Eastlake eliminated at Legion AA state tournament
August 5, 2014
By Neil Pierson
The Eastlake Baseball Club saw its dreams of an American Legion state championship dashed July 30, as it lost to Asotin County for the second time in five days.
Asotin County defeated Eastlake 7-1 in a loser-out game of the Double-A Legion tournament in Spokane. Asotin also beat Eastlake, 7-4, in the first round of the six-day tourney.
In the loser-out game, Asotin pitcher Aaron Trimmell got plenty of offensive support to outduel Eastlake’s Nate Wimberly. Asotin built a 4-1 lead after three innings, then wrapped things up with three runs off Wimberly in the top of the seventh.
Meanwhile, Eastlake struggled to solve Trimmell, who gave up only two hits in a complete-game effort. Trimmell walked five hitters, but struck out nine.
Eastlake’s lone run was unearned, and came in the second inning when Ryan Frizelle walked and came home on two errors.
Nathan Mano’s double and Mark Whitley’s single were Eastlake’s only hits, and the team ended the season with a record of 45-13-1.
After falling to Asotin in the tourney opener, however, Eastlake was able to win three consecutive loser-out games.
Eastlake dispatched Round Table of Spokane, 13-4, on July 27, and came back the following day with an 8-7 triumph over Gonzaga Prep.
Ben Lathwell – one of the youngest members of the Eastlake squad – produced a game-winning single in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring Elliot Carney from second base to break a 7-7 tie.
The game was a seesaw affair that featured 29 hits. Eastlake took a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning on Ayden Oh’s two-run double, but Gonzaga Prep scored five times in the fifth, using three singles and three doubles off Frizelle to grab a 7-4 lead.
Eastlake refused to quit, using a Whitley walk and singles from Shaan Kothari and Jackson Dahl to narrow its deficit to 7-6.
Eastlake tied the score in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a leadoff double from Lathwell, who eventually scored on a passed ball.
Oh finished 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and a run scored to lead Eastlake’s offense. Lathwell was 3-for-3, while Dahl and Carney each had two hits.
Frizelle was roughed up on the mound but got the win, going seven innings while allowing 16 hits and six earned runs. He struck out two and walked none.
Frizelle got the call again July 29 and pitched Eastlake to its third straight win, a 3-1 decision over Centralia. Frizelle needed only 89 pitches to finish the game.
He threw 55 strikes, striking out two and giving up one walk and eight hits.
Eastlake broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth as Whitley and Dahl walked to start the frame. Whitley scored on Frizelle’s groundout, and Dahl came home on an error.
The Yakima Valley Peppers were crowned state champions July 31 after a 6-5 win over Chehalis. The Peppers finished the tourney with a 6-1 record.