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In its first game of the WIAA Division 4 Baseball Playoffs, the White Lake Lakers learned little after ending its regular season last week with a 16-6 loss to Florence. Succumbing to the visiting Gillett Tigers 10-2, the Lakers postseason run was ended as quickly as it had begun.

“We came out a little flat in the first two innings and seemed to never be able to recover,” Coach Brian Boyd said.

White Lake found themselves down early, allowing two runs in the top of the first while unable to score a run offensively until the bottom of the third.

A five-run Tiger madhouse in the top of the second increased Gillett’s lead to 7-0. Supported by four stolen bases and a Lakers’ error, the deficit for White Lake proved too much to overcome.

 The Lakers scored both of their two runs in the bottom of the third, including scores from Jake Wegner and another from Noah Kubacki. It would be the last offensive throw for White Lake as they batted only two more hits on the evening.

Gillett would manage three more runs on the day, finishing the game with 10 runs on 15 hits.

Dillion Gollihue took the loss on the mound for White Lake. Pitching all seven innings, Gollihue allowed eight earned runs on the Tigers’ 15 hits while striking out five batters and walking two.

Wegner finished his day as White Lake’s most productive batter, though no player exceeded one hit in the loss to Gillett. Wegner had the Lakers’ only extra base hit, going 1-3 for a double with two stolen bases.

The Lakers made improvements from last season that were both dramatic and impressive. Going 0-7 in conference play last year, White Lake upped its game to a 4-2 Northern Lakes Conference record and first-round playoff host honors.

On his men leaving the team this year, Boyd said, “It’s going to be tough to replace the production Joe Kubacki, Dillion Gollihue and Zack Mabry gave our team. I couldn’t be more proud of the effort and contributions they gave this season.”

“I’d say (this season) was a great step in the right direction for this program,” Coach Boyd later commented. “With the kids coming up and everyone adding another year of experience, I’m really excited for what the future holds.”
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