SLIDESHOW: Pair of victories pushes White River baseball to second-place league finish

Payden Cawley-Lamb gives high 5s to his teammates after hitting a home run.

The White River baseball team came out of the blocks fast beating Bonney Lake 8-4 and Sumner 4-1 before dropping the final game of the week to South Puget Sound League 3A champion 13-2 Enumclaw, by the score of 10-0 in five innings.

The Friday defeat left White River with an 11-5 South Puget Sound League 3A record, good for second place.

White River now moves on to the SPSL 3A/Seamount League 3A subdistrict tournament at Auburn Mountainview and a 4 p.m. game Saturday against Highline High.

The Hornets finished the regular season with a good run last week as they put on a bit of a fireworks display against league foes Bonney Lake and Sumner.

In the home tilt with neighboring Bonney Lake April 27, shortstop Connor Williams, who finished the season hitting .482, crushed a home run in the bottom of the fifth to put the Buckley boys up 8-2.

When the maroon and gold visited the Sumner High diamond April 28, the Hornets exploded in the top of the fifth frame with back-to-back homers.

Payden Cawley-Lamb, who led his team in stolen bases (11) and runs scored (26) during the 2010 campaign, stroked a towering fly ball to dead center field which clanged off the top of the Spartan scoreboard for a dinger. The next batter, second baseman Michael Anastasi, then hammered a home run over the left field fence to put White River up 4-1, which turned out to be the final score.

Pitcher Dan Smith got the win against Sumner, but the versatile Dustin Stroud came in to relieve Smith in the last two innings and fought off a Spartan rally in the bottom of the seventh.