(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Chewelah 12U wins Deer Park Tournament second year in a row, Chewelah 10U also brings home the gold…
Kai Masuda and Dekota Acosta both went 3-for- 3 on Sunday evening as they led the Chewelah Cougars to the 10U division championship of the Deer Park Tournament.
Masuda drilled a pair of doubles, batted in two runs and scored two runs. Acosta smashed three singles, scored three runs, and batted in a run.
The Cougars scored 16 runs in just three at-bats in sidelining Sandpoint 16-5 in the championship encounter of the tournament.
Chewelah leaped out in front with an eight-run first inning with a six-hit barrage that included doubles by Masuda, Nolan Jeanneret and Bode Katzer. Also swatting hits were Miles Krausz, Dakota Katzer, and Acosta.
The Cougars went on to score five runs in the second inning and three more in the third. The game ended on the 10-run rule when Sandpoint did not score in the top of the fourth inning.
Chewelah won four of its five games in the tournament, including a 10-8 upset victory over Trail in their first outing on the field.
Chewelah 10, Trail 8
On Friday afternoon, Chewelah’s 10U team used a nine-run fifth inning to overcome an 8-1 deficit and held Trail scoreless with the bases loaded in its final at-bat to earn a 10-8 win.
After being limited to one run through the first four innings, Chewelah unleashed an eight-hit assault that saw 14 Cougars step into the batter’s box before Trail could get the third out. A bases loaded triple by Kai Masuda and a two-run double off the bat of Dekota Acosta did the most damage, but several others contributed. Luke McGuire, Bode Katzer, Ryen McMillin, Dakota Katzer, and Acosta hit singles in the inning. McGuire had two singles in the same inning.
The nine-run at-bat lifted Chewelah to a 10-8 lead with one inning to be played. Trail had one more chance to either tie of win, but the Cougars prevailed. Trail had the bases loaded with two outs, but did not score, leaving Chewelah with the two-run lead for the win.
Bode Katzer’s sacrifice fly allowed Nolan Jeanneret to tag up and score in the first inning to give the Cougars their first run. Katzer also earned the pitching win.
Chewelah played errorless baseball. Miles Krause put out five Trail batters on ground balls hit to him.
Chewelah 9, Sandpoint 5
On Saturday afternoon, Chewelah used a six-run rally in the fifth inning to defeat Sandpoint by a 9-5 score. A triple by Nolan Jeanneret, a double by Luke McGuire, and single from Miles Krausz, Bode Katzer, and Dakota Katzer gave the Cougars a 9-2 lead.
In the fourth inning, Chewelah took the lead with a three-hit flurry. Bode Katzer tripled, Acosta doubled, and Krausz singled to give the Cougars a 3-2 lead.
Krausz, Acosta, and Enrique Nevarrez each finished the game with two hits.
Orofino 10, Chewelah 3
Errors proved costly for Chewelah in Saturday’s second game as the Cougars were upset 10-3 by the Orofino Rattlers. Chewelah yielded nine runs in the fourth inning, with most of them being unearned because of fielding errors.
McGuire had two hits and batted in two of Chewelah’s three runs.
Chewelah 14, Orofino 5
It did not take long for Chewelah to avenge its loss to Orofino. The two teams met on Sunday morning, with the Cougars dominating the Rattlers 14-5 and advancing into the championship game.
Every member of the Chewelah team got a hit, led by Bode Katzer, Dekota Acosta, Kai Masuda, and Jace Lavoto with three hits apiece. In all, the Cougars totaled 20 hits, four for extra bases.
Chewelah took control with a nine-run third inning in which the Cougars hammered 10 hits.
Chewelah 12U win Deer Park Tournament for second year in a row
Chewelah scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to overcome a 3-1 deficit as the Cougars won their division of the Deer Park Tournament with a 6-3 victory over the Valley Royals.
The Cougars went into the fifth inning with only two hits, but that suddenly changed as Titus Tapia and Jack Carpenter hit back to back doubles to begin the inning. Singles from Armando Morales and Tommy Kirry, along with a double off the bat of Clay Jeanneret put Chewelah ahead by a 6-3 score.
The first Chewelah run came home in the opening inning. Zach Bowman singled, was bunted over to second base by Kirry, and scored on a sacrifice fly from Eli Larson.
With the win, the Cougars went undefeated in the tournament, winning all five of their games. It was Chewelah’s first tournament championship of the summer season. Because of the format of the tournament, Chewelah played Valley three times, once on Friday and twice on Sunday.
Chewelah 11, Valley 1
Chewelah pitchers allowed the Valley Royals only three hits on Friday afternoon as the Cougars opened their campaign at the Deer Park Tournament with an 11-1 win. The trio of Clay Jeanneret, Shade Krausz, and Kruz Katzer combined to throw five innings, allowing no earned runs and striking out seven Valley batters.
The Cougars scored two runs in the first inning on a single from Katzer and a triple by Jeanneret.
Jeanneret’s second three-bagger of the game, along with a single by Eli Larson and a pair of RBIs by Jack Carpenter, gave Chewelah a 5-0 lead.
Singles by Tommy Kirry and Titus Tapia, plus a double from Zach Bowman, widened the Cougar lead to 9-0 after four innings.
Kirry singled, Bowman doubled, and both were brought home by Jeanneret’s single to give Chewelah an 11-0 split with the Royals coming to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning. Valley did score to avoid being shut out, but the Cougars savored their 11-1 triumph.
Jeanneret went 3-for- 3 with three runs scored and three runs batted in. Bowman and Kirry each had two hits and combined to score five runs.
Chewelah 12, Newport 0
Chewelah’s two Saturday games were both blowouts. The Cougars shutout Newport 12-0 and goose-egged Tri-County 18-0.
Kruz Katzer, Eli Larson, and Zach Bowman combined to throw a no-hitter against Newport, striking out 10 batters in the process.
Bowman led Chewelah in the batter’s box, going 3-for- 3 and batting in five Cougar runs. He drove in runs on a double in the first inning and a home run in the third.
Shade Krausz and Titus Tapia hit doubles. Katzer and Clay Jeanneret each hit a triple. Altogether, the Cougars had 11 hits in only three at-bats.
The game ended when Newport did not score in the top of the fourth inning.
Chewelah 18, Tri-County 0
Chewelah pitchers allowed only one hit and the Cougars scored 11 runs in the top of the sixth inning to destroy Tri-County 18-0 on Saturday evening.
Shade Krausz scored twice, batted in three runs, and stole four bases for Chewelah. The Cougars stole 13 total bases in the win.
Bowman, Katzer, Carpenter, and Larson each had two hits.
Krausz, Jeanneret, Larson, and bowman teamed up to throw the shutout.
Chewelah 6, Valley 2
Chewelah and Valley met again on Sunday morning with the winner advancing to the championship game.
The Cougars battled to a 6-0 lead after three innings and held on to notch a 6-2 victory.
A double by Jeanneret and a triple by Bowman gave Chewelah an early 2-0 lead. The Cougars added four ore runs in the third inning with hits by Jeanneret and Larson doing the damage.