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Summer baseball big boys win again

  • Written by Don Mann

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Photo by Don Mann Pinch-runner Chad Huck, who spent the day chasing down foul balls, scores from first on Jacob Segesser’s sixth-inning double to close out Woodinville’s 12-2 win over Lakeside on Saturday at WHS.
Matt Laitala continued his torrid season at the plate with triples to the fence in his first two at bats, scoring four runs while walking twice and stealing three bases on the day as the Woodinville AA Legion (17-and-under) team romped to a 12-2 walk-off win over Lakeside Green to up its record to 24-6 at WHS on Saturday.

The senior-to-be raised his batting average to a sizzling .481: 39-for-81 in 30 games with 33 runs scored and 32 RBI, including a ridiculous 11 three-baggers.

Not bad for a kid who had two Woodinville varsity at-bats in 2011 — but offensively and defensively at the hot corner — is gaining a reputation as a force to be reckoned with in 2012.

"Yes, he is," tight-lipped head man Terry Agnew said. "He’s having a great summer."

Max Carter, in his first summer start on the bump, scattered six hits over five innings, allowed two unearned runs and did not walk a batter. For good measure, he went 2-for-3 at the plate and knocked in two runs for his team-leading 39th RBI in 30 games, batting a legit 379.

Carter, normally an outfielder/ first-baseman, was pressed into a pitching start due to a lack of available arms.

"It’s that time of year," Agnew said. "We’ve played a lot of baseball."

The Falcons put three on the board in the home first: leadoff walk to Harrison Van Til, triple by Laitala and a rope single by Carter, who would score on one of four Lakeside wild pitches.

In the third inning Woodinville scored three more runs on five hits, all bullets: triple by Laitala, scorched ground ball double in the right-center gap by Carter, and three lined singles from Jacob Segesser, Connor Zaback and Matthew Spencer.

Woodinville, which stroked 13 hits, tacked on two more runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, with Segesser’s booming double over the right-fielder’s head scoring hustling pinch-runner Chad Huck from first base to end the deal under sun-drenched skies.

Segesser went 3-for-4, with Zaback and Spencer notching two hits apiece.

For the record, Nate Wilham, in 29 games and 81 at-bats, has scored 36 runs with an astonishing 30 stolen bases.

The left-hand hitting sparkplug — superb bunter- — is batting a legitimate .382.

Woodinville plays the Liberty Cannons at home on Thursday at 8:30 p.m., with four games remaining before the AA Legion District Tournament begins July 23 at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue. 

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