LEGION BASEBALL: Lums turn back Pocatello, head to semifinal round
NAMPA — The risk was well worth the reward for the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen on Monday.
Coeur d’Alene, leading 8-0 after three innings, pulled starting left-handed pitcher Jayden Butler after three innings and 27 pitches for a reliever, then went on to beat the Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels 11-3 in the Idaho State AA tournament at Rodeo Park, advancing to the semifinals today.
Butler will start today’s semifinal game for the Lums (34-10) against Idaho Falls (29-9-1) at 9 a.m. PDT, with the winner advancing to face Pocatello (29-14) in the championship game today at noon.
“We took a big chance with Jayden coming out,” Coeur d’Alene coach Darren Taylor said. “My stomach was in knots the rest of the game.”
Jesse Brown pitched the final four innings for Coeur d’Alene.
“Jesse was huge for us today,” Taylor said. “He came in and just battled and battled and ate up the innings and gave us a chance to start Jayden against Idaho Falls.”
Pocatello advanced to the championship game after beating Nampa 7-6. Pocatello defeated Idaho Falls on Sunday in a game matching unbeaten teams in the tournament. In the event of three teams entering the championship round with one loss, the winner of the unbeaten game advances directly to the championship game.
Joe DuCoeur and Cooper Erickson had three RBIs each for Coeur d’Alene. Marcus Manzardo, DuCoeur, Cooper Larson and Erickson scored two runs each.
“We hit the ball well and have some guys getting hot at the right time,” Taylor said. “We had people step up throughout the lineup and hit throughout.”
Pocatello 000 101 1 — 3 7 2
Coeur d’Alene 035 003 x — 11 11 3
Edington, Evans (3) and Serrano; Jayden Butler, Jesse Brown (4) and Joe DuCoeur.
HITS: Poc — Vaughan 2, Wilhelm, Sneddon, Grossenbacher, Burch 2. Cd’A — Bumbaugh, Zeller, Manzardo 2, DuCoeur 2, Larson, Erickson 2, Bridge 2. 2B — Vaughan, DuCoeur, Zeller, Manzardo, Carlson, Erickson.
CLASS AA STATE TOURNAMENT
At Rodeo Park, Nampa
Area C No. 4 Upper Valley Bulldogs 6, Area C No. 1 Twin Falls Cowboys 5
Area A No. 1 Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen 12, Area C No. 5 Blackfoot Broncos 5
Area C No. 3 Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels 12, Area A No. 2 Lewis-Clark Twins 4
Area C No. 2 Idaho Falls Bandits 16, tournament host Nampa Chiefs 0
Twin Falls Cowboys 8, Lewis-Clark Twins 1, loser out
Nampa Chiefs 12, Blackfoot Broncos 0, loser out
Pocatello Runnin' Rebels 17, Upper Valley Bulldogs 16
Idaho Falls Bandits 9, Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen 1
Nampa Chiefs 7, Upper Valley Bulldogs 1, loser out
Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen 7, Twin Falls Cowboys 6, loser out
Pocatello Runnin’ Rebels 11, Idaho Falls Bandits 3
Idaho Falls Bandits 7, Nampa Chiefs 6, loser out
Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen 11, Pocatello Runnin' Rebels 3
Game 14 — Idaho Falls Bandits (29-9-1) vs. Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen (34-10), 9 a.m.
Game 15 — Game 14 winner vs. Pocatello Runnin' Rebels (29-14), noon
Hall helps Lums 17U remain in
title hunt in Washington
SELAH, Wash. — Bryce Hall had two hits and five RBIs for the Lums 17U in a win over I-5 Toyota of Centralia to remain alive in the Washington state AA tournament at Archer Field.
Calvin Coppess and Jake Dannenberg scored two runs each and Nolan Christ reached base three times on walks, scoring on each for Coeur d’Alene (44-6-1), which continues tournament play today against Yakima Valley at 4 p.m.