Spokane Valley Baseball Pee Wee League is entering its final week of the season with an eight-team playoff to follow.
The Midget League has three more dates to play before its four playoff teams are determined.
Spokane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association (Summit) improved to 9-0 in the Pee Wee American Division with three wins during its most recent games.
The team has a two-game lead over Pizza Hut (Greenacres 2) and McDonald’s (Skyview). Three other teams are vying for the fourth playoff berth.
National Division scores were sporadic this week. But Spokane Athletic Supply (Otis Orchards 2) with an 8-0 record was unbeaten, and three other teams had one loss.
Summit escaped Hurliman Heating 8-7 in the middle of its three-game string. The team rallied from a 7-6 deficit after four innings, Ethan Arpin‘s base hit drove in the winning run in the top of the seventh. Isaiah Crane had three hits and a key putout at home. He also had three hits and drove in three runs in another win.
In two wins, John Sommerlott struck out a combined 15 bat,ters and Andy Jackson hit two doubles and a home run to drive in five in one of them.
Other Pee Wee highlights: Brenden Millikan and Jaedon Crouch combined to strike out a dozen batters for Pizza Hut in a 7-2 win over George Velis DDS. Rachel Lunstroth fanned 14 and Ricky Davis 15 in two other George Velis wins. Davis also homered twice, while Madisen Schau and Matthew Hughes each had three hits in one of the wins.
White Elephant’s Dru Maughn and Connor Grytdahl drove in five runs each during victory over Banner Fuel
In the National Division, Blasingame Insurance (Pasadena Park) won three games for an 8-1 record, scoring a total of 50 runs, to remain close to Spokane Athletic Supply.
Ross Vermillion hit two doubles, a triple and single in two of the wins, and Michael Chan went 4-for-4 in one game and hit a total of two home runs and a triple in two of the games. Pitcher Gunnar Cebriak had a nine-strikeout, three-inning outing, and Austin Stevens tripled and singled in a game in which he struck out six.
Mark Spear Homeselling (Chester) is 6-1-1 and scored 46 runs in two wins. Colin Sheffels had seven hits including two triples. Nate Tesdahl was 4-for-5 with a triple and four runs scored, and Conor Linahan was 4-for-5 with a grand slam homer in the other.
“Jim Frazier Pro and Trophy Shop (Pasadena Park) improved to 9-0 in the Midget League. The team has a two-game lead with three left to play.
Pitchers Carson Driskill (11 strikeouts) and Brady Bergman combined on a no-hit shutout over Trentwood. Bergman drove in two runs.
The team also beat Spokane recycling 20-7, winning pitcher Hunter Wells going 2-for-3 with a triple. He scored three runs and drove in four. Chris Myers was 4-for-5 with four RBIs.
Conley’s Place (South Pines) moved into second place. Pete Chandler helped pitch and bat the team to a pair of wins. Chandler had nine strikeouts in one game and drove in three runs in the other. Randy Sylvester had a pair of two-RBI games, and Ethan Whitney hit a single, double and triple to drive in three.
Legion nearing end
The American Legion baseball season is nearing the playoffs with the end of the season on Wednesday for AA teams.
South Division leaders Freeman (14-2) and Central Valley (14-4) have four and two games remaining, respectively, needing a win apiece to secure the division’s top two spots. CV played third-place Shadle Park on Friday.
University (14-1) had a two-game lead over Newport in the North Division with five games remaining. U-Hi has a doubleheader at home with Colville today.
In most recent games Freeman beat CV 6-2 to open a two-game lead. Tyler Ford pitched the win, and Tom Kestell and Abe Mega had two hits each. The Scotties also outlasted Ferris 13-10, Mega the winner with three more hits and Kestell with two. And the team beat Ferris 14-1, Kestell the winning pitcher.
Central Valley defeated Medical Lake 5-3, swept Pullman 10-9 and 13-3 and topped Lewis and Clark 6-3. Blake Bledsoe had seven hits and Phano Pau six to lead the offense.
U-Hi beat Lakeside 14-4, swept Mead 10-0 and 20-9. Travis Clark had seven hits, Brandon Shryock six and Craig Keeton five during the wins.
“The Bandits, with a 20-11 nine-inning victory over the Valley Cannons improved to 13-3 in the AAA league and are a win away from clinching the championship. Billy Moon had three hits and Aaron LaPlante two, each with a double. Andy Vennum and J.T. Beach each had three hits for the Cannons.
“In Legion A competition University leads the South Division. Central Valley teams are third and fourth.
Best nine holes
Liberty Lake Women’s 18 Hole Golf Club played a regular round last week, but figured less was more.
Players counted only the best nine holes, either front or back and used half their handicaps to determine the winners.
Sandy Mooney won A flight with 33.5, ahead of Patsy Lynn‘s 36. B flight winner Carol Blume also netted 33.5, with Elsa Metting right behind with 34.5.
Jody Cantrell won C flight with 35, and Penny Wasser finished with 36. D flight’s Marion Jordan netted 36 and Jan Hussey 39.
A week earlier, Jean Fulks was July’s monthly Liberty Cup qualifier with a net 70 score. Raouleen Grimes took fewest putts with 28.
Flight putt winners were Jan Rooney with 31 in A, Metting with 29 in B, one fewer than Honey Conlon, Fulks with 30 in C and Jan Hussey with 35 in D, one less than Myrna Neubauer.
Medal play winners
Liberty Lake Ladies Nine Holers conducted weekly medal play and Karen Strauss was the day’s winner.
Strauss shot low gross in first flight with 49. Kathy Camyn led second flight with 56, and Darlene Reilly won third flight with 67.
Net winners were Pat Thompson with 38 in first flight and Betty Ackerman with 42 in third flight. There was a tie in second flight at 44 between Mary Gehrman and Nellie Auckerman.
President’s Cup winners
Trailhead Ladies Golf Club conducted monthly President’s Cup winners.
Low gross leaders were Marcia Rowley in A flight, Joy Russell in B and Bev Townsend in C.
Low net winners were Sandi Hatcher in A flight, Iness Walth in B and Myrlene Haskell in C.