May 8, 2010 in Sports

U-Hi warms up for showdown

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U-Hi pitcher Mollie Buelow comes to the plate with a pitch against Mead.
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Cheney takes baseball title

 Cheney (12-2) clinched the Great Northern League baseball championship Friday with a 6-3 win over Pullman (10-4) before the Greyhounds salvaged a split over the visiting Blackhawks in the second game, 2-0. The Greyhounds led 2-0 but Cheney evened it at 2-2 in the fourth and added two more on a passed ball in the fifth. The second game turned into a pitchers’ duel as Brett Druffell limited Cheney to five hits while striking out five and walking one. Cheney pitcher Cameron Lowe had 10 strikeouts.

 The District 7 2A tournament begins Tuesday with a pair of loser-out games when Colville (8-11) visits Clarkston (13-5) and Medical Lake (12-7) visits West Valley (10-6). Both games are at 4 p.m. On Wednesday, the Colville-Clarkston winner visits Pullman and the Medical Lake-WV winner is at Cheney. Both are at 4. The tourney concludes May 15 at Bailey-Brayton Field in Pullman.

•In a Greater Spokane League makeup game, University (12-8) scored 14 runs on eight hits and five walks in the first to handle visiting Shadle Park (6-14) 14-4. The Titans’ Justin Liu had a grand slam and Thomas Wakem was 3 for 4 with three RBIs.

•St. Maries edged visiting Priest River 5-4 in an Intermountain League game that decided the third and fourth seeds in the 3A District I-II tournament, which begins Tuesday. Jaden Guidry led St. Maries (9-13, 8-4) with three hits, two RBIs and two runs. He knocked in the tying run in the seventh and a wild pitch allowed the winning run. In a pair of loser-out openers Tuesday, No. 6 seed Kellogg visits St. Maries and No. 5 Bonners Ferry is at Priest River. Both are at 4. IML champ Timberlake and Orofino are the top seeds in the tourney, which concludes Friday and next Saturday at Orofino.

Had it not been for a pair of losses this week, the University softball team may have captured the Greater Spokane League championship on Friday.

University (15-4) knocked off GSL champ Mead (17-3) 7-3 at U-Hi. The teams will turn around and square off in the District 8 4A championship game Friday at Whitworth University after regular-season play ends Monday.

Brittnay Connor went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and three stolen bases to lead the Titans.

Elsewhere in the GSL, North Central (11-8), behind pitcher Echo Barline’s six-hitter, topped visiting Lewis and Clark (9-10) 6-1 to clinch the 3A No. 1 seed into the district playoffs. Kilee Brown went 2 for 2 with an RBI. LC’s Rachel Head went 3 for 4 and was a home run away from the cycle. … Rogers (6-13) scored seven runs in the first inning on its way to an 18-3 win in four innings at Shadle Park (7-12). Amber Ryan went 3 for 4 with two runs for the Pirates. … After being intentionally walked twice, Jenn Rambo hit a solo home run in the fifth to spark a 5-4 win by Gonzaga Prep (10-9) over visiting East Valley (6-13). Rambo had two stolen bases and scored twice. … Central Valley (8-11) rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3, come-from-behind win over Mt. Spokane (9-10). Jenna Gaskin doubled to drive in the winning run.

•Lake City (19-4, 9-3) clinched the 5A Inland Empire League title by sweeping visiting Post Falls (12-9, 5-7) 2-0 and 8-7 as regular-season play concluded. LC won the first game despite a no-hitter by Post Falls’ Richelle Ashburn. LC will play host to the regional tourney, which begins Wednesday. In openers, No. 1 seed LC takes on No. 4 Lewiston (5-11) and No. 2 Coeur d’Alene (20-6) faces No. 3 Post Falls. Both games are at 2. The winners meet in the championship game at 4 with the winner advancing to state. The losers meet in a loser-out game, also at 4.

•Intermountain League-leading Timberlake (11-8, 9-1) jumped out to a 5-1 lead before settling for a 6-3 win at Kellogg (7-5, 5-5). Sydney Malloy picked up the win in relief. Megan Hill led Timberlake with two hits and three runs.

•Colville (14-0, 12-0) captured the Great Northern League championship by sweeping visiting Deer Park (9-7, 3-7) 14-1, 11-0. Alison Holst and Mikala Carr each threw one-hitters, and Carr went 6 for 6 in the doubleheader with three RBIs. … Host Pullman (11-7, 8-4) swept a doubleheader from Cheney (7-10, 4-8), taking the first game 15-12 in 11 innings and rallying for three runs in the sixth for a 15-14 win in the second game. Katie Guettinger hit a two-run homer in the 11th and was 4 for 4 in the second. Amy Sterk of Pullman was 8 for 9 for the day. … Riverside (8-10, 5-7) swept host Medical Lake (1-17, 1-11) 14-1 and 2-0 with pitcher Megan Fisher winning both.

Track and field

Riverside’s boys and Deer Park’s girls won at the Newport Relays.

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