Colville advances to Bi-District baseball tourney
Colville catcher J.R. Henry talks things over with pitcher Ryan Hartinger.
Indians faced Cascade in loser-out on Tuesday
After losing to eventual District 7 1A champion Chewelah at home last Tuesday, 6-1, Colville High (10-7) rebounded on Saturday to post a 7-4 win over Newport and advance to Tuesdayâ€™s Bi-District loser-out game at Moses Lake against Cascade (Leavenworth). The game was scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
A Colville win on Tuesday over the Kodiaks (14-6) would propel the Indians into the double elimination Bi-District Tournament proper at Wenatchee High School on Saturday.
CHS head coach Boo Morrison said he was planning to start Kettle Falls transfer Ryan Hartinger on the mound against Cascade.
Indians hope to get another meeting with Chewelah
â€śI think we have a great shot,â€ť Morrison said on Monday as his Indians prepared for the Caribou-Trail League power.
Cascade and third-seeded Colville have one common opponent on their 2012 scheduleâ€”Connell. The Indians split with Connell in their season openers back in March, while CTL No. 2 Cascade beat Connell 7-5.
A win over Cascade would get Colville another date with NEA rival Chewelah Saturday at Wenatchee High School (noon).
A win would propel the Indians into the championship game at 4 p.m. A loss would mean a winner-to-regional, loser-out game at 4 p.m. at Eastmont High School (East Wenatchee).
Three teams from the Bi-District Tournament between the top three teams from the NEA (Chewelah, Lakeside and Colville) and the top three from the Caribou-Trail League will advance to the regional tournament.
Top-seeded Cashmere (20-0, 15-0) has been dominant in the CTL this spring. Unbelievably, the Bulldogs have allowed only seven runs all season long. Of those seven runs, only three have been earned. In 15 CTL games this spring, Cashmere has allowed only two runs to cross the plate.
Needless to say, Cashmereâ€™s pitching has been dominant. Starting pitchers Colton Loomis and Trenton Johnson both won easily in the Bulldogsâ€™ regular-season-ending sweep of Cascade last week. The wins clinched Cashmereâ€™s fourth straight CTL title.
Colville simply didnâ€™t have it at home last Wednesday against hot Chewelah.
Chewelahâ€™s Cody Sweat went the distance, scattering five Colville hits. Calvin Connell went 4-4 for Chewelah and was pretty much the offensive show. He drove in three runs.
â€śChewelah is playing very well right now,â€ť Morrison said. â€śThey have gotten hot at the right time.â€ť
Morrison bemoaned the fact that his young Indians simply couldnâ€™t come up with the clutch hits off Sweat when they needed them.
CHS stranded 12 base-runners.
CHS loaded the bases with no one out in the first, but managed only one run.
â€śItâ€™s hard to win when you canâ€™t get the clutch hit and only score one run,â€ť Morrison said.
Senior right-hander Sam Sprague started for Colville. He scattered seven hits and didnâ€™t walk anyone. Sprague also didnâ€™t get much help from his defense (four errors).
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He got relief help from Hartinger and Hegney.
Morrison was impressed with Sweat and his ability to keep the CHS offense off balance.
â€śWe was tough on us,â€ť Morrison said of Sweat. â€śHe was just wild enough to keep us guessing. He really had our number.â€ť
In a must-win situation Saturday against Newport (8-11), Colville did enough to get the job done. The Indians took an early 1-0 lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning at Nine Mile Falls.
Behind starter Lukyn Holling, Colville plated four runs in the third inning to give the Indians a 5-0 lead.
All-League catcher J.R. Henry got the inning started with a single. Fellow all-league pick Sprague was aboard after getting hit by a pitch. DH Colton Davis then laced an RBI single that scored Henry. Daulton Streibeck followed with an RBI single that scored Sprague.
Hartinger singled and Jessie Morrison drilled a two-RBI single that plated Hartinger and Streibeck.
CHS was able to weather a three-run Newport sixth inning.
Hartinger and Morrison had three hits apiece and Henry and Sprague had two hits in the win over the Grizzlies.