Danny Rowton slugged a three-run home run and drove in four runs to lead Shadle Park to a 12-2, five-inning win over visiting North Central in a loser-out play-in game in the District 8 3A baseball playoffs on Monday.
The Highlanders (12-8), the No. 3 seed out of regular-season Greater Spokane League play, face second-seeded Mt. Spokane (11-8) in another loser-out game today at 4 p.m. at Avista Stadium.
That winner qualifies for the regionals and will meet top-seeded University (16-4) in the first game of a best-of-3 series for the 3A district title. No. 4 seed North Central finishes 3-17.
Two Shadle pitchers limited NC to five hits. The Highlanders ended it with a six-run fifth.
District 8 4A: Gonzaga Prep and Mead prevailed in tight games in the first round at Avista Stadium.
Kane Ulrich’s leadoff home run in the first inning started G-Prep (14-7) to a 3-1 win over Rogers (5-17), while two hit batters with the bases loaded in the fifth inning forced in the decisive runs as Mead (11-8) edged Central Valley (7-12) 3-2.
Rogers and CV play a loser-out game at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Avista, followed by G-Prep and Mead at 7 with a spot in the regionals and district title game on the line.
District 8 3A: Matt Harper’s goal on a penalty kick at 47 minutes ignited a three-goal second-half by University as the Titans overcame Shadle Park 3-2 at Albi Stadium to qualify for regionals.
U-Hi (6-6) plays No. 1 seed Mt. Spokane at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Albi for the 3A district title and 1-2 seeding to regionals. Shadle (6-8) was eliminated.
District 7 1A: Seedings held out as No. 1 Colville and No. 2 Lakeside won loser-out matches at home to qualify for Tri-District and set up a game Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Gonzaga Prep.
Caden McCombs scored twice as Colville beat visiting Newport 5-0. The Indians (8-3-1) launched 24 shots. Jacob Morse, the Grizzlies (1-8-1) keeper, made 19 saves.
Lakeside (6-10-1) turned aside Riverside 4-3, outscoring the visiting Rams (4-10-1) 4-1 in a shootout after the teams tied at 3.