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Stilly-Klein Lumber Kings fall to Mill Creek Mets 9-0


Andrew Hines

Jack Mani takes a lead off of second base against Mill Creek at Bill Quake Memorial Park on June 8.

Arlington's Stilly-Klein Lumber Kings took on the Mill Creek Mets in the semifinals of the District One Arlington Invitational Tournament on June 8.

The Mets got off to a quick start as they shutout the Lumber Kings in the top of the first inning and then scored two runs in the bottom of the same inning. Mill Creek maintained their lead with a string of shutout innings. Stilly-Klein bounced back on the defensive end as they shutout the Mets over the next three innings.

In the bottom of the fifth inning, Mill Creek took control at the plate as they scored seven runs and put themselves up 9-0 heading into the final inning. The Lumber Kings managed to get a few hits in the final inning but couldn't convert for any runs. In the end Stilly-Klein lost to the Mets by a score of 9-0.

Andrew Hines

Ian Lenius, Lumber Kings pitcher, throws a strikeout in the third inning against Mill Creek at Bill Quake Memorial Park on June 8.

"The coaches and teams have been great throughout the whole tournament. It's good to see the kids grow as players on and off the field. They are becoming adults and we want to make sure we are doing our part in making them better baseball players as well as better people," said Assistant Coach and Tournament Director Jason Lenius.

Throughout the game the Lumber Kings were led by their trio of Ian Lenius, Jack Mani and Reece Bockenoogen. Lenius pitched for five of the six innings while notching three strikeouts. He also earned a walk at the plate and added on a stolen base. Mani had one of the two hits for his team, which resulted in a single early in the game. Bockenoogen went 1-2 at the plate and earned the second hit for the Lumber Kings. Reece also led both teams in stolen bases, with three, as well as tallying a single on the stat sheet.

After winning against the Lumber Kings, Mill Creek went on to win back-to-back games against Lake Stevens to secure the Tournament Championship. To stay up to date with Stilly Valley Little League, you can visit their website for any games or events at


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