But Indians are
still tied for 2nd
It wasn’t a pretty week for the Colville High School baseball team.
The Indians (4-4, 5-5), despite playing at home the entire week, managed only one win in four games. Colville started the week back on April 10 with a 14-4 loss to Northeast A League-leading Lakeside (7-2) and followed that up one day later with an 8-0 loss to Freeman (2-4).
On Saturday, the Indians managed a split with Newport, losing the opener 7-3 and coming back for a 3-1 win in the second game.
Despite the mediocre week, CHS is still very much in the thick of the NEA race, tied for second place with Chewelah (4-4, 5-4).
“It was a tough week,” conceded CHS head coach Boo Morrison. “We’re going through some growing pains right now and working with a younger line-up.”
Weather permitting, Colville was scheduled to host Riverside (3-5) in a NEA doubleheader at Hofstetter Park on Tuesday. The twinbill marked the final regular season games of the season at home, unless the Indians host a post-season game.
On Saturday, Colville will be at Freeman for a doubleheader (11 a.m. start).
Colville simply didn’t compete well in the one-sided losses to Lakeside and Freeman last week.
In the loss to Lakeside, Austin Hegney had trouble with his control in a four-inning stint. The big junior surrendered 10 runs (eight earned), issued five walks, hit a batter and gave up nine hits.
“It’s the first time all spring that he has struggled,” Morrison said of Hegney. “But he was throwing the ball right down the middle of the plate and Lakeside was hitting it.”
Morrison said he hoped Hegney’s rough outing would be a learning experience for him.
“I do think that he will learn from that,” Morrison said. “And in all fairness, we didn’t give him any run support. It was just a rough outing.”
Colville commited five errors behind Hegney and Lukyn Holling, who threw the seventh inning.
“Too many errors,” Morrison, said, scanning his scorebook. “It has kind of been our Achilles Heel so far…I thought we would be better defensively.”
Zach Thompson was the one bright spot for Colville. He had three hits, including a triple.
In the shutout loss to Freeman, the Indians couldn’t solve Scotties’ right-hander Wyatt Smith.
“He was tough,” Morrison said. “He’s got a split-finger fastball that kept us off balance. And Freeman played very well defensively behind him.”
The Scotties committed only one error. Colville had three.
Senior right-hander Sam Sprague got the start and took the loss for Colville. He went five innings and didn’t pitch that badly.
Freeman plated four runs in the top of the first inning, taking advantage of three Colville errors. FHS added four more in the fifth inning.
“We just booted it around and didn’t give Sam any support,” Morrison said.
Sprague only gave up two hits.
Sprague and Tevyn Holling were the only two CHS players to hit safely off Smith.
Hegney loses opener
The slide continued Saturday when Hegney picked up the opening game loss against Newport. Hegney was sharper than he was against Lakeside four days earlier. Hegney and the Indians battled Newport to a 3-3 standoff through five innings. But Newport broke through for one run in the sixth and three more in the seventh to pick up the win.
Hegney surrendered six hits, struck out five and battled. He issued four walks and hit a batter. He got relief help from Tevyn Holling in a seventh inning that saw Colville’s defense commit a pair of errors.
“He was throwing pretty well,” Morrison said of Hegney. “Until the wheels kind of fell off in the seventh inning.”
Spencer Douglas picked up the win for Newport.
Hitting safely in the opener for Colville were Kyle Baker, Lukyn Holling, Sprague (two hits), JR Henry, Zach Thompson and Jessie Morrison (two hits). Lukyn Holling and Sprague both doubled for Colville.
“We hit Douglas,” Morrison said. “We just couldn’t string enough hits together.”
Colville broke through for their first win of the week in the second game behind Sprague, who went the distance and fired a nifty two-hitter (both singles). Sprague struck out a season-high nine and issued four walks
Sprague’s only tough inning was the Newport sixth when the senior issued three of his four walks.
Colville got Sprague all the run support he would need with a three-run rally in the third inning. Morrison got the inning started with a single. After Baker hit into a fielder’s choice, Thompson and Sprague both singled in front of Colton Davis, who crashed a bases loaded triple over the Newport centerfielder’s head and to the outfield fence.
Morrison was 4-5 (four singles).