Chewelah’s A-team raised its American Legion baseball record to 8-2 over the past couple of weeks by adding three more league wins to their summer season schedule.
The Cougars swept two games against Northwest Christian and notched a shutout triumph over Deer Park. Their lone loss was 6-5 to Deer Park in the opening game of a double header.
Chewelah remains in first place in the current league standings with a half-game lead over Medical Lake.
The Cougars are 8-2. ML is 7-2. The Cougars continued to score runs off their short game, utilizing the bunt to move runners around the bases and to squeeze them home. Of their 76 hits this summer, only 10 have gone for extra bases.
The rest have been singles.
Chewelah 13, NWC 12
Johnny Larson batted 4-for-5, including the game-winning single in the eighth inning, to lead a 13-12 come from behind win over Northwest Christian.
The Cougars trailed the visiting Crusaders through the first six innings of play and then tied the game at 11 runs apiece in their seventh at-bat. NWC scored one run in the eighth inning to take a 12-11 lead, but consecutive singles by Pearson Grooms, Tayeb Wilson, and Larson secured the extra-inning victory for Chewelah.
Behind 9-5 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, Zarren Nelson and Ethan Rowe bated in two runs to close the gap to 9-7. Then, in the seventh inning, Jerry Kramer’s single drove home two Chewelah runs, Zach Kubik’s single scored another run, and Rowe’s sacrifice fly brought home the tying run. Kramer, Kubik, and Wilson each had two hits.and a pair of RBIs.
DP 6, Chewelah 5
After leading 5-0 through the first five innings, Chewelah yielded six runs to Deer Park in the last two at-bats as the Cougars suffered a 6-5 loss to the visitors.
Justin Rollis threw the first five innings for Chewelah, allowing no runs and two hits, while striking out nine Deer Park batters.
However, the Cougar bullpen did not follow suit as Rollis’s three successors surrendered all six runs.
Kramer doubled and was batted in by Kubik to give Chewelah a 1-0 lead in the opening inning. Nelson singled and was squeezed home by
Dylan Davis’s sacrifice bunt in the second inning. Larson came home on a wild pitch after hitting a one-bagger in the fourth inning. Rollis’s single into right-field brought Kramer and Grooms home in the fifth inning for a 5-0 Chewelah lead.
Chewelah 10, DP 0
Chewelah avenged its loss in the first game of the doubleheader by goose-egging Deer Park 10-0 in the second game as Davis threw a three-hit shutout for the Cougars.
Davis also batted 2-for-3 with a single, a double, and two runs batted in.
Chewelah scored in each of the five innings. Carl Oman was hit by a pitch and scored on a bunt off the bat of Grooms in the opening inning. Two errors and three walks by DP allowed four Cougar runs to score in the second inning. Singles by Wilson, Davis, and Oman in the third inning brought home three more runs for a 7-0 lead.
Kubik singled and scored on a wild pitch in the fourth inning. The Cougars achieved a 10-run split in the fifth inning for the win. Davis doubled and scored on a balk. Larson was hit by a pitch and scored from third base on a wild pitch.
Chewelah 6, NWC 2
In a make-up game that was rescheduled because of rain, Chewelah earned its second win of the season over Northwest Christian, defeating the Crusaders 6-2 on their Colbert campus. The victory raised Chewelah’s summer record to 8-2.
Oman hit a leadoff single and came home on Kubik’s sacrifice fly to center-field in Chewelah’s first at-bat. Grooms hit a two-run single in the third inning and Larson batted in another run for a 4-2 Cougar lead. Kubik singled in the seventh inning, scoring two more runs.
Rollis threw the complete game, striking out nine NWC batters. He allowed five hits, but no earned runs.
Kubik currently leads Chewelah at the plate with 14 hits in 37 at-bats, a .378 batting average, and 12 runs batted in. He is followed by Grooms, who is batting .313 with 10 hits in 32 times at the plate.
Rollis leads Cougar pitchers with a 1.73 earned average. He has started five games and totaled 32 strikeouts. Davis has appeared in nine games in relief, has a 2-0 record on the mound and a 2.72 ERA.
B-Team gets on track
After suffering through a miserable start to their season, hard work and perseverance is beginning to pay off for Chewelah’s younger Class-A American Legion team. Up until a week ago, the Cougar B-team was winless in their first 10.
However, they now have posted some long-awaited wins.
“We have won three of our last four games,” said Coach Cordell Bean. “We split a doubleheader with Central Valley and swept both games against Prairie.”
Chewelah’s B-team is made up of seventh and eighth graders who play in a league composed mostly of high school players.
Jake Jeanneret scored on a single by Kaden Krouse in the bottom of the twelfth inning to give Chewelah a 6-5 victory over CV in the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader.
Jenneret singled into center-field, was moved into scoring position by Jake George, and then was batted in by Krouse’s two-out single.
The Cougars grabbed an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning. Singles by Jeanneret and Krouse scored two runs. Then, Krouse came home on a pitch that got past the CV catcher. Lukas Kubik and Jeanneret both singled and scored in the seventh inning to tie the score at five runs apiece, sending the game into extra innings. It was not until the twelfth inning that Chewelah brought home the winning run.
Jeanneret and Krouse had three hits. Kubik and Nick Skok each had two singles. Andrew Sweat was the winning pitcher.
Chewelah 15, Prairie 10
On Monday, Chewelah hosted Prairie at the Barbour Complex, winning both games of a league doubleheader, 15-10 and 12-6. The Cougars swatted 16 hits in the opening game slugfest, led by Jake George, who went 4-for- 5 and scored three runs.
The Cougars got off to a hot start, scoring nine runs in their first time at bat. Singles by Kubik, George, Jeanneret, Krouse, Sweat, Nick Franks, and Isaiah Camus contributed the fireworks. Kubik, Jeanneret, and George each had two singles in that inning as Chewelah sent 14 batters to the plate.
Singles by George and Sammy Triplett highlighted a two-run third inning for Chewelah. Krouse singled home Jeanneret in the fourth inning. Three more runs came home in the sixth inning on one-baggers by Jeanneret, George, and Sweat.
Chewelah 12, Prairie 6
Chewelah again scored early in the second game as the Cougars brought home seven baserunners in the first two innings to take a 7-0 lead. Two singles each by Kubik and Jeanneret led that seven-run rally.
Franks was batted home by George in the third inning to extend the Chewelah lead to 8-0. Three more runs scored in the fifth inning on a single from Krouse and a double into deep center-field by Sweat.
Sweat’s second double of the game gave Chewelah the opportunity to score their final run. He was batted in by Skok for a 12- 6 Cougar win. Sweat batted 3-for-4
Chewelah’s B-team has three more home games. Selkirk visits on July 5 for a single game, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Then, on July 10, Lewis and Clark comes here for a doubleheader that starts at 1 p.m.
Other Chewelah players are Nick Dehnel, Clancy Eggleston, Ryan Marang, Cole Piepgras, and Tucker Robinson.
In AAA play, the Chewelah- based Northeast 49ers are 0-2 in league play. So far, most of their games have been in non-league tournaments in Washington, Idaho, and Montana. They return to league play on July 12, 13, and 14 at Jackson Field in Spokane against the Northstars, Bandits, and Cannons. Game time is 5:30 p.m. American Legion Class-A
LEGION SINGLE A
Chewelah 8 – 2
Medical Lake 7 – 2
Shadle Park 5 – 3
Northern Lakes 4 – 5
NW Christian 4 – 5
Deer Park 2 – 4
Mead 2 – 6
Freeman 2 – 7