Sophomore Gabe Lawson swatted a pair of extra-base hits and drove in three runs to lead the Wolverines to a 11-1 victory on the road, Saturday, April 13, over Cedar Park Christian of Mount Lake Terrace.
Still, it was Lawson’s two innings of relief on the mound — from shaky to solid — that proved equally impressive, as the second-year player helped the Friday Harbor pitching staff post a no-hitter on the Lions (5-5) home field.
Brandon Lambright tossed three innings of no-hit ball before giving way to Lawson, who, despite allowing a run after giving up a pair walks and hitting a batter, didn’t allow a base hit in two innings of relief.
“He had a rough start in the fourth,” Coach Rich Warin said. “But he settled down and came back to have throw a good second inning.”
Junior Otis Cooper-West kept the Lions hitless in the sixth inning to seal a 10-run win in six innings of play.
With the win, the Wolverines improved to 9-3 overall and remained undefeated in Northwest 1A/2B League play. They fell for the second time this season to a regional 1A rival, however, in a 5-2 loss on the road Thursday, April 11, against Lynden Christian. The Wolverines failed to produce a base-hit with runners in scoring position, Warin said.
“Their guy threw a very good game, but we just didn’t get the clutch hit when we needed it,” he said.
The win over the Lions follows in the wake of an even more impressive outing on the mound by a Friday Harbor pitcher. On April 9, senior Gavin Guard, the team’s starting catcher, tossed a perfect game, as the Wolverines routed Darrington at Hartman Field in a 15-0 victory in just five innings.
Guard, in a rare appearance on the mound, held the winless Loggers scoreless, without allowing a single base-hit or giving up a walk over five innings on the mound.
The Wolverines host Orcas Friday, April 19; game time is 3 p.m. at Hartman Field. They face Division 1A Mount Baker, Saturday, on the road, at 1 p.m.