Baseball team goes two for two, heads to playoffs

During its last week of regular-season play, the Pirate baseball team took two wins, defeating both Chimacum and Life Christian.

During an April 29 home game against Chimacum, Vashon scored all of their seven runs in the first two innings and coasted to the 7-5 victory.

Starting as pitcher for the Pirates was Ezra Lacina, who threw five innings, allowing two earned runs on just four hits. He struck out six batters and gave up four base on balls.

Kelly Sullivan pitched two shutout innings surrendering only two hits. He notched one strikeout and had one walk.

Offensively, Vashon was able to score seven runs on just four singles. They were aided by nine walks.

Ryan Bernheisel, Clyde Pruett, Logan Hawkins, and Lacina delivered the Pirates’ four hits.

Line score: Vashon 7 runs, 4 hits, 3 errors, Chimacum 5 runs, 6 hits, 1 error.

Vashon completed its Nisqually League schedule on May 1 with a game against Life Christian at Jim Martin Field. The visitors opened the scoring with two runs in the first and still held a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth, when the Pirate bats woke up.

Vashon put up five in the fifth to take the lead and two more in the sixth to cement the 7-2 victory. The win improved the team’s league record at home this year to 7-1.

Kelly Sullivan started for the Pirates and turned in a nice complete game performance. He allowed the two runs in the first and shut the opponents down the rest of the way. Sullivan surrendered four hits, four walks and recorded two strikeouts.

The Vashon offense was led by Ben Reoux and Lacina, who each delivered two hits. Josh Myer, Logan Hawkins, Colton Alberthal and Sullivan all chipped in with hits as well.

Line score: Vashon 7 runs, 8 hits, 2 errors, Life Christian 2 runs, 4 hits, 2 errors.

The Pirates finished their regular season with a 10-6 league record and 10-8 record overall. The team’s third-place finish qualifies them for post-season play, which begins on May 9 on Vashon against Friday Harbor. Game time is 4 p.m. The winner of the game advances to the next round of Tri-District play on May 11, while the loser is eliminated.

The Pirates last played the Friday Harbor team in 2007, when they lost a 2-1 heartbreaker.  Vashon enters the post season with a three-game winning streak.

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