Lakota East and Lakota West baseball teams wrapped up the regular season with rivalry games against one another last week. East defeated West in both games, 5-3 and 3-2, last Wednesday and this past Saturday.The Thunderhawks (22-3, 16-2 in the Greater Miami Conference) finished second in the conference standings behind Mason (22-0, 17-0). West (13-13, 8-10) finished in sixth place (out of 10 teams).
Both teams will begin postseason play this week. East will host the winner of Tuesday’s Sycamore at Glen Este matchup on Thursday at 5 p.m. Meanwhile, West will host Mt. Healthy Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Before Lakota West opens postseason play Wednesday it will play at Mason Monday and at Sycamore Tuesday, both games are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. Currently, West (17-6, 13-3) is in second place in the GMC standings behind Oak Hills (22-3, 16-1) and ahead of Mason (18-6, 13-4).
Lakota East (18-8, 11-6) is currently in fourth place in the GMC.
In postseason play, West will host the winner of Tuesday’s Xenia at Miamisburg matchup Wednesday at 5 p.m., while East will play the winner of Tuesday’s Fairmont at Piqua matchup Wednesday at 5 p.m.
Neither Lakota East or Lakota West won a singles or doubles championship at this past week’s GMC Tournament. Mason swept No. 1 through No. 3 singles, while a Lakota athlete lost in the third place match for each singles division against a Princeton athlete.
Those third place matches include Princeton’s Matt Arroyo defeating Lakota West senior Nick Lang at No. 1 singles; Princeton senior Jacob Bent defeating Lakota East sophomore Boris Menniger at No. 2 singles; and Princeton senior Brian Hazen defeating Lakota West sophomore Hunter Cross at No. 3 singles.
Lakota East No. 2 doubles team of junior Nick Stuckert and freshman Kirill Smolyansky did win its third-place match against Fairfield’s Adam Zinader and Alexander Keith.
Lakota East finished eighth out of the boys and fifth out of the girls (each out of 13 teams) at this weekend’s Mason Invitational. Lakota East junior Autumn Heath won the 100 and 200 meters, posting times of 12.50 and 25.18, respectively.
The GMC Track and Field Meet will begin at Atrium Stadium at Mason High School Wednesday. Field events, which include boys’ discuss and long jump, as well as girls’ shot put, high jump and pole vault, will begin at 4 p.m. Running prelims will begin at 5:30 p.m. On Friday, field events, which will include boys’ shot put, high jump and pole vault, as well as girls’ discus and long jump will begin at 4 p.m. and the running finals will begin at 6 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. The rain date is Saturday.