Spokane’s Cannons continued their winning trend Friday during the second day of the Spokane AAA American Legion baseball Fourth of July tournament.
Bill Tincup went 3 for 3 and Jason Phillipe pitched a complete game as the Cannons (3-0 at the tourney) beat the Spokane Blue Devils 8-4 at Jackson Field. George Petticrew went 3 for 4 for the Blue Devils.
The Cannons play the Billings (Mont.) Royals and the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen today at Jackson in an attempt to advance to Monday’s title game. The 12-team tourney has 10 games today at three sites.
The Prairie Cardinals of Post Falls won twice Friday at Gonzaga University, stopping El Segundo (Calif.) 4-1 and Spokane’s Bandits 12-5. Prairie’s record was unknown because its Thursday game wasn’t reported.
Prairie’s Brett DeBoer pitched a three-hitter and struck out nine against El Segundo. Jake Medlock, with a two-run shot, and Eric Singer had back-to-back home runs in the sixth.
Kurt Reese had a two-run single during a six-run fourth in Prairie’s win over the Bandits. Prairie scored four runs in the third, on Scott Rothrock’s RBI single, five walks and five wild pitches.
Also at GU, Great Falls (Mont.) ran its tourney record to 3-1 with a 10-2 win over the North Stars and an 11-0 loss to El Segundo.
Darold DeBolt doubled, triple, homered and drove in five runs in the Stallions’ win over the North Stars.
El Segundo’s Bill Traber slowed down Great Falls with a one-hitter, allowing just Lex Febach’s single in the fourth. Casey Clark’s two-run triple and Kevin Estrada’s solo homer during a seven-run third supported Traber, who struck out five.
In other games at Jackson, the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen ran their mark to 2-1 by beating the Northco Angels of Vancouver, Wash., 8-6, but losing to the Blue Devils 8-6.
CdA’s Andy Gore doubled, tripled and had two RBIs against Northco. The Blue Devils’ Eric Hayden singled, doubled, homered and had five RBIs in beating CdA. Scott Moglia of the Lumbermen was 4 for 4 with two RBIs.
Spokane’s Royals (2-2) broke through with a 9-8 win over Northco and 7-6 win over Billings. The Royals’ Pat Hayes doubled twice and had three RBIs, and winning pitcher Kurtis Broderson added a solo homer against Northco. Bill Graffis, the winning pitcher against Billings, also homered, and Randy Carlson was 3 for 3 with two RBIs.
The Bandits-Vancouver game at Whitworth College wasn’t reported.
Spokane Splash New Balance lost to Arizona Juniors 15-7, 15-9 and finished fourth among 332 teams in the U16 division at the Kaepa Volleyball Festival in Sacramento, Calif.
Spokane’s placing was the highest for a Northwest team in the tourney’s 14-year history.
Coach Wade Benson’s roster: Casey Carlson, Courtney Gates, Elizabeth Ross and Julie Weatherred, Ferris; Michelle Etter, Shadle Park; Allison Fryer, University; Krista Henning, Linsay Murphy, Lindsey Wagstaff and Mindy Wallis, Mead; Janelle Ruen, Post Falls; and Kelsey Williams, Lewis and Clark.
Michael Canton and Justin Davis, both of Spokane, won junior boys divisions of the 28th annual USJA national championships in Spokane.
Canton topped the 6-year-old, 62-pound division and Davis won the 9- and 10 110-pound division.
Approximately 250 contestants, ages 6-12, competed from the United States and Canada. Competition for ages 13-17 begins this morning at Whitworth.
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