The Bank of the Valley Lakeview Seniors stayed alive with a win last night in the B4 area tournament and need to win twice today at Pawnee Park to make a third straight trip to state.
Lakeview was 2-1 entering Monday night’s game against 2-0 and top-seeded Battle Creek. Bank of the Valley tallied four runs in the top of the third to take a 5-0 lead en route to a 5-3 triumph.
In a B4 elimination game, Albion was shaded by Wayne 5-4. Albion went 2-2 in the area tourney and finished 21-6.
Lakeview is 13-4 and will face Wayne, also 3-1 in the tourney, today at 5 p.m. Immediately following that game, the winner meets Battle Creek to decide the area champion and qualify for the state tournament in Pierce.