Andrew Hansen received strong support at the plate from his teammates last Wednesday afternoon when they provided 15 hits to give the young sophomore lefthander his first pitching win of the season, 10-0.
Hansen threw the complete game in securing a 10-run no-hit shutout in his debut on the mound for the Chewelah Cougars. He sent the Grizzlies back to the bench in order in four of the five innings he pitched, striking out eight of the 13 batters he faced. Newport’s lone base runner was the result of an error.
“Andrew threw five solid innings,” said Coach Luke Jeanneret. “He kept his pitches low in the strike zone and had good command of his off-speed pitches.”
Caleb Wiebe and Carson Coleman followed with a pair of pitching wins at Riverside on Friday as the Cougars swept both games of their doubleheader against the Rams, 10-2 and 3-1.
However, in between those two outings, Chewelah lost a game at Lakeside as Cougar bats produced only two hits in a 5-3 loss to the Eagles. That loss dropped them out of a first place tie with Medical Lake in the current league standings. The loss at Lakeside dropped Chewelah to 5-1. Medical Lake remains undefeated at 4-0.
“It will be a little different when Lakeside comes here and has to face our top two starting pitchers,” said Jeanneret. “We didn’t play very well at Lakeside. That will change when they come here.”
So, the league showdown will occur on April 6, when the Cougars travel to Medical Lake for a Saturday doubleheader.
“If one team or the other sweeps both games of that doubleheader at Medical Lake, they will be in the driver’s seat,” said Jeanneret. “If there is a split, the third game later in the season will be pivotal.”
Chewelah will travel to Medical Lake this Saturday. The first game of the doubleheader will begin at noon, with the second game to follow.
Hansen received the support of his teammates in his first varsity start. The Cougars hammered 15 hits and scored 10 runs in a game shortened by the 10-run rule.
Chewelah scored two runs in the opening inning. Brandon Smith, Dustin Olson, and Wiebe each hit singles, and Derek Smith doubled. Ty Curtis singled home two more Cougar runs in the second inning, widening the lead to 4-0.
In the third inning, Chewelah doubled its score with four more runs. The Cougar got singles off the bats of Brandon Smith, Dustin Crowell, Cordell Bean, and Olson. They were followed by a two-run double from Hansen.
Wiebe’s triple in the fourth inning scored Taylor Nicholas, and Hansen’s single in the bottom of the fifth inning brought Skye Laitinen home. The two runs created the 10-run split that ended the game.
On Friday, the Cougars traveled to Riverside, where they won both ends of a league doubleheader against the home-standing Rams as Wiebe earned his third straight victory on the mound.
Wiebe threw all seven innings for the Cougars, allowing two runs and striking out 10 Riverside batters. Both Ram runs scored in the fourth inning on a two-out single with two runners in scoring position.
Wiebe threw six scoreless innings and retired the Rams in order five times. He gave up a pair of hits in the fourth inning, but neither Riverside runner scored.
Chewelah opened the game with a five-run first inning. Singles by Brandon Smith and Wiebe, along with a double by Olson and a squeeze bunt by Crowell, provided the power at the plate.
Back to back singles from Crowell and Hansen gave Chewelah a pair of base-runners to begin the fourth inning. Both scored on Derek Smith’s double, increasing the Cougar lead to 7-0.
The Cougars added three more runs in the fifth inning off singles by Olson, Wiebe, Crowell, Hansen, and Derek Smith. With those runs, Chewelah widened its lead to 10-0.
Riverside brought home its only two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the Cougars did not allow another Ram to score in their last two at-bats for the 10-2 win.
The second game at Riverside turned out to be more of a pitchers’ duel, with Carson Coleman earning the win on the mound for Chewelah by a 3-1 score.
The Rams scored their one run of the game in the first inning, and Coleman closed the door through their next six trips to the plate to secure the victory.
Bean batted in Wiebe in the top of the second inning to tie the score at one run apiece. Wiebe then singled home Brandon Smith in the fourth inning for a 2-1 Cougar lead.
Chewelah added another run in the fifth inning when Ryan Bell was walked and was batted in by Derek Smith’s single into left field.
Coleman struck out seven Ram batters and scattered four hits through seven innings. He gave up a triple in the third inning, but the runner did not score. Riverside loaded the bases in the fourth inning, but again, no runner scored.
Loss at Lakeside
Chewelah’s lone loss of the week came at Lakeside, where the Cougars were outscored 5-3 by the Eagles when the Cougars managed only three hits.
Four consecutive bases on balls gave Chewelah its first run as Brandon Smith walked around the bases in the opening inning.
Derek Smith’s single scored Coleman in the fifth inning, and Brandon Smith singled and scored in the Chewelah’s sixth at-bat.
Brandon Smith threw the entire game for the Cougars, allowing only one earned run.
This Saturday, the Cougars travel to Medical Lake to play two games against the league-leading Cardinals, who are undefeated with a 4-0 league record. Chewelah goes into the game with a 5-1 record.
Chewelah 10, Newport 0
Cougars: 2 2 4 1 1 = 10 15 1
Grizzlies: 0 0 0 0 0 = 0 0 3
Cougar pitching: Andrew Hansen and Cordell Bean. Win – Hansen (1-0).
Cougar hitting: Derek Smith 2, Ty Curtis, Brandon Smith 2, Dustin Olson 2, Caleb Wiebe 2, Cordell Bean 2, Andrew Hanson 2, Carson Coleman, Dustin Crowell. 2B – D. Smith, Bean, Hansen. 3B – Wiebe.
Chewelah 10, Riverside 2
Cougars: 5 0 0 2 3 0 0 = 10 12 0
Rams: 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 = 2 7 5
Cougar pitching: Caleb Wiebe and Cordell Bean; Win – Wiebe (3-0).
Cougar hitting: Caleb Wiebe 3, Dustin Crowell 2, Derek Smith 2, Andrew Hansen 2, Dustin Olson, Brandon Smith, Cordell Bean . 2B – Olson, Wiebe.
Chewelah 3, Riverside 1
Cougars: 0 1 0 1 1 0 0 = 3 3 1
Rams: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 4 3
Cougar pitching: Carson Colman and Cordell Bean; Win -Colman (2-0).
Cougar hitting: Derek Smith, Caleb Wiebe, Ty Curtis.
Lakeside 5, Chewelah 3
Cougars: 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 = 3 2 3
Eagles: 0 3 0 1 1 0 x = 5 8 2
Cougar pitching: Brandon Smith, Taylor Nicholas (4), Custin Crowell (5) and Cordell Bean. Loss – Smith (0-1)
Cougar hitting: Derek Smith, Brandon Smith, Cordell Bean.
Medical Lake 4 – 0
Chewelah 5 – 1
Freeman 3 – 1
Lakeside 4 – 1
Riverside 1 – 4
Newport 0 – 5
Kettle Falls 0 – 6
By Geno Ludwig
The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Pitcher Carson Coleman with Brandon Smith on 1st against Riverside. Mickey Olson photo