Just like that, it’s over.
Eli Herrick lined out to short with one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, and Zach Robinson was quickly doubled off at second base. That sequence signaled the end of the Puyallup High School baseball team’s 30-game winning streak that began the first game of the season last year as Wenatchee took a 3-2 victory Friday at Heritage Park in Puyallup.
“That’s a pretty darn good ball club,” Puyallup coach Marc Wiese said. “We scheduled them to come over here for a reason.”
The Vikings (2-1) went 28-0 last season on the way to their first 4A state title and entered Friday’s game ranked No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps.
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“We were expecting to come in here and compete,” said Wenatchee coach Jeff Zehnder, a 1988 Sumner graduate. “It’s a great momentum boost going into our season because that’s a heck of a team. Just a great accomplishment for us.”
The Panthers had built a 3-0 lead by the end of the third inning. But Puyallup struck back with two runs in the sixth. Third baseman Ryan Peterson scored on an error with two outs and catcher Brendan Illies was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Puyallup shortstop Zach Needham flew out to right field with the bases still juiced to end the inning.
Herrick, pinch-hitting in the seventh, came to the plate with the bases loaded one more time, but his liner off the end of the bat went straight to Wenatchee’s Jacob Prater, a Washington State commit, at shortstop, and he threw to second to get Robinson.
Puyallup had beaten South Kitsap in its season opener after trailing 3-0, then beat Olympia on Wednesday in eight innings.
“I just told the guys, ‘You know what? It’s a bit of a relief,’ ” Wiese said. “Those guys are playing with a lot of pressure, and that’s why we are making mistakes. They’ve got to learn to relax, cherish and love the moment that you are in. When we get to that, we are going to be a pretty good club.”