University downed Mt. Spokane 12-6 in Game 1 of the teams' best-of-3 series to decide the District 8 3A baseball championship Tuesday at Avista Stadium.
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By Greg Lee
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Consistent hitting and equally effective defense have carried the University baseball team since late March.
The pattern continued Tuesday when the top-seeded Titans stopped No. 2 Mt. Spokane 12-6 in the first game of a best-of-3 series to decide the District 8 3A championship at Avista Stadium.
Senior shortstop Nick Motsinger had three hits and three RBI. U-Hi batters frequently went deep into counts and it caught up with the Wildcats’ pitching.
U-Hi (17-4) and
In a loser-out game,
The Titans took advantage of three straight walks and a hit batter to score two runs in the first and followed with three more in the second when Motsinger had a run-scoring double and Thomas Wakem had a two-run single.
“It’s always competitive when we play them,” Motsinger said. “We knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we came out and played well. We kind of clutched up on a few hits. We kept plugging away and tacking on the runs.”
U-Hi coach Scott Sutherland praised his team for putting the ball in play.
“That was the main thing,” Sutherland said. “We’re not striking out and we’re getting deep into the count.”
“We were sloppy,” Schuerman said. “Not all of our errors led to runs, but if nothing else they led to extended innings and turned the lineup over.”
That’s all the runs that left-handed junior starter Kelly Fitzpatrick needed. He scattered nine hits while striking out seven and walking just two.
“Kelly threw great,” Schuerman said. “He battled and found a way to get us a win.”
In the bottom of the fifth,
Phebus led Shadle with three hits and two RBI.
District 7 2A
West Valley 11,
WV goes to No. 1 seed
East Valley 4, Cheney 3: Alec Baker’s sacrifice fly in the seventh lifted the Knights (6-14) to the upset over the Blackhawks (14-7) in a loser-out game.
EV travels to No. 2 Clarkston (15-5) today.
District 7 1A
The Cougars take on top-seeded