Spokane’s Cannons and the Great Falls (Mont.) Stallions had the top starts Thursday at the Spokane AAA American Legion Fourth of July tournament.
Both teams went 2-0 as the four-day, 12-team tourney began with 10 games at three sites.
The Cannons opened with a 9-7, six-inning win over the Spokane Royals at Gonzaga University. Bill Tincup went 3 for 4, with two runs and three RBIs. Nate Blum of the Royals was 3 for 3.
The Cannons then shifted to Whitworth College and beat the Northco Angels of Vancouver, Wash., 14-4 on the strength of a nine-run seventh. The Cannons had seven hits in the ninth, including two-run singles by Jeremy Isherwood and Justin Folkins.
The Spokane Bandits split a pair at Jackson Field, stopping the Spokane North Stars 11-8 before falling to Great Falls 7-6.
Aaron Fryer singled, doubled, tripled and drove in two runs to lead the win over the North Stars. Seth Winterer had two singles and two doubles for the North Stars.
Stew Purdy finished 4 for 4, all singles, in Great Falls’ first win.
Also at Jackson, Great Falls scored seven runs in the fifth and final inning to beat the Vancouver Royals 15-11. Stallions catcher Darold DeBolt hit two homers, doubled and drove in four runs. Nick Warren went 3 for 3 for Vancouver.
The Spokane Blue Devils split a pair at GU, beating the Spokane Royals 5-1 and losing to the Billings (Mont.) Royals 5-3.
Sean Hughes pitched a five-hitter and went 3 for 3 in the Blue Devils’ win. Eric Hayden had two hits against Billings, but allowed single runs in the fourth and fifth to break a 3-all tie.
In the late contest at GU, the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen won their lone game of the day, 5-2 over Billings. Casey Hoorelbeke allowed one earned run in seven innings. The Lumbermen took Hoorelbeke off the hook with a four-run sixth, guided by Josh Merk and Ben Johnston’s RBI singles.
El Segundo, Calif., began its tourney with a late-night, 5-4 win over Vancouver’s Royals at Jackson. Nick Freleng struck out seven and Eric Berkes doubled and had two RBIs for El Segundo.
The one unreported game was the Prairie Cardinals of Post Falls vs. the North Stars at Whitworth.
Spokane Splash New Balance went 4-1 in the round of 16 to qualify for today’s U16 final four of the Kaepa Volleyball Festival in Sacramento, Calif.
Spokane, which has secured the highest finish of any Northwest team in tourney history, opens today against either Arizona or Laguna Beach, Calif. The winner plays Saddleback, Calif., for a spot in the final against top-seeded Orange County (Calif.) Black.
Spokane opened with a 12-15, 15-13, 18-16 loss to Stockton, Calif., but beat Portland Volleyball Club 15-11, 15-11; Seal Beach, Calif., 15-2, 15-8; Nike Northwest 10-15, 15-10, 15-11; and Stockton 15-8, 15-13 in a rematch.
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