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By PAUL DELANEY
Staff Reporter 

Medical Lake splits

Bats finally come alive versus Northwest Christian club

 


Bit by bit, hit by hit, Medical Lake’s AA American Legion baseball team seems to be slowly turning the corner by earning a split in a pair of games last week.

Medical Lake improved to 2-5 after losing to University 13-2, June 5 before picking up a win over Northwest Christian 15-2 in a game that replaced Freeman on the schedule.

Sam Gollehon started, went 4 1/2 innings and got the win versus NWC. “He only gave up one hit, the leadoff hitter of the game, (and) he shut them down the next 12 outs in a row,” co-head coach Austin Sharp said.

Sharp offered a side note for Gollehon, a sophomore, who played third base most of the spring Northeast A League season, sprinkled in with some outfield duty.

Among the holes that needed filling was the one left by the graduation of Dylan Vercoe at shortstop. During the first workout Gollehon offered to move over a spot. “That’s a good thing, we might have a guy to fill that spot next year?” Sharp said.

Medical Lake had Northwest Christian pretty much signed, sealed and delivered following their first at bat. “We scored nine runs in the first inning,” Sharp explained, but the big push came with two outs and ML up 3-0.

With the bases loaded, Gavin O’Brien doubled off the left field fence, clearing the bases.

“That kind of broke open that game,” Sharp said. The team unloaded for 12 hits, with O’Brien driving in five. Besides his mastery on the mound, Gollehon went 3 for 3, including a double.

“We’ve been battling up there but really haven’t been getting paid off,” Sharp said. “That game was huge, we got a lot of runners on base and scored them this time.”

The second meeting with U-Hi was basically the same story as the last time the teams met — an 11-1 loss to the Spokane Valley team — Sharp said.

“We started well, pitched well the first couple of innings,” Sharp said. Down 3-1 after three innings, in the bottom of the fourth, “They hit the heck out of the ball,” Sharp added of the eight-run stanza.

Cale Swanson, the team’s “import” from Lakeside High School, pitched and did well his coach said. “He battled and didn’t have his best stuff that day but he kept in close until the fourth,” Sharp said.

Grant Vercoe scored one of the ML runs by singling, stealing second and was driven home on a single by Trevor Hurt-Moran in the seventh.

Up this week were games on June 14, a doubleheader versus West Valley. Medical Lake also hosts East Valley Saturday at Holliday Field in a pair of games set for a 5 p.m. start.

Paul Delaney can be reached at pdelaney@cheneyfreepress.com.

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