UNION GAP - The LaSalle High School baseball team is the team to beat in the Greater Columbia 'B' League this season. And this past Saturday, the Lightning made a statement at the expense of Mabton.
LaSalle won the opening game of the twin bill 17-0 behind the standout performance of sophomore pitcher Seth Pleger. Pleger struck out 13 Mabton batters while allowing no hits.
"We put the ball in play twice," said Mabton Coach Kerry Snodgrass.
Pleger would have had a perfect game if he had not hit Mabton's number nine batter in the third inning.
LaSalle scored 11 runs in the first inning, two runs in the second and four in the third off 17 hits while playing perfect defense.
The Vikings committed four errors in the first game.
The nightcap was a bit more respectable for the Vikings, despite losing 10-0.
Mabton pitcher James Magana pitched decently, said Snodgrass. Magana scattered eight hits over four innings and had two strikeouts.
LaSalle plated lone runs in the first, second and fifth innings. The Lightning had a four-run spot in the third and three in the fourth. LaSalle had nine hits for the game and one error.
Mabton had three hits and committed four errors. Marco Zepeda went 2-for-2 at the plate for Mabton while Josh Partida was 1-for-2.
The Vikings (0-2, 1-2) play a non-league game at Granger Tuesday afternoon.