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Chris Derrick

Stories by Chris Derrick

Current Position: sports copy editor

Chris Derrick joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. He currently is a copy editor for the Sports Desk.

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Indians Satisfy Full House Spokane Finishes Home Schedule By Defeating Yakima 4-0 To Equal Its Most Wins Since 1990

Perfect weather, an attendance record and a shutout win. Such are the answered dreams of the Spokane Indians, who capped their home season on a warm September evening at packed Seafirst Stadium on Friday with a 4-0 win over Yakima. Right-hander Modesto Villarreal (8-2), the club leader in wins, pitched eight strong innings - including no walks - as Spokane (35-39) equaled its most wins since 1990.

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Chewelah Pick To Be New Power Northeast A Football Preview

1. Six-foot-6 tackle Greg Rainer and his Chewelah teammates provide an experienced line. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review 2. Fullback/linebacker Greg Belzer returns for Chewelah. Photo by Christopher Anderson/The Spokesman-Review
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Tribe Plays Trump Card: It’s A Deuce Spokane Indians Set To Show Off For Espn2 Cameras Tonight

Live! From Spokane! It's Thursday night! All right, so it was a bit more effective for Chevy Chase. Still, the Spokane Indians are looking to capture the attention of thousands across the nation tonight. For the first time, the Indians will appear on national television. ESPN2, cable channel 59 in Spokane and 25 in Coeur d'Alene, will do the honors, with Steve Lyons and Matt Vasgersian behind the mikes.
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Northwest League Fans Wearing Out The Turnstiles

There are a million reasons to consider this the best Northwest League baseball season in history. For the first time, the league is on target to draw 1 million fans. With 39 games remaining, an average attendance of 3,125 would push the gate count into seven figures. League teams had averaged 3,364 per game at last count.
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Indians Pull Out Wild One Spokane Steals Home In The 9th, Defeats Emeralds 10-9 In 10th

Sticking Joel Nations in the No. 2 spot was Al Pedrique's first clever idea. Even before Nations delivered the game-winning single in the 10th inning, however, Pedrique was seized by another inspiration. The Spokane manager sent pinch-runner Dwayne Lewis from third with two outs Friday, allowing the Indians to reach extra innings in the first place.
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Carey Gets Carried Away During Unusual Tantrum

Mild-mannered manager P.J. Carey of Portland snapped during a frustrating stint last week with the Yakima Bears. Yakima, which has plodded along at a .400 clip this year, won three of four games from the Rockies. Carey obviously noticed that Boise, on its way to winning six of nine, was whittling Portland's Northwest League Southern Division lead. (Portland, 2-1/2 games ahead, has started a streak during which it plays Boise in eight consecutive games.) Carey tempered his anger until Yakima's Kevin Gibbs was called safe at second base on a stolen-base attempt. Most witnesses thought the throw from home plate easily beat Gibbs.
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Hilo Wears Out Indians As Bears Triumph Again

The Spokane Indians found a way to stop Johnny Hilo on Saturday. Unfortunately for the Indians, their method of slowing down Hilo was by intentionally walking him in the ninth inning. Otherwise, Hilo continued his season-long feast on Spokane. The left-handed-hitting outfielder went 4 for 4 and drove in three runs as the Yakima Bears earned a 5-3 Northwest League baseball decision at Seafirst Stadium.
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For Indians, Escandon’s Hit Just Enough Spokane Collects Only Three Hits In 3-0 Win

The last time Emiliano Escandon had a base hit was also about the last time James Vida didn't. Both streaks ended Friday as the Spokane Indians survived a meager hitting effort in a 3-0 win over Portland at Seafirst Stadium. Hal Hodge (3-1) and Craig Sanders combined on the shutout, Spokane's second of the year. Hodge was also involved in the first, a 4-0 win over Portland (27-14) on July 12.
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D’Alessandro Displays Unbeaten Form

Marc D'Alessandro has the perfect confidence to match his perfect record. "You'd be confident, too, if you could throw like that," said Spokane Indians pitching coach Theo Shaw. "I'd be surprised, the way he pitches, if anyone in this league can beat him."
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Rockies Finally Solve Spokane

Spokane's Tony Miranda can't beat Blake Barthol's tag, ending the fifth inning in Portland's 3-2 win. Photo by Kristy MacDonald/The Spokesman-Review
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Indians Continue Magic Against Rockies, Win 8-5

To explain Spokane's success against the Portland Rockies, turn to Tony Miranda. "We play every day to win," said the Indians left fielder. "We just happen to win more often against them." Miranda lashed a bases-clearing, two-out double to right-center field Tuesday to pave the way in Spokane's 8-5 victory over the Rockies at Seafirst Stadium.
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Indians Doing A Number On Rockies; This One’s 8-5

Perhaps nothing logically explains Spokane's success against the Portland Rockies, but Tony Miranda has his simple theory. "We play every day to win," said the Indians left fielder. "We just happen to win more often against them." Miranda lashed a bases-clearing, two-out double to right-center field Tuesday to pave the way in Spokane's 8-5 victory over the Rockies at Seafirst Stadium.
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As Attendance Soars, Portland Benefits Through Air Travel

The Portland Rockies, with 23 home dates remaining, don't need to sell another ticket to set the Northwest League attendance record. Portland passed the 100,000-mark in season attendance during last week's five-game series with Spokane. Factor in season ticket sales and the Rockies have already surpassed the 156,950 mark set by Boise last year.
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Tribe Loses In 10 Before 6,965

The Boise Hawks didn't have much to show for their 29 hits until the perfect person stepped up to bat. Ryan Kane, who leads the Northwest League with 33 runs batted in, rocketed a two-out double to center field Saturday to catapult Boise over Spokane, 5-4 in 10 innings.
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Pinoni Finds A Home With Spokane

The Kansas City Royals made it Scott Pinoni's choice: stay in Visalia of the California League or return to the Northwest League. Pinoni said no to Spokane of the NWL and hung up the phone. Later, however, he remembered what Visalia teammate Antonio Fernandez said. "He told me they treated him great in Spokane (in 1994)," said Pinoni, who called back K.C. minor league director Bob Hegman and said he'd go to Spokane.
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Pumped Fans Rarely Bypass The Offering Hat

Never let it be said that Boise fans are heartless. Hawks fans have a tradition of passing around a hat whenever a Boise pitcher strikes out the side. During a June 19-21 home series against Eugene, the fans filled the hat with nearly $500 for the hospital expenses of Emeralds bus driver John Bunker.
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Spokane Finally Wins One After Six Straight Nwl Defeats, Indians Outlast Bellingham, 4-3

The pitch that Patrick Hallmark couldn't hit made the biggest impression on him. Spokane's frustrations finally ended on Thursday, courtesy of Hallmark's runscoring single with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning. Hallmark went with Kurt Takahashi's 1-1 outside fastball and lashed the hit to right field with pinch-runner Tony Miranda on third base. Miranda, in the game after Scott Kortmeyer singled to open the ninth, had advanced to third on Takahashi's 0-1 wild pitch.
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Athletics Humble Spokane In Front Of 7,232

They had their ace on the mound and a throng in the seats. Under perfect circumstances, the Spokane Indians would have showed off Saturday before a season-high crowd of 7,232. Baseball has ways of humbling folks, however, as the Indians played their second consecutive poor game and Southern Oregon enjoyed another night at Seafirst Stadium.