The Community Colleges of Spokane baseball team placed second in the Northwest Athletic Conference East Region with a record of 20-8, earning the privilege of hosting the NWAC East Super Regional at Spokane Falls CC this weekend.
The bracket features CCS, West Region No. 3 seed Pierce (24-21) and North Region No. 4 seed Douglas (15-17).
The tournament kicks off at 3 p.m. Friday, with Pierce hosting Douglas. The winner faces the Sasquatch on Saturday at noon. The losers of the first two games face off at 3 p.m. Saturday. The winners play on Sunday at noon for the Super Regional championship.
CCS (33-13 overall) is led by catcher Brayden Olson (Rogers High), who is hitting .345 overall and .417 in conference. Outfielder Isaac Wersland is hitting .306 overall and leads the Sasquatch with eight home runs and has 28 RBIs.
Outfielder Aaron Fritts (Republic) leads CCS with 35 RBIs and is hitting .333 overall with 14 stolen bases.
On the hill, the top Sasquatch starter is lefty Marcus Cain (Mead), who is 6-1 in seven starts with a 2.02 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 44 1/3 innings. He’s joined at the top of the rotation by another lefty, Nick Flesher, who leads the team in strikeouts with 67 in 69 innings, compiling a 5-3 record with a 2.47 ERA.
The closer is Reed Harrington, who has eight saves and a 1.18 ERA with 24 Ks in 16 appearances.
Division III bracket returns to Spokane
For the second time in three years, NCAA Division III Baseball Regional teams are returning to Spokane. Whitworth University, along with the Spokane Sports Commission, will co-host the games at Avista Stadium Thursday through Sunday. The regional winner will advance to the NCAA Division III World Series in Appleton, Wisconsin.
The opening games feature No. 1 seed Chapman against No. 6 seed Willamette; No. 2 seed Redlands facing No. 5 seed Texas-Dallas; and No. 3 seed Concordia taking on Texas Lutheran. The championship game is Sunday at noon.
NWAC softball at Merkel
This weekend CCS and North Idaho College are serving as hosts for the NWAC softball tournament. The tournament brings in 16 teams to play Friday through Monday at Dwight Merkel Sports Complex. CCS did not qualify and North Idaho (45-3) comes in as the No. 1 seed and takes on No. 16 seed Columbia Basin (15-29) in a first-round game on Friday at 12:30 p.m. The title game is Monday at 11 a.m.