YAKIMA – Four hit batters and two errors, combined with a strong pitching performance by Lake Washington High School’s ace John Lyon, ended Tumwater’s quest to reach the state title game for a second straight year as the Thunderbirds lost, 10-1, Friday afternoon in the Class 2A baseball state semifinals at Yakima County Stadium.
“They earned it, that’s for sure,” Tumwater coach Jamie Weeks said.
Tumwater (22-5) will face Anacortes (17-10) in the third-/fourth-place game at 10 a.m. Saturday. The Kangeroos (18-9) advance to face Ellensburg (20-5) in the 4 p.m. title game.
Lake Washington pounded out 11 hits and led 2-0 after three innings. The Kangaroos then broke it open in the fourth with four runs to make it 6-0.
Lake Washington got some help in the fourth, aided by four
hit batters, a walk and a wild pitch.
Tumwater also committed two errors — one in the third and one in the fifth — which fueled rallies.
That was more than enough for Lyon, who entered the game with a sub-1.00 ERA. He threw a complete game and held the T-Birds to two hits – an RBI single by Luke Hare in the fourth, and Keenan Milligan’s fifth-inning double.
Lyons finished with eight strikeouts, and retired nine of the final 10 Tumwater batters he faced.
“Our guys couldn’t adjust to him,” Weeks said. “We couldn’t make the adjustments when we needed to.”
Tumwater pitchers Garrett Terrell, Hare and Tanner Angel each struck out six, with Angel striking out the side in the sixth and seventh.
As tough as the loss was, the Thunderbirds will still accomplish something they’ve never done before in school history by claiming a top-four trophy in back-to-back seasons.
Weeks said he expects his team will be ready for Saturday.
“They’re resilient,” Weeks said. “They’ll bounce back and give a great effort.”