The Bonney Lake High baseball team dropped to 10-2 in South Puget Sound League 3A play after twice losing to league leader Auburn Mountainview last week.
The Panthers hosted the first game of the series April 28.
The game entered extra innings and the Lions won 2-1 after nine.
Panther senior Grant Townsend didn’t give up a hit during the eight innings he pitched. He threw 101 pitches, struck out nine and walked three batters.
When Bonney Lake made a pitching change in the ninth inning for senior Taylor Graham, Auburn Mountainview got its first hit of the game.
With the win, Auburn Mountainview snagged sole possession of first place.
The two teams faced off Thursday in the final game of the series, this time at Auburn Mountainview.
The Panthers lost 7-2.
Bonney Lake scored first, plating one run in the first.
However, the lead didn’t last long.
The Lions managed to score two in the bottom of the first, then continued to add to their lead.
The Lions scored three more in the second and two in the third.
Entering the top of the fourth, the Lions had a 7-1 lead.
The fourth and fifth innings were scoreless.
Bonney Lake’s final run of the game came in the sixth, but it wasn’t enough.
The Panthers look to secure second place in the SPSL 3A as the last week of regular season play nears.
The final games come against rival Sumner.
Sumner currently sits in third place with a 9-3 league record, 13-5 overall.
The series between the district rivals was played Monday and Tuesday. Sumner hosted Monday’s game and the Panthers looked to host the final regular season game.
Scores from these games can be found online at blscourierherald.com.
Once the regular season wraps up, postseason play soon begins.
The first game of the 3A district tournament is scheduled for Saturday, May 9.
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