striking out two in the inning. Snohomish took the lead with one more run in the fifth off the gritty left-hander, before Cho came in to slam the door and get the win for the Vikings.

Lake 5 Snohomish 3

The Vikings traveled to Snohomish on Tuesday May 1st, for their last regular season game of the year, looking for a sweep of the three game season series with the Panthers. Lake opens the district playoffs as the Wesco North #1 seed on Saturday the 5th against Kamiak, the #4 seed out of Wesco South, in a double elimination format.

Logan Merrill got Lake on the scoreboard in the first, with a two run single, scoring Nelson (HBP) and Dylan LaVelle, who had walked.

Jake Nelson started on the mound for Lake and went the first three innings, striking out six. He struggled with his command in the third and the Panthers took advantage, scoring two runs to tie the game.

LaVelle pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning, his first appearance on the mound this year.

In the top of the fifth, Nelson led off the inning with a single, move to second base when LaVelle was hit by a pitch and advanced to third on a ground out. That set the stage for Merrill to lay down a safety squeeze and score Nelson, to make the score 3-2.

Branden Kelliher pitched a scoreless bottom of the fifth to protect the slim lead and then got into the offensive act in top of the sixth, when he singled and came in to score on a Wade Curtis double. Nelson followed with a bloop single to center field, to make the score 5-2.

Nelson was honored by the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) last week as the 4A state athlete of the week, for his performance which included a Grand slam in game one against Snohomish and a two run single in the top of the eighth, for the game winner in game two. He totaled ten RBI last week and has thirty on the year to lead the Vikings in that category.

Blackie came on to pitch the sixth inning, probably more to stay in tune for the playoffs than anything, and gave up one run on a lead off walk and a single.

As he has done many times this year, Kevin Lanto came on to pitch a scoreless seventh inning and earn the save for Lake Stevens.


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