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GSL baseball statistics

All of the Greater Spokane League baseball games Monday were washed out and have been rescheduled for Tuesday - weather permitting.

Click the tab below for the updated statistics. Thomas Wakem of University (pictured above) leads in several categories.

Prep softball, baseball notebooks

SOFTBALL: Lake City sophomore pitching sensation Casey Stangel (pictured above) hasn't allowed a run in 38 innings.

BASEBALL: The Great Northern League is tight at the top along with other assorted notes.

Preps things

I staffed my first Greater Spokane League baseball game Thursday - Mt. Spokane at University. Here's my game story. Spencer Mallonee of Mt. Spokane slides in safely at home in the picture above as U-Hi catcher Hayden Powell scoops up the throw.

Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) boys basketball coach David Pratt has been fired.

Here are The Associated Press All-State boys and girls basketball teams.

Here's a link to the All-Idaho boys and girls basketball teams in the Idaho Statesman newspaper. Connor Hill of Post Falls, Carli Rosenthal of Coeur d'Alene and Cassie Thompson of Timberlake were named players of the year for their respective classifications.

GSL Baseball: Don’t count your chickens

I suppose there are two ways to look at things when it comes to state qualifying baseball playoffs. You figure as the league champion you’re number two pitcher should be good enough to beat the No. 5 seeded upstart. Or you can play it safe, go with your ace and then let the chips fall where they may down the road.

University chose the former and it backfired in a 9-1 loss to Lewis and Clark, which right now is the hottest brand going. Jimmy Reed and Benny Baird are pitching as well as anyone and combined for 13 scoreless innings for two district playoff victories before U-Hi scored a harmless run in the final inning Wednesday night. The Tigers run the bases with abandon 1-through-9 and used that speed to good advantage. And everyone hit.

CV chose the latter, got a brilliant six innings from J.T. Beach and beat Mead 6-2.

LC plays CV for a regional berth and the district championship Friday, 7 p.m. at Avista Stadium. The Tigers would have to go back to 2002 for the last time they were this close and maybe even two decades that they last had this many wins. Who’da thunk it.

The Titans will pitch ace Billy Moon against Mead in loser out on Friday, both hoping to survive, then let the devil take the hindmost with available pitching on Saturday against either the Bears or Tigers.

Here’s my story for tomorrow’s S-R:

First week of GSL baseball enlightening

Two pitchers remain from the group that made Greater Spokane League baseball so exciting last year. I did a profile on one, Billy Moon from University, and will follow up with Jake Partridge as the season goes on.

Teams got their first home and home doubleheader out of the way last week and not surprisingly the Titans and Central Valley, last year’s regional qualifiers, are among them. The Bears should be a force, even if junior oriented, if the new pitching staff replaces last year’s sure thing Rusty Shellhorn, and pro signee Trevor Shull. All the other pieces are in place with a dozen players back. Getting past the Rogers Pirates twice, including in extra innings, was huge. U-Hi doubled up Gonzaga Prep convincingly.

Shadle Park figured to be improved, but the Highlanders took a nice step by beating Mt. Spokane 8-2 and 8-1. And East Valley enhanced its 3A post-season prospects by whipping North Central 13-2 and 11-1.

So - after a week -  here’s your chance to guess the best. This was my take  when I previewed the season last week. Mead has yet to play so this week’s games against Rogers and Shadle Park will help sort things out.