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Grand slam in 7th knocks off NI Lakers 16U in title game

by TREVAN PIXLEY
Sports Editor | July 27, 2022 9:09 PM

The NI Lakers 16U and the Wilder Baseball Club met for the second time in two days on Wednesday at Chehalis High School; this time it was for the Washington State "A" division championship.

With the game tied at seven, Wilder's Bear hit an inside-the-park grand slam to center field during the top of the seventh to seal the 11-7 victory over the Lakers.

Rogers gave Wilder its first lead of the ball game following a three-run RBI shot during the top of the fifth.

He hit the ball deep into left field, and scored Williams, Reichert, and after turning on the burners, he scored himself to give the Wilder Baseball Club a 6-4 lead.

It was at the bottom of the fourth when Wilder tied the game.

The baseball club dug themselves out of a 4-0 hole to tie the game.

With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Rogers notched an RBI single to tie the game.

The Lakers managed to get out of the fourth inning with the game tied following a Dearinger pop-out to center field.

NI Lakers 16U head coach Ken Oler mentioned the athletic prowess of both Chase and Cole Sanroman before the Washington State "A" division tournament. The twin brothers went out and put their athletic talents on display.

During the top of the fourth, Chase Sanroman chased down Wilder's Williams from third and tagged him out at home.

Sanroman also got some work on the hill; he came in during the bottom of the fifth and pitched three innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, striking out four.

Lakers ace pitcher Dallen Williams got the start on the mound, but it was what he did at the plate that stole the show.

Williams scored the first run of the ball game following a one-run RBI triple into left field that scored Sanroman.

One inning later, the Lakers added three more runs to take a 4-0 lead.

Cole Sanroman highlighted the inning with a two-run RBI double.

The resilience of the Lakers, which has been one of their biggest strengths this season, was put on display in the bottom of the sixth.

Despite giving up six unanswered runs, the Lakers went on a three-run spurt to retake the lead.

It started with a Capiro RBI single to put the Lakers within one.

Then, with two outs, the Sanroman's made their presence known once again with back-to-back hits, including a two-run RBI single to put the Lakers back up 7-6.

The resilience of the Lakers was once again tested following the top of the seventh.

Wilder notched two back-to-back hits after a walk. Sanroman walked the next batter with loaded bases to tie the game at seven.

Williams got the start on the mound for the Lakers; he allowed three runs on five hits, striking out six.

Perry went the distance for the Wilder Baseball Club. He allowed seven runs on ten hits, striking out two.

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