It was a day where the early season bugs had been worked out and finally everything clicked, Lakeview High School varsity softball and baseball annihilating LaPine on Friday, April 4.
LHS softball’s bats came alive, defeating LaPine 15-2, with every single LHS player getting at least one hit. Katie Hadley and Brandi Larson both contributed with triples, while Abbi Brooks picked up the win pitching five solid innings before the game was called due to the mercy rule. Brandi Larson finished the day with three hits and four RBIs, while LaPine was held to only seven hits.
LHS baseball looked equally as impressive, holding LaPine to a single hit all day on a brilliant pitching effort from Cody Hamilton, throwing seven shutout innings and adding nine strikeouts as LHS defeated LaPine 6-0.
Hamilton and Landen Lampman each hit triples, while Charles Harms and Logan Staub were active on the basepaths each stealing two bases.
The big surprise for LHS baseball was the sudden departure of senior Ronny Humphries, whose family moved to Susanville over spring break. Taking his place in the vital starting catcher role is Michael Douglas. Head Coach Bret Prock was thrilled with Douglas’ performance in the new role, both in the JV game against Henley on Thursday when he held on to the ball in a collision at the plate with a base runner and in the varsity game in LaPine on Friday.
“Michael’s a diamond in the rough, just doing great,” said Prock. “He’s proving that he deserves a shot, all the guys are rallying around him.”
Defense stepped up in the performance, Prock highlighting Charles Harms in particular for making two diving catches in the outfield to rob LaPine of hits.
“It was what coaches have been seeing all year, and it finally came to fruition,” said Prock of his team’s near-perfect performance. “We can compete with everyone, we just need to play our game.”
LHS Varsity Baseball and Softball traveled to Bonanza on Tuesday, April 8. The teams will next play a double header at Grant Union in John Day on Friday, April 11.