AREA BRIEFS: LCSC’s Burch signs with Phillies

Lewis-Clark State's Tyler Burch (17) delivers a pitch to Freed-Hardeman's Bryce Lester in the bottom of the first inning of game 4 of the NAIA World Series at Harris Field in Lewiston.

Lewis-Clark State baseball standout righty Tyler Burch signed on as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, the school announced Wednesday.

“I am so grateful to be given the opportunity to play professional baseball,” said Burch, a four-year Warrior and honorable mention All-American as a junior. “This couldn’t have been possible without my family, coaches and teammates continuously pushing me to be a better baseball player and person day in and day out. This is a dream come true.”

Burch, from East Wenatchee, Wash., ended his L-C career with a win over Freed-Hardeman in the first game of the 2019 Avista NAIA World Series. Overall, he sits fourth all-time in strikeouts (179), fifth in starts (33) and fifth in innings pitched (200.2) in LCSC program history.

After the 2019 season, he was named the NAIA West’s co-pitcher of the year, an all-league player and a Gold Glover.

As a junior, Burch led L-C with a 10-2 record and 2.87 ERA.

AMERICAN LEGION

Asotin County 15-6, West Valley 2-19

SPOKANE — On his 17th birthday, Justin Spencer of Asotin County pitched the Blues past West Valley in Game 1 of an American Legion baseball league doubleheader.

He gave the offense a gift, too.

Spencer fanned five and allowed only four baserunners to reach in a five-frame complete game. On the attack, he whacked four singles, compiling three RBI.

Asotin County won 15-2, then fell 19-6 — the second game being nonleague.

“He had a big day,” Blues coach Steve Judy said of Spencer. “He was great on the mound and he hit the heck out of the ball.”

In the first game, the Blues (4-2) also got three RBI from Kian Ankerson, who belted a double. Colby Bolen chipped in a triple and Danner Maves slapped three singles for Asotin, which had six with multiple hits and put it away early with a nine-spot second.

In Game 2, West Valley logged an 11-spot fourth, and the game was called.

Damon Peace and Kian Ankerson had doubles, and Spencer contributed a pair of knocks.

“The first game was league, the second game wasn’t. That was the main difference,” Judy said. “We tried to get some younger guys into the second game. We gotta build the program. We just weren’t on top of it as much as the first game, but we did hit the ball well all day.”

FIRST GAME

Asotin Co. 292 20—15 18 4

W. Valley 001 110—2 3 3

Justin Spencer and Connor Hayes. I. Maidhoff, Issler (4) and E. Burghort.

Asotin Co. hits — C. Hayes, Jon Bean, Kian Ankerson 3 (2B), Andrew Reeder 2, Evan Bartels 2, Colby Bolen 2 (3B), Danner Maves 3, J. Spencer 4 (2B).

W. Valley hits — L. Dunbar 2 (2B), C. Gray.

SECOND GAME

Asotin Co. 200 31—6 10 5

W. Valley 152 (11)x—19 10 0

Kelton Judy, C. Hayes (3), R. Denham (4) and D. Maves. Kaiser, Arch (5) and C. Gray.

Asotin Co. hits — K. Ankerson (2B), R. Denham, Damon Peace (2B), Ian White, Jacob Nissen, D. Maves, J. Spencer 2.

W. Valley hits — Arch, O’Neal, Kaiser, Keruitz 3 (2B), C. Gray 3 (2B), Meharry.

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