Averaging less than two runs a game, the Lynnwood Royals have struggled to get their bats going so far this season; on Friday, the team again couldn’t kick start their offense.
Lynnwood was blanked 3-0 by the Everett Seagulls in a 3A Wesco League contest played at Shorewood High School due to wet field conditions on the Royals’ home diamond at Lynnwood High School.
The Seagulls’ Aaron Robertson kept Lynnwood in check by giving up just four hits, walking one and striking out five Royals in a complete game performance.
“Credit to Everett, they held it down,” said Lynnwood Coach Andrew Knudsen. “Their pitcher threw a lot of strikes and threw a lot of tough strikes to hit. We just didn’t come through today.”
After the Seagulls scored all their runs in the first four innings, the Royals had their chances to mount a comeback; Lynnwood got the lead-off batter on base in each of the final four innings, but each time couldn’t follow with any consistent offensive attack.
“That’s been the story of our season, we just can’t string it together,” noted Knutsen. “We get some guys on and we just can’t come through with that clutch hit for whatever reason. That’s just how it’s been going.”
Joshua Latimer accounted for half of the Royals’ four hits in the ballgame, including a ringing single up the middle to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. But a final frame rally by Lynnwood was thwarted after Ryean Hazard – who had come in to pitch run for Latimer – was caught off base by Robertson and tagged out by Seagulls’ shortstop Abe Affholter. Lynnwood’s Daniel Smith then struck out and Caleb Herr fouled out to end the game.
The shutout was the third for the Royals this season, but Knutsen doesn’t attribute the lack of scoring this season to an overall deficiency of his team to get the solid contact at the plate.
“We’re having a mixture of not getting the clutch hits and then at times we hit a lot of balls hard right at people,” Knutsen explained. “We haven’t been getting rewarded for doing the right things, which is tough and can weigh on a team.”
Despite the lack of run production – and a 1-8 overall record so far this year – Knutsen feels his squad still believe in themselves and can put some runs on the scoreboard.
“I think they’re okay,” Knutsen concluded. “I keep trying to tell them ‘do the right thing and it’s going to work out for you at some point. The baseball gods aren’t this mean. At some point the hits will start falling.’”
The Royals will get their next chance to rattle their bats on Tuesday, April 10, when they face the Shorecrest Scots; first pitch at Shorecrest High School is scheduled for 4 p.m.
Prep Baseball: Everett at Lynnwood, April 6
Everett 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 3 6 1
Lynnwood 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 4 1
Winning pitcher: Aaron Robertson (Everett)
Losing pitcher: Jacob Goudzwaard (Lynnwood)
Records: Lynnwood 1-5 in 3A Wesco League South Conference, 1-8 overall; Everett 3-5 in 3A Wesco League North Conference, 4-6 overall
Lynnwood next game: versus Shorecrest, Tuesday, April 10, 4 p.m. at Shorecrest High School
–Story and photos by Doug Petrowski