Chewelah’s 10U all-star team used a nine-run fourth inning to defeat Newport 12-7 on Sunday afternoon to claim third place in the Deer Park Settler’s Day Wood Bat Tournament. The Cougars won three of their five games, losing twice to tournament champion Trail. They defeated Castlegar, Post Falls, and Newport.
This was the third time the Cougars had placed third in a summer tournament. They finish the season at Colville next weekend where they will compete in the Rendezvous Tournament.
Trail 7, Chewelah 3
After a closely-played first few innings, Trail pulled away from the Cougars to post a 7-3 win in the opening game of the tournament for both teams on Friday morning.
“We played really well, especially at the beginning of the game,” said Coach Eric Krausz. “The score was 2-1 through the first three innings. We had opportunities to score with runners on base and our big hitters coming to the plate later in the game, but we were unable to bring them in. We even had the bases loaded once and did not score.
“Trail is probably the best team in the tournament, and we surprised them by playing so well. Their best pitcher threw the last three innings against us. He threw really hard, but he did not intimidate us. We hit the ball pretty solid against him, scoring two runs and frustrating him a little.”
Church scored both Chewelah runs. He was hit by a pitch in the first inning. Back-to-back singles from Nolan Jeanneret and Wyatt Accord brought him home.
In the sixth inning, Church hit a leadoff single and was walked around the rest of the bases on consecutive walks given to Acord, Bodie Katzer and Shade Krausz.
Chewelah 7, Castlegar 3
In Saturday’s evening game, Chewelah scored three runs in the first inning and two more in the fourth to bag a 7-3 victory over Castlegar for the Cougars’ second win of the day.
Katzer clobbered a triple in the bottom of the opening inning, bringing Church home with Chewelah’s first run. A sacrifice bunt by Jeanneret brought Katzer home for a 3-0 Cougar lead. Later in the inning, Krausz was walked with the bases loaded to push Lucas Stahl across the plate for the fourth run and a 4-0 lead.
A double up the middle by Krausz in the fourth inning brought home two more Chewelah base runners. Wyatt Acord and Dakota Acosta both singled and scored on the two-bagger, lengthening the Cougar lead to 6-0.
Katzer singled and came home via a Stahl double to widen the Chewelah lead to 7-0.
Castlegar scored in the top of the fifth inning to avoid being shut out. Katzer led the Cougars in the batter’s box with two hits. Also swatting hits were Krausz, Acord, Acosta, and Luke McGuire. Jeanneret, Krausz, McGuire, and Katzer shared time on the mound.
Defensively, Dakota Acosta did a fine job behind the plate for Chewelah, throwing out a Castlegar runner attempting to steal second base and another trying to get to third base.
Chewelah 11, Post Falls 0
A seven-run explosion in the first inning triggered the Cougars to an 11-0 win over Post Falls in four-inning game on Saturday morning.
Chewelah used a six-hit attack in its first at-bat to leap out in front on the scoreboard. Singles by Stahl and Katzer were followed by a double from Jeanneret. A single by Church, a two-run double from Krausz, and a three-run homer from Conner Barkaloo completed the fireworks in the batter’s box.
The Cougars added four more runs in the bottom of the fourth on doubles from Church, Jeanneret, and Stahl. Jeanneret had a 3-for-3 day at the plate. Church and Stahl each had two hits. Jeanneret, Stahl, and Barkaloo combined for six hits and eight RBIs.
Acord kept Post Falls off the scoreboard through all four innings that he was on the mound. He pitched a shutout, allowing no runs on four hits, while striking out three. The game ended at the end of the fourth inning on the 10-run rule.
Trail 12, Chewelah 6
Somehow, Chewelah was again paired with Trail for Sunday morning’s game. The winner of this game advanced to the championship game. The loser dropped into the game for third and fourth places.
Behind by a 9-2 score after four innings, Chewelah put together four consecutive hits to add four more runs to their score. A single by Acord, doubles from Jeanneret and Stahl, and a triple by Katzer ignited the rally.
However, in the end, Trail again came out on top, this time by a 12-6 score.
Katzer batted 3-for-3 with a trio of doubles to lead the Cougars at the plate.
Chewelah 12, Newport 7
Nine Chewelah base runners stepped on the plate in the fourth inning, blazing a 12-7 triumph over Newport as the Cougars earned the third- place trophy at Deer Park.
Five timely hits fueled the attack.
Jeanneret, Stahl, and Katzer drilled singles. Dakota Acosta and Luke McGuire slammed doubles. In between the hits, Newport pitchers yielded four walks and hit three Cougar batters, of which six scored.
Acord doubled and scored in the second inning. Singles by Enrique Navarez and Jeanneret, along with a double by Acosta produced three more runs.