SANDPOINT —The Moscow Blue Devils got a near-complete game shutout effort from pitcher Peyton Waters, who helped his team beat the St. Maries Savages 7-0 in a district semifinal Legion baseball game Friday.
The Blue Devils will await an opponent to be determined in the district title game Sunday at noon back in Sandpoint.
Waters went 6ž innings, fanning eight and walking four while scattering three hits. He didn’t give up any earned runs.
Hayden Thompson went 4-for-4 at the plate for the Blue Devils, who set the tone in the first inning. The Blue Devils immediately raced to a 3-0 lead, opening the contest with a leadoff double to deep center by Chad Redinger, who was brought home when his team’s next batter, Barrett Abendroth, notched a hit.
The Blue Devils are now 30-9 on the year.
“Peyton Waters was dead-on,” Moscow coach Stan Mattoon said. “He was exactly what we needed him to be — you drop the ball in his hand, turn him loose and he did a phenomenal job of locating his spots.”
Waters ran into pitch-count issues before he could secure the final out. So Redinger entered and finished the game off with a strikeout.
“From a defensive standpoint, we were about as sound as you could want. ... St. Maries has been hitting the ball well ... (so) for (Waters) to do that on that stage is a testament ot his focus and the defense behind him.”
The Blue Devils finished with 12 hits — their hitting having been a point of emphasis entering the game.
“I’m ecstatic for them,” Mattoon said. “They have worked hard all year, and it’s a testament to them. This is a we team, not a me team ... They’re playing for each other and when they do that, we’re as good as any team out there.
“So I want to commend them for their effort and the way they handle themselves, on and off the field as well. They treat each other well and know they can depend on each other. And that’s something we try to preach as well. It’s not just about baseball, it’s about being a good person, a good teammate, and a good role model. ... And they’re reaping the rewards of that right now. So I’m very happy for them.”
St. Maries 000 000 0—0 4 4
Moscows 302 011 x—7 12 0
Jacob Hills, Hayden Villa (6) and Cade Truscott. Peyton Waters, Chad Redinger (7) and CJ Anderson.
St. Maries hits — Shaun Anderson, Cade Truscott, Trevon Baumgartner, Zach Olson.
Moscow Devils hits — Chad Redinger 2 (2B), Barrett Abendroth, Hayden Thompson 4 (2-2B), Billy Adams, Kyle Lynas, CJ Anderson, Mack Hagenbaugh, Marcus Delusa.
Blues 11, Chewelah 1
SPOKANE — Riding the arm of pitcher Justin Spencer, the Asotin County Blues guaranteed themselves a spot at the Washington Class AA state tournament with a win in the district quarterfinals over the Chewelah 49ers.
Up next, the Blues will play today in the district semifinals against top-seeded Mt. Spokane at 2:45 p.m. back at Shadle Park’s Jackson Field.
Going the distance against the 49ers, Spencer didn’t give up any earned runs and scattered six hits. He fanned seven and walked one.
“It was a huge day for him,” Blues coach Steve Judy said.
Spencer had three RBI on two hits — one a homer that went 400 feet, according to his coach. Spencer and Damon Peace both reached base in all their at-bats, aided by getting beaned twice each. Additionally, Evan Bartels, Danner Maves and Kian Ankerson provided two RBI apiece for the Blues.
“It was a good overall effort,” Judy said of his squad. “I was proud of the guys.
“We missed (State) last year, so we’re starting a new streak.”
Chewelah 010 000—1 6 0
Asotin County Blues 000 425—11 11 2
Sam Triplett, Zach Bowman (5) and Clayton Jeannerett. Justin Spencer and Connor Hayes.
Chewelah 49ers hits — Bowen Middlesworth, Jake Jeannerett, Jack George, Clayton Jeannerett, Sam Triplett, Cole Piepgras.
Asotin County Blues hits — Kian Ankerson, Damon Peace 2, Justin Spencer 2 (HR), Jon Bean 2, Danner Maves, Evan Bartels, Andrew Reader, Connor Hayes (2B).
Cardinals 6, Twins 2
COEUR d’ALENE — Despite Dawson Bonfield’s homer and Jose Barajas going 2-for-3 at the plate, the Lewis-Clark Twins fell to the Prairie Cardinals of Post Falls at a district tounament at Thorco Field.
The Twins will face Northern Lakes at 1 p.m. today in an elimination game. A win would put the Twins into another loser-out game at 7 p.m.
Prairie led 3-0 before the Twins got on the board in the fourth. The Cardinals’ pitcher, Brock Zeller, scattered seven hits and went the distance, needing only 70 pitches.
“He’s a soft-throwing lefty who just threw a lot of strikes,” Twins coach Kevin Maurer said. “And when you’ve got a soft guy on the mound, you’ve gotta be able to hit the ball on a line. Credit to him to pitch the way he did. He was able to keep our offense in check that whole game.”
Prairie 200 111 1—6 6 0
Lewis-Clark 000 101 0—2 7 2
Brock Zeller and Zach Clark. Dylan Mader, Trent Reel (7) and Austin Kolb.
Prairie hits — Brock Zeller 2 (2B), Spencer Zeller, Tanner Call (HR), Matt Fleming (HR), Nick Chase.
Lewis-Clark hits — Mason Daniel, Coy Stout (2B), Dawson Bonfield (HR), Blaine Acree, Jose Barajas 2, Austin Kolb.
Cubs 12, Merchants 6
SANDPOINT — The Lewis-Clark Cubs moved to the district quarterfinals with a win over the Orofino Merchants. The Cubs were led by Elliot Taylor’s three RBI, two of those coming on a tie-breaking triple in the sixth.
After spotting the Merchants two runs in the first, Cubs pitcher Reese Shoults gave up just four runs over five innings, scattering 10 hits.
“He gave up two runs in the first inning, but he didn’t let it phase him,” Cubs coach Anthony Balderas said.
Balderas added that Taylor’s tie-breaking triple in the sixth “put us over the hump.”
The Cubs will play at noon today.
Orofino 200 202 0—6 13 1
Lewis-Clark 040 206 x—12 14 0
Joe Sparano, Willis Williamson (6) and Rylan Larson. Reece Shoults, Elliott Taylor (6) and Quinton Edmisson.
Orofino hits — Peyton Daily 2, Joe Sparano 3, Rylan Larson, Braden Barton 2, George Bolling 2, Kai Naranjo, Wyatt Roy, Emmett Lilly.
Lewis-Clark hits — Quinton Edmisson 2, Elliot Taylor 2 (2B, 3B), Dante Edmisson 1, Xavier Pea 2, Chase Kaschmitter 2 (2B), Jack Johnson (2B), Brooks Larsen, Reese Shoults, Cole McKenzie 2.
Bandits 8, Patriots 7
SPOKANE — The Palouse Patriots twice tied the score against the Spokane Bandits in the late stages of a game at Districts. But the Bandits ended up nosing ahead in the ninth to push the Patriots into the elimination bracket.
Today the Patriots will face another team from the host city, Mt. Spokane, at 7:15 p.m. in a loser-out game back at Shadle Park’s Jackson Field.
The Patriots’ Payton Kallaher hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to creae a tie and keep alive his streak of at least one homer in each of his team’s five tournaments. This marks his seventh home run over 21 tournament games for Kallaher.
In the eighth inning, the Patriots (16-20) again tied up the game on a sacrifice fly by Jackson Horner. That followed a two-RBI double by Reece Chadwick.
But the Patriots grounded out to end the eighth and didn’t get a man on base in the final frame.
Spokane 210 010 031—8 10 1
Palouse 002 002 030—7 7 4
Zach Roune, Devontae Mackin (7) and Kendrick Fey. Payton Kallaher, Cam Vis (6), Mitch LaVielle (7), Konner Kinkade (9) and Konner Kinkade, Carson Coulter (7).
Bandits hits — Nick Morin, Grant Skinner 3, Devontae Mackin 2 (2B), Max Schafer (2B), Charlie Ricker 2, Zach Roune.
Patriots hits —Carson Coulter (2B), Konner Kinkade 3, Payton Kallaher (HR), Reece Chadwick (2B), Jackson Horner
Newport 11, Cougars 1
SPOKANE — The Whitman County Cougars committed seven errors and fell in their district tournament opener to Newport by mercy rule in five innings.
Playing in a loser-out game today, the Cougars will face University of Spokane at 9:30 a.m.
The Cougars trailed 7-0 before getting on the board in the top of the fourth.
The Cougars were led offensively by two hits apiece from Brendan Doumit and Colin Dreewes.
“We can’t be as loose defensively as we were there,” Cougars coach Pat Doumit said. “All seven errors were infield errors, which, if you’re getting ground ball after ground ball, you need to handle business.”
Whitman County 000 10—1 5 7
Newport 340 22—11 7 0
Elliott Lee and Nick Robison. Joel Miller and Nolan Loosier.
Whitman County hits — Gavin Shrope, Brendan Doumit 2, Colin Dreewes 2.
Newport hits — Hunter Ellingburg, Bodie Bedow 3, Joel Miller, Konner Johnson (2B), JJ Allbee.
Jr. Devils go 1-1 at Districts
SPOKANE — The Moscow Junior Blue Devils beat Shadle Park 12-11 to open Districts, but later in the day fell to Central Valley of Spokane Valley 17-11.
In their win, the Devils twice rallied from four-run deficits, using five-run frames in both the second and the fifth innings to take a one-run lead each time. And when Shadle answered with a two-run sixth, the Devils matched that in the bottom half of the same frame for what proved the final difference.
The Devils were led by two RBI apiece from Mike Kiblen and Matt Fletcher in their win.
In the Devils’ loss, they were led by Tyler Howard’s 4-for-4 effort (which saw him get three RBI and two triples) and two RBI apiece from Fletcher and Preston Boyer.
Shadle Park 042 212 0—11 10 1
Moscow 050 052 x—12 6 5
Kidwell, McBride (3), Wright (5), Weber (6) and unknown. Jack O’Neal, Tyler Howard (2), Garrett Farrell (6) and Matt Fletcher.
Shadle Park hits — Barber 2, Zudema, Fox 2, Kidwell 2, Wright, McBride, Weber.
Moscow hits — Garrett Farrell, Mike Kiblen (2B), Preston Boyer, Tyler Howard (3B), Matt Fletcher, Levi Anderson.
Central Valley 002 263 4—17 16 2
Moscows 240 302 0—11 14 3
Hayden Hocket, Tucker Duke (2) and Cam Naccarato. Mike Kiblen, Tyler Howard (5), Jamie Green (5), Jack O’Neal (6) and Jack Bales.
Central Valley hits — Hayden Hocket (2B), Tucker Duke (3B), Mason Heberlien, Cam Naccarato 3 (2B), Craig Andsley 3, Sean Laffey, Joe Pitts 2, Tyler Conrwath 4 (2B).
Moscow hits — Mike Kiblen 2, Preston Boyer 3 (3B), Tyler Howard 4 (2-3B), Matt Fletcher 2, Levi Anderson 2, Dominic Molnar.
LITTLE LEAGUE 10ULewiston White 8, WV 2
COEUR d’ALENE — Lewiston White defeated West Valley of Boise in the opener of a best-of-three Idaho state title series behind the throttling pitching of Ty Collins and Carson Henson.
Now with a two-for-one shot at the state title, Lewiston will take on West Valley today at 9 a.m. back in Coeur d’Alene. If Lewiston loses, the teams will play again Sunday.
Collins pitched 4ž innings with 10 Ks while Henson finished off the game on the mound and “completely shut them down,” coach John Hepburn said.
There is no postseason beyond State at this age.
Lewiston’s Kayden Cox hit an RBI single in the second inning to tie the game up. And in the third inning, Dallas Richardson hit a double for the go-ahead run.
In the fourth inning, Grady Helm had a two-RBI single and Blaze Hepburn added a run-scoring single for three of their team’s four runs in that frame for the final difference.
“It’s a good start to win that first game,” the elder Hepburn said. “It’s huge.”
Lewiston White 112 400—8
West Valley 200 000—2