Kettle drops two at district playoff

Kevin Thomas Hulten
S-E Sports Editor

It was an up-and-down week for the young Kettle Falls Bulldog baseball team. Needing a dramatic comeback to stave-off elimination, Kettle responded last week and won their way into the State playoffs and a District seeding tournament held May 8 in Medical Lake.

In Medical Lake, things just didn’t click for Jeff Graves’ upstart squad. The day started with a 10-1 thumping at the hands of 16-1 Colfax. Then, several hours of waiting followed by a rematch against NE 2B champs (and rivals) Northwest Christian, a team with which the Bulldogs professed to have unfinished business, dating back to two early-season losses at the Crusader home field.

The Bulldogs took no revenge this time, though, as the Crusaders battered Bulldog pitching with a lefty-heavy lineup and aggressive base running, culminating in an 11-5 victory.

Kettle Falls’ place at State is secure. On the strength of May 2 performance, the Bulldogs retained the fourth seed in district and face off May 20 against the second seed from District Four (pairings to be announced May 13).

Do or Die Win

Trailing 5-1 with just six outs remaining in the season, things looked bleak for Jeff Graves’ upstart Kettle Falls Bulldogs baseball team during last Tuesday’s District 7 2B playoff game against the Liberty Lancers.

The Lancers had the momentum, riding their loser-out win against Springdale earlier in the day into two early runs off of Kettle Falls starter Mikey Crumpler in the third inning, followed up by a three-spot in the top of the fifth.

But with their backs against the wall, the Bulldogs responded. Two runs in the sixth brought about the home half of the seventh, and Kettle needed two to tie and three to take the victory.

Brogan Douse responded with a two-run, bases loaded single to tie the game and Dakota Crumpler followed by lining a walk-off game-winning single that eliminated the Lancers (13-7) and setup Kettle Falls’ (15-5, 9-5) Monday, May 8 playoff matchups against Colfax and Northwest Christian at Medical Lake.