Snohomish baseball used two early runs to beat Lake Stevens 2-0 Friday afternoon to stay undefeated.
The Panthers (15-0, 9-0 Wesco 4A) have now clearly separated themselves as the team to beat in the league. Lake Stevens drops to 4-5 in Wesco after entering conference play undefeated.
Snohomish catcher Ben Dmochowsky had an RBI-single in the first inning that scored Gavin Bullock and Andrew Kane drove in Connor Thompson in the second.
After that, it was a pitching battle. Despite giving up the two runs early, Lake Stevens’ Skyler Swords was impressive, allowing just three hits in seven innings of work. He walked four and hit two batters.
Swords’ counterpart, Jake Mulholland put together a nice day on the mound for Snohomish. He struck out six and had no walks.
Mulholland was especially impressive with runners in scoring position. With two on and no outs in the fifth, he struck out back-to-back batters and also fielded a ball that came to him for the third out of that inning.
The Vikings scored 11 or more runs in their three previous games. Friday, they left seven runners on base against a solid Snohomish defense.
“When the pressure is on, I kind of just bear down and try to throw strikes,” Mulholland said. “And I know my defense is going to make plays, so I just try to throw strikes and let my defense work.”
Two of the six hits Mulholland gave up were to Lake Stevens first baseman Jacob Eason. Snohomish head coach Kim Hammons is familiar with Eason’s ability and said the Panthers saw him at the plate at opportune times.
“I’m just happy that no one was on base [when Eason batted],” Hammons said. “He can have his singles. He’s an outstanding hitter. We were able to pitch to him in situations that did not involve him driving in a run.”
Lake Stevens head coach Rodger Anderson touched on leaving runners on base after the loss but also drew positives from the way his team played.
“Snohomish has always been a big rival,” he said. “Just to play Snohomish, but also to play them when they’re undefeated like this, we’ve been looking forward to it. It could’ve gone a number of different ways but that was a good high school baseball game.”
Lake Stevens still has its work cut out in order to secure a playoff spot. And although Snohomish will likely be there, that hasn’t changed the demeanor of Hammons’ team.
“We don’t sit around and rest on our laurels knowing that we’ve won a bunch of games,” he said. “The kids work at it and they come to the ballpark ready to play every single day.”
Next Tuesday, Lake Stevens will play at Snohomish.