From left to right: Assistant coaches Tim Miller, Eric Afflerbach, David Kougl; players Michael McEntire, Peter Baker, Scotty Lawson, Kevin Afflerbach (holding trophy), Travis Cheap, Matt Miller (holding trophy), Scott Nichols, Shawn Kougl, Jacob Papka, Tommy McNeil, Zach Wiser; manager and coach Brian Wiser. Not pictured: Talan Gunnell.
Remarkable, simply remarkable. That may be the best way to describe the just completed season of the Lake Stevens Reds baseball team, which won the Little League Seniors Division I Tournament on Monday, June 14, and finished with a perfect record of 27 wins with no losses.
The Reds (ages 15-16) were 24-0 in the regular season and then swept to victory in the district tournament with three straight wins, defeating Alderwood 12-6 in the title game on Monday, June 14.
Reds’ player Shawn Kougl hit a three-run homer in the third inning to tie the game at 4-4; Also during Monday’s game, Kevin Afflerbach pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts in seven innings, mirroring his season-long string of 61 strikeouts in 41 innings. Kougl and Zachary Wiser also pitched in with a couple of dazzling plays in the infield to seal the victory.
The team’s regular-season batting average was a phenomenal .461, with two players, Jacob Papka and Matt Miller, batting .620 and .614, respectively; all players hit over .320.
“No one I’ve talked with about our season record can remember any Seniors-level Lake Stevens baseball team with an undefeated season,” Reds manager and coach Brian Wiser said. “And then to win the tournament championship—wow. I’m so proud of this group of young men and how hard they worked.” Wiser has coached Little League baseball for 11 years.