Lakeview overcame some early pitching woes and used a big fifth inning to rally to a 4-3 victory over Holt in district baseball playoff action at Lakeview High School on Tuesday afternoon.
“We are extremely excited. We played a very good team with excellent pitching and we had some key hits that fell in at the right time,” said Lakeview head coach Jeff Sovern. “Our kids played hard and being home, I think they were fired up and ready to play. We beat a good baseball team.”
District host Lakeview will advance to play Jackson at 10 a.m. Saturday. Jacob Herbers, a left-hander, is the probable starter.
Holt jumped out to an early lead. After their leadoff hitter walked, he was advanced by a sacrifice bunt from Blake McHenry. A wild pitch moved him to third before being driven in from an RBI single by pitcher Andrew Sabrosky.
Lakeview (17-8) struggled through the first three innings, bringing 12 hitters to the plate, and getting only two hits with three strikeouts.
Defensively, Lakeview gave up four hits, four walks, and two runs in that same span.
“(Chet Joslyn) struggled at times this year with his control. After four innings, his pitch count was up and that’s why I made the change,” said Sovern. “When he has his good stuff, he’s a pretty solid high school pitcher. We know that if we can stay within a realm that we had a chance. He did a good job.”
Lakeview rallied big in the fifth, racking up five hits and two runs.
Brennan Kerr and Jake Bivens both started off the inning with singles. A sacrifice fly from Joslyn scored Kerr and an RBI single from Nick Jones scored Bivens in the inning.
Holt changed pitchers mid-inning before retiring the next two batters, ending Lakeview’s rally. However, the big inning gave Lakeview the 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth.
Sabrosky scored in the next half-inning for Holt, bringing the game to 3-3 tie heading into the final two innings.
In the sixth, Kerr scored the winning run following his stand-up double. He advanced to third base from a sacrifice fly from Bivens before being driven in with an RBI single from Joslyn.
“I think we went through the lineup once and our kids made some adjustments and put some balls in play,” Sovern said of the momentum changing innings. “I think we have some pretty solid hitters, especially at the top of the lineup, and I think they just made things happen.”
Kerr finished the contest going 3-for-3 with two runs scored. Jones finished going 2-for-4 with one run and one RBI. Joslyn drove in the game-winning run. He also pitched four innings, giving up five hits, five base on balls, and three strikeouts.