Heading into Tuesday’s matchup against Pembroke, senior ace Mike Lundin had a flawless 6-0 record and 0.00 ERA for No. 12 Silver Lake. He had pitched 38 innings and struck out 51 of the batters he faced. Confidence was certainly not lacking for the Lakers baseball team, which clinched its first outright Patriot League title in school history with a 5-1 win over the Titans. Silver Lake (15-2) controlled its own destiny but also had to hope for a Hingham loss to clinch sole possession of the title. A hitting barrage in the top of the first inning put the Lakers up 4-0, and Lundin followed by fanning 5 of the first 6 batters. “The numbers speak for themselves,” said Coach Kenny Tocci. “Those stats are even more impressive because of who he has beaten. He’s pitching against the iron of the league and he is dominating.” Leading by 4, Tocci pulled Lundin in the third inning, but put him in left field just in case he needed to use him again. Fortunately for the Lakers they didn’t have to. But they never took their foot of the pedal, as senior Matt Coch drove in Jim Melanson with an RBI single to extend the lead to 5-0. Freshman Anthony Videtto pitched the final four innings and gave up Pembroke’s lone run in the sixth. As for Lundin, his record and earned run average remain intact. After the victory over Pembroke there was no celebration for the Lakers because they still had to wait for the outcome of the Hingham game. They won just a share of the title last year, but things would be different this time around. On the bus ride home, Tocci informed his team that the Green Dragons had defeated the Harbormen, 4-2, and the Lakers erupted in celebration. This is just the beginning for Silver Lake, though. “The kids came to hit because they knew what was at stake,” Tocci explained. “Winning the league is a bonus. We’re just going to continue towards what our goals are. I don’t see this team deviating from where we’ve been to this point.”
Silver Lake 5, Pembroke 1
Tuesday, May. 14, 2013, at Pembroke
Updated: Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 9:23 p.m.