Chewelah blew an early 4-1 lead at Lakeside last Tuesday as the Cougars gave up six runs in the fatal fourth inning in a 7-5 loss to the Eagles.
That one disastrous inning cost the Cougars the game and provided them an untimely exit from this year’s District 7 Baseball Tournament. The loss in the loser-out first round of the event also ended Chewelah’s season.
A three-run Lakeside homer in the bottom of the third inning proved to be the lethal swing. It put Chewelah into a 7-4 deficit, from which the Cougars never recovered.
Lakeside will advance to meet Medical Lake in the next round of district play. Deer Park upset Colville 6-1 and will face Freeman.
Three of these teams will move on to the state tournament. The Cougars finished with a 5-9 league record, 9-12 overall for the year.
Tuesday’s loss also marked the final game in the high school careers of seniors Ahron Wuesthoff and Jonah Krausz. Both were honored at Senior Day the previous week. The remainder of this year’s young team will be back next spring.
Like in other losses this season, Chewelah had its chances to win this one. The Cougars had the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning with one out and did not score. A screaming line drive by Jensen Holloway that had base hit written all over it was snagged by a Lakeside infielder for the final out.
Hits by Elan Krausz and Ryder Robison highlighted Chewelah’s four-run second inning. Krausz led the Cougars with two hits. Zarren Nelson and Wuesthoff also had hits.
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent