Since a loss to West Valley in early April, the Pullman Greyhounds had been looking up at Colville in the Great Northern League standings.
Finally, in a season-ending doubleheader in Pullman on Saturday, the Greyhounds caught, and then passed, the Indians to win the league title.
The catching came in the first game, and it took Pullman (16-3 overall 13-1 GNL) eight innings to do it. Hayat Noramine’s fielder’s choice in that inning put the Greyhounds up 4-3, and Erica Hanson, who gave up the tying run to Colville (17-3, 12-2) in the bottom of the seventh, made it stand up, finishing a five-hit, 16-strikeout performance.
In the league-clinching nightcap, Hanson threw five shutout innings and Noramine came through again, this time with a two-run single in the bottom of the third in a 3-0 win.
•In other GNL action: Clarkston’s Riley Swanson tossed a perfect game and struck out eight as the Bantams finished the regular season with a 10-0 win over Medical Lake (1-19, 0-14). In the doubleheader opener, the host Bantams (10-9, 8-6) breezed to a 15-3 victory. … Host West Valley (13-7, 11-3) swept a doubleheader 9-0 and 7-0 from Riverside (3-15, 3-13) behind the shutout pitching of Rachel Meagley and Kelli Peckham. Meagley struck out 13 and yielded three hits in the opener. In the nightcap Peckham allowed five hits and struck out 10. … Nicole Lane and Vanity Thomas combined for eight hits in host Cheney’s doubleheader sweep, 9-5 and 12-2, over Deer Park (8-12, 4-10). The Blackhawks (6-13, 5-9) secured a district playoff spot with the sweep.
•District 7 1A tournament: Lakeside (17-4) pounded its way to the title, defeating Chewelah 15-5 in the opener, then routing Kettle Falls 23-2 in the championship at University High. Both games ended after five innings because of the mercy rule. Moriah Beeler had six hits in the two games, including hitting for the cycle against Kettle Falls (11-9).
Freeman, which dropped an 11-10 decision to Kettle Falls in the opener, defeated Chewelah 19-16 and won the rematch with Kettle Falls 13-9 to also advance to regionals next week. The Scotties (12-10) were led by Megan McIntyre, who had nine hits and 13 RBIs in the three games.
•Panorama 2B tournament: The Selkirk Rangers breezed to the title with a 10-0 win over Springdale at Kettle Falls in a game shortened to five innings by the mercy rule. Audre Reeve took care of the pitching with a one-hit, 12-strikeout effort and freshman Courtney Holter had three hits and three RBIs.
The Chargers (16-4) earned a berth in the championship game with a 22-4 win over St. George’s (4-15) earlier in the day.
•Panorama 1B tournament: St. Michael’s scored seven times in the last two innings and defeated Cusick 10-6, to win the district title. Cusick reached the title game with a 6-2 win over Columbia-Hunters while St. Michael’s defeated Inchelium 12-3.
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