Vikings eliminated; Klahowya advances to state semifinals

The Lynden Lions complete the trifecta this season, eliminating North Kitsap from state contention in football, basketball and now baseball.

University of Washington commit Lion Lane Simonson faced Oregon State commit Viking Noah Sorenson on the mound with Lynden prevailing 2-1. Sorenson left the game after the third inning with a sore arm.

The Vikings picked up its run in the top of the second. The first two Vikings struck out. Yet, a single and RBI double with two outs gave the Vikings an early lead.

The Vikings threatened again in the second inning, having one on first and second. Yet, the Vikings went down swinging with two runners stranded.

NK held the Lions until the bottom of the fifth inning. But Lynden’s leadoff batter hit a double, putting pressure on the Viking defense. Another hit gave the Lions runners on the corners with no outs. NK gave up a couple more hits to send the runners home, and Lynden went in front 2-1.

Unfortunately, North Kitsap failed to respond and dropped out of the state tournament in the first round.

On the other hand, Klahowya will be heading to Joe Martin Field in Bellingham May 26-27 after reaching the semifinals.

The Eagles beat Chelan 5-1 and Deer Park 12-3. Klahowya’s bats were alive early in the Chelan game, scoring two runs in the first. However, Chelan responded in the second to make it 2-1. Klahowya scored another run in the third and two in the sixth for the win.

The bats continued to smash the ball against Deer Park. Both teams were tied at 1-1 after three innings. Deer Park added their two more runs inn the top of the fourth before falling flat to the Eagles.

Klahowya capitalized on mistakes and great pitches, scoring eight runs to take a 9-3 lead after four. The final three runs came in the bottom of the sixth.

Klahowya will play Cedar Park Christian May 26 at 10 am.