When a team scores 15 runs in a baseball game, you’d think it would have an easy win. Especially with a nine-run inning figured in.
Not so for Gonzaga University.
The Bulldogs parlayed a nine-run second into an early lead, but had to battle at every turn to dispatch Hawaii-Hilo 15-13 at August/A.R.T. Stadium on Monday afternoon.
Jeff Bowne had a two-run double, Brendan Hare a two-run home run and the Bulldogs benefited from two bases-loaded walks in the big inning that proved decisive.
Toby Doolittle also drove in two runs for GU (15-19-1) with a single that highlighted a three-run fifth. Every Bulldogs starter contributed to an 18-hit attack, with Trevor Davis collecting four and Travis Knight and Jason Uberuaga three each.
Hawaii-Hilo (15-28-1), which also amassed 18 hits in a pitchers’ nightmare, was led by Joey Checketts, who drove in four runs, three with a third inning home run. It was the 12th straight loss for the Vulcans.
The teams meet again today at 2 p.m.
Dustin Albery and Bobby Johnson connected in the shootout to earn North Central a 3-2 victory at Central Valley in Greater Spokane League boys soccer.
Johnson had also scored a second-half goal for NC. Peter Martin scored both CV goals in regulation.
At Rogers, Lewis and Clark launched 22 shots in a 9-0 victory. Eight Tigers scored with Graem Looper connecting twice and senior Joe Dauer notching his first career goal.
Kris Walters and Eric Anderson scored second-half goals and Scott Peterson turned aside five shots as Shadle Park shut out visiting University 2-0.
And Ferris earned a 3-0 win at Gonzaga Prep as Aaron Crary had a goal and an assist. Jonathan Myers needed to make just two saves in recording the shutout.
The Manito Golf and Country Club contingent stole the thunder in the Athletic Round Table Pro-Am at Liberty Lake.
Assistant Mike Rorholm led the field with a 6-under-par 64 with his boss, head pro Steve Prugh, right behind with a 65. Another aide, Scott Shagool, tied for fifth at 69.
Mike Elmore of Coeur d’Alene Golf Club had a 66 and Steve Nelke of Hangman Valley joined Shagool at 69 as five pros bettered Liberty’s par of 70.
Leading amateurs were Bob Christianson of the Coeur d’Alene Resort and Kent Brown of the Colville Elks with 70s.
Trisha Einspahr, with a 1-over-par 73, led the University of Idaho to the first-day lead in the DoubleTree Club/Lady Bronco Spring Invitational women’s tournament at Meridian, Idaho.
The Vandals have a one-stroke lead, 316-317, with Eastern Washington and Sacramento State tied for second place in the 10-team field.
Einspahr has a one-shot lead on Stephanie Long of Sac State. EWU’s leader is Shelly Russell in fifth with a 76.
Track and field
Whitworth’s women are well off the pace in the heptathlon and its men are without a competitor in the decathlon going into today’s windup of the Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges Multi-Events Championships in Portland.
Heather McDonald of Whitworth stands ninth after four events in the heptathlon. She has 2,134 points, 416 behind leader Jenni Krueger of Pacific Lutheran. McDonald’s best finish was a fourth in the 100-meter hurdles (16.22 seconds).
The Pirates’ Kathiyrn Schreyer is 14th (1,994) and Betsy Slemp last in the 19-woman field (1,391). Schreyer’s best was fifth in high jump. Slemp placed fourth in the shot put.
Whitworth’s only decathlon entry, Chet Doughty, withdrew after four events because of an injury. He had 2,414 points and was among the top five after two events.
High school football
Shawn Amos, who had an 11-6-1 record in two seasons at Kellogg High School, has been named the new head football coach at Coeur d’Alene High School.
Amos, 30, who lives in Coeur d’Alene and commutes to Kellogg, was selected from a field of eight finalists to succeed Bill Anderson, 51, who resigned in February because of health reasons. In two seasons, Anderson’s teams were a combined 6-12.
Amos is a 1986 graduate of Moscow High, where he was a two-time all-state selection as a running back.
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