Chewelah’s 12U Little League Baseball team went undefeated through five games last weekend to bring home the championship trophy from the Orofino Tournament.
Back to back doubles in the bottom of the final inning by Clayton Jeanneret and Zach Bowman scored the only run of the game on Sunday to give Chewelah a 1-0 victory over Trail, B.C. in the championship finale.
With Jeanneret on second base, Bowman blasted the ball into the gap between left-field and center-field to bring home the winning run. The win climaxed a five-game streak through the tournament for Chewelah.
Along the way, the Cougars had to play solid defense. Trail had a runner on third base three times during the game, but Chewelah did not allow any of them to score. Bauman, Andrew Sweat, and Coby Rancourt combined to throw the shutout on the mound. Both also hit singles.
Chewelah began the tournament with an 8-2 victory over Latah County as the Cougars rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the third inning to take a 6-2 lead. A single by Jack Carpenter and a double off the bat of Rancourt fueled the five-run inning.
Two more base runners for Chewelah came home in the fourth inning on singles by Kruz Katzer and Bowman, along with a double by Will Frizzell. The two runs gave the Cougars an 8-2 lead, which held for the win. Later in the day, Chewelah unsheathed its big bats as the Cougars walloped 10 hits to notch a 13-3 win over host Orofino, led by Katzer’s two-run homer and run- scoring double.
Chewelah scored five runs in its first at-bat. A single by Sweat, a double from Josh Piepgras, and the two-run dinger by Katzer provided the fireworks.
Eight more Cougar base runners came home in the second inning. Hits by Bowman, Katzer, Piepgrass, Carpenter, James Macrae, and Corbin Stearns did the damage, lifting Chewelah at a 13-3 lead. That was enough to end the game on the 10-run rule after four innings.
Katzer, Sweat, and Eli Larson combined to throw a two-hitter on the mound. They had nine strikeouts.
Chewelah bats continued to pound the ball on Saturday, beginning with an 8-2 win over the Asotin County Aces that morning.
Bowman went 3-for-4 in the batter’s box and scored three Cougar runs. Katzer batted 2-for-3 and scored a pair of runs. Rancourt had two hits and batted in two runs.
Jeanneret has a leadoff single and a run-scoring double. Frizzell’s double scored two Chewelah runs.
Twenty hits hammered in 20 Chewelah runs as the Cougars defeated Latah by a 20-7 score on Saturday evening. Three triples and seven doubles highlighted the game for the winners, who lengthened their unbeaten streak to four games in the tournament.
Triples were smashed by Bowman, Katzer, and Jeanneret. Two-baggers were hit by Frizzell, Sweat, Rancourt, Carpenter, Macrae, Stearns, and Larson.
Saturday night’s win propelled Chewelah into the championship game on Sunday, where the Cougars scored a 1-0 victory with back to back doubles in the bottom of the final inning.
The Cougars are coached by Harley Bowman and Dan Macrae.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff