Dr. Jekyll, meet Mr. Hyde. The good doctor’s offense offset his alter ego’s defensive shortcomings and Mt. Spokane held off host Ferris 8-7 in Greater Spokane League baseball.
The victory Tuesday afternoon assured the Wildcats the top seed in next week’s District 8 3A playoffs.
The offense was sparked by Nate Spurbeck and Matt Green. Spurbeck doubled in two runs in the second inning and Green hit the decisive three-run double in the fifth.
But it nearly wasn’t enough given the indecision and errors on the defensive side. Two errors in the in the second inning contributed to four Saxons runs and their 5-4 lead. Another Mt. Spokane (13-4) error led to a run in the fifth.
“We weren’t anticipating well,” coach Alex Schuerman said. “When you’re tentative, it hurts you. But I was proud of the offense.”
Spurbeck’s two-run double with two outs was part of a four-hit second inning. Ferris (12-4) benefitted from four walks and a hit batter, not to mention the errors over the first two innings, to score five runs with just three hits.
That’s how things stood until the fifth inning, when Mt. Spokane banged out four more hits, all with two outs.
How many times has he had a three-run hit?
“Not very many and that was one of the most important, I’d say,” Green said. “This is probably one of our best offensive displays all year.”
The GSL regular season ends today, weather permitting. The District 3A tournament begins Monday with University (7-10) at Shadle Park (10-7) in a best-of-3 series. Mt. Spokane plays the winner for subregional seeding beginning May 3.
“We took care of business and have a big advantage,” Schuerman said.
The District 8 4A tournament begins Tuesday and continues May 3 when the Saxons host Central Valley (5-12) in a best-of-3 playoff for third seed to subregional. Mead (15-2) plays Gonzaga Prep (14-3) in a best-of-3 to determine first and second seeds.