While it may have not been a statement game, Mt. Spokane took on a Rogers team threatening to make a run in the Greater Spokane League and trounced the visiting Pirates 17-2 Thursday in 4 1/2 innings.
Mt. Spokane’s Tyler Bailey led the offense, finishing 4 for 4 with a three-run triple and six runs batted in.
Wildcats pitcher Stephen Streltzoff pitched a complete-game two-hitter with six strikeouts.
“We played great today,” Mt. Spokane coach Alex Schuerman said. “The league is tough this year. We wanted to go out and earn it.”
Rogers (8-5 GSL) got things started when leadoff hitter and starting pitcher Zach Day singled off Streltzoff and stole second base. Day also stole third and scored on a throwing error by catcher Billy Parada.
But the Wildcats (11-2) answered in the bottom of the first.
After a Bailey single scored Jared Bell and a Matthew Pulliam double scored Bailey, Streltzoff helped his cause when he smashed a ball into the wind that hit off the top of the right-field fence for a double that scored Bailey and Pulliam.
Mt. Spokane added four runs in the second and nine in the fourth to shorten the game.
Even the lucky undershirt that Rogers coach Jim Wasem wore to a 4-0 record couldn’t stop the Mt. Spokane hitters from roughing up three of his pitchers.
“They are a good team. That’s why they are in first place,” Wasem said. “We made a few bonehead plays that gave them extra outs.”
The two meet again today at Rogers. Wasem will throw ace Evan Norden.
“They’ve already forgotten” about the loss, Wasem said of his team. “That’s the nice thing about baseball. The sun always rises the next day.”
Bailey, who had the three-run triple to cap off the scoring, said it felt great to have another huge GSL win.
“They are a very good ball club,” Bailey said of Rogers. “They will battle us (today). Hopefully, we will come out and still get the win.”
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