Mead (14-3) needed a two-run sixth-inning single by Nick Bond to avoid an upset at East Valley (5-12) and defeat the Knights 6-5 Friday afternoon in a Greater Spokane League baseball game.
Bond ended a 10-pitch at-bat by driving in Tyler Benson and Andy Larson with the tying and go-ahead runs. Levi Axworthy pitched scoreless relief, entering the game in the fifth inning.
Grant Fink had put the Panthers ahead with a two-run homer in the first inning, but the Knights scored three times in the second to take a lead they held until the sixth. Aaron Awbery drove in two runs for EV.
•Also in the GSL: Lewis and Clark (10-7) remained torrid with its seventh straight victory, 6-4 at Mt. Spokane (9-8). The teams matched three-spots in the third inning and the Wildcats led into the seventh on Ryne Leonard’s three-hitter, when the Tigers tallied three more times. Dean Nielson doubled with one out and in succession, Pat Quigley, John Goodwin and Sage Poland had RBI hits, Poland’s a triple. Jim Reed fanned eight in pitching the victory. … Gonzaga Prep (9-8) won at Rogers (1-16) in a slugfest, 20-17. An eight-run sixth rallied the Bullpups from a 16-9 deficit. A walk, hit batter, sacrifice and David Nelson’s two-run single in the seventh broke a 17-17 tie. There were 12 extra-base hits. Connor Roff scored five runs and Galen Duff was 3 for 4 with five RBIs. Pirate Matt Durant was 4 for 5, scoring three times and driving in two and Jake Campbell was 3 for 3 with five RBIs. … First-place University (16-1) got a one-hit shutout from Jon Rapose to blank visiting Shadle Park (6-13) 10-0. He also was 2 for 3 and drove in two runs. Craig Keeton was 2 for 2 and had three RBIs. … Host Central Valley (13-4) shutout North Central (1-16) 12-0, scoring eight runs in the first inning. Fano Pau hit a three-run homer. Dane Berg hit three doubles.
•Northeast A League: Newport’s Chris Van Tuyl threw a no-hitter to beat Kettle Falls (0-20, 0-18) 10-0 in the second game of a doubleheader sweep at home. Van Tuyl fanned 12 and walked none, the only two base runners coming on errors. He was also 3 for 5 and drove in four runs. The Grizzlies (6-12, 5-11) won 5-3 in Game 2.
•Inland Empire League: Justin Podrabsky had two hits and Tanner Hollingsworth doubled in Lewiston’s (19-3, 14-2) 5-2 victory at Moscow (11-9, 5-7). A three-run sixth inning put the game away. Sophomore pitcher Bo Kerns, in his first start, struck out 10 and allowed no earned runs.
•Intermountain League: Host Kellogg (8-10, 5-10) scored early and held on for a 9-6 win over Bonners Ferry (13-7, 8-5). Steven Pollard was 3 for 4 with three RBIs. Zach Robert hit a two-run homer in the top of the fifth for Bonners Ferry.
Greater Spokane League: League-leading University (15-1) and second-place Central Valley (14-2) were both victorious, setting up their first-place showdown on Tuesday at U-Hi. The Bears blanked visiting Rogers (1-15) 10-0, Alexa Morales with a double and three-run home run during a nine-run fourth inning. … U-Hi’s Titans toppled visiting Gonzaga Prep 9-2, Ali Warren 3 for 3, while catcher Alene Bethel was 2 for 3 scored three times and threw out three Prep baserunners. … Shadle Park (13-4) topped host Ferris (4-12) 8-3 with winning pitcher Haylee Cushner going 3 for 4 at bat and scoring three runs. Megan Skillingstad drove in three runs and Katelyn Harvey was 3 for 4. … Visiting East Valley (8-9) scored twice in the fourth inning for a 2-0 victory over Lewis and Clark (5-12) at Hart Field. The Knights’ Kelsey Kurtz singled, stole second, moved up on pitcher Tiffany Lucas’ base hit and scored on an error. Lucas stole third and came home after getting caught in a rundown, when she stole on a pickoff attempt. League strikeout leader Lucas, a freshman, fanned 11 and scattered four hits in the shutout. … Mt. Spokane (9-7) continued Mead’s late season skid with a 7-3 win at the Panthers (10-6). The Wildcats scored three times each in the first and sixth innings. Taryn Russell drove in two runs with two hits. Pitcher Delaney Zalud struck out seven and allowed three unearned runs.
•Great Northern League: Cheney (4-11, 3-7) swept a doubleheader from Medical Lake (0-14, 0-8) with 12-0 and 13-1 wins. Nicole Lane pitched a one-hit shutout in the opener and had three hits for the day.
•Inland Empire League: Coeur d’Alene (16-8, 9-7) continued its late-season surge with a 6-0 victory over visiting Sandpoint (2-17, 0-10). Amber Coburn threw a two-hit shutout, fanning eight and Jessica Craft went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Linsey Ritzheimer hit an RBI double.
•Intermountain League: Shayna Walker hit a two-run homer in the second inning for all the scoring in Kellogg’s (9-10, 8-7) 2-0 home victory over Bonners Ferry (0-15, 0-10). Breanne Fuechshel had doubled ahead of her. Michaela Stewart pitched the three-hit shutout. … St. Maries (12-9, 10-3) handed visiting Timberlake its first league loss blanking the Tigers (18-6, 14-1) 8-0 and snapping a league winning streak into the 30s. Kayla Stapleton tossed the shutout and struck out seven. Karly Truscott was 3 for 3, driving in two and scoring twice with two triples. Amber Hammons drove in three runs.
All but one of the top four seeds in No. 1 boys and girls singles advanced through the first two rounds of play at the Inland Empire Tennis Championships.
The tournament concludes today. Semifinals are at Mead High School beginning at 8:30 a.m. with finals scheduled for 11:30 a.m.
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