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Tombari’s late blast saves Bullpups

Christie Tombari hit a towering three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Gonzaga Prep softball team to a 5-2 win over Lewis and Clark in a District 8 4A elimination game Thursday at Whitworth University.

Tombari also had an RBI double in the fourth.

The Bullpups’ Amy Schmidt and Selena Rima limited the Tigers (8-13) to three hits and two runs.

Gonzaga Prep (9-10), which clinched a berth to the regional tournament, will play Tuesday against the loser of today’s 3 p.m. district title game between Central Valley (14-5) and Mead (13-7).

District 8 3A softball

Shadle Park’s bats came alive late and the Highlanders (13-9) held on to beat Mt. Spokane (11-9) 9-7 at Whitworth.

Emily Carolus-Knutson had a two-run single in Shadle Park’s four-run sixth inning. The Highlanders will play in today’s district title game against University at 5 p.m. at Whitworth.

The Wildcats’ season is over.

Idaho 5A Region I softball

Sydni Parker’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh gave Coeur d’Alene (16-5) a 5-4 win over visiting Lewiston (10-9).

The Bengals, who scored all four of their runs in the sixth, had the bases loaded in the seventh but couldn’t capitalize.

The win clinched a berth to the state tournament for the Vikings, while the Bengals saw their season come to an end.

Idaho 4A Region I softball

Raelynn Gosse struck out 12 and allowed two hits in a complete-game shutout as Moscow blanked Sandpoint 3-0.

The Bears will play in Saturday’s district title game at a site to be determined.

The Bulldogs are finished for the season.

District 7 2A softball

Nicole Lane allowed one hit and one unearned run and Cheney routed visiting Clarkston (6-10) 11-1 in five innings.

Gracie Pitts went 3 for 4 with four RBIs for the Blackhawks (17-4), who scored eight runs in the fourth.

Cheney will play West Valley in the district title game Saturday at noon at West Valley.

Clarkston will play East Valley in a loser-out game on Saturday at 2, also at West Valley.

West Valley 12, East Valley 1: Cassie Finn hit a three-run home run and finished with five RBIs as the Eagles (19-1) whipped the visiting Knights (8-13).

West Valley’s Kelli Peckham pitched all five innings, giving up one hit and striking out 10. Katy Sinn had East Valley’s lone hit.

District 7 1A softball

Riverside (11-7) scored three runs in the first and held on to beat Chewelah (1-18) 4-2 in a loser-out game in Riverside.

Katie McKinney had three hits for the Rams and Keelin Hunt went the distance on the mound, giving up two runs on eight hits while striking out seven.

Riverside will play second-seeded Lakeside Saturday at 11 a.m. in Colville.

Newport 11, Freeman 0: Freshman Alex Douglas hit a two-run home run in the second and the Grizzlies (8-10) went on to rout the visiting Scotties (4-12) in five innings.

Newport will play at top-seeded Colville Saturday at 11 a.m.

Freeman’s season is over.

Boys tennis

Gonzaga Prep’s Alex Marcinkowski topped off a dominating performance in the 4A district tournament at Gonzaga Prep with a singles title, and the Bullpups claimed the team title.

Marcinkowski beat Ferris’ Tom Geranios 6-1, 6-0. Lewis and Clark’s third-seeded doubles duo of Jordan Strandness and Luke Brittan pulled the upset in the title match, beating Mead’s top-seeded duo of T.J. Westre and Noah Schwab 6-2, 6-2.

• Mt. Spokane won both the singles and doubles titles and took first place at the 3A district tournament at University.

Connor Larkin beat Wildcats’ teammate Caleb Deibel 7-5, 6-3 in the singles final.

Girls tennis

Central Valley’s Leslie Ho recovered from a first-set loss and beat Mead’s Chelsea Motzer 3-6, 7-6, 6-1 in the 4A district tournament singles championship match at Gonzaga Prep.

Central Valley’s Samantha Block and Charlotte Schmitz won the doubles final, but Central Valley was edged by Mt. Spokane for the team championship.

• University’s Katie Rohr and Jessi Barth won an all-Titans doubles final and the Titans cruised to the team title at University.

Shadle Park’s Sarah Letsch beat University’s Sena Burchak 6-4, 6-4 in the singles final.