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By Len Stevens
Contributing Writer 

Lake hammers Kamiak in first round of District playoffs 18-3


May 15, 2012

Lake 18 Kamiak 3

Saturday at Lake Stevens High School, in the first game of the District #1/Wesco baseball tournament, the Vikings dismantled the Kamiak Knights right from the beginning as they scored eighteen runs on sixteen hits. The game was played in front of a large home crowd.

Jake Nelson started things with a one out double down the left field line, followed by eight straight batters reaching base safety. Lake scored seven runs in the first and eight runs in the second inning and the outcome was never in doubt.

The first seven batters in the batting order had at least two hits, led by Christian Gasca who was 3-4 with three RBI, Dylan LaVelle ( 2-2 4RBI), Wade Curtis (2-4 3RBI) and Logan Merrill (2-3 3RBI).

Anthony Blackie started on the mound for Lake and had little trouble holding down Kamiak in a five inning complete game (mercy rule). Blackie allowed three runs, although only one was earned, on three hits while striking out five, to run his season record to 4-0.

Lake 13 Jackson 4

Tuesday May 7th, the Vikings came from behind to overwhelm the Timberwolves from Jackson. Trailing three to two after four and one half innings, Lake scored eleven runs in the fifth and sixth innings for the victory. With the win, they are guaranteed a spot in the state playoffs.

Jackson jumped on the scoreboard first, with three runs in the first inning off starting pitcher Alex Koeplin. Only two of the runs were earned

Lake responded with two runs in the bottom half of the first. Logan Merrill walked with the bases loaded to score Wade Curtis, who had been hit by a pitch and Christian Shouman hit a fielders choice to score Dylan LaVelle, who had earlier singled.

The score remained 3-2 until the bottom of the fifth, when Lake’s bats came alive for four runs, to take a 6-3 lead. LaVelle started things with a one out hustle double. After a walk to Anthony Blackie and a infield single by Merrill to load the bases, Shouman delivered with a single right back up the middle, to score two. Christian Gasca laid down a perfect suicide squeeze bunt, that turned into a single, to score Merrill who had moved to third on Shouman’s single.

All Koeplin did after the first inning is keep Jackson right there, until the offense was ready to take the game over. In the next four innings, he faced just two batters over the minimum and one was Lake’s second error of the day. With the win, Koeplin ran his record to 6-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 1.33.

The defensive play the game came in the top of the sixth. After Lake had taken a 6-3 lead, the Timberwolves had runners on second and third with two outs, when their number nine hitter singled right back up the middle to drive in one run. As the runner from second also tried to score, Viking center fielder Jake Nelson came up with the ball and fired an absolute bullet to the catcher Merrill’s chest, who easily tagged the runner out, to end the inning and Jackson’s rally.

With the momentum clearly on their side, Lake blew the game wide open, with seven runs in the sixth. The inning was highlighted by a RBI double from LaVelle, Anthony Blackie’s 2 RBI double and Wade Curtis who capped the inning with a bases loaded doubled, driving in three to make the score 13-4.

LaVelle was three for three on the day, including his two doubles. Gasca and Merrill also had two hits and Blackie had one hit and three base on balls.

Kevin Lanto pitched a perfect seventh inning with one strikeout, to close out the game.

The Lake Stevens Vikings baseball team claimed the Wesco/District title Thursday night at Everett Memorial Stadium with a 5-4 victory over the Edmonds-Woodway Warriors. Christian Gasca’s line drive single to center field scored Christian Shouman from third base for the game ending run.

Shouman scored the winning run after hammering a pitch to the left center field fence for a double with one out. As Shouman was rounding second base, looking to go for a triple, he collided with an Edmonds infielder. The umpires ruled interference and Shouman was awarded third base on the play.

The Vikings had a 4-0 lead entering the seventh inning behind starting pitcher Jake Nelson, who allowed only a infield single in the first five innings, while striking out seven.

Branden Kelliher came in to pitch the sixth inning and struggled with his control a little. He had the bases loaded with two outs when Kevin Lanto replaced him and recorded the last out to keep the Warriors scoreless.

Edmonds scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game and set up Shouman and Gasca’s heroics.

Lake enters the state tournament as a number one seed and plays at Everett Memorial Stadium on May 19 at 1 p.m. against an unknown opponent at this time. If they win the first game, Lake will then play again at 4 p.m. for the right to go Pasco the following weekend and play in the final four.


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