(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
Chewelah downs Newport, splits weekend series with Deer Park…
Four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning left Chewelah one run short of tying last Saturday’s game against Deer Park and preserving their undefeated league record. After defeating the Stags 5-4 on Friday, the Cougars were unable to fully recover from a five-run deficit in a 7-6 loss.
Chewelah dominated Newport 9-1 on Tuesday of last week and then won their first game against Deer Park, but the issuing of too many walks to Stag batters in Saturday’s game proved fatal for the Cougars.
Five of the ten Deer Park batters walked by Chewelah pitchers scored.
The Stags finished the game with only three hits. However, those few hits mixed with walks and untimely Cougar errors allowed the visitors to take home the win.
The two wins and one loss last week dropped Chewelah into second place in the current league standings with a 4-1 record. The Cougars are one game behind unbeaten Freeman, who finished the week at 5-0.
Chewelah scored first, bringing home two runs in the second inning. Dom Coleman doubled and Gavin Parrott got on base on a Stag fielding error. Carl Oman batted Coleman in, and Jensen Holloway batted in Parrott for a 2-0 Cougar lead.
Four Deer Park batters walked in the top of the third inning. Three of them scored, leading to a 3-2 Stag lead. Chewelah pitchers walked four more Deer Park batters in the fatal sixth inning. Two of them scored. Another Stag batter came home on a Cougar error to extend the visitors’ lead to 6-2.
In the top of the seventh inning, Deer Park padded its lead when a Stag baserunner singled and scored on a Chewelah error to widen the deficit to 7-2 with one at-bat to go for the Cougars.
Chewelah found itself behind by five runs going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Although they had baserunners, the Cougars had not scored through the last four innings. Coleman was stranded on third base twice and Parrott was marooned on second base as teammates failed to bat them in.
So, the Cougars needed five runs to tie and six runs to win going into the home half of the final inning. They scored four times, leaving the tying and winning runs on base.
Carl Oman got on base on a fielder’s choice, and both Jensen Holloway and Elan Krausz were walked, loading the bases for Chewelah. Ryder Robison’s sacrifice fly into centerfield brought Oman in.
Dom Coleman’s bases loaded walk pushed Holloway home. Krausz came home on a wild pitch. The three runs still left the Cougars on the short end of a 7-5 score.
With two outs, Chewelah still had a pair of baserunners. Parrott batted in Zarren Nelson, but he and Coleman were both abandoned on base. Four runs were not enough as the Cougars suffered their first league loss by a 7-6 score.
Chewelah lost the game from the mound, where Cougar pitchers were unable to find the strike zone. Chewelah out-hit the Stags five to three. Swatting hits for the Cougars were Parrott, Krausz, Kubik, Spencer, and Coleman.
CHEWELAH 9, NEWPORT 1
Chewelah held onto a slim one-run lead over Newport going into the bottom of the sixth inning and hoped it would be enough to notch a win against the visiting Grizzlies. However, leading only 2-1, the Cougars wanted to add an extra run or two in case Newport might score in its final at-bat.
A seven-hit barrage by Chewelah produced seven more runs as the Cougars overpowered the Grizzlies at the plate for a 9-1 league victory.
Elan Krausz, who went 3-for-4 in the batter’s box, ignited the Cougar attack with a double that scored Carl Oman from second base. Pearson Grooms’ ground out moved Krausz over to third base, and he scored on a wild pitch for a 4-1 Chewelah lead.
Cougar bats continued to make contact. Consecutive singles by Dom Coleman and Gavin Parrott made way for Zak Kubik’s one-hop double off the rightfield fence, scoring both baserunners.
Another double by Dylan Davis brought home Kubik and Lukas Spencer. Krausz’s second hit of the inning, a single up the middle, scored Davis from third base, lifting the lead to 9-1.
Coleman sent Grizzly batters back to the dugout in order during their last at-bat in the seventh inning to seal the Chewelah victory. The senior right-hander threw the last three innings in relief of Justin Rollis to notch the pitching win. He threw three innings, yielding no runs and one hit, while striking out two and walking one. Rollis started the game for the Cougars. He went four innings, giving up one run, three hits, and striking out two.
The win kept Chewelah undefeated with a 3-0 league record.
The Cougars took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning. Grooms got on base via a fielder’s choice and scored when the Newport catcher attempted to throw out Coleman sliding into second base.
It was also Grooms who scored Chewelah’s winning run in the fifth inning. He was issued a leadoff walk, moved over to third base on a long double into deep leftfield off the bat of Gavin Parrott, and was batted in by Kubik for a 2-1 Cougar lead.
Newport evened the score at one run apiece in the top of the second inning. It ended up being the lone Grizzly run. Chewelah finished the game with 11 hits. Krausz had three, Kubik and Parrott each had two. Kubik batted in three runs, while Davis and Krausz each had two RBIs.
The Cougar defense played the entire game without making an error. Spencer had five putouts at first base. Third-baseman Coleman had four assists.
CHEWELAH 5, DEER PARK 4
Dom Coleman doubled home the winning run in the top of the seventh inning and the Chewelah defense stopped a Stag rally in the bottom of the inning with a double play as the Cougars held on to defeat Deer Park 5-4 on Friday.
Coleman’s two-bagger into deep rightfield scored Ryder Robison all the way from first base to give Chewelah a 5-2 lead in the final Cougar at-bat of the game.
However, in the home half of the inning, Deer Park hammered three hits, scoring two runs, and had the score- tying run on third base with only one out. That is when Elan Krausz suddenly smothered the fire. Taking over on the mound, he snagged a line drive for the second out and then threw to Coleman at third base to double-off the Stag runner for out number three, ending the game in a Cougar victory.
Krausz threw just three pitches to notch the save. His first pitch was fouled off. The second offering was a called strike. The third was lined right back to him to trigger the double play.
Robison was the game’s winning pitcher. He threw six and a third innings, allowing four runs and eight hits. He had yielded only one run and two hits going into the sixth inning.
Zarren Nelson made his return to the lineup at second base productive. He went 3-for- 4 at the plate with a double and two singles, scored two runs, and batted in a run.
Chewelah scored first. Nelson doubled into leftfield and was bunted to third by Zak Kubik. Gavin Parrott batted him in with a single over third base for a 1-0 Cougar lead.
Deer Park caught up in the fourth inning with their first two hits of the game. A triple into the right-centerfield gap was followed by a run-scoring single to tie the game at 1-1.
Coleman initiated a two-out Cougar rally in the top of the sixth inning. His single was followed by another off the bat of Nelson. Kubik doubled over second base, bringing Coleman home.
Nelson scored from third base on a pitch that got past the Deer Park catcher, and Kubik came home on a bases-loaded walk issued to Carl Oman. The three runs gave Chewelah a 4-1 lead.
Deer Park added a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to narrow the score to 5-2 with one at-bat remaining for both teams. The Stags then threatened in the seventh inning with two more runs, but Chewelah held on for the win.
With the win, the Cougars remained undefeated in league play with a 4-0 record. The Stags, who came into the game at 3-0, suffered their first conference loss.
Nelson was Chewelah’s leading hitter with three hits. Coleman had two hits and batted in a run. Nelson and Kubik each hit a double. The Cougars played flawless defense.
They made nine ground outs and caught eight fly balls. Kubik had 10 putouts. Nelson had four assists.
CHEWELAH 9, NEWPORT 1
Grizzlies: 010 000 0 = 1 4 3
Cougars: 100 017 x = 9 (11) 0
Cougar pitching: Justin Rollis, Dom Coleman (5) and Carl Oman. Win – Coleman.
Cougar hitting: Elan Krausz 3, Zak Kubik 2, Gavin Parrott 2, Dom Coleman, Lukas Spencer, Dylan Davis, Carl Oman. 2B – Krausz, Davis, Parrott.
CHEWELAH 5, DEER PARK 4
Cougars: 010 003 1 = 5 9 0
Stags: 000 101 2 = 4 7 0
Cougar pitching: Ryder Robison, Elan Krausz (7) and Carl Oman. Win – Robison. Save – Krausz.
Cougar hitting: Zarren Nelson 3, Dom Coleman 2, Ryder Robison, Zak Kubik, Gavin Parrott, Carl Oman.
DEER PARK 7, CHEWELAH 6
Stags: 003 003 1 = 7 3 3
Cougars: 020 000 4 = 6 6 3
Cougar pitching: Dom Coleman, Gavin Parrott (4), Elan Krausz (7) and Carl Oman. Loss – Coleman.
Cougar hitting: Gavin Parrott, Elan Krausz, Dom Coleman, Lukas Spencer, Zak Kubik. 2B – Krausz, Coleman.