SPOKANE — The Lewis-Clark Twins rallied from an early three-run deficit to edge Mount Spokane 4-3 on Sunday in American Legion baseball action at the Wood Bat Classic.
The Twins have now won six of their past seven games and three straight — including two games they played on Saturday, the results of which were ommited from Sunday’s paper, due to a Tribune error.
Those were a 9-8 win over the Spokane Bandits and a 17-4 win over the LaGrande Legends.
“It’s just been something we’ve been working on and we’re starting to figure it out,” coach Kevin Maurer said of his team’s resiliency. “Their heart and their passion, even when they’re down in games, to stay locked in. And they showed they’re very capable of doing that.”
On Sunday, Terin Judy required just 89 pitches to get through seven innings while scattering six hits and fanning four for the Twins. He walked two.
“With Judy giving up three runs in those first two innings, to shut them out the rest of the way to give our offense a chance, just shows the determination he had to finish that ballgame for our club,” Maurer said.
Scoring all but one of their runs in the bottom of the fifth, the Twins got two RBI apiece from Coy Stout and Dawson Bonfield, the latter of whom went 2-for-3 with a triple.
Stout knocked in Sunday’s tying run in the fifth, with a two RBI single, before Bonfield in the next at-bat hit a single to push the Twins ahead.
On Saturday, against the Bandits, the Twins trailed 5-0 early. In the sixth inning of that game, the Twins’ Stout worked out of a 1-2 count to a full count before hitting a two-run homer to knot things up. The Twins’ next batter, Bonfield, then hit a homer to give the Twins an 8-7 lead.
Bonfield finished the tournament with four home runs in five games, as the Twins went 4-1 to run their overall record to 21-14.
Mount Spokane 120 000 0—3 6 0
Lewis-Clark Twins 000 130 x—4 5 1
Schuerman, Baker and Schauer. Judy and Stout.
Mount Spokane hits — Baker, Ivanich, Scheurman, Madson, Waters, Schauer.
Lewis-Clark Twins hits — Acree, Stout, Bonfield 2 (3B), Barajas.
Spokane Bandits 500 200 1—8 13 1
Lewis-Clark Twins 022 104 x—9 10 1
Jey, unknown and Rose. Turcott, Barajas (5) and Kolb.
Bandits hits — Bennett, Skinner, Allen 2, Schaifer, unkonwn, Batolilopi 2, Reaux, Ricker 2, Noble 2.
Twins hits — Wallace, Stout (HR), Bonfield 3 (2B, HR), Daniel 2 (2B), Hart 2, Kolb.
Lewis-Clark Twins 262 61—17 13 3
LaGrande Legends 010 03— 4 2 4
Alspach and Acree. Earl, unknown (4) and Jorgansen.
Twins hits — Daniel, Acree 2, Wallace 3 (2B), Stout 2 (2B), Bonfield, Judy, McKenzie (2B).
Legends hits —Bell, Comfort.
Asotin County Blues 9, Pepsi Diamondjaxx 1
SPOKANE — The Asotin County Blues blasted the Pepsi Diamondjaxx of Pendleton, Ore., behind a complete-game mound effort by Jon Bean, who ceded just two hits all day and didn’t give up an earned run. Bean took just 92 pitches to go all six innings of this mercy-shortened, Wood Bat Classic consolation contest, fanning nine and walking three. This was the Blues’ final contest of the tournament, where they went 4-1.
“Jon had an outstanding day on the mound,” Blues coach Steve Judy said. “And then he turned around and held his composure at the plate, too.”
Bean had three hits, as did Damon Peace, who had a homer.
Evan Bartels led the team with three RBI and “it was reminiscent of our whole weekend of hitting,” Judy said. “We hit the ball well all weekend. For the whole weekend, we batted .449 as a team, so it was a great weekend for us And our ERA as a whole pitching staff was below one (run per game) this whole weekend, so it was a great tournament for us and we’re really proud of the way the guys stepped up and showed what they’re capable of.”
The Blues and their foe from Oregon were both the second place teams in their respective pods of this tournament, “so that’s a good ball club,” Judy said, before again remarking on his team’s hitting. “I don’t think we had a game we didn’t have at least 13 hits in. And I hope the boys are able to just understand they can play the game with anybody and hopefully we finish the season out really strong.”
Judy also lauded the play of Andrew Reeder, who “had a great weekend for us. He hit something crazy like over .500 all weekend.”
Pepsi Diamondjaxx 000 100— 1 2 2
Asotin County Blues 203 013— 9 13 1
Payton Lambert, Jack Monkman (3) and Clayson Cooley. Jon Bean and Connor Hayes.
Pepsi Diamondjaxx hits — Payton Lambert (2B), J. Davis.
Asotin County Blues hits — Colby Bolen 2 (2B), Damon Peace 3 (HR, 2B), Justin Spencer, Jon Bean 3 (2B), Danner Maves, Evan Bartels 2 (2-2B), Andrew Reeder (2B).
Eastside Dodgers 11, Palouse Patriots 3
MEDICAL LAKE — The Palouse Patriots lost in a consolation contest to the Eastside Dodgers from Tri-Cities in a mercy-shortened, five-inning contest. The Patriots wre led by Payton Kallaher’s two RBI. Kallaher had two hits, as did teammates Konner Kinkade and Tristan Wilson.
The Patriots were outscored 10-1 in the third and fourth innings combined to fall off pace, after playing the Dodgers evenly through two innings.
Palouse Patriots will face the Lewis-Clark Twins on Tuesday at Harris Field and will dive into a tournament in Walla Walla next weekend.
Eastside Dodgers 104 60—11 9 1
Palouse Patriots 101 01— 3 7 3
Renzelman and Robertson. Cam Vis, Kellen Becker (4), Peter Smith (5) and Tristan Wilson.
Eastside Dodgers hits —Rutz (2B), Robertson, Gibson, Brown, Mulholland 2 (3B), Lopez (2B), Skinner 2 (2B, 3B).
Palouse Patriots hits – Carson Coulter, Konner Kinkade 2, Payton Kallaher 2 (3B), Tristan Wilson 2.
Whitman County Cougars
Moses Lake 12-9, Whitman County Cougars 6-8
PULLMAN — The Whitman County Cougars lost both games of a doubleheader to Moses Lake, though in both contests, the Cougars finished strong — and they very nearly rallied to beat the visitors in the nightcap.
But what might have been a walkoff, in-the-park, grand slam by Oak Held was changed to a ground-rule double after the ball slipped under the outfield fence, and the visitors held on for the sweep.
Moses Lake won the first game 12-6, that game lasting just five innings because of a time limit. Moses Lake won the second game 9-8. Both contests were at Pullman High.
“It was the layout that got us today,” Cougars coach Pat Doumit said of the field, referring to Held’s ball slipping under the fence.
Doumit said he believed that if Held’s last hit hadn’t slipped under the fence, he would surely have come all the way around for a 10-9 walkoff hit.
“But instead, it’s 9-8,” Doumit said, noting that a Cougars runner who had already crossed home plate to tie the game up had to go back “by rule.
“And then they ended up getting a strikeout to end it,” Doumit said.
Held, in the second game, was 3-for-5, with three RBI. He scored twice and “gave us a very good start in the mound,” Doumit said, noting that Held threw three innings and didn’t give up an earned run while fanning seven.
The Cougars fell to 19-10-1 on the year.
In both games, the Cougars had a scoring surge in the last inning.
“The first game wasn’t as close as the second, but we got four runs in the last inning of that one and three in this one,” Doumti said. “I’m real proud of the guys for playing like that. Especially with this stretch we’re in. ... The only days that we didn’t play last week were the fourth of July and Monday. So it’s not like there’ve been a lot of off days. .. And yet they still competed right to the end. It was great.
“Right now, guys are physically tired, but mentally it can come at you, too. But these guys have been really good about doing so much more than just showing up.”
Moses Lake 250 50—12 5 0
Cougars 001 14— 6 8 3
Meacham, Davidson (4) and MacDonald. Ryan Bickelhaupt, Braden Plummer (2), Kolby Fisk (4) and Cody Inderrieden.
Moses Lake hits — West, Fisk, Meacham, Davidson (3B).
Cougars hits — Bickelhaupt, Plummer (2B), Brendan Doumit, Marcus Hilliard, Anthony Becker 2, Inderrieden, Joseph Bendel.
Moses Lake 102 150 0—9 6 3
Cougars 121 100 3—8 10 3
Murray, Greninger (6) and Kern. Oak Held, Nick Robison (4), Colby Fisk (5) and Anthony Becker, Oak Held (4).
Moses Lake hits — Melby, Kern 2 (3B), Davidson 2 (2B), Murray.
Cougars hits — Held 3 (2-2B, 3B), Nick Strenge, Doumit 2, Fisk, Colin Dreewes, Plummer, Gavin Shrope.
Moscow Junior Blue Devils 15-12, Mead 9-1
MOSCOW — The Moscow Junior Blue Devils beat Mead 15-9 and 12-1 in a doubleheader. In the second game, the Junior Blue Devils’ Levi Anderson went the entirety of the five-inning contest, fanning four and walking five. He scattered four hits.
Leading the Junior Blue Devils offensively was Matt Fletcher, who finished his day with eight RBI. His teammate, Tyler Howard, had six RBI on the day.
Mead 013 104 0— 9 11 4
Moscow Junior Blue Devils 360 222 x—15 15 3
Mead 100 00— 1 4 2
Moscow Junior Blue Devils 104 7x—12 6 0
Comets’ Avery gets another PR in javelin
TACOMA — Nicole Avery of the Comets Track Club finished 10th of 19 competitors in the javelin among girls ages 15-16 with a PR of 96-feet, 3-inches on Sunday at Mount Tahoma High at the Region 13 Junior Olympics.
Avery, an incoming sophomore at Pullman High wasn’t the only member of her track club to compete at the Junior Olympics.
Anna Lynn, of Moscow, competed in the girls’ 11-12-year-old age group and finished 16th in the 80-meter hurdles (18.97 seconds) and 14th in the 800 (2:55.11).
“I think it was good experience for both young ladies and I think they’re both looking forward to coming back next year,” coach Mike Hinz said.
Lewiston 12-U 9, Lakeland 8
RATHDRUM —Lewiston 12U won in walkoff fashion over Lakeland to bump its district tournament record to 3-2 and force a three-way tie for second place.
Lewiston’s Kaeden Tinney plated the winning run with a no-out single up the middle. Before Tinney caem to the plate, teammates Zaner McFee (on a ground rule double) and Mason Way (on a single) both reached.
Despite the walkoff win, Lewiston coach Nick Krasselt said that his team might not get to move on at Districts.
“They’re going to make the call tomorrow, but I think with us being tied, the head-to-head gets thrown out and it goes to run differential,” he said of which team would get to advance to the next round of Districts.
Way went 3-for 4 at the plate, as did Tinney. Brighton Schumacher went 2-for-3.
“Really happy with everybody’s play,” Krasselt said.