Lynnwood baseball clinched the 3A Northwest District title with a 3-0 win over Shorewood.
The Royals came into the match-up with redemption in mind after Shorewood won the Wesco 3A North League with an extra innings 3-2 win.
“It’s kind of payback today,” said Lynnwood coach Fraser Dizard. “Because they took the league championship from us in a heartbreaking fashion, so it was good to get one back from them today.
After a disappointing 0-2 finish in districts last year, Lynnwood is headed to state with the No. 1 seed. Shorewood takes the No. 2 seed. It’s Lynnwood’s first district title in the last 15 year since 1991, and the Royals are going to state for the first time since 2009.
“Last year being in playoffs, just the experience and taste of it was huge, because they knew what it was all about,” said Dizard.
Pitcher Lucas Jungmann led the way for the Royals. After giving up two hits in the first inning, Jungmann settled down. He didn’t allow any hits in his final five innings of work. The senior struck out five Shorewood batters and walked two.
Lynnwood left fielder Jared Whitman had full confidence in Jungmann, and said it was one of the best games he’s seen Jungmann throw:
Lynnwood’s Jared Whitman on why the championship match-up against Shorewood was pitcher Lucas Jungmann’s best game. Jungmann struck out five and allowed just two hits in Lynnwood’s 3-0 win. #k5sports #wesco
After the first inning, Shorewood couldn’t get anything going offensively, due to Lynnwood’s solid defense. A diving save from Lynnwood right-fielder Chase Hacker early on followed up by centerfielder Bobby Graham’s catch 360 feet out against the back wall kept the Thunderbirds off the base paths.
“We had a couple chances there and just couldn’t get a ball to fall,” said Shorewood coach Wyatt Tonkin.
Lynnwood took the lead early with Whitman’s double to center in the top of the second inning that brought home Jungmann.
Whitman said his hit was a huge momentum shift in the game and opened up Lynnwood to score more.
“That 0-2 count, I just knew I had to protect,” Whitman said. “[Shorewood pitcher Cole McKisson] threw me an inside fastball, and I hit the ball left center where I needed to hit it to score.”
In the fifth inning, Brice Foster had an RBI groundout, bringing home Whitman. Then Chase Hacker scored off reliever Ian Oxnevad’s wild pitch giving Lynnwood a two run lead.
Oxenvad, who has drawn attention from major league scouts, had thrown close to 100 pitches Tuesday against Marysville-Pilchuck and was off the mound for the first four innings. After giving up one hit in the fifth inning, Oxnevad retired the final five Lynnwood batters he faced.
In regionals on Saturday, Lynnwood takes on the No. 4 seed from West Central District 3/Southwest District 4. Shorewood takes on the No. 1 seed from Sea-King District 2.