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Mariner wins opener, Kamiak takes series finale | Baseball


Last updated 5/2/2018 at Noon

Kamiak’s Nick Laman prepares to fire a throw to first base.

Kamiak and Mariner both had reasons to feel upbeat after last week’s two-game series.

The two teams split their regular season series with the Marauders winning the opener 11-4 Wednesday, April 25, at Kamiak High School, and the Knights coming out on top 5-3 in the second contest Friday, April 27, at Mariner High School.

Junior Bryce Coté struck out 10 in five innings of work, hit a double and triple and scored two runs to lead the Knights to the victory.

“We just came out here and we decided to compete even harder,” Coté said after what he described as a bitter loss in the series opener.

In his first relief appearance of the season, senior Morgan White struck out six in two scoreless innings to pick up the save.

Coté said that Kamiak’s control on the mound played an essential role in Friday’s victory.

“More strikes were thrown for sure … which was key,” he said.

Kamiak coach Kevin Agnew liked what he saw from Coté and White.

“You hold guys to three runs and throw strikes and get ahead of hitters, good things are going to happen,” he said. “We did a good job of that today.”

Coté, who was 2-for-3, also is coming on strong at the plate.

“In the last two weeks, he’s gone from hitting .150 to now he’s leading us in average. He was .333 going into today,” Agnew said. “He’s now leading us in extra base hits, average, walk-to-strikeout radio and RBIs. That’s pretty impressive.”

Kamiak (3-10 in the league, 4-15 overall) took a 3-0 lead in the third inning due in part to a couple of Mariner errors.

Senior Greg Marshall reached first base on an infield error and eventually scored on a passed ball. Freshman Syrus Vannatta and sophomore Andrew Stupey also scored on an infield error.

Mariner responded with a run in the bottom of the inning. Junior Caleb Atoigue singled to center field with one out and scored on a single by senior pitcher Elijah White.

Coté led off the fourth with a double to right field. Senior Michael Cooper later followed with an infield single to drive in Coté as the Knights extended their lead to 4-1.

The Marauders (1-12, 4-14) cut the lead to 4-3 in the sixth when Atoigue led off with a single to right field and eventually scored on a single by senior Anthony Lopez.

Kamiak added another run in the sixth. Coté tripled to right field with two outs and came home on a single by junior Alex Ripke.

Mariner did not go quietly against White, who will play for the University of Portland. The Kamiak senior pitcher struck out the side in the sixth but then walked two Marauders in the seventh before recording the final out on his third strikeout of the inning.

“Every time we’ve played them, they’ve always competed,” Coté said of the Marauders. “Hat’s off to them.”

Mariner coach Ryan Otto praised the performance by Elijah White, who pitched a complete game.

“He did a great job,” Otto said. “We made a couple of defensive mistakes, but he stayed composed like he always does and kept us in the ball game. That’s really what we ask of all our pitchers is just give our team a chance to win. So he did that today.”

Even though the ball beat him to home plate, Mariner’s Caleb Atoigue was able to slide safely and score a run against Kamiak.

Mariner came up big in the third inning in the series opener, scoring six runs to take a 7-4 lead. The Marauders added a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth inning. Lopez pitched six innings and struck out three.

“That was just huge to see our kids come out with that kind of energy and battle like that,” Otto said. “It’s really something that we’ve been looking for all year. That was an outstanding effort by our kids to play hard.”

Coté said that the Knights are laying the foundation for future success in what he described as an up-and down season.

“Our goal is just to build a winning culture, a really hard team that competes,” he said. “I think we’re definitely taking steps toward that.”


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