Lake Stevens student gets the call to do radio play-by-play

Payne Patchett will be the voice of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, a San Francisco Giants affiliate.

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The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the short-season Class A minor-league affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, has hired Lake Stevens High School senior Payne Patchett as their radio broadcaster for the 2019 season.

Patchett, who has received acclaim for his work as the voice of the Lake Stevens High School baseball team, will call all the Volcanoes’ games this season — home and away — on KYKN (1430 AM).

Salem-Keizer plays in the Northwest League’s South Division. The Everett AquaSox are in the league’s North Division and will open the home portion of its 2019 schedule against Salem-Keizer June 21-24 at Funko Field at Everett Memorial Stadium, giving Patchett the chance to work in front of friends and family.

Patchett has been a constant presence at Lake Stevens baseball games over the past eight seasons, keeping score and recording play-by-play audio for nearly 200 contests. Along the way, he’s developed into an announcer whose talent far exceeds his age as a high school senior.

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