Chad Flett allowed three hits and drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded walk in the eighth inning Saturday as Mead defeated host Mt. Spokane 1-0 to complete the Greater Spokane League baseball season.
Mead (12-7, 12-6) finished tied for third place with North Central. A postgame coin flip gave Mead the No. 3 seed and NC the No. 4 to the District 8 4A tournament.
Flett struck out eight and walked three. Mark Purser of the Wildcats (14-6, 13-5) allowed two hits and struck out seven in five innings.
Wednesday’s district openers at Avista Stadium are Mead vs. No. 6 Shadle Park (12-8) at 4 p.m., and NC (13-7) vs. No. 5 Ferris (13-7) at 7. Both are loser-out games. Winners will advance to Friday’s second round against No. 2 Mt. Spokane and No. 1 East Valley (17-3).
• Mike Hauschild tied the game at 4 with a two-run triple in the fifth, then scored the go-ahead run as GSL top-seeded West Valley (10-11) defeated Mid-Valley No. 5 Ellensburg 9-5 to open 3A regional play at WV. WV’s Kyle Arnold re-entered in the sixth and struck out five of the last six batters to earn the save. Arnold, the starter, had been knocked out in the first after Ellensburg scored three runs with the aid of WV defensive lapses. The Eagles qualified for the double-elimination round and will host M-V No. 2 West Valley-Yakima at 4 p.m. Tuesday… . In another regional opener, Derek Uberagua homered, singled twice and picked up the win in relief as M-V No. 3 Sunnyside edged host Clarkston 4-3 at Adams Field. Sunnyside scored twice in the seventh to rally for the win. Steffan Blume and Matt Hopkins homered for the Bantams, who finished 9-12. Sunnyside will meet the Selah/Wapato winner.
• Matt Mellor pitched four innings during a two-hittter and Jameson Maj followed with a one-hitter as two-time defending state champion Colfax (13-3-1, 9-1) won the Northeast A title with a 16-0, 14-0 sweep of visiting Liberty. Colfax and No. 2 Lind-Ritzville (14-4) will host district openers on Friday. Liberty (3-16) will play Freeman (11-8) for the right to meet Colfax. Kettle Falls (11-6) will meet Northwest Christian (2-15), with the winner playing L-R.
• Andy Semprimoznik pitched a two-hitter and Tyson Linstrum followed with a three-hitter as Davenport (17-3, 13-2) tied for the Bi-County League title with a 19-1, 14-0 sweep at Valley Christian. Wilbur-Creston (15-5, 13-2) joined the Gorillas in first place with an 11-1, 8-1 sweep of Reardan at Wilbur. Kyle Mann pitched a four-hitter and Cade Anderson a two-hitter for W-C. The co-champs will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at Hartline to determine District 7 B tourney seeding. The winner qualifies for state. The loser hosts Thursday’s games with Panorama No. 3 Northport (15-3) and the winner of a pigtail between Panorama No. 5 St. George’s and the Bi-Co’s fourth seed. Reardan and Odessa tied for fourth place in the Bi-County, but it’s unclear whether they’ll play a tiebreaker or if Reardan earns the fourth seed by winning the season series. Bi-Co No. 3 Almira/Coulee-Hartline (13-8) will play Panorama No. 4 Springdale (10-10) at 1 p.m. Thursday at Republic. The winner plays Republic (14-3) for a state berth.
Jordan Monasmith pitched a four-hitter, struck out six and drove in the winning run with a single in the fifth to complete Chewelah’s 8-3, 2-1 sweep of visiting Riverside (10-6, 6-6) in the Great Northern League. The Cougars (8-10, 7-5) moved past Riverside into fourth place. Brianne McCanna went 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Jochelle Schatz was 3 for 3 with four runs for Chewelah in the opener.
• Elesha Johnston went 6 for 8 with seven RBIs on the day, and Kayleigh Fisk (9-1) and Kelsey Scharff (9-1) combined for 19 strikeouts as Davenport (15-2, 10-2) clinched at least a tie for the Bi-County League title with a 10-1, 20-2 sweep of visiting Reardan. Odessa (14-5, 9-2) can tie Davenport for the title, which may force a tiebreaker to determine seeding to the District 7 B tournament.
Track and field
Bi-County League boys and girls swept the team titles during the first Tri-League championships at Whitworth College. The format brought together athletes from the Bi-County, Panorama and Northeast A to compete together on super teams. Highlights included Philip MacArthur’s shot put of 52 feet, 5 1/2 inches for Selkirk’s boys, and Steve Vandenberg’s boys 1,600-meter run time of 4 minutes, 17.52 seconds for Northwest Christian. Freeman won two girls relays.
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