After winning their previous four games, Chewelah’s American Legion B-team saw its streak come to an end last week as they won only one of four games. The young Cougars were beaten twice by Lewis and Clark, 5-3 and 9-2. They also lost a 6-2 game at Selkirk.
Jake George threw a two-hit shutout against Kettle Falls for Chewelah’s lone win of the week, defeating the Bulldogs 3-0.
“This was Jake’s best performance on the mound this season,” said Coach Cordell Bean. “He only had four strikeouts, but he threw a lot of ground ball outs. Nobody got past second base.”
Nick Skok and Nick Dehnel both singled and scored in the third inning to give Chewelah a 2-0 lead. Jake Jeanneret was walked and scored on a single by Kaden Krouse in the sixth inning. That concluded scoring, giving the Cougars their 3-0 victory.
Scoring runs were at a minimum for Chewelah all week. The Cougars brought home only two baserunners in their 6-2 loss to Selkirk. Sam Triplett doubled into center-field in the opening inning to send Krouse home from second base. Andrew Sweat hit a double in the third inning and was batted in by Skok.
Selkirk pitching limited Chewelah to only three hits. Jeanneret had a single in the seventh inning. He also absorbed the pitching loss, even though he had seven strikeouts.
One bad inning doomed Chewelah in its first encounter with Lewis and Clark. The Tigers scored five runs in four hits in their third at-bat, and those runs were enough to bag the win.
The Cougars scored all three of their runs in the second inning and had a 3-0 lead going into the fatal third inning. Ryan Marang and Nick Franks scored on Jeanneret’s single. Luke Kubik got on base on a fielder’s choice and came home on a sacrifice fly by Krouse.
In the second game, Chewelah brought home only two baserunners. Franks singled over second base and scored in the third inning. Krouse doubled in the sixth inning and was batted in by a single from Sweat.
Krouse went 2-for-3 at the plate, and George had a single into right-field in the second inning. Those were Chewelah’s only other hits. They were plagued by 13 strikeouts, limiting their production at the plate.
The Cougars have one more game to play. It is a make-up game against Selkirk.
“We were overconfident when we played Selkirk the first time,” said Bean. “We won’t have those big heads when we play them again.”
Chewelah did not qualify for the upcoming league tournament that begins this weekend in Spokane.
By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent