The pairings are set for the Greater Spokane League District 8 softball playoffs, but it took a helping hand from Mead on Monday in the final round of regular-season games for Lewis and Clark to secure the final spot in the 4A field.
Mead posted a 10-7 win at Ferris (4-16) to eliminate the Saxons from the playoff race and allow LC to gain the No. 5 seed. The Tigers could have helped themselves but dropped a 2-1 decision at Mt. Spokane as the Wildcats rallied in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Rachel Yuen had a three-run triple in the sixth inning that secured Mead’s win. Breanna Lookabill was 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs for the Panthers. Nicole Nelson had four RBIs, three coming on a sixth-inning double, for Ferris.
Delanie Zalud’s two-out single drove in the winning run for Mt. Spokane as the Wildcats parlayed three of their nine hits with a Tigers error and wildpitch to overcome a 1-0 deficit.
In other final regular-season games, University spotted visiting North Central three runs in the top of the first, overcame that deficit with four runs in the bottom and posted a 13-3 win in five innings as Alene Bethel went 4 for 4 and drove in six runs, four on a grand slam in the second inning. … Central Valley remained tied with U-Hi for first in the 4A ranks with a 6-4 win over visiting 3A No. 1 Shadle Park as the Bears overcame a 4-1 deficit, capping the comeback with a four-run sixth inning. Alexa Morales drove in two runs for CV. … Gonzaga Prep secured the 4A No. 4 seed by outscoring visiting Rogers (1-19) 23-12 as the teams combined for 31 hits, including a grand slam by Rogers’ Kellsy Sledge and a three-run homer by G-Prep’s Lauren Ramsey to end the game after she had walked four times.
The 4A and 3A district games will all be played at Whitworth University starting Thursday.
In first-round 3A games, North Central (9-11) and East Valley (9-11) play at 3 p.m. with the loser gaining the No. 4 seed to regionals. Shadle Park (15-5) and Mt. Spokane (12-8) play at 3 Friday with the winner gaining the district title and No. 1 seed to regionals. The loser and NC-EV winner play for third and fourth seeding a week from today.
LC (5-15) and G-Prep (6-14) play Thursday at 5 in a loser-out game. The winner plays Mead (13-7) in another loser-out game next Tuesday. U-Hi (18-2) and CV (18-2) play for the district championship and No. 1 seeding to regionals on Friday.
District 7 2B: Ross Collins survived a shaky first inning and he and Dylan Salisbury handcuffed Selkirk the rest of the way as Liberty (7-12) posted a 14-3 win over the Rangers (4-15) at Northwest Christian in a “pigtail” game that earned the Lancers a spot in the sub-district tournament. Neil Koons belted a two-run home run for Selkirk to highlight a three-run first.
Liberty faces Davenport (10-8) today in Republic with the winner meeting the Tigers (15-3) for a berth in the district tournament next week in Spokane.
•Panorama League 1B tournament: Jacob Bryant’s home run highlighted a seven-hit Curlew attack as the Cougars (13-6) beat Cusick 7-3 at Kettle Falls to earn the No. 1 seed to district. The Panthers (8-9) are No. 2 … Northport (8-10) defeated St. Michael’s for the No. 3 seed. The score was unavailable. St. Michael’s (4-16) beat Columbia (8-11) 7-5 in a loser-out game.
Great Northern League: Led by Tyler Carlson’s par 72, Clarkston had the four low scorers and claimed the team title over Colville, 396-411, in the boys league championship tournament at Indian Canyon that determined qualifiers to the district tournament a week from today at MeadowWood. … Kelsey Dutton of Deer Park led the girls with an 88. Pullman won the team title.
•District 7 2B/1B: Jared Desoteaux of Northwest Christian shot 80 for a seven-stroke win over Caleb Bravard of Colfax at The Fairways to lead 29 district qualifiers. Colfax was the team leader, edging Northwest Christian.
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