Nick Naccarato spoiled the Spokane Cannons’ no-hitter in a big way on Sunday afternoon. He had the only hit for the Northeast Forty-niners, but the ball flew over the fence, scoring two runs for the home team at Chewelah’s Barbour Complex.
Naccarato’s homer gave the Forty-niners a 2-0 lead after four innings.
Caleb Wiebe earned the pitching win. He threw four and a third innings, allowing no earned runs. Dillon Bigler and Naccarato both got in a couple of innings on the mound to finish the game.
The Forty-niners won three of four games over the weekend. They swept both games of a doubleheader on Friday evening against the Trail Jays, 3-2 and 10- 0. On Sunday, they split a two-game series against the Cannons, winning the first game 4-2, but dropping the second game by a 10-8 score.
With the three wins, the Forty-niners raised their season record to 11-2.
In their second game against the Cannons on Sunday, the Forty-niners tried to battle their way back from eight defensive errors. They out-hit the Cannons, but could not make up for the miscues, losing 10-8. Of the 10 runs given up by the Niners, only four were earned. Six were unearned.
Still the game was tied through eight innings. The Cannons scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning to claim the league win.
Calvin Connall batted three for four for the Forty-niners, hitting a single and two doubles. He scored two runs and batted in a run. Derek Smith and Naccarato also singled in that game.
Although he gave up only one run in three innings, Naccarato was tagged with the pitching loss. Connor Parker (Springdale) threw the first six innings and collected six strikeouts.
Friday’s opening game against Trail also went into extra innings, with the Forty-niners finally pulling out the win, 3-2, in the bottom of the tenth inning.
Bigler and Naccarato both had hits in the league win. JR Henry and Sam Sprague, both from Colville, also had hits for the Forty-niners. Sprague had a double and a single.
This time, Naccarato notched the win. He was the fourth Forty-niner pitcher of the game, taking over in the top of the final inning.
The Forty-niners shut out the Jays 10-0 in the second game. Naccarato had two hits and batted in two runs. Smith, Bigler, Henry, and Sprague also contributed hits to the win.
Cody Sweat was awarded the pitching win. He threw to only one batter in the third inning,
The next two home games are set for this Sunday, June 10, when the Cranbrook Bandits visit the Barbour Complex. Game times are 11:00 and 1:30.
In Junior American legion play, Chewelah lost a pair of games to Ferris on Saturday, 5-0 and 8-5. Collecting hits for Chewelah were Ty Curtis, Cordell Bean, Carson Coleman, and Dustin Olson.
49ers 4, Cannons 2
Niners: 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 = 4 1 2
Cannons: 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 = 2 7 1
Niner pitching: Caleb Wiebe, Dillon Bigler (5), Nick Naccarato (6) and JR Henry. Win – Wiebe. Save – Naccarato.
Niner hitting: Nick Naccarato. HR – Naccarato.
Cannons 10, 49ers 8
Niners: 0 4 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 = 8 10 8
Cannons: 0 1 1 0 0 5 1 0 2 = 10 7 1
Niner pitching: Connor Parker, Nick Naccarato (7) and Logan Maxwell, JR Henry (7), Loss – Naccarato.
Niner hitting: Connall 3, Bryce Wetherall 2, Ryan Leonne 2, Nick Naccarato, JR Henry. 2B – Connall 2.
49ers 3, Jays 2
Niners: 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 3 6 2
Jays: 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 2 6 1
Niner pitching: Bryce Wetherill, Sam Sprague (5), Dillon Bigler (7), Nick Naccarato (10) and Logan Maxwell. Win – Naccarato.
Niner hitting: Sam Sprague 2, Dillon Bigler, Nick Naccarato, Logan Maxwell. 2B – Sprague
49ers 10, Jays 0
Niners: 2 3 5 0 x = 10 6 2
Jays: 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 2 1
Niner pitching: Austin Hegney, Cody Sweat (3), Logan Maxwell (4), Dalton Hanson (5) and JR Henry. Win – Sweat.
Niner hitting: Nick Naccarato 2, Derek Smith, JR Henry, Sam Sprague, Dillon
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff