It’s a “hat trick,” three tournament championships in a row. If hat tricks could be scored in baseball, Chewelah’s 12U Little League team would have successfully accomplished a monumental one this summer.
Last weekend’s first place finish in Colville’s Bob Haney Memorial Tournament gave the Cougars three consecutive tournament championships. They brought home the top team trophy from both Orofino and Deer Park prior to defeating the Spokane Angels in Sunday evening’s title game in Colville. The win gave Chewelah three successive championships, along with a 17- game winning streak. The Cougars went 18-2 through the tournament season.
Chewelah 5, Angels 0
James Macrae batted 2-for-2 with a run scored, two runs batted in and a pair of stolen bases to lead Chewelah to a 5-0 shutout victory over the Angels in the tournament finale.
Andrew Sweat hit a single into right-field in the first inning, scoring Macrae for Chewelah’s first run.
Josh Piepgras was the second Cougar to step on the plate. He got on base via an error in the second inning. Jack Carpenter moved him over to third base with a sacrifice bunt, and Eli Larson squeezed him home with a bunt single down the first base line.
Macrae swatted a single in the third inning that brought Zach Bowman and Kruz Katzer home with two more Cougar runs. Bowman hit a leadoff drag bunt single to trigger the rally. Katzer followed with a base on balls. Piepgras stepped into the batter’s box in the fifth inning with the bases loaded. He was hit by a pitch, sending Katzer home with Chewelah’s fifth run for the shutout win.
Sweat and Bowman combined to throw a two-hitter against the Angels, striking out 10 batters.
Chewelah 16, Royals 5
Led by Macrae’s 3-for- 4 performance at the plate, Chewelah hammered 14 hits on Saturday afternoon to outscore the Spokane Royals 16-5 in the tournament semifinal round.
All three of Macrae’s hits were doubles, batting in three Chewelah runs. His two-bagger in the opening inning drove Katzer home. Back to back singles off the bats of Sweat and Coby Rancourt scored Macrae.
A three-run homer by Rancourt highlighted a seven-run second inning to put the game on ice for Chewelah. A single by Carpenter, doubles by Katzer and Macrae, and a triple by Bowman fueled the inning for the Cougars.
Clayton Jeanneret singled and scored in the third inning. He was moved into scoring position by Bowman’s single and batted in by Katzer.
Macrae’s third double of the day was one of Chewelah’s only two hits in six-run fourth inning. Four Royal walks and a pair of errors gave the Cougars six more base runners, four of which scored on hits by Piepgras and Sweat for the 16-5 triumph.
Bowman, Katzer, Sweat, and Rancourt each had two hits.
Chewelah 11, Colville 1
Chewelah pitchers allowed only two hits on Saturday afternoon as the Cougars 10-runned Colville 11-1 in four innings.
Singles by Bowman and Macrae, along with doubles from Sweat and Piepgras, generated four Chewelah runs in the first inning.
Six hits manufactured six Chewelah runs in the second Cougar at-bat. Singles flew off the bats of Carpenter, Piepgras, Jeanneret, and Katzer. Doubles were clobbered by Bowman and Sweat for a 10-0 Cougar lead. Katzer tripled into left-field and scored in the third inning, which ended up being the final parade to the plate for the Cougars because of the 10-run rule.
Chewelah 11, Newport 0
The first two games of the tournament were shutouts for Chewelah. The Cougars goose- egged Newport 11-0 on Friday night and then outscored Tri-County 12-0 on Saturday morning.
Sweat and Bowman each brought a big bat to the ballpark on Friday night. Sweat blasted a bases-loaded homer in the second inning to trigger an eight-run second inning for Chewelah. Bowman then belted a three-run dinger in the third inning for the 11-0 split.
Bowman and Jeanneret had two hits and scored two runs apiece. Katzer and Jeanneret each hit a double.
Chewelah 12, Tri-County 0
Chewelah went on another hitting frenzy on Saturday morning when the Cougars used a 15-hit barrage en route to a 12-0 steamrolling of Tri-County. The top half of Chewelah’s batting order went on a hitting rampage, pounding 11 hits—three by Bowman and two each by Katzer, Macrae, Sweat, and Rancourt. Also swatting hits were Piepgras, Jeanneret, Carpenter, and Larson.
Will Frizzell notched the pitching victory, striking out four batters in the middle innings.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff