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PREP BASEBALL: Lake City gets tough, takes two from Lewiston

| March 19, 2023 1:15 AM

LEWISTON — Whatever nerves or feelings that Lake City had following a loss in its season opener on Wednesday, it was hammered out during practice on Friday afternoon.

“We did a lot of running,” said first-year Lake City coach Mike Criswell, whose team swept the Lewiston Bengals 8-5 and 8-3 in an Inland Empire League doubleheader on Saturday at Church Field. “We had a tough practice and wondered just how the kids were going to respond. We really put them in a tough situation and they really responded. The guys in the dugout were positive and the guys on the field were really into the game.”

Junior AJ Currie struck out five over five innings in the first game for Lake City, which scored six runs in the top of the fourth inning to pull away.

“AJ was just in the zone today,” Criswell said. “Lewiston’s a difficult team to pitch to, and he handled it really well. He did a good job of locating that first pitch and we put our defense in a position to be successful.”

Cooper Reese struck out eight in the nightcap for Lake City (2-1, 2-0 IEL).

“Cooper had them on their heels a little bit,” Criswell said. “Our guys played with a ton of energy and intensity. We were very selective with our pitches at the plate this week, and it showed.”

Lake City faces Rocky Mountain and Eagle in the Rocky Mountain Invitational on Friday at Rocky Mountain High in Meridian.

Lewiston is 1-3, 0-2.

FIRST GAME

Lake City 020 600 0 — 8 7 4

Lewiston 101 021 0 — 5 8 2

AJ Currie, Karl Schwarzer (6) and Joe DuCoeur; Carson Kolb, Tucker Konkol (4), Toby Elliott (4) and Tyler Grandlund. W — Currie. L — Kolb.

HITS: LC — DuCoeur, Mangini 2, Ross, Dannenberg, Shepard 2. Lew — Ricard 2, Bensching 2, Barden 2, Daniel, Ray. 2B — DuCoeur, Barden.

SECOND GAME

Lake City 203 200 1 — 8 9 2

Lewiston 002 001 0 — 3 2 1

Cooper Reese, Cole Stoddard (6), Nate Weatherhead (7) and Joe DuCoeur; Race Currin, Bryce Bensching (1), Guy Krasselt (3), Lance Bambacigno (4) and Tyler Grandlund. W — Reese. L — Bensching.

HITS: LC — Smith 2, Bumbaugh, DuCoeur 2, Usdrowski 2, Stoddard, Cherry. Lew — Jelinek, Ricard. 2B — Smith, Stoddard, Ricard. 3B — DuCoeur.

Mt. Spokane 11

Coeur d’Alene 9

COEUR d’ALENE — The host Vikings issued 11 walks to the Wildcats, who rallied with eight unanswered runs for a nonleague win at Ted Page Field.

“We let them back into that game with the 11 walks,” Coeur d’Alene coach Erik Karns said. “Bryce (Stockton, who struck out four in three shutout innings) threw a great game to start and our next few guys gave up some walks. We’re still trying to figure things out and the guys are going to learn from this. Our approaches at the plate were really good and we’d been focusing on moving runners around and scoring runs. I was pleased with how we hit the ball. If we limit those walks, it’s a different game in the end.”

Nolan Christ, who finished with three hits, led off the bottom of the seventh with a single for Coeur d’Alene, which had runners on first and second, but was unable to score in the final inning.

Coeur d’Alene (2-2) faces Highland of Pocatello and Rocky Mountain of Meridian on Friday at Rocky Mountain High.

Mt. Spokane 000 333 2 — 11 7 3

Coeur d’Alene 052 200 0 — 9 10 1

Calcut, Morris (3), Davidson (5) and Schuerman; Bryce Stockton, Aaron Gwaltney (4), Harrison Trunkey-Evans (4), Jesse Brown (4), Zeb Blattstein (5), Andrew Karns (6), Kyle Seman (7) and Chase Saunders. W — Davidson. L — Seman.

HITS: MS — Ayers, Schuerman, Wideman 2, Davidson 2, Rayment. Cd’A — Saunders, Karns, Erickson, Hall, Stockton, Cohen, Smart, Christ 3. 2B — Davidson. HR — Schuerman.

Lakeside (Wash.) 5

Lakeland 4

NINE MILE FALLS — Roan Reilly and Raiston Ellwood had RBIs for the Hawks, who fell short in their season opener to the Eagles in a nonleague game.

“A couple of late errors and mental mistakes really cost us the game,” Lakeland coach Jason Bradbury said. “It was the first time our guys have seen a playing surface this year. Because of that, I was happy with the production and attitude of my players. We’ll get a few of those mental lapses taken care of, and be better for it.”

Lakeland returns to action at the Bucks Bags Tournament against Emmett on Thursday at Vallivue High in Caldwell.

Lakeland 300 010 0 — 4 5 4

Lakeside 012 001 1 — 5 7 2

Raiston Ellwood, Tadgh Ellwood (4) and Jace Cooksey; Patterson, Starr (4), C. Reeves (7) and C. Reeves, Starr (7). W — Reeves. L — T. Ellwood.

HITS: LL — Mason, Love, Taylor 2, T. Ellwood. LS — Lorenz, Patterson, Watson, Kakuda, Griffin, Pavlin, Reeves. 2B — Pavlin, Griffin.

Timberlake 12

New Plymouth 2

FRUITLAND — Junior Cooper Lenz and two RBIs and two runs scored for the Tigers, who scored eight runs in the first inning to beat the Pilgrims in the Bill Betts Tournament at Fruitland High.

Jesse O’Connor and Parker Holly combined to limit New Plymouth to one hit, a single by Pilgrim Joe Hartle leading off the game.

Timberlake (2-3) is scheduled to play at St. Maries on Wednesday.

New Plymouth 002 00 — 2 1 5

Timberlake 802 02 — 12 6 0

Hartle, Boring (3), Padgett (3) and Rupp; Jesse O’Connor, Parker Holly (4) and JT Armes. W — O’Connor. L — Hartle.

HITS: NP — Hartle. TL — Lenz, Robinett, Allaway, Armes, Olivieri, Holly. 2B — none.

St. Maries

Kellogg drops two

Nonleague games

ASOTIN, Wash. — The Wildcats dipped to 2-2 on the season following losses to Asotin and Northwest Christian in nonleague play at Asotin High.

Senior Riply Luna had two hits and two runs scored against Asotin for Kellogg.

Kellogg returns to action on April 4 against St. Maries at Morehouse Field in Osburn.

ASOTIN 10, KELLOGG 3

Asotin 221 410 — 10 11 1

Kellogg 000 102 — 3 5 2

C. Ells, G. Ells (5) and Boyea; Riply Luna, Austin Clapper (4) and Gage Nosworthy. W — C. Ells. L — R. Luna.

HITS: Aso — Reedy, G. Ells 2, C. Ells 2, Biery 3, Boyea, Ensle, Eggleston. Kell — R. Luna 2, Eixenberger, Whatcott, Coberly. 2B — Reedy, C. Ells, Eixenberger. 3B — Eggleston, Biery.

NORTHWEST CHRISTIAN 13, KELLOGG 0, 5 INN.

NW Christian 341 05 — 13 10 0

Kellogg 000 00 — 0 4 4

Game called after 5 innings due to 10-run rule.

Von Dyke and Wing; Travis Eixenberger, Reed Whatcott (5) and Gage Nosworthy. W — Von Dyke. L — Eixenberger.

HITS: NWC — McLaughlin 3, Waters 2, Murtlick, Lindsey, Farr 2, Bevin. Kell — Rainio, R. Luna, Whatcott, Nosworthy. 2B — McLaughlin, Rainio. 3B — McLaughlin 2.

Clearwater Valley 16-5

St. Maries 6-6

KOOSKIA — Dillon Holder singled to score Kody Tefft with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to lift the Lumberjacks over the Rams in the nightcap of a nonleague doubleheader at Clearwater Valley High.

Riley Abell had two RBIs and Wyatt Holmes nine strikeouts in the second game for St. Maries.

Clearwater Valley scored nine runs in the bottom of the sixth in the opener to get the win.

St. Maries (1-1) is scheduled to host Timberlake on Wednesday.

FIRST GAME

St. Maries 112 002 — 6 11 3

Clearwater Valley 300 229 — 16 8 1

Game called with two out in bottom of 6th inning due to 10-run rule.

Trace Wicks, Brock Anderson (5), Dillon Holder (6) and Dillon Holder, Riley Abell (6); Trevor Altman, Anthony Fabbi (6) and Jake Fabbi. W — Altman. L — Anderson.

HITS: SM — Wicks, Holmes 3, Abell 3, Tefft, Holder, Nantell, Ceja-Grimaldo. CV — Altman, Schlieper 3, Schilling, Hicks 2. 2B — Abell, Schlieper, Hicks. HR — Holmes.

SECOND GAME

Clearwater Valley 100 000 4 — 5 8 3

St. Maries 201 010 2 — 6 8 2

Two outs when winning run scored.

Landon Schlieper, Anthony Fabbi (5) and Jake Fabbi; Wyatt Holmes, Brock Anderson (5) and Dillon Holder. W — Anderson. L — A. Fabbi.

HITS: CV — A. Fabbi, Schlieper 4, Gardner 2, Pickerking. SM — Anderson, Holmes 2, Abell, Tefft 2, Holder, Holmes. 2B — Anderson. HR — Holmes.

Sandpoint at

Post Falls, ppd.

POST FALLS — The Inland Empire League doubleheader was postponed due to poor field conditions.

No makeup date was announced.