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