In a series of best-of-three play-offs, American Legion Senior and Junior league baseball teams begin the state-qualifying process.
The playoff games will be Wednesday through next Monday at Central Valley and Shadle Park high schools and Gonzaga University.
Four Senior (AAA) League teams and six Junior (AA) League teams will participate.
AAA: The league champion Blue Devils (16-8, 29-17 overall) open against the Royals Wednesday in a 6 p.m. doubleheader at Al K. Jackson Field. A third game, if necessary, will be Thursday at GU.
The co-runner-up Cannons and Bandits play single games Wednesday at GU and Thursday at Al K. Jackson, both at 6. A third game, if necessary, will follow Thursday.
Survivors play a best-of-three series for state Friday-Sunday.
AA: The second- and third-place teams from the North and South Divisions play loser-out games Wednesday at Central Valley.
Panorama Twins (Colville/Kettle Falls) and B&C; Telephone/Dix (Lakeside) from the North play at 6 p.m. followed by Eagle Hardware/Pepsi (Shadle Park) vs. Spokane Athletic Supply (CV).
SAS won 11 of its last 12 league games to earn a playoff berth.
The North survivor plays South champion Clarkston PAC Thursday at 6 p.m. followed by South survivor against North champion Hess Photography/Wheeler (Mead) at CV in the start of best-of-three series that continue Friday and Saturday.
Third games, if necessary, are at GU Saturday at 2 and 5 p.m.
Series winners play Sunday and Monday at Al K. Jackson Field for a AA state berth.
A championship: Panorama Twins defeated McDonald’s (Mt. Spokane High) in a best-of-three playoff for the championship of the American Legion A League.
The teams had tied for the North Division championship.
Panorama defeated South champion Tony Roma (Shadle Park) and McDonald’s beat Food Rainbow/Carsten’s Marine (CV) in loser-out games to reach the finals.
LC grad signs with NIC
North Idaho College women’s basketball has signed 5-foot-7 Lewis and Clark High point guard Becki Huddle to a letter of intent, Cardinals coach Greg Crimp announced.
Huddle averaged 18.2 points per game as a senior and was name All-Greater Spokane League.
Stars endure 24 hours
In a 24-hour period, the Spokane Stars managed one win in four basketball games at the AAU Girls U-15 National Tournament in Shreveport, La.
After losing two games Sunday, the Stars defeated the Texas Southwest Mavericks 56-47 Monday before dropping a 57-48 decision to the Virginia River Blazers.
Natalie Jarrett of Eastmont had 20 points Monday, including a teamleading 14 in the win, while Nikki Petticrew of Lakeside and Vanessa Shelton of Horizon Junior High added 15 each and Courtney Ferguson of Mead Junior High 14 in the two games.
Royals slate tryout camp
The Kansas City Royals, parent team of the Spokane Indians, will conduct a baseball tryout camp at Seafirst Stadium a week from today (July 29), beginning at 9 a.m.
Players ages 15 to 23 are invited. American Legion players must bring written permission from their coach to participate. Players must furnish their own equipment.
Info: (509) 535-2922.
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