After winning four of their six games over the three-day weekend, the Chewelah 10U Little League Baseball team brought home the third place trophy from the Orofino Tournament.
The Cougars scored seven runs in their first two at-bats on Sunday and held on through the remainder of the game to defeat the Moscow Wheat Kings 7-6 in the battle for third place.
With the bases loaded in the opening inning, Bodie Katzer singled to bring home Landin Church. Next, Dakota Acosta doubled, with Wyatt Accord and Nolan Jeanneret scoring. Then another two-bagger by Shade Krausz scored Katzer and Jeanneret. The five runs gave Chewelah a 5-3 lead after one inning of play.
Chewelah added two more runs to its side of the scoreboard in the second inning. Miles Krausz was hit by a pitch and later scored, Katzer’s second single of the game brought home Church, who had singled.
The Wheat Kings trailed 7-3 after four innings, but came up with a three-run attack in their fifth at-bat. They had the bases loaded with two outs, but a ground ball to shortstop ended in inning. So, after five innings of play, Chewelah held a slim 7-6 lead. It proved to be the winning score for the Cougars.
With the third place trophy on the line, it was a joyful finish for Chewelah, which had lost a game earlier in the tournament to the Wheat Kings.
Chewelah met and defeated the host Orofino team 15-5 in its first game on Friday. Lukas Stahl batted 3-for-3 and scored a trio of runs for the Cougars. Jeanneret went 2-for-2 with two singles, a pair of walks, and three runs scored. Acosta hit a single and a double and scored two runs, as did Enrique Navarez and Accord. Also getting hits were Shade Krausz and Katzer.
Altogether, Chewelah cranked 13 hits and scored in every inning for the 15-5 win.
However, hits were scarce for the Cougars in their second outing on Friday as they lost an 8-3 game to the Wheat Kings. Of Chewelah’s five hits, Jeanneret had two of them, a pair of doubles. Accord slapped a run-scoring triple, and Bryson Saboski and Stahl each had a single.
The loss to the Wheat Kings left Chewelah with a one-and-one record going into the second day of the tournament.
Against the Moscow Storm, Chewelah scored five runs in its final at-bat to come from behind for a 12-10 win. The Cougars trailed 8-7, but they got three run-scoring hits to take over the lead. Acosta and Miles Krausz hit singles, and Church blasted a three-run triple.
The Storm brought home two runs in the top of the fifth inning, but a duo of ground outs to second base ended the inning and the game with Chewelah recording the win.
In their second game on Saturday, the Cougars crushed Orofino’s number two team in the tournament by a 13-4 score. Using a 15-hit barrage, Chewelah generated runs in every inning.Acosta was perfect at the plate with three hits in three at-bats, including two doubles. Stroking two hits against the Storm were Accord, Stahl and Miles.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff