Several scouts at Seafirst Stadium Tuesday came to watch Central Valley pitcher Erick Eigenhuis.
If they had stayed longer than three innings, they would have seen all of Mead’s 12 runs and 15 hits.
Mead (5-1), averaging nearly 13 runs per game, jumped into first place in Greater Spokane League baseball by roughing up Eigenhuis and the Bears 12-1.
Mead’s celebration was subdued because captain and starting pitcher Evan Thomas was taken to Deaconess Medical Center after Ben Miller’s liner struck him above the right temple in the third inning.
Thomas, who bled from the ear, was to be kept at least overnight to insure a fluid buildup didn’t lead to a clot. Thomas singled and scored twice before the injury, raising his average to .560.
“It was hard to pick it up again after seeing him hurt,” said Panthers first baseman Grant Reeves, the league’s home run and runs batted in leader. “But we still hit it hard after that.”
Troy Johnston, normally a closer, relieved Thomas and allowed one earned run and three hits in 4-1/3 innings. Johnston struck out six.
“To come in like he did was outstanding,” Mead coach Dave Vaughn said of Johnston. “We were going to get as many innings out of Evan as we could.”
CV hoped to get another complete-game outing from Eigenhuis, a senior right-hander whose every pitch was monitored by at least seven radar guns.
Eigenhuis, who allowed seven hits and two earned runs, trailed 5-0 when he exited after three. He wasn’t hit especially hard, but Mead found a way to knock him out.
Thomas led off the game with a nubbed infield single on a 0-2 count. After two outs, Reeves fouled off two pitches and drew a walk on a pitch just inside. Reeves stole second, and Brandon Muzatko followed with a two-run single.
“To get a couple of runs like that kind of got us going,” Vaughn said.
CV’s defense in center field and at second base let down Eigenhuis in the second. Muzatko singled in another run for a 5-0 lead.
From there, Mead cruised. Reeves, Rob Elmer and Seth Winterer doubled as the Panthers batted around during a four-run sixth.
“We were hitting .435 before this game, and we have a couple of guys who aren’t hitting like they should,” Vaughn said.
CV’s Miller singled twice and is batting a league-best .650. He singled in Chad Adamson in the fifth.
Mead 12, Central Valley 1
Mead 230 024 1 - 12 15 1
C.Valley 000 010 0 - 1 7 2
Thomas, Johnston (3) and Hess; Eigenhuis, Chance (4), Bartlett (6), Gardner (6) and Folkins. W-Johnston (1-1). L-Eigenhuis (1-1).
HITS: Mead-Thomas 2, Strate, Hess, Reeves, Muzatko 2, Elmer 2, Winterer 2, Chimienti 3, Donahoe. Central Valley-Adamson 2, Miller 2, Jochim, Folkins, Johnson. 2B-Hess, Reeves, Elmer, Winterer.
Lewis and Clark 8, Ferris 4
Doug Adams, making his first start, shut down an offense that had averaged 13.8 runs per game, and the visiting Tigers (2-3) knocked the Saxons (4-1) into second place.
Adams and Isiah Howard launched the LC offense with back-to-back doubles in the first. LC’s Garth Haskins was 3 for 4 and scored three runs. Ferris left the bases loaded in the third, fifth and seventh.
LC 320 201 0 - 8 10 5
Ferris 002 010 1 - 4 8 3
Adams, Strasser (7) and Kestell; Gewalt, Hare (2) and Munhall. W-Adams (1-0). L-Gewalt (1-1). S-Strasser.
HITS: Lewis and Clark-Haskins 3, Wheaton 3, Howard 2, Adams, Johnson. Ferris-Schuchart, Molett, Sandberg 2, Munhall, Dahmen, Moll 2. 2B-Haskins 2, Wheaton, Howard, Adams, Sandberg, Moll.
Rogers 2, University 1
Shawn Carlson pitched a two-hitter, allowing no earned runs, and the Pirates (2-3) won in the seventh when the visiting Titans (2-3) committed two infield errors.
Three Rogers errors in the first led to U-Hi’s run. Carlson singled, stole second and scored on Andy Bayne’s double to tie the game in the fourth.
University 100 000 0 - 1 2 2
Rogers 000 100 1 -2 7 5
Ruscio and Haiar; Carlson and Liberty. W-Carlson (1-2). L-Ruscio (2-1).
HITS: University-Fryer, Price. Rogers-Steeneck, Carlson, Liberty, Bayne 2, Scott, Mace. 2B-Bayne.
Gonzaga Prep 2, North Central 1
Zach Yarbrough struck out seven and Sean Thacker had an RBI single in the seventh to lead the visiting Bullpups (2-3) over the Indians (2-4).
Losing pitcher Andy Grigsby has allowed three earned runs in 20 innings.
G-Prep 000 100 1 - 2 8 4
N.Central 000 100 0- 1 5 2
Yarbrough and O’Connor; Grigsby and Farr. W-Yarbrough (2-0). L-Grigsby (0-3).
HITS: Gonzaga Prep-Greif 2, Thacker, Comfort, Connellan 2, Frankovic, O’Connor. North Central-Corigliano 2, Farr, Froscheiser, Grigsby. 2B-Corigliano, Farr.
University 2, Rogers 1
Cheryl Andrizzi pitched a four-hitter and drove in the winning run with a single in the sixth as the visiting Titans (5-0) beat the Pirates (3-2) and stretched their league lead to 1-1/2 games.
University 100 001 0 - 2 5 1
Rogers 001 000 x - 1 4 2
Andrizzi and Oglesbee; Merrill and Vulcano. W-Andrizzi (5-0). L-Merrill (3-2).
HITS: University-Mertens 2, Andrizzi 2, Oglesbee. Rogers- Perry, Fairbanks, Abrahamson 2. 2B-Andrizzi.
Mead 6, Central Valley 0
Shanelle Test struck out nine and pitched no-hit ball for 6-1/3 innings as the visiting Panthers (4-2) beat the Bears (4-2) to tie for third place behind idle Shadle Park (3-1).
Amanda DelMese singled for CV.
Mead 011 040 0 - 6 7 0
C.Valley 000 000 0 - 0 1 3
Test and Bonanno; Mills and Stangland. W-Test (3-0). L-Mills (4-1).
HITS: Mead-Turner 2, Kehl 2, Bonanno, A.Miller, R.Miller. Central Valley-DelMese. 2B-Kehl.
Ferris 3, Lewis and Clark 2
Winning pitcher Kylee Curry singled home Leanne Tumlinson in the seventh as the Saxons (1-3) rallied to top the visiting Tigers (1-4).
Kaylene Fountain, who transferred midseason from Ferris, took the loss.
LC 001 100 00 - 2 4 0
Ferris 000 020 01 - 3 6 1
Fountain and Babin; Curry and Lytle. W-Curry (2-3). L-Fountain (1-3).
HITS: LC-Winkler, Evans, Babin, Anderson. F-Domonouski, Lytle, Tumlinson, Blevins 2, Curry.
Gonzaga Prep 8, North Central 1
Katie Bowles had a two-run single in the first and added an RBI on a ground-out as the visiting Bullpups (2-3) beat the Indians (0-6).
G-Prep 320 000 3 - 8 8 1
NC 100 000 0 -1 7 3
Shrope and Egger; Berthoff and Hahn. W-Shrope (2-2). L-Berthoff (0-6).
HITS: G-Prep-McDonald, Weiskopf, McClain, Palmer 2, Toth, Bowles, Leonetti. NC-Hahn, Fisher, Adney, Searns, Carter 2, Honeycutt. 3B-Leonetti.
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