Lakeview played a road doubleheader against Illinois Valley on Saturday, April 27. The Honkers rebounded after a tough loss earlier in the week to the defending state champions with a strong defensive effort, winning its first Saturday game 1-0.
The Honkers shutout the Cougars behind the strong arm of Trevor Callaghan, who pitched the entire game for Lakeview. Callaghan finished the game with 10 strikeouts and only gave up one hit in what was a superb outing for the young pitcher. Lakeview’s one run didn’t come until the top of the seventh inning, when Cody Hamilton scored off a Charles Harms RBI.
Game 2 saw more defensive dominance by Lakeview, but this time the offense came to play as well. Hamilton pitched the entire second game, not unlike Callaghan in game 1, and his defense backed him up mightily.
“Our outfield got one ball on the day,” said Radford. “I think that’s evidence of how good our pitching was.”
The Honkers defeated the Cougars 4-1 in the second game, thanks in large part to an early double by Cody Clemens that led to a Callaghan run. Inning three saw the Honkers’ second scored run of the game, and inning six saw “2 insurance runs,” according to Radford, that all but sealed the deal for the Lakeview.
“These games were tremendously important as far as keeping our postseason hopes alive,” said Radford.
Luckily for the Honkers, they have a favorable home stretch with 6 upcoming home league games to end the season.
The Honkers also played on Tuesday, April 23 in a forgettable game against Cascade Christian. Lakeview was shutout by Cascade Christian, 17-0.