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LEGION BASEBALL: Northern Lakes falls to Washington Rush, finishes season 24-11

| August 9, 2020 1:08 AM

RATHDRUM — Trailing 7-2 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Northern Lakes coach Bryce Johnson knew time was running out.

With the way this season has gone, it’s a little too familiar of feeling anyway.

Northern Lakes got the tying run to the plate, but fell 7-4 to the Washington Rush of Lake Stevens in the Rocky Mountain Smash Tournament at Gorton Field on Saturday, finishing the season 24-11.

“We knew because it was getting dark that it was probably our last at-bat,” said Johnson of the fifth inning. “We didn’t give up and stayed together. I think any coach would be happy to get the chance to be in that spot. We knew that we’d have to play clean, and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort we put out there.”

Colton Aragon and Trevor Vandever had two hits each for Northern Lakes.

Idaho put a halt to legion baseball in early July, but left it open to teams to play as an independent for the remainder of the season.

“These kids have been through the ringer this season, especially those seniors that didn’t get a high school season,” Johnson said. “They fought, and did everything us coaches asked them to do. They showed up and played at a high level. After going independent, we played the best of the best, and they proved they could hang with them and play with that caliber of players. They’ve been through a lot this year.”

Washington Rush 320 02 — 7 8 3

Northern Lakes 020 02 — 4 6 2

Washington Rush battery unavailable; Tristan Clift, Colton Aragon (3) and Colton Aragon, Louis Powell (3).

HITS: WR — names unavailable. NL — Powell, Aragon 2, Tr. Vandever 2, Pote.