The Lewis-Clark Twins, who recently returned from a road trip through Oregon, will kick off their district tournament campaign with a showdown against the Prairie Cardinals at 4 p.m. today on Coeur d’Alene’s Thorco Field.
The Twins (24-17) have won their last four district tournaments, and defeated the Cardinals in the title game last year. They are seeded second in the four-team bracket this season, however, having been bested by the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen three times in four meetings.
Dawson Bonfield has been Lewis-Clark’s top hitter this summer with standalone team highs in total hits (47), batting average (.395) and RBI (43). Teammate Coy Stout’s figures at the plate have not been far behind, with 43 hits, a .371 batting average and 40 RBI. Bonfield and Stout have each hit six home runs for the Twins.
Brayden Turcott, who leads the team in runs scored with 45 and has been leadoff hitter, may not compete due to an injury sustained last weekend during a nonleague game in Oregon. Tyson Wallace has been “just dynamic” from the shortstop position and “makes some really good plays that get us out of innings,” according to coach Kevin Maurer, who also noted that Wallace has only struck out eight times in 115 at-bats this season.
From the Lewis-Clark mound, Dalton Hart has thrown 26 strikeouts, while Bill Alspach has amassed a perfect 3-0 record. Dylan Mader will start today’s game pitching.
“Our offense when it catches fire it can be pretty filthy,” said Maurer, pointing to his team’s .328 cumulative batting average. “I think our mindset is getting to that point where we have a chance to be successful if we’re able to stay together and play with one heartbeat ... We’re down a few guys — we’ll only have 13 with us in the district tournament — but with that being said, I think we’re in the direction that we can go up there and play at a high level.”