Woodinville lambastes Lakeside

  • Written by Don Mann
Harrison Van Til, looking like a dead duck, got called safe on this play at the plate as the umpire determined he was not tagged. Photo by Don Mann.
It’s fundamental: You walk 10 batters, you stand a great chance to lose the baseball game. Period.

And that’s what happened to Lakeside in a AA American Legion game against Woodinville at WHS on Thursday.

Throw in eight Falcon hits, including bases-loaded doubles by Max Carter — a parachute job that dropped in short right field — in a five- run second inning uprising and another by Tommy Wick — this one a line drive — during a four-run sixth that also cleared the bases and you have the recipe for a 12-2 loss for the team comprised of members of Issaquah, Newport and Skyline high schools.

It was not pretty.

Woodinville has now won seven in a row to up its record to 8-1 in summer ball and stole six bases, none even close to being challenged.

Riley Merlino and Harrison Van Til combined for three innings on the mound apiece. Merlino notched the win, and Van Til went three scoreless in relief, retiring 12 of the 14 batters he faced without surrendering a hit.

He also went 2-for-2 at the plate. Third-baseman Matt Laitala went 2- for-3, with a single, double and sacrifice fly, and was outstanding defensively at the hot corner.

Max Carter is back safely on a pickoff throw. Photo by Don Mann.
Woodinville celebrated the walkoff win in the bottom of the sixth when Van Til lined a sharp single to left to score Wick with the gamer.

Euthanasia. Over and out.

The Falcons take on Bankers, a traditionally strong summer Legion club, at home on Tuesday at 5 p.m. and then confront the Bellevue AA Legion team on Thursday at WHS, also at 5.

Woodinville’s Cody Bauman, Myles Franklin and Griffen Jones play for Bankers.

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