Normally, slow and steady wins the race. Except when Lakeview is your opponent, and when that race is a baseball game. St. Mary’s found that out the hard way. On Saturday, May 4, the Honkers played a twin-bill against the boys from Medford, winning game one in convincing fashion to the tune of 10-7.
Trevor Callaghan pitched all seven innings, allowing 12 hits, but also registering six strikeouts. Callaghan did enough for his team to get the win. The defense was largely responsible for the slowed, staggered offensive attack by St. Mary’s, who backed up two one-inning scores with a strong but too-little, too-late five-run in the game’s final two innings. Lakeview, meanwhile, started the game with three empty innings, only to heat up to a boiling point in the fourth inning with seven runs. “It was great to see our bats come alive today,” said Radford. Jack Graham, Callaghan, Cody Clemens, Cody Hamilton, and Charles Harms all got in on the action with seven runs and seven RBI between them.
Game two saw the bulk of both teams’ scores coming in innings one, three, four, and seven. St. Mary’s started off hot in the rematch, scoring four runs to none in the game’s opening inning. Hamilton took over the pitching duties for Lakeview, and it took him a few innings to settle into his groove. When he finally did, the bleeding stopped, and Lakeview was able to capitalize with some strong hitting. Inning three was the start of the Honker comeback as they tied it at four apiece, then outscored St. Mary’s four-run fourth-inning with a six-run fourth-inning of their own. By then, the game was in hand, and the Honkers cruised to a 13-8 victory without having to hit in the seventh. Landen Lampman, Callaghan, Clemens and Hamilton all scored two runs for Lakeview, with Murphy Cockrell, Callaghan, and Clemens all hitting homeruns.
Lakeview also squared off against Rogue River on Tuesday, April 30 in another home game at Honker Field. This was the second meeting of the season for the two baseball clubs, and with the Honkers having lost 17-10 in their first meeting, there was certainly no love lost in this hard-fought rematch that resulted in a one-point, 4-3 win for the Honkers.