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Monday, May 31, 2004 - Page updated at 12:00 A.M.
High School Sports
By Matt Peterson
YAKIMA They sprayed hits up the middle and knocked balls off the wall, mixing good fortune with skill, power with precision. There were bunts and bloopers, slow rollers and line drives, and in the end an afternoon of offense like none the Lake Washington baseball team has witnessed this season.
The Kangaroos' 23-hit, 18-run output might have carried the day had this been any old doubleheader. But at the Class 4A state tournament yesterday, the collective clubbing earned them a third-place trophy, something Lake Washington secured with a 9-1 victory over second-ranked Hudson's Bay of Vancouver.
The Kangaroos' victory followed a 10-9 loss to Southridge of Kennewick in the semifinals.
"During the whole season, we hadn't seen that kind of offense," said Lake Washington coach Dave Chambers. "It was great. Maybe it was the weather or something. Hitting is the fun part of the game and I think we enjoyed hitting the ball and running around the bases a little bit tonight."
The Kangaroos' third-place finish tied for best in school history. Not that that was any consolation.
"I think we're still kind of disappointed," said senior Jared Krall, who went a combined 4 for 8 with two doubles and four RBI yesterday. "We wanted to come out and go as far as LW has gone before and beat that, but third place is not bad at state. And we'll definitely take that."
Lake Washington (20-7) inflicted most of its damage in a six-run first inning, pounding Hudson's Bay starter Tyson VanWinkle for seven hits in the frame.
Pitcher Mike DeDonato took control after that, allowing just one run and striking out nine in a complete-game effort. The senior right-hander threw 113 pitches, 80 for strikes to improve to 5-1.
"We came with No. 1 in mind. We fell a little short," Chambers said. "But I think we're going home with a real positive experience."
Meanwhile, Hudson's Bay was left wondering what happened. The Eagles entered the semifinals with a 21-game winning streak then lost two straight for a final record of 23-3.
Kentwood 8, Hudson's Bay 4 The Conquerors scored all of their runs in the first three innings, pounding Hudson's Bay ace Greg Peavey and snapping the second-ranked Eagles' 21-game winning streak.
Seven Kentwood players collected multiple hits in the game, which was a rematch of a West Central/Southwest bi-district contest won by the Eagles, 8-1, on May 14.
Senior Matt Hague (9-2), who will play next year at Washington, held Hudson's Bay to just three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings. He also went 2 for 3 with a double and a RBI.
The Conquerors chased Peavey, a freshman who entered the game with a 7-0 record and a 1.84 earned-run average, with no outs in the second inning. Seven of the 11 Kentwood batters Peavey faced reached on base hits.
"We were fired up," Hague said. "He (Peavey) was throwing a lot of strikes and we were putting the bat on the ball and getting a lot of hits."
Hudson's Bay scored all four of its runs in the sixth inning, capitalizing on two walks, an error and two hits.
Southridge 10, Lake Washington 9 The Suns slugged their way into their first state-title game, collecting six extra-base hits, including three home runs.
Catcher Tim Young's three-run homer in the fourth inning off Lake Washington reliever Will Loseke (6-1) broke a 6-6 tie and highlighted a decisive five-run frame.
Lefty Forrest Rice retired the final five Kangaroos batters, striking out the side to end the game.
Shortstop Lonnie Lechelt, an Oregon State recruit, and first baseman Joey Burns added solo home runs for Southridge. Both players went 3 for 3. Lechelt also had two doubles and four RBI.
The Kangaroos rallied from a 5-0 deficit with six runs in the fourth inning, taking the lead on sophomore Ben Thielsen's RBI single, but gave the lead right back in the bottom half of the inning.
Max Navalinski went 3 for 3 with a double and two RBI for Lake Washington.
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