Four games on Friday
Colville picked up an important Junior American Legion Baseball (AA) sweep over visiting Northwest Christian last Friday at Hofstetter Park before the thunderstorms and monsoons hit.
Colville (6-0) had to come from behind to win both games.
In the opener, starter Austin Hegney pitched the first five innings and was sharp. Hegney surrendered three unearned runs in the NWC first inning, but he and Colville were solid after that in a 9-3 win.
Hegney went five innings and struck out seven to pick up the win. He issued one walk and scattered two hits.
Colville broke the game open with a six-run rally in the fifth inning. Key blows were Austyn Peterson’s two-run double down the third base line and Tevyn Holling’s RBI single.
Casey Hartinger pitched the final two innings to pick up the save. Hartinger didn’t give up a hit and struck out five.
Lukyn Holling’s walk-off grand slam home run capped another late rally in the second game and lifted Colville to a 7-5 win.
“That one didn’t look good,” Colville coach Boo Morrison said of Colville being on the short end of a 5-3 score heading into the bottom of the seventh inning—or the looming thunderstorm.
With torrential rains looming on the horizon, catcher Jesse Morrison got the seventh inning started with a single. After a Jacob Morris fly-out, Morrison stole second base. Peterson singled to centerfield, putting runners at the corners. Peterson promptly stole second base and Colton Vining, in a great at bat, worked the count full and drew a walk to load the bases for Holling, who hit the second pitch over the left-field fence. It was his first home run.
“Talk about great timing there,” Morrison said. “Five minutes later it was raining hard.”
Ben Knight got the second game start for Colville. He surrendered two runs, three hits and struck out one. Chris Boggs got in an inning of work before Lukyn Holling finished the game.
Holling got plenty of help from his defense in the form of a pair of double plays. Morrison also threw out a pair of base-runners.
Holling was fashionably wild, issuing six walks in his three-inning stint.
Colville is at Riverside on Wednesday for a doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m. On Friday, the local AA club will be at Shadle Park (Al Jackson Field) for four games against Shadle Park (doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m.). Single games will follow against Rogers and Riverside (5 and 7 p.m.).
The Colville vs. Shadle Park match-up will pit the division’s top two teams. Shadle is two games back in the loss column to Colville.
Colville’s games last Saturday were postponed because of rain and wet grounds.