Tyson Nicholson (#12 white) of Lake Roosevelt throws a pitch against Oroville in the second inning of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon in Coulee Dam

Tyson Nicholson (#12 white) of Lake Roosevelt throws a pitch against Oroville in the second inning of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon in Coulee Dam 

Lake Roosevelt starts the season off with sweep over Oroville in home opener, winning 23-0 and 12-0  

COULEE DAM – After being asleep all winter, the Lake Roosevelt bats didn’t miss a beat. 

The Raiders erupted for six runs in the first inning of a doubleheader with Oroville; they would tack on three more runs in the second inning and pile on 11 runs in the third inning to take a commanding 20-0 lead. 

Eventually, Lake Roosevelt coasted to the finish line, winning the first game 23-0 on Tuesday evening in Central Washington 2B League action. 

“I miss baseball,” said Hunter Whitelaw (Colville tribal descendant), pitcher and catcher for Lake Roosevelt. “It feels good to get the back on the field and win.” 

It was more of the same in the second game as Lake Roosevelt got three runs in the first inning, six in the second, and another three in the third to take a 12-0 lead after the third. 

Tyson Nicholson (Colville tribal member) stepped up to the plate in the second inning and cracked a double, driving in two runs to give the Raiders a 6-0 lead. 

Lake Roosevelt would eventually win 12-0 to complete the early season sweep of Oroville, not allowing a single run. 

“I think we’ll be solid on defense this year,” said Cody Desautel (Colville tribal member) and assistant coach for Lake Roosevelt. 

Lake Roosevelt has another home doubleheader with Liberty Bell on March 29. 

The will go on spring break and will resume play on April 9 at Pateros for a single CWB 2B League game. 

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