Chewelah’s American Legion A-team swept doubleheaders from Northern Lakes and Freeman last week to clinch the American League pennant with a 14-2 summer record.
In their final games of league play, the Cougars won both games against Freeman, 12-2 and 8-6, to capture the league title. Earlier in the week, they swept Northern Lakes, winning the opener 7-3 and finishing with a 2-1 victory in the second encounter.
“We start division playoffs on Friday at Hart Field in Spokane,” said Coach Sawyer Bardwell. “We start at 10 a.m. on Friday against the number four seed out of the Federal League (Central Valley). We play Saturday against the number five team out of the American League (Northwest Christian). Then, on Sunday, we play the number four seed out of the National League (East Valley).
“Game times on Monday and Tuesday will be based on how we do on Friday through Sunday.”
Hart Field is the home field for Lewis and Clark High School.
However, it is way up on the South Hill on 37th Avenue, past Manito Park and Sacajawea Middle School. Drive up Grand Boulevard and turn right on 37th. The field complex will immediately be on the right side of the road.
Justin Rollis and Dillon Davis teamed up on the mound to limit Northern Lakes to three hits and three runs. Rollis threw the first four innings to notch the pitching win. Davis threw the last three innings to earn the save, allowing no runs and only one hit.
“We capitalized on some errors to get the lead back after trailing early in the game,” said Coach Sawyer Bardwell.
Zach Kubik went 2-for- 4 with a big run-scoring double. Rollis went 2-for-2 with three runs batted in and a pair of walks.
Johnny Larson had an all-around big game for Chewelah in the second contest of the day. He threw a complete game, allowing one run and scattering six hits, while striking out six Northern Lakes batters.
“Johnny also had the clutch hit in the bottom of the sixth inning that scored the winning run for us,” said Bardwell. “He then shut down Northern Lakes in the top of the seventh inning to protect our 2-1 lead for the win.”
Larson batted 2-for-4 in the second game and had two stolen bases. Tayeb Wilson batted 3-for-4 in the doubleheader.
Dillon Davis threw a complete game against Freeman, allowing two runs and three hits, while striking out six batters as he pitched Chewelah to a 12-2 win in Saturday’s opening game.
“Dillon had a strong outing,” said Coach Bardwell. “He got ahead of hitters and was very effective in getting a lot of ground ball outs.”
Johnny Larson led Chewelah at the plate, batting 2-for-3 with a run batted in and a pair of stolen bases.
The second game was a little tighter, but Chewelah held on to claim the 8-6 win in their final league game of the schedule.
“We threw some guys that had not had many reps on the mound,” said Bardwell. “Pearson Grooms had three strong innings, Jerry Kramer and Carl Oman each got in some time on the mound, and Johnny Larson came in strong in the last two innings.”
Zach Kubik went 2-for- 4 in the batter’s box, with a double and two runs batted in. Tayeb Wilson went 2-for- 2.
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent