By David Pan Weekly Herald sports editor
Lynnwood needed a boost heading into its April 6 game against league leading Shorecrest after having lost the second of two games with Everett earlier in the week.
The Royals got what they needed as senior pitcher Jordan Silva survived a shaky second inning and then belted a key two RBI double to lead Lynnwood to a 9-4 victory over the Scots in a Western Conference 3A baseball game at Lynnwood High School.
“We’re feeling great,” Lynnwood coach Adam Villalobos said after the victory. “It definitely was a big win for us after dropping two to Everett. It’s a confidence booster for my guys.”
Silva gave up all four runs in the second inning and all four were with two outs.
Villallobos had a chat with Silva after the inning and the senior pitcher did not allow a run the rest of the game. He allowed nine hits and struck out four to improve his record to 2-1.
“He figured things out and just got in a good groove,” Villalobos said.
The Royals (3-2 in the league, 4-5 overall) scored a couple of runs in the bottom of the second inning and then pushed across four more in the third. Silva hit a double to score two runs and Corey Hoerner had an RBI double.
“He (Silva) is one of our clutch hitters,” Villalobos said. “When he gets up in a situation he battles. He does a lot for us.”
Hoerner is leading the team in RBI with 17. He is hitting fifth, right behind Silva, who often is drawing walks.
“Corey is definitely stepping up as a senior,” Villalobos said. “He’s been getting the big hit when we need it.”
While the Royals have been coming up with the big hits in its opening league series against Marysville Getchell (Lynnwood won 10-0 and 10-3) and Shorecrest, the offense struggled against Everett. The Seagulls swept the two-game series 7-2 and 5-1.
“We came out flat,” Villalobos said. “We left 13 base runners in the second game. We couldn’t get the big hit when we needed it. We had the bases loaded twice with one out.”
So Villalobos was glad to see his team put up nine hits against Shorecrest (5-2, 7-3), which finished the week tied for first with Mountlake Terrace (5-3, 7-3). The Hawks swept a two-game series with Oak Harbor by scores of 11-2, 12-0 and then beat Marysville Getchell 12-0.
“We have a great offense,” Villalobos said. “If they stick to the right approach at the plate, they’re going to hit the ball. We’re definitely going to score some runs.”
Senior shortstop Blake Lord has been a key component of the offense with a mid .400 batting average and a solid on-base percentage.
“He really works the count,” Villalobos said. “If he doesn’t get a hit, he walks.”
When Silva isn’t on the mound, Lynnwood turns to senior Jeff Stanley, who has just one rocky outing this season.
“He’s throwing a lot of strikes,” Villalobos said.
Silva and Stanley will see the bulk of the starts this season and they are backed up with a good bullpen, Villalobos said.
“The defense has done great,” he added. “We haven’t made too many mistakes. I feel pretty confident in our defense. We work pretty hard at it.”
Lynnwood was scheduled to face Shorecrest on Tuesday and then play district rival Meadowdale on Wednesday (3:30 p.m. at Lynnwood) and Friday (4 p.m. at Meadowdale).
“I just want the guys to keep playing with confidence and keep playing hard,” Villalobos said. “I think we’re going to beat a lot of teams and hopefully surprise a lot of people.”