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Lake Washington 10-runs two teams, will play in state semifinals | Prep baseball

The Lake Washington High School baseball team will play in the state semifinals on Friday. - Contributed photo/Tom LaFave
The Lake Washington High School baseball team will play in the state semifinals on Friday.
— image credit: Contributed photo/Tom LaFave

The Lake Washington High School baseball team advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament with unprecedented back-to-back mercy-rule victories on Saturday at Cedarcrest High School.

The Kangs pounded North Kitsap, 13-3, during the first round of state and then shutout Archbishop Murphy, 10-0, during the quarterfinals.
Lake Washington will take on Tumwater at 1 p.m. on Friday at County Stadium in Yakima.
Against North Kitsap, the Kangs drew a modest 1-0 lead on an RBI double off the bat of Jordan LaFave during the bottom of the first inning. But it was the third inning that essentially ended the game, as Lake Washington batted around for 12 runs. The biggest blow come from LaFave with a three-RBI double. Connor Johnson, LaFave, John Lyon and Kevin Nakahara all collected multiple hits during the contest. Nakahara and Lyon finished with three RBI each, Josh Wikel had two RBI and Jake Steele had an RBI.
Lyon earned the win with three innings pitched, allowing just two hits. The game was stopped after the top of the fifth inning for the 10-run mercy rule.
The Kangs kept rolling against Archbishop Murphy, scoring nine runs during the top of the sixth inning.
Lake Washington didn't need much more than the RBI single from LaFave during the first inning, as starting pitcher Connor Johnson threw a complete game two-hitter. Johnson finished with two strikeouts and a walk.
For the second game in a row the Kangs batted around during a single inning, ending the game during the bottom of the sixth inning. Nakahara had two two-RBI singles during the inning, while LaFave, Johnson, Steele, Jared Menssen and Ryan Horita all collected an RBI each.

 

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