Dimond scores clean sweep over Southeast competition

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 10, 2018

No doubt Dimond all-star Jake Andresen is the driving force behind the Lynx.

 

He’s a college-ready pitcher and one of the best hitters in the Cook Inlet Conference.

 

But the senior standout knows baseball is a team game and he was quick to credit the unsung underclassmen, a group of guys Dimond will need this year to contend for a conference championship.

 

The Lynx looked like the total package at last week’s high school tournament in Sitka, where they earned a clean sweep over Southeast teams with four wins by a 21-9 combined score.

 

“The younger guys on the team showed up and really proved themselves and showed they could play on the team,” Andresen told me. “I’d say the key to our success this weekend was we played very well together as a team, and individually everyone played great.”

 

Count him among those individuals.

 

The Mesa Community College commit batted 5-for-10 with four extra-base hits and four RBIs. Other hitting stars for Dimond were Quinn Bates Janigo [.417] and Jack Dolan [.375].

 

“With hitting, we now have a 70-foot hitting cage, and I think that really helped improve with everyone’s swing before seeing real live pitching,” Andresen said. “We were aggressive, but also patient.”

 

Andresen and Kaden Roettger each pitched scoreless appearances.

 

“Coach Josh Ellis really emphasized first-pitch strikes and pounding the strike zone, and executing important two-strike pitches,” Andresen said. “Once I got the first strike I felt like I had already won the at-bat. Getting into an 0-2, 1-2 count really helped set up my curveball.”