MOSCOW — The Moscow Junior Blue Devils swept a doubleheader against visiting West Valley, winning 15-4 in Game 1, then narrowly escaping with a 12-11 victory in the second tilt.
Moscow raced to victory via mercy rule in five innings in Game 1, then withstood a late West Valley rally to edge out a one-run win in Game 2.
Tyler Howard had five total hits with two home runs and two triples on the day for the Blue Devils (9-6).
Moscow (10)04 01—15 12 2
West Valley 400 00— 4 5 1
Farrell, Kiblen (4), Boyer (5) and Bales. Wayberger, Hart (3), Lowe (3), Reynolds (5) and Logan, Lowe (2).
Moscow hits — Peterson 2, Anderson, Kiblen 3 (2B, 3B), Howard 3 (2 3B), Fletcher, Skilies, Boyer.
West Valley hits — Hancock 2, Hart, Maxwell, Lachenmain.
West Valley 200 331 2—11 11 3
Moscow 340 011 3—12 4 5
Hancock, Brown (6), Lowe (7) and Logan. Anderson, O’Neal (2), Howard (3) and Bales.
West Valley hits — Hancock 3, Logan 2, Hart, Spendlove 2, Lowe, Hart, Maxwell.
Moscow hits — Howard 2 (2 HR), Bales, Farrell 2 (2B), Anderson.
Pullman Posse 15-20, Asotin County Blues 1-3
ASOTIN — Visiting Pullman Posse ran amok in a pair of six-inning mercy rule Spokane American Legion baseball league victories over the Asotin County Blues at Prior Field.
The first game ended at 15-1, while the second was 20-3.
Ryan Bickelhaupt had team-high totals of five hits and six RBI on the day for Pullman. Layne Gingerich pitched a complete first game and allowed Asotin County only two base hits while striking out five.
“Colby Bolen had a good day at the plate,” said Asotin County coach Steve Judy. “Other than that, not a good day for us.”
Bolen made base hits in both games for the Blues (6-6), while Jon Bean completed three of their four runs on the day.
Pullman 324 006—15 17 1
Asotin 010 000 — 1 2 4
Layne Gingerich and Tyler Horner. Jon Bean, Danner Maves (3), Justin Spencer (4) and Connor Hayes.
Pullman hits — Mitch LaVielle 3 (2B), Gingerich 2 (2B), Kayden Carpenter, Ryan Bickelhaupt 3, Oak Held, Eric Akesson 2, Horner (2B), Zack Carpenter 2, Tanner Richartz, Nick Robison.
Asotin hits — Bean, Colby Bolen.
Pullman 403 058—20 13 3
Asotin 200 010— 3 2 3
Kayden Carpenter, Zack Carpenter (5) and Mitch LaVielle, Eric Akesson (2), Ranner Richartz (6). Kelton Judy, Tiger Carringer (5), Andrew Reeder (6) and Danner Maves.
Pullman hits — Lavielle, Ryan Bickelhaupt 2, Josh Greene 2 (2 2B), Tyler Horner 3 (3B), Zack Carpenter, Jackson Meyer, Cody Isakson 2, Nick Robison.
Asotin hits — Damon Peace (2B), Colby Bolen (2B).
Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen 7-4, Moscow Blue Devils 4-5
COEUR D’ALENE — The traveling Moscow Blue Devils led in Game 1 before a fifth-inning Coeur d’Alene rally upended them, then held on through another fifth-inning surge from their foes to win Game 2 of a league doubleheader.
The Lumbermen took the first contest 7-4, while the Blue Devils edged a 5-4 win in the second.
“We weathered that storm a little better,” Moscow coach Stan Mattoon said of the second game. The Blue Devils (10-5) were up 4-1 going into the bottom of the fifth in the opener, but had “a couple of defensive lapses” that enabled the Lumbermen to strike back with six runs in that frame and assert their winning lead.
Moscow led 4-0 at the same stage in the second game before Coeur d’Alene rallied to 4-4, but Barrett Abendroth completed what would prove to be the winning run for the Blue Devils in the sixth.
Marcus Delusa had a team-high two RBI in the second game.
“His bat has been starting to come around,” Mattoon said of Delusa. “He’s working very hard at making good contact. It was nice to see him finally put everything together and have a couple of key hits.
“Hayden Thompson’s double was something that lit a fire under us and got us rolling,” continued Mattoon. “Marcus, Hayden and Barrett stepped up and kind of helped seal that win for us. They were the glue that kind of held us together.”
Moscow 101 020 0—4 7 2
Coeur d’Alene 010 060 x—7 6 1
Mack Hagenbaugh, Ryan Delusa (3), Kyle Lynas (5) and CJ Anderson. Dylan Hess, Owen Benson (6) and Lucas Erickson.
Moscow hits — Marcus Delusa, Mack Hagenbaugh 2, Billy Adams (3B), Barrett Abendroth, Ryan Delusa, Peyton Waters (2B).
Coeur d’Alene hits — Zach Garcia, Alex Walker, Owen Benson, Cal Carroll (2B), Ryan Schneider, Liam Paddock.
Moscow 011 111 0—5 9 2
Coeur d’Alene 000 040 0—4 7 1
Hayden Thompson, Barrett Abendroth (4), Isaac Staszkow (6) and CJ Anderson.
Moscow hits — Marcus Delusa 2, Dalton Conway (2B), Mack Hagenbaugh, Billy Adams (2B), Hayden Thompson 2 (2B), Barrett Abendroth, Kyle Lynas.
Coeur d’Alene hits — Alex Walker, Dylan Hess 2 (2B), Lucas Erickson 2 (2B), Liam Paddack 2 (2B).