Ben Miller’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Thursday lifted host Central Valley over Lewis and Clark 3-2 in Greater Spokane League baseball.
Miller, the first batter of the inning, connected against the Tigers’ Jason Purdy, who struck out five, scattered five hits and walked two in the loss.
The Bears (2-3) bounced back from a 3-2 loss to Shadle Park on Wednesday.
Despite the loss, LC has its best performance of the season. In its first three defeats, LC (0-4) had lost by an average of 10 runs a game.
In another GSL contest, University left-hander Nick Spunich struck out 13 and allowed just a sixth-inning infield hit in the Titans’ 9-0 home win over North Central.
Meanwhile, Gonzaga Prep beat Ferris 15-3 at Seafirst Stadium and visiting Mead beat Rogers 10-7.
At U-Hi, poor defense and two hit batsmen propelled the Titans (3-1) to six second-inning runs. Chris Short hit a two-run single and Joe Jeffries a two-run double. Leadoff hitter Jeffries finished with two hits and three RBIs.
Pitchers from both teams combined to hit six batters.
NC is 0-5.
At Seafirst, with the Bullpups (4-1) holding a 2-0 lead in the second, G-Prep lefty Joe Geraghty rocked a John Steinman fastball over the right-field wall to give his team a 4-0 lead.
Geraghty scored two runs and drove in three. Teammate Paul Grief was 3 for 4 and scored twice while driving in two runs.
In the fourth, the Bullpups broke open the game by scoring seven runs on three hits.
For Ferris (2-2), Eric Sandberg had four hits.
At Rogers, reliever Steve Fish of Mead (3-1) struck out seven in four innings of relief work. Fish allowed just two hits against the Pirates (2-3).
Grant Reeves and Corey Oden drove in the game-winning runs in Mead’s four-run sixth.