It was a long day on the diamond for the Chewelah 10U Little League baseball team on Saturday.
Because of the way the tournament was scheduled, the Cougars had to play three of their four games on Saturday—one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one that evening.
Having to face eventual tournament champion Trail in their opening game laid an early setback on the young Cougars, losing 11-1. Chewelah also lost its Saturday afternoon game to the Spokane Valley Wildcats by an 11-0 score.
The two early losses quickly eliminated the Cougars from competition for any of the tournament’s team trophies.
However, the Cougars did bounce back to defeat Newport 16-4 on Saturday night and follow up with a 16-9 win over Tri-County on Sunday.
Bodie Katzer, Shade Krausz, and Luke McGuire batted in runs for the Cougars in the opening inning as Chewelah leaped out in front for an early 6-1 lead over Newport on Saturday evening.
Krausz, McGuire, Enrique Navarez and Wyatt Accord combined for five RBIs in the second inning. Singles by McGuire and Navarez led to a 13-1 Cougar lead after two innings of play.
A two-run double into left field by Krausz in the third inning widened the Chewelah lead to 15-1. Lucas Stahl then singled, adding on another run to the Cougar side of the scoreboard for the 16-4 win. Nolan Jeanneret, Landin Church, and McGuire shared time on the mound for Chewelah, limiting Newport to two hits.
After getting off to a slow start against Tri-County on Sunday, the Cougars roared back in the later innings to earn a 16-9 come from behind victory. They trailed 4-2 going into the fourth inning, but scored 14 times in their last three at-bats.
Dakota Acosta, Lucas Stahl, Conner Barkaloo, and Accord hit singles in the fourth inning to ignite Chewelah batters in the box. Their hits produced five runs as the Cougars took over the lead, 7-4.
A triple by Accord, followed by a single from McGuire fueled a four-run fifth inning for Chewelah.
At the end of the inning, the Cougars were holding onto an 11-9 lead.
A bases-loaded triple by Katzer, along with singles off the bats of Jeanneret and Stahl put five more runs on the Chewelah side of the scoreboard. Tri-County left the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning, but no runs were scored, as the Cougars held on for the 16-9 win in their final game of the all-star season.
By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff