SULTAN — After falling behind 3-1, the Lakewood baseball team rallied for five runs in the fifth inning and managed to hold off Sultan to remain undefeated in Cascade Conference play.
“We really didn’t have any huge hits (in the fifth),” Lakewood head coach Larry Delaney said. “But we managed to string together a couple (of hits) and took advantage of a couple of errors.”
Delaney actually credited a defensive play in the bottom of the third as the turning point.
With runners on first and third with no outs, the Sultan hitter lined a shot to Cougars’ third baseman Andrew Bean. Bean caught the ball and doubled off the runner at third. That double play, Delaney said, “Took a lot of the pressure off us.”
The Turks creeped closer with two runs in the sixth and had the first batter reach safely in the seventh, but Lakewood reliever Adam Oppliger came back and struck out the side to close out the game.
Sultan’s Jay Leverett went 3-for-4 with a double and Travis Cornell had two hits.
At Sultan H.S.
Burbee, Oppliger (4) and Smith. Olhsen, Leverett (6) and Leverett and Olhsen. WP—Oppliger (1-0). LP—Olhsen (0-1). 2B—Smith (L) 1, Leverett (S) 1. Records—Lakewood 3-0 league, 3-0 overall. Sultan 0-3, 1-4 overall.