(By Geno Ludwig/Chewelah Independent)
AA Legion squad upends Mead, sweeps Riverside…
Jensen Holloway batted a perfect 4-for-4 with three singles and a bases- clearing double as he led the Chewelah Forty-Niners to a 12-2 baseball victory over visiting Mead last Thursday evening.
This win, coupled with Friday’s sweep of a doubleheader against Riverside, lengthened Chewelah’s winning streak to four straight games.
The Niners split a doubleheader against North Central on Tuesday of last week. Friday’s sweep of Riverside jacked their record up to 11-6.
Chewelah wore its flashy orange and black uniforms for the first time at home on Thursday. Coach Sawyer Bardwell decided to make use of the boxed-up Northeast Forty-Niner uniforms that were used by the local AAA-team last year. So, now, the local AA-team is the Chewelah Forty-Niners, no longer the Cougars. The Chewelah A-team will continue to be known as the Cougars.
Holloway scored three runs and batted in three more to lift the Niners to a 9-6 record for the season. He lifted his batting average up to .375 for the season.
Ben Richmond earned the pitching win, allowing only three hits and two runs in five innings on the mound for Chewelah.
The Forty-Niners used 10 hits and flat-out aggressive base-running skills that forced seven defensive errors to move players around the bags. By the end of the fifth inning, they had built a 12-2 lead, and the game was ended on the 10-run rule.
Holloway triggered a four-run first inning for Chewelah with a bunt single to the left of the pitcher’s mound. Jerry Kramer followed Holloway to first base with a walk, and immediately stole second base. Mead’s throw to second base went into the outfield and Holloway scored. Kramer’s attempt to steal third base forced another Mead error at the bag, giving him the green light to score.
As the first inning progressed, Gavin Parrott tripled into rightfield, Zarren Nelson was walked, and both scored on a double off the bat of Pearson Grooms.
The two runs gave Chewelah an early 4- 0 lead. Parrott currently tops the team at the plate with a .522 batting average. Holloway scored again in the second inning. He singled up the middle, stole second base, and scored on a ground ball by Zak Kubik that was bobbled by the Mead first-baseman. At the end of two innings, the Niners had a 5-0 lead.
Chewelah had the bases loaded for Holloway when he came up to bat in the fourth inning after one Niner run had already scored. Grooms opened the two-out rally with a single. Sam Triplett and Jake Jeanneret both walked to load the bases. With all bags occupied, Dylan Davis milked a full count into another walk, sending Grooms home. With the bases still loaded, Holloway hammered a line drive double into centerfield, and all three baserunners scored. He scored on an error to stretch the Chewelah lead to 10-0.
Mead scored its two runs in the top of the fifth inning to avoid being shut out.
The Forty-Niners came to bat in the bottom of the fifth inning with a 10-2 lead, needing two runs to end the game on the 10-run rule. Singles by Nelson and Jeanneret provided the first run. Grooms later scored on an error, ending the game 12-2 with one out in the inning.
Holloway’s four hits topped Chewelah batters. Grooms had two hits. Nelson, Parrott, Davis, and Jeanneret each had one. Davis is batting .360, Nelson is hitting .309, and Grooms is at .343.
Chewelah 7, Riverside 3
Most of the fireworks occurred in the opening inning on Friday as the Forty- Niners scored five runs in their first at-bat on their way to a 7-3 win over Riverside in the first game of a non- league doubleheader.
Chewelah quickly loaded the bases when Holloway and Grooms were hit by pitches and Kubik singled into leftfield. Nelson’s single scored Holloway to tie the score at one run apiece. Jake George batted in Grooms, Kubik came home on a passed ball, and Triplett batted in Nelson. Kramer then singled and scored on a line drive into rightfield by Richmond to give the Niners a 5-1 lead.
Chewelah added two more runs later in the game, one in the fourth inning andanother in the fifth. Richmond bunted his way on base and was singled home by Holloway. Kramer was walked and scored on a pitch that got past the Riverside catcher for the 7-3 win.
Riverside scored two runs in the second inning to narrow the Chewelah lead to 5-3, but the Niners never allowed another run through the remaining five innings.
Richmond batted 2-for- 3 to lead the Niners at the plate.
Grooms earned the pitching win in relief of Jeanneret. He threw four scoreless innings, striking out six. Jeanneret started the game on the mound for Chewelah and threw the first three innings, allowing one earned run while striking out two Riverside batters.
Chewelah 11, Riverside 1
In the second game of the doubleheader, Zarren Nelson batted 4-for-4 with a duo of doubles and a pair of singles, leading Chewelah to an 11-1 win over Riverside. Nelson hit a single and a two-run double in the second inning, He swatted another two-bagger in the fourth inning, and his single in Chewelah’s fifth at-bat brought home the game-ending run.
The Forty-Niners sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring seven runs on four hits. Nelson singled and scored in his first trip to the plate in the inning. He smashed a two-run double into the right-centerfield gap the second time he stepped into the batter’s box. Singles by Gavin Parrott and Dylan Davis kept the rally going for a 7-0 lead.
Davis doubled and came home on Holloway’s single in the third inning. Nelson hit his second double in the fourth inning, and Chewelah had the bases loaded, but did not get anyone home.
Singles from Kramer and Nelson, along with back to back triples by Parrott and Kubik produced the 10-run split needed to end the game after five innings.
Justin Rollis threw the first four innings for the Niners. He struck out six batters and did not surrender an earned run. Kramer tossed the final inning, striking out two of the three batters he faced, to notch the save.
Nelson’s four hits and three RBIs led the Niners at the plate. Parrott and Davis each had two hits.
Chewelah 7, N. Central 5
Grooms and Jeanneret batted in the winning runs on Tuesday of last week as Chewelah erupted for three runs in the final inning to defeat North Central 7-5 to earn a split of their doubleheader in Spokane. The Forty-Niners lost the first game 8-7.
With the score locked at 4-all, Chewelah came to bat in the top of the seventh inning. They immediately produced two baserunners as Nelson went to first base on an error and Parrott singled. Both advanced into scoring position on Kubik’s sacrifice bunt. Grooms’ ground out scored Nelson to give Chewelah a 5-4 lead. Parrott scored on an NC error, and Jeanneret’s double into rightfield brought George home to add two more runs.
North Central scored one run in the bottom of the inning, but Chewelah held on for the 7-5 triumph.
Triplett earned the win on the bump for Chewelah. He tossed six innings, giving up five runs, five hits, and striking out six. Jeanneret threw the final inning to earn the save.
Parrott, George, and Kramer each hammered two hits for Chewelah. Jeanneret’s double was the only extra- base hit for the Niners, and he led the team with three RBIs. Also getting hits were Holloway and Richmond. In all, the Niners had nine hits in the game.
N. Central 8, Chewelah 7
The winning run scored on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the final inning as Chewelah fell to North Central 8-7 in the opening game of the doubleheader.
The Forty-Niners held a 7-4 lead after five innings, but NC rallied to tie the score at 7-all in the bottom of the sixth inning. Davis singled for Chewelah in the top half of the seventh inning and was the potential winning run, but he was stranded on base. The winning run for NC got to first base via a walk, stole second base, continued to third on a passed ball, and then came home on the sacrifice fly.
A double by Grooms was the highlight hit in Chewelah’s five-run second inning. Davis and Holloway both singled and scored in the third inning. Grooms batted 3-for-4. Davis was 2-for-4. The Niners hosted Pullman and Ferris earlier this week. They play Mt. Spokane at Rogers on Friday.
Chewelah A Legion takes down N. Central, Lewis and Clark
Once in a while, a baseball game on a hot summer day will have an ugly ending. Take, for example, last Tuesday’s (June 20) second game in which Chewelah was hosting a doubleheader against North Central at the Barbour Complex.
It was the top half of the seventh inning, and Chewelah’s A Legion team was on the visitor’s side of the scoreboard, leading 10-8 in its final at-bat. There was one out, and the Cougars had scored a run when James Macrae beat out a bunt single and then went home on another well-placed bunt by Will Frizzell.
With Frizzell on first base, Josh Grooms made the second out on a ground ball, advancing Frizzell to second base. However, for some reason, North Central thought it was the third out of the inning and the players started running to their dugout. In the meantime, Frizzell had rounded second base and was sprinting to an abandoned third base when the NC pitcher realized what was happening and tried to run him down, unsuccessfully.
Still believing there were three outs, the North Central coach had an unsavory chat with the home plate umpire, resulting in his ejection from the game. Since NC did not have an assistant coach to take over the team, the game was immediately halted by the umpire, leaving Chewelah with the 10-8 win.
Had it not been for the coach’s ejection, the game could have proceeded. North Central was the home team in this game and had one more upcoming at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with an opportunity to change the outcome.
With the sweep of this doubleheader, Chewelah’s class-A American Legion team raised its summer record to 6-1, not including a tie game at Colville that was discontinued because of darkness.
These young Cougars have the best record of the two Chewelah teams competing in the American Legion Baseball program. Chewelah’s AA-team is currently 11-6.
Chewelah 12, NC 5
In the opening game of Tuesday’s doubleheader, Nick Franks batted 3-for-4 with a double and earned the pitching victory in a 12-5 win over North Central. The lanky right-hander threw five innings, yielding three runs and one hit. At the plate, Franks hit two singles and a double, and he batted in two Chewelah runs.
Andrew Sweat’s double into leftfield scored Lukas Kubik to give the Cougars a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Singles off the bats of Franks, Frizzell, Kubik and Coby Rancourt plated five more Chewelah runs in the second inning, and the Cougars cruised to the 12-5 win.
The score was much tighter in the second game. Chewelah held a slim 9-8 lead over NC going into the abbreviated final inning. Franks continued to punish the ball, again going 3-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs batted in and three runs scored. Frizzell batted 3-for-3 with a trio of singles, an RBI, and a run scored. Kaden Krouse had two hits and scored three runs.
Wins at Lewis & Clark
On Saturday, June 17, the Cougars traveled to Hart Field on the South Hill, where they swept both games of a doubleheader against Lewis and Clark, 11-5 and 14-8.
In the opening game, Chewelah used timely hits to score teammates who had either been walked of hit by pitches. LC pitchers walked 12 Cougar batters and hit five. Of those, seven scored. Hits by Kubik, Grooms, and Cole Davis gave Chewelah a 3-0 first inning lead. Frizzell and Franks singled in the second inning, adding another Cougar run.
Four hit batters, two walks, and an error allowed Chewelah to score four more runs in the fourth inning without a hit to take an 8-2 lead. A single by Nick Skok and a double from Kade Frizzell produced two more Cougar runs in the fifth Cougar at-bat.
In the end, Chewelah won 11-5 using only 8 hits. Kade Frizzell led the Cougars at the plate with a single and a double.
Franks went a perfect 4-for-4 in the batter’s box with two doubles and five RBIs to lead Chewelah to a 14-8 victory over Lewis and Clark in the day’s second game. As in the opening game, LC pitchers struggled to find the strike zone, allowing seven Cougar runs to score in the first inning after surrendering eight walks and hitting one batter. Kubik had the lone hit of the inning for Chewelah.
Cougar bats started to find the center of the ball in the third inning, pounding 10 hits through the remainder of the game. Davis, Skok, Franks, and Josh Piepgras had hits in the third inning. Kubik, Sweat, Franks, and Will Frizzell had hits in the fourth at-bat. Sweat and Franks each had a run-scoring double in the sixth inning. Altogether, Chewelah had 13 hits to outlast the Tigers, who rallied for five runs in the final two innings to close the scoring gap to 14-8.
Wins against Colville
Chewelah has played Colville three times so far this summer. Two of those games resulted in Cougar wins. The third encounter ended up in an 8-8 tie at the conclusion of six innings.
Chewelah sent 14 batters to the plate and scored eight runs in the fourth inning on the way to a 9-4 Cougar win on May 25. Hits by Sweat, Skok, Krouse, and Kade Frizzell provided the punch. Back to back singles from Kubik and Krouse produced another run in the fifth inning.
In the second meeting on June 2, the Cougars broke a 1-all tie after four innings by scoring four runs in their last two at-bats. Kubik singled and was batted in by Davis to give Chewelah a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning. Sweat and Davis both singled in the sixth inning to bring home Kubik, Krouse, and Cole Piepgras to notch the 5-2 triumph.
The third game against Colville on June 15 was a walk-a-thon. Chewelah scored eight runs on two hits. Colville scored eight runs on one hit. The remainder of the runs on both sides of the scoreboard came from walks. By the end of the sixth inning, the combined total from both teams was 18 free trips to first base, leading to an 8-8 tie score.
Impending darkness—along with possible boredom—caused the officials to end the game with one inning yet to be played.
Kubik and Franks had Chewelah’s two hits.
Loss to West Valley
Five hits were not enough for the Cougars when they lost to West Valley 9-6 early in the season. It was not a matter of hitting the ball. It was a lack of finding gaps in the WV defense to hit it through.
Chewelah suffered only one strikeout through the entire game. However, West Valley made 17 outs on ground balls and fly balls hit by the Cougars.
The score was knotted at 5-5 after four innings. Singles by Krouse, Sweat, Franks, Skok, and Cole Piepgras accounted for Chewelah’s five runs.
They ended up being the last hits for the Cougars who were goose-egged at the plate through the rest of the game.