SANDPOINT — Xavier Pea drove in the go-ahead score in the bottom of the fifth with a two-run double and the Lewis-Clark Cubs edged the Saint Maries Savages 6-5 on Saturday to reach the championship round of a Class A district Legion baseball tournament.
Earlier on Saturday in another elimination game, the Cubs beat Sandpoint 10-6.
Today the Cubs will face the Moscow Blue Devils in the title round at noon, needing to beat them twice. The Devils, unbeaten in the tournament, can snag the title with a win. If the Cubs prevail, a winner-takes-all contest will follow at 2:45 p.m.
The Cubs are 1-3 against the Blue Devils this season.
In addition to hitting two doubles in the late game, Pea earned the win on the mound for the Cubs (9-15), pitching five innings and giving up three earned runs while scattering eight hits.
“He was our pitcher that game and decided to help himself out and get a couple runs,” Cubs coach Anthony Balderas said of Pea. “Got himself the win.
“He threw the ball really well. Our defense couldn’t help him out sometimes, but we ended up finding a way to win the baseball game.”
Elliot Taylor pitched the final two frames of the Cubs’ game against St. Maries and ended the game by inducing a groundout to strand the Savages’ tying run at first.
“I thought we had two really good baseball games. Honestly it was just a fight the whole time. I feel like our boys grinded out two wins,” Balderas said.
Against Sandpoint, the Cubs were led by two RBI apiece from Chase Kaschmitter and Jack Johnson. Johnson pitched the first five innings of that game and gave up just three earned runs while scattering 10 hits.
“It’s gonna be a whole bunch of fun tomorrow,” Balderas said.
Sandpoint 021 101 1—6 15 2
Lewis-Clark 101 035 x—10 8 2
Cannolly, Shaffer (6) and Brackett. Jack Johnson, Devon Blackwell (6) and Quinton Edmisson.
Sandpoint hits — Edward, Brackett 2 (2B), Cannolly 3 (2B), Riley, Davis, Garcia 2 (2B), Shaffer 2 Brackett 2, Dodd.
Lewis-Clark Cubs hits — Quinton Edmisson, Elliot Taylor 2, Dante Edmisson, Chase Kaschmitter, Jack Johnson, Jayce Chance, Xavier Pea.
Saint Maries 120 110 0—5 11 2
Lewis-Clark 100 320 x—6 9 2
Boag and Trescott. Xavier Pea, Elliot Taylor (6) and Quinton Edmisson.
Saint Maries Savages hits — Boag 3 (3B), Anderson 3, Villa 3 (2B), unknown, Crawdfod.
Lewis-Clark Cubs hits — Quinton Edmisson 2 (2B), Elliot Taylor, Chase Kaschmitter, Jack Johnson (2B), Jayce Chance, Xavier Pea 2 (2-2B), Cole Mckenzie.
Mt. Spokane 5, Blues 4
SPOKANE — Jon Bean went the distance on the mound for the Asotin County Blues, giving up just three earned runs over six innings. But Mt. Spokane capitalized on Asotin County mistakes to beat the Blues in the district semifinals at Jackson Field.
Defensively, the Blues committed four errors. But the critical mistakes came on offense, according to coach Steve Judy.
“We just had a few mental errors, baserunning errors,” he said. “That’s what cost us the game.”
Damon Peace led the Blues with two hits, one of them a double.
Five of Mt. Spokane’s six hits were doubles.
“Bean did realy well on the mound,” Judy said. “We played them tough.”
In today’s third-fourth place game at 12:30 p.m. at Jackson Field, the Blues will take on the University Titans. Mt. Spokane faces Gonzaga Prep for the title.
Asotin County 000 100 3—4 9 4
Mt. Spokane 010 111 1—5 6 1
Jon Bean and Connor Hayes. Sam Martens and Paxton Ayers.
Asotin County Blues hits — Kian Ankerson, Colby Bolen, Damon Peace 2 (2B), Justin Spencer, Jon Bean, Danner Maves, Evan Bartels, Andrew Reeder.
Mt. Spokane hits — Jaxon Davis 2 (2-2B), Carson Coffield 2 (2-2B), James Lundberg (2B), Darren Morris.
Mountaineers 8, Twins 4
COEUR d’ALENE — The Northern Lakes Mountaineers mustered only three hits. But the Lewis-Clark Twins committed 10 errors and gave away nine bases on balls to suffer a defeat to their foes from Rathdrum at Districts.
Northern Lakes broke a tie in the top of the fourth with three runs and led the rest of the way.
Tyson Wallace and Blaine Acree both went 2-for-3 at the plate for the Twins. One of Wallace’s hits was a double.
Northern Lakes 020 302 1—8 3 1
Lewis-Clark 011 110 0—4 7 10
Cam Harris, Alex Drake (5) and Nicholas Welch. Bill Alspach, Mason Daniel (4) and Dalton Hart.
Northren Lakes Mountaineers hits — Nicholas Welch, Vandevere Trevor, Alex Drake.
Lewis-Clark Twins hits — Mason Daniel, Tyson Wallace 2 (2B), Dawson Bonfield (2B), Blaine Acree 2, Jose Barajas.
University 13, Cougars 5
SPOKANE — The Whitman County Cougars were foiled by errors for a second straight game, committing eight in a season-ending loss to University of Spokane at a district tournament.
The Cougars had committed seven errors in a loss the day before.
Whitman County’s errors against University foiled a gem from pitcher Tyler Elbracht, who didn’t give up an earned run while going the distance.
“He threw so well today,” Cougars coach Pat Doumit said. “He just kept giving us chance after chance to try to do something. He’s a pitch-to-contact guy and we’ve gotta be able to play behind him.”
The Cougars, who wrapped up their year 25-12-1, went 1-2 at Districts.
Elliott Lee went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and Brendan Doumit was 2-for-4 while coming home once.
“It’s tough. It doesn’t diminish a good summer,” Pat Doumit said of his team’s loss. “This was a great group to be around. I’ve had a lot of these guys for years. So it’s really enjoyable to see them keep playing and keep getting better from summer to summer.”
Whitman County 101 111 0— 5 10 8
University 300 163 x—13 10 2
Tyler Elbracht and Elliott Lee. Morton, Hood (5), Hiatt (6), Blahuczyn (7) and Maulsby.
Whitmany County hits —Gavin Shrope, Brendan Doumit 2, Marcus Hilliard, Elliott Lee 3, Nick Strenge (2B), Braden Plummer, Joseph Bendel.
University hits — Blahuczyn, Maulsby 2, Hiatt, Rees (2B), Hood, Brummett, Dehn, Morton.
Wild 14, Patriots 4
SPOKANE — The Palouse Patriots saw their season come to an end at Districts with a loss to the Mt. Spokane Wild at Jackson Field.
Mitch LaVielle led the Patriots with two RBI while Nate Akesson had a solo homer, Payton Kallaher had a run-scoring hit and Konner Kinkade had two doubles.
The Patriots (16-20) led early before seven straight runs by the Wild in the second and third frames put Palouse into a five-run hole.
Mt. Spokane 043 412—14 12 0
Palouse 201 001— 4 6 2
Jeter Schuerman, Jimmy Lucas (6) and Trevor Mason. Carson Coulter, Reece Chadwick (3), Peter Smith (4), Konner Kinkade (6) and Tristan Wilson.
Mt. Spokane Wild hits — Zane Baker (2B), Carson Coffield 2 (2-2B), Brandon Ivanich 2, Jeter Schuerman 2, Jose Renteria (2B), Tommy Madill 2 (2B), Jaxson Davis, Trevor Mason (3B).
Palouse Patriots — Konner Kinkade 2 (2-2B), Payton Kallaher, Mitch LaVielle, Reece Chadwick, Nate Akesson (HR).
LITTLE LEAGUE 10ULewiston White 7, WV 2
COEUR d’ALENE — Lewiston White defeated West Valley of Boise at Croffott Field to win the Idaho state title for 10U Little League, taking the best of three series in two games.
Lewiston finished its year 6-0 in the postseason and 2-0 at State.
Blaze Hepburn led Lewiston with three RBI and also pitched the first 4ž innings before Carson Henson, as he did a day earlier, finished the game off with 1 scoreless frames of relief.
“Defense played good. They pitched good,” Lewiston coach John Hepburn said. “There just weren’t a ton of strikeouts. It was a crazy game.”
Lewiston surged to a 4-0 lead in the first thanks to run-scoring hits from Grady Helm (an RBI single), Dallas Richarson (RBI single) and Hepburn (two-RBI double) in that inning.
Richardson finished with two RBI and Kayden Cox also brought home a run.
In the fourth, Hepburn hit a run-scoring single to score Xavier McFee, who had led off that frame with a double.
Lewiston short stop Ty Collins ended the game by catching a line drive and turning a double play at first.
“They played great all the way through and they just never gave up,” Hepburn said. “It was fun, they definitely battled.”
The games were closer than the scores. It was nerve-racking, for sure.”
Lewiston 402 100—7
West Valley 001 100—2