Felix Zavisubin responded with more than a little enthusiasm when asked if Sehome’s catcher, freshman Lukas Delisle, also deserved more than a little credit.
“Our catcher deserves a lot of credit!” Zavisubin replied in the wake of Sehome’s 5-0 Northwest Conference victory over Bellingham in a match-up of Class 2A district baseball contenders on Monday, April 4, at Joe Martin Field.
The exclamation point in Zavisubin’s voice was warranted, especially considered the senior-freshman combo called their own pitches.
“I shook him off maybe only five times,” said Zavisubin (2-2) of Delisle, the lone freshman for Sehome (8-4 overall, 2-2 NWC). “We were really on the same page. He did a great job. I was really relaxed and our team came out with good energy.”
Zavisubin, who it was his first shutout of the season and third of his career, finished with a two-hitter with five strikeouts and three walks. He mixed his offerings well in a 102-pitch gem, including 68 strikes.
“We’ve talked about first-pitch strikes, and I think Felix did that 25 times,” Sehome coach Monte Walton said. “He battled hard even though he didn’t have his best stuff.”
THE BIGGEST HIT
In the sixth-inning, Sehome leadoff batter Cameron Tipton broke open a 2-0 game with a first-pitch, two-run triple near the right-field line. No. 9 batter Dylan Harper’s double in the right-center alley sent a runner to third, setting up Tipton’s smash. Tipton then scored on an error.
Tipton confirmed that “it probably was” his biggest hit of the season.
“I love batting leadoff,” said Tipton, a second-year starter in his first season at leadoff. “That’s just where I want to be.”
Although Owen Wright didn’t get the chance to score, Sehome’s big cleanup hitter singled and doubled.
SEHOME’S EARLIER BIG INNING
After Sehome’s Dane Faris walked to lead off the fourth, Bellingham catcher Tyler Rasmussen made a college-level play by snagging a tough foul pop that at first appeared well away from the quick senior. But Sehome’s Jack Carbee singled and Delisle followed with an RBI hit off sophomore Ethan Paxton, who displayed pitching promise for the Red Raiders (5-7, 2-2) despite the loss.
Harper then drove in the second run with an expertly placed sacrifice bunt up the left-side line.
TWO SEHOME GEMS
Zavisubin received fine fielding help in the sixth, with a diving catch from center fielder Harper to open the inning and a fine grab and throw by shortstop Josh Manson to end the inning, taking away what looked like a hit by Kyle Dether.
Bellingham’s hits were a second-inning single by Nick Knutson and a third-inning hit by Gabe Haskell. Zavisubin coaxed three right-side groundouts from University of Washington recruit Austin Shenton.
Sehome 5, Bellingham 0
WP: Felix Zavisubin (2-2). LP: Ethan Paxton. Highlights: Sehome: Cameron Tipton 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI; Owen Wright 2-3, 2B; Dane Faris 1-3; Josh Manson 1-4; Jack Carbee 1-2; Lukas Delisle 1-3, RBI; Dylan Harper 1-2, 2B, RBI. Bellingham: Nick Knutson 1-3, Gabe Haskell 1-3.