Ouch! Ughh! The Columbia Basin Big Nine baseball teams swept Ferris, Mead, Gonzaga Prep, Mt. Spokane and University in regional games Tuesday.
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It was a clean sweep by the Columbia Basin Big Nine in 4A and 3A Regional baseball Tuesday.
Adding to the misery of the 4A Greater Spokane League teams, Ferris, Mead and Gonzaga Prep were shutout by a combined 21-0.
CBBN 4A champ
Ferris (18-3) can still earn a state berth. The Saxons play host to
“I told them (the Saxons) the bonus was what we did in league and the district tourney allows you a hiccup and let’s take advantage of that on Saturday,” Ferris coach Jim Sharkey said. “I told them ‘let’s flush this game and move on’.”
In a pair of loser-out openers,
In 3A, visiting CBBN fourth seed
The good news for U-Hi is it can still earn a state berth, but the Titans will have to go to Southridge on Saturday. U-Hi faces Kamiakin (19-5) in a winner-to-state, loser-out game at noon. Southridge (19-2) meets
By the time the top of the fourth inning had been completed – and all the scoring had taken place – this game needed a merciful, premature ending.
The Blue Devils got after previously unbeaten Ferris starting pitcher Spencer Ansett like no other team this season.
Ansett (8-1) had allowed just one homer previously and it came in the second game of the season.
“I was amped up and the ball was up again,” Ansett said. “Against a good team like that, they hit mistakes real well, and it seemed like every pitch was a mistake.”
WW took a 4-0 lead when Matt Watson, on an 0-2 pitch, hit a 3-run homer and Jake Campeau followed with a solo homer. Perhaps the most telling moment came moments later when the No. 9 hitter, Connor Holbrook, hit a 3-run homer.
Before Ferris had its first at bats, it was 7-0.
“When it was 4-0 it was bad, but when the No. 9 hitter hits a 3-run homer, it was pretty deflating right there,” Sharkey said.
WW believes it has the makings of a state title team.
“We thought we were going to be pretty good all year,” WW coach Keith Gradwohl said. “I don’t want to get cocky and I don’t want to jinx us, but these kids have seen themselves as state champions all along.”
Nine of the Bullpups’ final 12 outs were by strikeout. Campeau retired the last 14 batters he faced.
G-Prep coach Brian Munhall didn’t want to look too far ahead, but he knows the majority of his young team returns next year.
“We’ve got some good ingredients coming back,” Munhall said. “As long as we keep doing what we’re doing and everybody is learning the game we’ll be fine.”
Ryan Roberts led Mead with two hits and reached bad three times.
Braves pitcher Garrett Anderson (10-0) recorded 14 strikeouts. Wildcats pitcher Kelly Fitzpatrick (5-5) went the distance.
Alex Allard went 2 for 4 for
Blake Eastman led the way with four hits, four runs and six RBI. Colin Young led U-Hi with two hits and an RBI.