PASCO — Considering the season Bonney Lake High School’s baseball team had — the high of winning streaks and then the low of losing three out of four games heading into the 3A regional — senior Kash Koltermann always believed the Panthers were capable of reaching the state title game.
“We always had this dream” he said.
The dream was realized but not fulfilled as the Panthers lost, 12-0, in five innings to O’Dea in the Class 3A title game at Gesa Stadium on Saturday.
Disappointed with the loss to O’Dea? Yes, but as coach Mike Olson proclaimed:
“It was a heck of a finish to our season . There’s a lot to be proud of”
The main achievement for Bonney Lake (18-11) was reaching the state title game for the first time in the school’s 10-year history.
The runner-up trophy also betters the third-place trophy from 2007.
On Saturday, the Panthers had no answers for the Irish, the 3A Metro League champions.
O’Dea pounded out 12 hits, holding Bonney Lake to just one in the first four innings. Six of the 12 runs were unearned following three errors.
Pierre Le Dorze, O’Dea’s starting pitcher, went 3-for-3 with a pair of RBIs.
The Irish won their fourth state title since 2005 and third since winning back-to-back 3A crowns in 2009-10.
Nolan Weber’s second-inning double represented Bonney Lake’s only hit until Cory Burrill and TJ Potts each had singles in the fifth inning.
Olson said he felt his team swung the bats better than in Friday’s 12-3 semifinal win over Shorewood, “but had nothing to show for it.
“We had a lot of line drives right at people” Olson said.