STATE PLAY-IN GAMES: Lake City, Timberlake fall in baseball, Lake City in softball
Lake City 1
LEWISTON — The Timberwolves came up one game short of state, falling to the Kavemen in a state play-in game at Church Field.
Zac Rackham scattered four hits, struck out six and walked none for Kuna (13-13), which advances to state at Wolfe Field in Caldwell beginning Thursday.
“We ran into a pretty good pitcher,” Lake City coach Paul Manzardo said. “He had a good mix of fastball, curveball and changeup. He worked quickly and pounded the zone.”
Sophomore Eric Bumbaugh was 2 for 3 for Lake City, which finished 6-16. Bumbaugh singled with one out in the bottom of the first, and scored on a single by Austin Taylor.
Manzardo praised the pitching of his freshmen — Cooper Reese, Braeden Newby and AJ Currie — as well as juniors Dylan Hess and Zach Garza. They allowed a combined five hits.
“I’m excited for the future; the future is bright in regards to pitching,” Manzardo said. “In hindsight, I’m happy we competed at the end of the season. We made it to a state play-in game — who would have thought?”
Kuna 010 201 3 — 7 5 0
Lake City 100 000 0 — 1 4 3
Zac Rackham and Logan Bundy; Cooper Reese, Dylan Hess (4), Zach Garza (4), Braeden Newby (6), AJ Currie (7) and Ethan Taylor.
HITS: Kun —Rackham, Gordon, Severe, Moore 2. LC — Bumbaugh 2, Manzardo, Taylor. 2B — Rackham, Bumbaugh.
LEWISTON — The Tigers led 5-4 in the top of the fifth, but the Wolverines scored the game’s last eight runs of the state 3A play-in game at Church Field.
Weiser (21-7) advances to state beginning Thursday at Fruitland High.
Caleb Knight hit a two-run double to highlight a five-run fifth inning for Timberlake, which finished 12-11. Jacob Hessing had two hits for the Tigers.
Timberlake 000 050 0 — 5 9 7
Weiser 220 044 x — 12 8 4
Wyatt Kitchin, Alex Drake (5) and Caleb Knight; Ray Calley, Willy Shirts (5), Jerret Mink (5) and Jack Burke.
HITS: TL — Knight, Drake, Hessing 2, Borges, Robinett, Horn, Allaway, Lenz. Wei — VonBrethorst, Spencer, Shirts, Shields, Coers, No. 13, Mink, Pope. 2B — Hessing, Knight, Pope.
Lake City 8
COTTONWOOD — The Timberwolves led 8-4 after four innings, but the Hawks of Skyview scored 13 runs in the next two innings to capture the state 5A softball play-in game.
Lake City (17-7) failed to qualify for state for the first time since 2008.
Skyview advances to state at Mountain View High in Meridian, beginning Friday.
Hanah Stoddard hit a solo home run in the first inning for Lake City, and Hope Bodak’s two-run shot in the fourth increased the T-Wolves’ lead to 7-4.
Bodak finished 2 for 4 with three RBIs and three runs scored, Abby Gray was 3 for 4 with an RBI, and Austin Hill was 2 for 3 and scored twice.
“First and foremost I want to thank each and every one of my eight seniors for investing in the Lake City High School softball program,” seventh-year Timberwolves coach Jesse Lenz said. “We ran into some uncontrollable variables today that posed a big problem, and we did not see them coming. The team fought hard, but we could not overcome the obstacles that we were presented. Although we are disappointed now, I am sure we will look back and see how successful of a season it really was. We want to wish the north all the luck in the state tournament.”
Skyview 301 076 1 — 18 14 3
Lake City 401 210 0 — 8 13 10
Taylor Brewer and Summer Mckinster; Phoebe Schultze and Hope Bodak.
HITS: Sky — Keith 3, Zamora 2, Brown 2, Svaty 3, Holloway, Brewer 3. LC — A. Hill 2, Bodak 2, Jankay 2, Gray 3, Stoddard 2, Schultze, Glenn. 2B — Keith, Zammora, Brewer, Jankay, Bodak, Schultze, A. Hill 2. 3B — Brown. HR — Bodak, Stoddard.