The Lakota East baseball program won its first state championship Saturday, June 4, when it defeated Perrysburg by the score of 6-2 in the Division I state title game at Huntington Park in Columbus. Tonight, June 6, the team will be honored during a special celebration at the high school in Liberty Township.
The celebration will begin at 7 p.m. During the event, the 12 seniors, who include J.D. Whetsel, Craig Thomson, Nick Norris, Brian Evans, Jesse Rait, David Kovac, Damon Lander, Evan Hills, Zak Kloenne, Mark McDaniel, Nick Kloenne and Mitch Geers will celebrate their graduation. The group missed the Lakota East’s graduation ceremony at Miami University’s Millet Hall, which started the same time as the state title game.
Besides winning the state title, the East baseball team’s accomplishments this season include the program’s best-ever overall record (24-7), their third Greater Miami Conference title, along with sectional, district and regional titles. East’s state championship is the second Lakota team to win an OHSAA Division 1 State Baseball title (Lakota West 2007). East joins five other GMC schools, Hamilton (1983,1997), Fairfield (1985,1991) and Lakota West (2007) who have state baseball titles. Head Coach Ray Hamilton earned his 374th career victory with East’s title victory.
Cincinnati.com reporter Tom Ramstetter attended the title game. For his game story, visit Cincinnati.com’s post “Lakota East baseball wins school’s first state championship.”