May 29, 2013 in Sports

Area roundup: Lewis-Clark State qualifies for World Series semifinal

Pereira named Player of the Year

 Coeur d’Alene baseball standout Levi Pereira has been named the Idaho Gatorade Player of the Year.

 The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior catcher batted .559 with six home runs, 43 runs batted in, 38 runs, 18 doubles and a 1.024 slugging percentage to lead the Vikings (22-6) to the State 5A championship game. In five postseason games, Pereira hit .750 (15 for 20) with five doubles, four homers and 12 RBIs. He has signed to play at Gonzaga University.

 Pereira has a 3.90 grade-point average.

 “Levi Pereira’s ability to perform under pressure is spectacular,” CdA coach Nick Rook said. “His teammates consistently look to him for leadership in crucial situations. His intangibles as a player are off the charts and his savvy for the game is uncoachable. I would rate his skills among the top 5 percent of the players I have coached at both the high school and collegiate levels.”

Jake Shirley’s two-out single to right field in the ninth inning scored pinch-runner Kevin Knapp from second base Tuesday as Lewis-Clark State advanced to the NAIA World Series semifinals after a 3-2 win over The Master’s College at Lewiston.

Shirley’s hit capped a three-run ninth and sent the Warriors (44-14) to the semifinals for the first time since 2008.

Lewiston native Kyle Knigge tied the game with a one-out, two-run single to center to chase Mustangs starter James Scott after 128 pitches.

LCSC starter Seth Haehl checked the Mustangs (44-17) on five hits and one run through 61/3 innings. David Murillo (5-1) pitched 22/3 innings of relief to earn the win.

In today’s semifinals, the Warriors will play Embry-Riddle (Fla.) at 3 p.m. and Faulkner (Ala.) will meet Lee (Tenn.) at 6:30.

• Gonzaga junior Marco Gonzales was named as one of 30 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award for the second consecutive season.

The award is presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player.

Gonzales, the West Coast Conference’s Co-Player of the Year, went 7-3 with 96 strikeouts and an earned-run average of 2.80. He also hit .311 with 26 RBIs.

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