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June 11, 2014

Lakers top Norway 5-2 in quarters

TRAVERSE CITY — Ben Schweikart got a bounce, and it bounced Norway out of the Division 4 playoffs.

The senior backup catcher's third-inning hit Tuesday was headed straight for Knights third baseman Dane VanDenHeuval when it took an odd hop and soared over the third sacker and into the outfield.

The hit brought home Tristan Williams and Trevor Apsey and put the Lakers up for good in a 5-2 victory that sends No. 3-ranked Glen Lake to Friday's semifinals at Michigan State University against No. 5 New Lothrup, which defeated No. 6 Sterling Heights Parkway Christian 5-4.

"Ben Schweikart had a big hit," said starting pitcher Thomas Waning, who picked up the win to improve to 12-1-1. "He hadn't been doing all that well this year, but he came up huge when it mattered."

Schweikart came into the game hitting .238, but was the designated hitter for center fielder Bryson Jackson, who had hit .316 this year.

A senior, Jackson stepped in to the starting center fielder role in place of injured Riley Scanlon and cleanly played everything hit his way.

Senior Logan LaCross added an insurance run with a fifth-inning RBI triple that brought in Travis Moore.

"Ben hitting that ball to third, that brings in two runs and makes it 4-2," Williams said. "That was a very big hit. And Logan's was the cherry on top."

LaCross came into the game hitting .275 with nine RBIs. It was his first triple of the season.

"Logan came up with a big triple at the end there that he's totally capable of doing," said Lakers coach Kris Herman, who received a cooler water bath after the victory by Apsey and Drake Hendershot. "I think they might have slept on him a little bit. They had struck him out looking twice. If you leave something in there for him, he has that capability to do that."

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