Thanks to a couple of no-shows and two narrow wins, the National Division of Spokane Valley Baseball Pony League split eight games against American Division opponents to start the league’s first post-season tournament.
Valley Electric and Nordec won their openers by forfeit. Regular-season champion Mountain View II beat American Division last-place finisher Autocraft 7-6.
Runner-up Perfection Tire won 8-7 over American seventh-placer County Sheriff’s Association on Chris Carroll’s ninth-inning RBI single.
American Division unbeaten West Valley blanked Greenacres Gypsum 16-0, with three pitchers allowing no hits, while Eric Everson had three hits and Ian Harty drove in four runs.
Also advancing were the American Division’s Carsten’s Marine 10-0, McDonald’s 5-1 and Spears Used Cars 23-4.
Spears got a double and triple from Jon Spear and triple by Joey Palanio.
Valley baseball tournaments will conclude next Saturday with a trio of games beginning at 9 a.m. at West Valley High School.
Midget second round today
The second round of the Midget League tournament is today. Six teams get their first games after 10 others advanced in Thursday contests.
Included on one side of the bracket were George Velis DDS, Les Schwab, Broadway Eye Care, Data Comp and Aztech Electric.
Broadway’s Brett Neste struck out five batters in two innings and drove in three runs with two hits. Teammate Michael Power also had two hits, including a triple, and three RBIs.
Aztech won 7-5 with four seventh-inning runs as Tim Hammer hit a bases-loaded double to drive in the deciding scores. Steven Curtis and Matt Damscov had three hits each.
Advancing on the other side were Banner Fuel, Tradition House, Godfather’s Pizza, Norma’s Burger Barn and Dave’s Sandwiches.
Banner’s Graham Oswald and Joe Olmstead each had two hits and three RBIs.
Godfather’s pitchers fanned 16 Oak Furniture Warehouse batters. Motie Curtis had five RBIs, including a three-run homer, and David Courchaine had four hits.
Valley Firefighters, Happy Hatter, Medicine Shoppe, Resort By The Tracks, Freeman and Northwest Fence all had first-round byes.
Eight Pee Wee teams remain
From a field of 28, eight Pee Wee teams are all that remain.
Included are the top four seeded teams, Tom’s Barbershop, James Psomas DDS, Spokane Indians and unbeaten Valley OB Gyn, which barely survived, 10-9, over upstart Leo’s Photography.
Spokane Indians got 13 strikeouts from three pitchers. Two of them, Chris Stiles and Sam Brune had three hits each.
Others in the hunt are Valley Electric, Zip’s, and Omech Construction, which won twice last week.
Omech won by a run both times, including 8-7 over White Elephant. Jeremy Kline had two doubles and drove in the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
Liberty Cup round conducted
Liberty Lake Ladies 18-Hole Golf Club members conducted the monthly round of the Liberty Cup.
Winner for July was Billie Etter with a net 68.
Concurrent putting awards went to Gloria Cash in A flight with 28, Jean Fulks and Vivienne Symbol in B flight, also with 28, Bette Harmon in C flight with 30 and Jan Krogseth in D flight with 31.
Deckard at best at Painted Hills
Painted Hills Ladies Club golfer Danice Deckard has the course figured out.
Last week she shot low gross 41 to win A flight low gross honors.
Other low gross winners were Lolly Neff and Sherrel Rushdy with 51s in B flight, Gwen Pape with 53 in C flight, Elaine Isherwood in D flight and no-handicap golfer Debbie Melius with 62s.
Net leaders during the regular medal play round were Ruth Mathis in A and Caryl Marcus in C with 31s. Connie Goodman won B flight with 33 and Annie Bainter was D flight winner with 34.
Meyers Valley View medalist again
Continuing her mastery at Valley View Golf Course, Anne Meyers repeated as medalist during the Ladies Club gathering.
She shot low gross of the field with 43. Net winners were Marty Liebelt at 32 in A flight, Patsy Angelo at 26 in B and Margie Bratcher at 29 in C.
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