Greater Spokane League opponents proved no match for fifth-seeded Lewis and Clark pitching during this week’s District 8 4A baseball tournament.
The Tigers (15-8) allowed a single run in 21 innings and Jimmy Reed threw his second successive shutout, beating Central Valley (17-5) 2-0 for the championship Friday night at Avista Stadium.
“I’m euphoric,” LC coach Dexter Davis said. “What a great accomplishment by a great group of people.”
He called the pitching efforts of Reed and Benny Baird, “more than amazing. The best thing I can say about Jimmy is he gets on the mound and comes right after people. I think the other thing is, towards the latter part of the season he became a different pitcher in terms of command.”
LC scored both runs in the top of the first inning and Reed limited the Bears to five hits..Garrick Little and John Goodwin singled back to back. With runners at the corners, Goodwin stole second, the ball hit him in the back, bounced into center field and Little scored. Sage Poland followed with an RBI hit, one of two by the Tigers junior outfielder.
Coedy Cooley and Spencer Nichols each had two hits for CV.
The Bears play University at 1 p.m. today at Avista for the second regional berth.
•University 8, Mead 4: Titans pitching and hitting ace Billy Moon struck out 17 Panthers and was 3 for 3, driving in four runs, to eliminate the Panthers. Moon’s bases-loaded triple during a five-run third inning put U-Hi (19-3) ahead for good. Chris Allen hit a three-run homer in the top of the seventh for Mead (16-6).
•District 8 3A: Mt. Spokane and Rogers meet for survival at 1 p.m. today at Shadle Park following semifinal losses in the tournament. The Pirates were beaten 22-5 by West Valley-Yakima and the Wildcats dropped a 12-6 game to Hanford. The Columbia Basin Big Nine duo play for the region title at 10 a.m. The loser faces the GSL winner for state at 4 p.m. Mt. Spokane’s Nate Blackham hit a triple and home run, but it was to no avail as Hanford plated four runs in the top of the seventh. The Wildcats (9-12) rallied from a 6-2 deficit to trail 7-6 after five. The Rams scored 11 runs in the bottom of the second inning to break a 4-4 tie with the Pirates (5-17) and cruise. They pounded out 25 hits, eight players with two or more.
•District 7 1B: Top seeds Curlew and Almira/Coulee-Hartline advanced to Monday’s title game with easy victories. Curlew’s Cougars beat Wilbur-Creston 9-1 as Jordan Wakefield improved to 9-0 by striking out 15 and allowing two hits. ACH beat Northport 16-4 as Kody Dillon fanned seven in five innings and giving up a hit and a run. W-C beat Pateros 4-3 earlier in one loser-out game and Northport ousted Cusick 15-8. The championship game, for state seeding, is at noon today at University High after the state seeding game at 10 a.m. between W-C and Northport.
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