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Four local baseball players selected

Matt Crownover Staff writer

Four area high school baseball players have been selected to participate in the 2007 Mariners Cup, held Aug. 8-10 at Everett Memorial Stadium in Everett and Safeco Field in Seattle.

Ferris seniors Beau Brett and Andrew Kittredge, West Valley senior Bryan Peterson and Central Valley senior Rusty Shellhorn were all named to the Mariners Northwest team, a squad made up of the top high school players in the Pacific Northwest.

Two other teams will participate in the Major League Baseball-sponsored event, including the Mariners USA team and a Chicago White Sox-sponsored team out of Southern California.

It is expected that most MLB teams will have scouts at this round-robin tournament and, according to Mariner scout Jim Fitzgerald, 11 players from last year’s team were drafted.

The Mariners Northwest will play two games at Everett Memorial Stadium on Aug. 8, and once each at Safeco Field on Aug. 9 and 10.

Additionally, Brett, Kittredge and Peterson were selected to the Coaches All-State Baseball Team in a list that also includes Mt. Spokane’s Mark Purser and Lakeside’s Anthony Froemke.

Peterson earned additional honors as he was selected to the Louisville Slugger 2007 High School All-America team as an honorable mention catcher.


The Spokane Dodgers 18-U select team went 6-1 and took first place at the Connie Mack Northwest Regional tournament held July 15-22 in Tacoma.

The win earned the team a trip to the Connie Mack Western Regional Tournament July 25-29 at U.C. Irvine in Irvine, Calif.

Legion baseball

Heading into the bottom of the fifth inning of an American Legion game on July 15, the Spokane Cannons trailed the Pullman Patriots 13-0 and were in danger of losing via the 10-run mercy rule. That’s when the Cannons decided to compete.

Geoff Davis hit a three-run home run in the fifth and Spokane escaped the inning down 13-4.

In the sixth, the first nine Cannon’s batters scored and the game was suddenly tied at 13.

Spokane’s Andy Vennum ended the game in the bottom of the 11th, hitting a two-out, two-run walk off homer to give the Cannons an improbable 15-13 win.

•The AAA American Legion Divisional playoffs begin today and run through Sunday. Games will be played at Shadle Park’s Al. K. Jackson Field.


The Spokane Crash 18-U softball team went undefeated and won the 18-U B Northwest Regional Softball Championships held July 21-22 in Portland.

The Crash beat the Coeur d’Alene Crush 13-6 in the championship game.

Both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene qualified for the 18-U B National tournament held Aug. 1-5 at Franklin Park in Spokane.

Spokane Crash 18-U team roster: Moriah Beeler, Riki Schiermeister, Shannon Carlon, Jennica Ebel, Brooke Ford, Hillary Johnson, Jennifer Knight, Lauren Mandler, Shaina Marvel, Ana Rockstrom and Stefani Siddoway.

•The seventh annual Krista L. Baker Memorial Softball Tournament will be held July 28-29 at Dwight Merkel Field in Spokane. The event is held to create awareness for organ and tissue donation.

The public is invited to participate in a home run derby from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on July 28 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 29. Cost: $5.

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