Two postseason wins at the Class A Shakamak baseball sectional continued a torrid streak that had set the Eels on the edge of an improbable upset bid against the host Lakers in the championship game.
The Lakers, coming off a 25-3 thrashing of White River Valley in the semifinals, left little to doubt early, posting 10 runs in the first three innings to cruise to a 12-1 victory and a sectional championship.
Shakamak smacked 14 hits over the course of those three innings against Clay City hurler Andre Hayes, including a six run second inning in which the Lakers batted around. Jared Rehmel had a two-run single and Steven McNabb, Derek Collins and Tyler Utterback all had RBI singles to give Shakamak a comfortable advantage.
Hayes would eventually settle in and hold the Lakers scoreless until the sixth inning when they got the final three runs to finish the game off.
Clay City's lone run came on a homerun by Will Kennedy in the sixth inning.
The Eels, who have no seniors on their roster, finish the year at 9-11 overall while Shakamak improves to 21-7 on the year and advances to the regional where they will take on Rockville (7-20) who was a surprising winner at the Riverton Parke Sectional, taking down the host Panthers in the semifinals and defeating Covington in the title game.
Class A Shakamak Sectional
Wilson, Inman (5) and McNabb; Hayes and M.Vansickle.
HR -- CC (Kennedy)