Baseball: Washington continues undefeated run against Lincoln in AAA semis

Washington junior infielder Javon Phillips fields a ground ball against Lincoln on Thursday at Big Rec. (Photo by Eric Sun)

By Bonta Hill

Extending its undefeated streak in league play to 15 games, Washington High School defeated Lincoln 7-2 on Thursday at Big Rec to advance to their seventh straight Academic Athletic Association championship game.

The Eagles scored three runs in the first inning, which was all Washington starter Dane Vande Guchte needed, as he allowed only four hits and two runs to collect the complete-game victory.

Washington senior pitcher Dane Vande Guchte sets to send a pitch toward the plate against Lincoln on Thursday at Big Rec. (Photo by Eric Sun)

“Coming into the game, I just wanted to throw strikes, make them hit the ball, and trust my defense,” Vande Guchte said.

After Lincoln went down in order in the top of the first, Washington catcher Alex Kozakiewicz got the Eagles on the board with an RBI single in the bottom half that scored Vande Guchte. Kozakiewicz advanced to second on the play, then stole third and scored on the catchers throwing error. By the time the first inning was over, Washington was ahead 3-0.

“We knew we had to come out strong, but we went down one, two, three and didn’t give ourselves a chance,” said Lincoln head coach Eric Calloway. “It was an uphill battle from there.”

Lincoln would hang around though, and pitcher Josh Burnoski came on in the second inning and pitched effectively, giving up just two earned runs the rest of the way.

When Lincoln rallied in top of the sixth and cut the Washington lead to 5-2, the Eagles put the icing on the cake with two runs in the bottom of the seventh – on a failed pickoff attempt by Lincoln – that scored Kozakiewicz and Paul Duchene.

“It’s never easy to beat a team three times in a season, and [Burnoski] battled out there and kept Lincoln in the game,” said Washington head coach Rob Fung. “We just want to go there and play good baseball.”

Scoring Summary

First Inning
W – Alex Kozakiewicz singles, Dane Vande Guchte scores
W – Kozakiewicz scores on a throwing error
W – Chris Hau singles, Paul Duchene scores

Third Inning
L – Jeremiah Naraja scores on a throwing error
W – Shaquan Robinson doubles, Kozakiewicz scores

Fifth Inning
W – Thomas Tomioka walks, Chris Hau scores

Sixth Inning
L – C.J. Wong grounds out, Josh Burnoski scores
W – Kozakiewicz and Duchene score on a throwing error

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8 Comments

  1. atchoo says:

    good eye, T! ;)

  2. Denise says:

    great job fellas good win

  3. buster posey says:

    Paul Duchene is the best player in the city. He can run field and hold his own at the plate. should play at the next level

  4. MIXTEAM says:

    we the we the best………..

  5. Anonymous says:

    Wash is going to slaughter balboa. #mixteamm

  6. swag says:

    congrats to wash

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