Chewelah’s number two American Legion A-Team is suddenly on fire! The Cougars have won four games in a row and five of their last six outings on the diamond. North Central was their latest victim, beating the visiting Indians twice in sweeping a doubleheader played last Friday. Kaden Krouse batted 6-for-7, including a home run, as he led Chewelah to the two wins.
Krouse doubled and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Cougars held on to defeat North Central 3-2 in the opening game. Krouse’s home run highlighted a late Chewelah rally that produced nine Cougar runs in the last two innings to post a 16-10 come-frombehind victory in the second game. Lukas Kubik scored the first two Chewelah runs. He singled in the first inning, was bunted into scoring position by Nick Dehnel, and scored on Krouse’s double.
Kubik singled again in the third inning and advanced on a one-bagger by Dehnel. Again, Krouse provided the run-scoring hit that gave the Cougars a 2-0 lead. Krouse’s third hit of the game set up the final Chewelah run, expanding the Cougar lead to 3-0. North Central had its lone scoring rally in the sixth inning. The Indians scored two runs and had the bases loaded before Chewelah was able to get the inning-ending out. A combination throw from Krouse to Nick Skok to Sammy Triplett created the crucial out that kept the game from being tied or possibly lost. Andrew Sweat was the winning pitcher. Chewelah trailed 8-7 after five innings in the second game.
The Cougars then sighted in their big bats and swatted their way to victory. In the sixth inning, Kubik’s double scored Cole Piepgras and Nick Franks. Krouse then homered to clear the bases, bringing home Kubik and Sweat. The five runs put Chewelah on top 12-10. The Cougars then added four insurance runs in their last at-bat to bag their 16-10 triumph. Singles by Piepgras, Franks, and Sweat did the damage, giving Chewelah its fourth consecutive win. Kubik and Krouse each had three hits. Sweat and Franks had two hits apiece. With the twin wins, Chewelah’s league record is now 7-10.
The young Cougars have risen up into eighth place in their 11-team league. This Thursday, the Cougars will again be home to host a single game against Kettle Falls at 5:30 p.m. Selkirk comes to the Barbour Complex on the following Tuesday. Chewelah’s high school A-team and the Northeast 49ers both competed in the Wood Bat Tournament in Spokane over the weekend. They returned to league play this week.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff