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Viking Baseball Off to Undefeated Start
Lake opens the season 4-0 behind dominant pitching, timely hitting
The weather’s been cold, but Viking pitching has come out the gates scorching hot, as a series of dominant mound performances have led the Lake Stevens Vikings to an undefeated 4-0 start to the 2023 season. Lake is at Monroe today, 4 pm first pitch.
Let’s take a look back at the season’s dazzling start for Lake.
Lake Stevens 7 Mount Vernon 3
The Viking season started promisingly on March 11 with a 7-3 win over Mount Vernon. Senior Seth Mahler got the start in the opener and threw four one-hit innings, striking out three and walking none. Mount Vernon was held to just two hits total on the day. The Viking offense was led by CF Colin Beazizo, who went 2-4 with 3 RBI with a triple and a double.
Lake Stevens 4 Mount Si 3
Lake followed up with a 4-3 win over Mount Si on March 15. Senior standout Cole Becker (of go-ahead touchdown in the state title game fame) took the hill and went five strong, striking out nine and walking none. Sophomore SS Aspen Alexander went 2-2 with 2 RBI.
Lake Stevens 4 Lynnwood 3
On March 17, Lake moved to 3-0 with a hard-fought 4-3 walk-off win over Lynnwood. In front of a sizeable home crowd, the Vikings rallied from a 3-2 hole in the 7th, loading the bases on a TK Perkins walk, a Seth Mahler bunt base hit, a Trey Nance walk before Bryce Moser took the final walk with a game winning RBI. Kaiden Sekely was dominant on the mound going three hitless innings, striking out six in the start. Seth Mahler closed the door with 2 ⅓ scoreless innings, striking out four.
Lake Stevens 15 Marysville-Pilchuck 3
Lake moved to 4-0 on March 21, traveling to Marysville-Pilchuck where they took it to the Tommies 15-3. Colin Beazizo and Cody Osterholtz both had three RBI. Wyatt Queen sparkled in the start, fanning seven in three no-hit innings. Seth Mahler took the mound yet again and struck out five, surrendering no earned runs over two innings.
Speaking of Mahler, J425 caught up with the senior leader last week. When asked for early season catalysts, Mahler pointed to a team wide-effort, highlighting Wyatt Queen on the mound.
“Wyatt is really shoving right now, he’s touching 90 mph and struck out seven of nine against M-P,” Mahler noted.
The Viking offense has been led by Senior cleanup hitter Colin Beazizo, who is batting 285/428/500 on the young season with a team-leading eight RBI. Sophomore infielder Aspen Alexander has been dynamic at the plate and on the basis as well, leading the Viks with a 444/555/666 clip, adding three stolen bases and four runs scored.
The dominant pitching staff is led by Seth Mahler, who took the opening start and has appeared three times in four games. Mahler has yet to surrender an earned run over 8.1 innings, striking out nine and walking none.
The Vikings next play at home Wednesday, 4 pm versus Marysville-Getchell in a non-league contest.