East Valley and Mt. Spokane know what they’ll be doing in one week.
Other Greater Spokane League baseball teams will need today, and maybe Monday, to figure out their fates.
EV (17-2, 15-2) clinched the GSL title outright on Thursday with an 11-3 win at Shadle Park. Mt. Spokane (14-5, 13-4) recorded a 9-8 win at Mead to capture second place. The top two seeds have opening-round byes to the District 8 4A tournament and are off until next Friday.
The other four district seeds will be finalized when the regular season ends today – unless two teams tie for sixth place. Then a tiebreaker will be needed at a neutral site on Monday.
Mead (11-7, 11-6) and North Central (12-7, 11-6) have clinched district berths, despite losing Thursday. The two are tied for third place, one game ahead of Ferris (12-7, 10-7), which also lost. Lewis and Clark (10-9, 9-8) and Shadle Park (11-8, 9-8) are tied for sixth place, one game ahead of Central Valley (9-10, 8-9) and University (8-11, 8-9).
Today’s crucial games will be: Ferris vs. LC at Hart Field; Shadle at EV; and CV at U-Hi.
In Thursday’s play, Jesse Lehman pitched five innings to improve to 7-0, and Jye Lanphere and Bret Riggin were a combined 5 for 9 with five RBIs in EV’s win at Shadle’s Jackson Field… . Marcos Armendariz finished 3 for 3 with two runs and two RBIs, and Mt. Spokane scored its winning run on a Mead throwing error… . Darryl Mackin and Jack Quigley both finished 3 for 5 with two RBIs while guiding LC to a 12-7 win at Ferris. Winner Ryan Byers scattered six singles… . Chase Earling finished 2 for 4 with one run to help U-Hi to a 6-5 win at CV. Scott Froehlich homered for CV… . Brendan Cunningham allowed three runs on eight hits and hit a two-run homer, and Billy Karwacki added a two-run triple to give Gonzaga Prep (4-15, 4-13) a 5-4 win over visiting NC. Corey Anderson of NC doubled twice and had an RBI.
Kassie Lewis collected an RBI single in the seventh to give Mt. Spokane (11-7-1, 11-7) a 3-2 win over visiting Central Valley (9-8, 9-8) in the GSL. Mt. Spokane clinched at least third place in the American Division with the win. Mt. Spokane’s Kellie Karstens homered to lead off the game, and doubled and scored the winner in the seventh. The regular season is down to four games today and a complete slate on Monday.
Also in the GSL, Spring Montgomery struck out seven and hit a two-run homer in the sixth to guide East Valley (9-10, 9-9) to a 7-4 win over visiting Gonzaga Prep (10-8, 9-8). EV trailed 4-3 when Jamie Stewart led off the sixth with a single, setting up Montgomery’s go-ahead blast. The Knights closed within one-half game of third-place G-Prep in the National Division… . Lacey Parry hit a two-run homer in the first and Kim Watson added a two-run blast in the fifth to lift National champion Mead (17-1-1, 17-1) to a 6-1 win at West Valley (7-11, 7-11)… . Katie Wilmoth struck out nine and pitched a six-hitter, and Melissa Porter had a two-run triple in the second to lead Lewis and Clark (12-6, 11-6) to a 5-0 win over visiting Clarkston (6-11, 6-11) at Hart Field. LC’s Brittany Baxter went 2 for 2.
Linse Vlahovich pitched a three-hitter, striking out 10, and University (17-2, 16-2) scored a pair of unearned runs to post a 2-0 win over visiting Rogers (8-10, 7-10). U-Hi clinched at least a tie for the American Division title. Rogers fell two games behind CV, with two games left, for the American’s fourth and final playoff spot… . Candace Lowe finished 3 for 3 and Jessica Olmstead went 2 for 3 with an RBI to lead Cheney (2-16, 2-15) to a 9-6 win over visiting Ferris (1-18, 1-17).
Sophomore Devin Merrill scored twice to lead Cheney (13-4) to a 4-1 win over visiting West Valley (2-16) in the championship match of the District 8 3A playoffs. Chad Thornton added one goal and one assist for the Blackhawks. Cheney will host Selah when 3A regional play begins Saturday. WV will travel to Sunnyside.
• Brad Hollen scored twice, the second off a penalty kick, and Jeff Thompson chipped in a goal from midfield as Riverside (9-4, 9-3, 27 points) recorded a 4-0 win over visiting Pullman, denying the Greyhounds (10-3-1, 8-3, 23 points) a shot at winning the Great Northern League title. Riverside wrapped up the No. 2 seed to the District 7 2A tournament and handed the No. 1 to Medical Lake, despite its loss Thursday. The top two seeds have opening-round byes and host second-round district matches. Pullman can earn the No. 3 by defeating Chewelah in a makeup match. The No. 3 will host the No. 6, either Chewelah or Lakeside, on Tuesday.
Also in the GNL, Dustin Jones scored off Collin McGrane’s corner kick in the 75th minute to give Colville (11-5, 7-5, 25 points) a 2-1 win at Medical Lake (11-5, 9-3, 28 points). Fourth-seeded Colville will host No. 5 Deer Park (5-10) on Tuesday.
Mt. Spokane’s boys (9-0) and Lewis and Clark’s girls (10-0) wrapped up GSL team titles on Wednesday. Mt. Spokane won its second GSL tennis title, to go with last year’s 10-0 season.
LC broke Gonzaga Prep’s seven-year stranglehold on the title. LC won its first title since 1988, when the Tigers completed a three-year run at the top.
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