Hunger For Playoffs Keeps Legion Teams Lean And Mean
Three Valley American Legion baseball teams remain in the hunt for post-season playoffs.
Spokane Athletic Supply from Central Valley shares the lead in a three-way National Division race.
In the American Division, Olympic Sports of University and Job Quest of West Valley are vying for the third playoff berth with a week remaining in the season.
The teams were busy last week, SAS winning two of three games. Included was a 5-0 two-hit shutout by Eric Eigenhuis during a doubleheader split with PAC. He also had a three-hit game and save during victory over Key Bank.
Job Quest nudged Olympic Sports 7-6 in 10 innings, Tyson Sohns going the distance and having three hits. Justin Tichy had eight hits in five games, the team going 2-3.
Olympic went 3-4, sweeping the North Stars 11-0, 11-1 on the pitching of Andy Furlott and Bill Conant.
Joe Jefferies, Brad Nollmeyer and Mike Roberg combined for 16 hits in the three wins.
Medicine Shoppe wins showdown
Medicine Shoppe won its showdown in a battle of Spokane Valley Midget League unbeatens, nipping Northwest Fence of Greenacres 5-4.
The victory gave the Opportunity Elementary team the top seed from the American Division into the league tournament, which begins tonight.
Resort By The Tracks, unbeaten in the National Division, is the other top-seeded tournament team.
Strong defensive plays by shortstop Ryan Harris and third baseman Greg Durgin kept Northwest Fence scoreless through four innings while the winners took a 5-run lead.
After the Greenacres team rallied, Jade Webley’s diving catch in the seventh-inning saved the win.
In an earlier win, Jesse Lamon hit a triple and home run while Rocky Delaurentis tripled in two runs.
Northwest Fence beat George Velis DDS on the pitching of Seth Gemar and hitting of Chris Rodgers.
Resort By The Tracks won four games last week to complete its season, including a victory over Freeman 15-4. Will Chervenak and Robbie Canfield both were 3-for-3.
Earlier Craig McIntre went 3-for-3 and Lance Pecht completed a pitching and hitting run that included five hits in seven at bats and 11 strikeouts in four innings.
Multiple tie in Pee Wee division
When all was said and done, the American Division of Pee Wee League ended in a three-team knot.
After beating Tom’s Barber Shop to create the possibility of a four-way deadlock, Les Schwab was spanked 19-2 by Omech Construction, winners of its last six games.
Valley Electric’s chance at an undisputed title was thwarted by East Farms I, 7-6 and the team wound up tied with Tom’s Barber Shop and Spokane Indians.
The latter got four hits from Brett Woollett and three hits from a trio of players, including Bobby Williams, who drove in four runs in the finale.
In the National Division, Valley OB Gyn completed an 12-0 season with a thrilling 5-4 win over runnerup James Psomas DDS.
The tying and winning runs came in the bottom of the last inning on a misplayed bunt back to the pitcher.
Four pitchers from the teams combined to fan 26 batters in the game, including Psomas’s KC Little, who had eight strikeouts.
He had seven strikeouts and three hits for four RBIs in an earlier game. Scott McFarland also had three hits, scored three runs and drove in three.
In two games, George Velis DDS’s Trevor Baker had five hits, including two triples and a double.
Brooks Allen drove in five runs with two home runs for Pizza Hut.
Tournaments next for softball
Tournaments are set to begin for Valley Girls Softball League teams with the completion this week of regular league play.
F&F; Foundations (8-1) took a big step toward a regular season 16 Under League title last week with a 5-3 victory over runnerup Pabco Roofing (7-2).
Yokes assured title tie in 12 Under
In the 12-Under League, Yoke’s Pac’n Save clinched an American Division first-place tie. The National Division is up in the air.
Last week Garco Construction got a 4-for-4, 7-RBI effort by Andrea Manos. Two of her hits were doubles.
Shelby Hughes of Mary Lou’s Ice Cream Parlor went 4-for-4 to drive in three runs and Erika Gunderson hit a three-run triple.
Award Masters clinches 14 Under
In the 14 Under League, National Division’s Award Masters finished first by nipping Weft & Wheel 14-13.
Nicole Gunning’s two-run double in the seventh decided the game.
And in victory over Ron’s Drive Inn, Award Masters’ Tara Matsuda went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and five runs batted in.
A-1 Dog Grooming won the American Division, also by a game.
Unbeatens lead 10 Under races
Heading into the final games of the season, unbeatens Crary & Clark and Conley’s Place remained a game ahead of the 10 Under field.
Crary and Clark heads up the American Division following an 11-7 win over runnerup Dr. Nauert.
Conley’s easily won twice to remain ahead of Sunset Decks and Pioneer Title.
Sunset Decks gave Pioneer its initial loss, 12-8, Katie Brown’s fourth-inning two-run double putting the team ahead.
In another win, pitchers Kelcee Moody and Jessica Birt struck out 16 and Birt hit a grand slam homer.
Valley players on tourney winner
A quartet of Valley athletes were instrumental in a pair of successful River City Rivals fastpitch softball tournament efforts.
Courtney Nollmeyer, Megan Mertens, Royanne Thomas and Theresa Palmer play for the team that won the 4th of July Shootout Tournament in Spokane and finished second in the Blaze Girls Fastpitch Tournament in Coeur d’Alene. The Rivals are among the leaders of the Spokane Fastpitch Softball League’s 16 Under conference.