Chewelah within striking distance

Kevin Thomas Hulten
Staff Writer

The Northeast A League title could be decided by the upcoming two-game home-and-home series between league headliners Chewlah and Freeman. The undefeated league leaders travel to Chewelah Friday for the first of the two matchups between the NEA titans, with the return leg scheduled for a week later in Freeman.
As strong as Chewelah’s been this year (7-1 league), Freeman (8-0 league) has been in another world, as evidenced by the fact that they’ve outscored NEA League opponents 98-2 through eight games thus far. Let that sink in. They allow one run for every 49 they score.
Freeman, a perennial baseball power, is best known for their Gonzaga-bound star lefthander McCabe Cottrell, he of the epic 10-inning, 22-strikeout performance in the loser-out playoff win over Cashmere last season. This year, Cottrell has featured less but the dominance has continued. is a team of hot starts, averaging over two runs per inning in each of the first two frames. Chewelah, on the other hand, has demonstrated a knack for the clutch, doing most of their damage in the later innings, as evidenced by the fact that almost half of their total runs scored have come in the sixth inning or later.

chewelah 9 medical lake 1 – april 21
Junior Gavin Parrott (2-0) started and pitched the Chewelah Cougars to a complete game league victory at Medical Lake Friday 9-1. Parrott posted seven strong innings on the mound, walking zero and supporting his cause at the plate with two hits an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Zak Kubik was 2-3 with two RBI, raising his season average to a healthy .385.

chewelah 9 medical lake 0 – april 22
Cougar ace Ryder Robison started and, in a familiar theme, fireman Elan Krausz was summoned in to close things out on the combined shutout victory over Medical Lake 9-0 Saturday. The two Chewelah pitchers combined on a three-hitter with Robison mowing down 10 Medical Lake hitters through five and two-thirds innings. Krausz struck out three in just over an inning of scoreless relief.
Zarren Nelson and Jensen Holloway led the way at the plate for the Cougars with a pair of RBI each. Chewelah (9-3, 7-1) moved into a half-game’s reach of first place with the win. They play league-leaders Freeman Friday at home.