Close was the order of the day, and when all the sweating was over, Davenport carted off the district championship and the No. 1 seeding to state from the District 7 B baseball tournament Monday at Avista Stadium.
Ryan Janke had run-scoring singles in the first and third innings and Rocky Warwick (in the third) and A.J. Robinson (sixth) delivered run-scoring doubles as the Gorillas defeated Republic 4-2. Tyson Linstrum struck out six and walked two in pitching a four-hitter for Davenport
The Tigers, who got a two-run single from Gaeb Giddings in the fourth, will go to state as the No. 2 seed.
St. Michael’s bested Wilbur-Creston 1-0 for 3-4 seeding as Aaron Czapla won a pitchers’ duel over Gavin Mann. Czapla struck out 16, walked six and gave up four hits. Mann allowed just two hits – a single and a double by Czapla – struck out 10 and walked two.
In first-round games, Davenport beat St. Michael’s 3-0 as Marty Villa struck out 14 – including the last 12 in a row – in a two-hitter, and Republic bested Wilbur-Creston 2-1 in nine innings on Aaron Michel’s RBI single.
In the first round of state Saturday, Davenport will play La Salle at 10 a.m. at Rogers High School, Republic meets Liberty Christian at 1 p.m. at Borleske Stadium in Walla Walla, St. Michael’s plays Kittitas at 10 a.m. in Yakima and Wilbur-Creston faces Touchet at 1 p.m. at Rogers.
• Site of the 4A Regional on Saturday has been switched to Spokane Falls Community College. It had been scheduled at Avista Stadium.
In the 10 a.m. first game, North Central will play Southridge. The winner of today’s Shadle Park-East Valley game will face Kennewick at 1 p.m. The two winners meet at 4 for the championship.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline defeated St. George’s 11-1 in six innings in a “pigtail” game at Northwest Christian on Monday to advance to a district meeting Wednesday against Curlew at Odessa.
ACH was the No. 3 seed from the Bi-County League. St. George’s was No. 6 from the Panorama.
Details were not reported.
Chewelah had both the boys and girls medalists when the Great Northern League District 7 2A tournaments wound up at Hangman Valley Golf Course.
Brenton Harting claimed the boys title by a stroke over Tyler Morris of Riverside and Brian Pan of Pullman, 146-147. The top 11 boys qualified for state, with Pullman picking off four of the spots, Chewelah three and Pullman two. Deer Park and Newport also had a qualifier apiece
In the team race, Chewelah was first with 69 points to Pullman’s 67.
Kaleena Nussbaum was the girls medalist with a 183, four shots better than Ashley Scourey of Pullman, with her Greyhounds teammate Nicole Hermanson third at 191. Eleven players qualified for state. Deer Park and Newport are sending three each, Chewelah and Pullman two each and Colville one.
Deer Park won the team title with 60 points. Pullman was second with 56.5.
• Sub-district leaders Ryan Masteller of Davenport and Kristin Watts of Colfax held firm in district play Monday to claim medalist honors.
Masteller followed his 77 of a week ago with a 74 at MeadowWood for a 36-hole total of 151 and an 11-stroke victory over Erik Kuch of Odessa in the District 7 B boys tournament. Davenport’s Taylor Warwick was third at 163. The low 10 qualified for state, with Davenport and Valley Christian each sending three and Odessa two. Almira/Coulee-Hartline and Sprague-Harrington had one each.
Davenport won the team title with 63 points to 54 for Odessa.
Watts had a 181 to win the District 7/9 B girls title by seven shots over Megan Stull of DeSales and Lianne Matkin of Northwest Christian, who matched 181s. Stull claimed second off her closing 90 Monday, which was the day’s low round. Tekoa-Oakesdale claimed three of the 12 state berths with Colfax and Pomeroy earning two each. DeSales, NWC, Wilbur-Creston, Davenport and Kettle Falls earned one state spot each.
T-O was the team winner with 40.5 points to 30 for DeSales.
Cheney entertains Sequim at 5 p.m. today in the first round of the State 3A playoffs.
The winner plays again Saturday.
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