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Shakamak 3, Rising Sun 2; 1A Regional 15 semifinals

Morristown- The Shakamak Lakers scored early and held on late for a 3-2 regional semifinal victory over Rising Sun on Saturday at Morristown.  

The win moved the Lakers to the title game where they lost to University, 9-0.  The regional champion Trailblazers also defeated Indianapolis Lutheran 10-1 in the opener.

This Rising Sun/Shakamak game was seen live as part of our Spring Webcast Schedule.  See it again archived in 720p HD by clicking here.

The Lakers got things going immediately against Rising Sun starter Brayden Bush.  Ethan Burdette opened the game with a lead off walk. Logan Burris sacrificed Burdette to 2nd with a perfect bunt that he beat out for an infield single.  Devin Stienstra dropped a double down the left field line to score Burdette and move Burris to 3rd, allowing him to score on a wild pitch to make it 2-0 Lakers after 1 inning.

Shakamak added another run in the bottom of the 3rd.  After the first 2 batters of the inning were retired, Draven Cox singled followed by a walk to Peyton Yeryar.  Nick Kinnett then sliced a single to left to score Cox and put the Lakers up 3-0.

Rising Sun had scoring opportunities in each of the first 3 innings, getting a runner into scoring position in each inning.  Laker starter Levi Webb and the Laker defense rose to the occasion each time to keep the Shiners scoreless. After issuing a lead off walk to Jon Jiminez to lead off the 3rd inning, Webb retired 9 Shiners in a row.

In the top of the 6th, Webb came up big once again.  Jake Bovard singled to lead off the inning, his 2nd hit of the game.  Brayden Bush followed with a 4-pitch walk to put the first 2 Shiner batters aboard.  Webb beared down, getting 2 pop outs in foul territory to first baseman Draven Cox then a strikeout to get out of the inning without allowing a run.

Rising Sun came to the plate in the top of the 7th needing 3 runs to extend their season.  With one out, Max Bowne beat out an infield single. After Webb got a pop out for the 2nd out, Jon Jiminez lined a single to left to bring the tying run to the plate in Jake Bovard.  Bovard led the Shiners in hitting and homeruns this season and already had 2 hits on the game. He got ahead 2-1 and drilled a Webb pitch off the wall in right for a 2-run double to bring the Shiners within a run.  Bovard moved to 3rd on a wild pitch to bring the tying run 90 feet away. Webb ended the game with his 4th strikeout of the game to send the Lakers to the championship game.

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