First year Head Coach Bret Prock was impressed with the performance of the Lakeview High School varsity baseball team in its opening game, defeating Lost River 24-3 on Tuesday, March 18.
Playing a lower division team in Lost River that was missing several players isn’t necessarily a true test of merit for the 2014 Honkers quite yet, but winning the first outing in double digits is a good start.
“We didn’t want to disrespect anyone, sometimes that’s just the way the game goes,” said Prock. “The best part was that we took 16 kids with us, and all of them got to play.”
The scoring started early, with the Honkers scoring eight runs in the first inning. Landen Lampman hit a three-run homerun, and Ronny Humphries contributed with a two-run blast in his first organized baseball game in five years.
In all the Honkers had 18 hits in a game shortened to five innings. Cody Hamilton was Lakeview’s starting pitcher, throwing for two innings. Logan Staub then took the mound for two innings, and Landen Lampman pitched one inning before the game was called.
With spring break this week, the team is on the road, playing as many difficult opponents as Coach Prock could schedule, wanting to test the team early. Also included in the trip will be a stop in Corvallis to watch an Oregon State baseball game.
LHS played a double-header on Saturday, March 22, at Santiam Christian, a team many are picking to win the state title in the division, followed by games against Grants Pass JV and Culver. The Santiam Christian matchups were humbling, with Lakeview losing 10-0 and 14-6.
Lakeview’s first home game is Tuesday, April 1, at 4:30 p.m., hosting Lost River.