Cougars Snap Four-Game Losing Streak, Defeat Freeman 5-1

The Chewelah Cougars clawed their way out of a four-game losing streak last Saturday, defeating Freeman 5-1 in the second game of a league doubleheader at the Barbour Complex.

With the score tied at 1-apiece after four innings, the Cougars scored four runs in their last two at-bats to split the two league games against the Scotties.

Calvin Connall led off the sixth inning with a bunt single and stole second base. He was moved over to third base by Derek Smith’s single. Connall then scored on a sacrifice fly to rightfield off the bat of Dillon Bigler, giving Chewelah a 2-1 lead.

The Cougars added three more runs in the sixth inning. Joey Baker triggered the rally with a double hit deep into the leftfield corner. Dustin Olson’s single into the gap in left-centerfield sent Baker to third base. Ty Curtis batted in Baker with a sacrifice fly ball to right field for a 3-1 Cougar lead.

Chewelah got another baserunner when Connall was hit by a pitch. Then, Derek Smith hammered a double off the fence in leftfield, scoring Olson and Connall. Those two runs gave the Cougars a 5-1 lead with one inning left to play.

And, when Freeman did not score in the top of the final inning, Chewelah notched its first league win since defeating Colville 6-5 in the opening game of a doubleheader played on April 7. In between, the Cougars lost the second game of the doubleheader at Colville, a pair of single games to Lakeside and Newport, and the opening game on Saturday to Freeman.

The four losses dropped Chewelah out of first place and into a two-way tie with the Indians for second place in the current league standings with a 4-4 record.

Chewelah swatted eight hits in their second game against Freeman. Derek Smith and Dustin Olson each had two hits, including a double by both. Olson doubled in the second inning and was batted in by Cody Sweat’s single in the second inning to give the Cougars their first run.

Chewelah 6, Colville 5

Joey Baker went three-for-three at the plate and batted in the winning run in the top of the seventh inning as the Cougars won the opening game of a doubleheader at Colville on April 7.

The game was tied at 3 runs apiece going into the final inning, when Chewelah rallied for three runs to claim the league win.

With two outs and Dillon Bigler on second base, Ty Curtis hit a run-scoring single to give the Cougars a 4-3 lead. Another single by Caleb Wiebe gave Chewelah another baserunner. Baker then slapped a third straight single that batted in both Curtis and Bigler. As a result, the Cougars went into the bottom of the inning with a 6-3 lead. They held on for the 6-5 win.

Calvin Connall scored the first Chewelah run of the game. He singled in the opening inning and came home on a sacrifice bunt by Cody Sweat.

Singles by Wiebe, Baker, and Connall produced a Cougar run in the second inning as Wiebe stepped on the plate for a 2-1 Chewelah lead.

In the fourth inning, Baker doubled and was batted in by Brandon Smith’s single to tie the score at 3-3.

Connall finished the game with three singles. Bigler and Wiebe had two hits each.

Wiebe threw the complete game for the Cougars to earn his first pitching victory of the season. He allowed four earned runs and struck out eight Indian batters.

The win lifted Chewelah to a 4-0 league record.

Colville 11, Chewelah 10

In the second game of the doubleheader, Colville scored three runs in the bottom of the final inning to post an 11-10 win over the Cougars.

Chewelah had scored four runs in the top of the seventh inning to take a 10-8 lead with only the bottom half of the inning to be played. However, Colville loaded the bases with a single, a hit batter, and a base on balls, followed by a three-run double that gave the Indians the win, 11-10.

Connall had two hits for the Cougars. He singled and scored in the first inning. He doubled and scored in the third inning.

Bigler also had two hits. His single batted in Connall in the first inning. He then singled and scored in the seventh inning.

Sweat’s double in the fifth inning batted in Connall and Derek Smith. Wiebe then bunted Bigler home with the third run of the inning.

Sweat threw the first five innings for the Cougars. Connall went to the mound in the sixth inning and absorbed the pitching loss.

Lakeside 11, Chewelah 1

At Lakeside, the Eagles limited Chewelah to three hits and one run as they handed the Cougars their second league loss of the season, 11-1.

Connall had two of Chewelah’s three hits. He singled in the first inning and doubled in the third inning, but he was left stranded on base both times.

Bigler had the third Cougar hit. He singled and scored in the sixth inning, being batted in by Wiebe.

Newport 4, Chewelah 3

Two untimely Chewelah errors in the top of the seventh inning opened the door for a 4-3 Newport win during spring break. With the score tied at 1-1 going into the final inning, the visiting Grizzlies capitalized on the two Cougar miscues to bring home three runs.

Now down 4-1 with only one at-bat remaining, Chewelah needed three runs to tie and four runs to win. They scored only two. With two outs, Derek Smith and Bigler hit back-to-back doubles, scoring one run. Then, Brandon Smith hit a single, bringing home another run.

Brandon Smith’s two singles led the Cougars at the plate. Derek Smith and Bigler had their only extra-base hits.

Bigler threw the first four innings, allowing no runs. Wiebe came to the mound in the fifth inning and threw the remainder of the game. He gave up four runs, of which only two were earned, but was tagged with the loss.

Freeman 6, Chewelah 1

Chewelah’s continued failure to hit with runners on base cost them their fourth consecutive loss. This was a 6-1 defeat in the opening game against Freeman last Saturday.

The Cougars had runners on second base in the second, third, and fourth innings, but they left them there. Finally, in the sixth inning, Bigler hit a double and was batted in by Wiebe, avoiding the shutout.

Wiebe threw the complete game for the Cougars, allowing only one earned run. Five of Freeman’s six runs were unearned, caused by Cougar errors.

This Saturday, the Cougars host Riverside in a doubleheader, beginning at 11:00. On Tuesday, Colville comes to the Barbour Complex for a single game that is scheduled to start at 4:30. The following Saturday, the Cougars complete their league season with two games at Newport.

Chewelah 6, Colville 5

Cougars: 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 = 6 11 1

Indians: 0 1 1 1 0 0 2 = 5 6 3

Cougar pitching: Caleb Wiebe and Cordell Bean. Win – Wiebe (1- 0).

Cougar hitting: Joey Baker 3, Dillon Bigler 2, Caleb Wiebe 2, Calvin Connall, Ty Curtis, Smith. 2B – Baker.

Colville 11, Chewelah 10

Cougars: 1 0 2 0 3 0 4 = 10 9 0

Indians: 0 0 3 2 1 2 3 = 11 10 4

Cougar pitching: Cody Sweat, Calvin Connall (6) and Cordell Bean. Loss – Connall (2-1)

Cougar Hitting: Calvin Connall 2, Brandon Smith, Derek Smith, Dillon Bigler, Cordell Bean. 2B – Derek Smith, Connall.

Lakeside 11, Chewelah 1

Cougars: 0 0 0 0 0 1 = 1 3 1

Eagles: 3 0 2 0 2 4 = 11 10 1

Cougar pitching: Joey Baker, Dillon Bigler (5), Josh Sulgrove (6) and Cordell Bean. Loss – Baker (0-1).

Cougar hitting: Calvin Connall 2, Dillon Bigler. 2B – Connall.

Newport 4, Chewelah 3

Cougars: 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 = 3 6 3

Grizzlies: 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 = 4 6 2

Cougar pitching: Dillon Bigler, Caleb Wiebe (5) and Cordell Bean. Loss – Wiebe (1-1).

Cougar hitting: Brandon Smith 2, Calvin Connall, Derek Smith, Dillon Bigler, Ty Curtis. 2B – Derek Smith, Bigler.

Freeman 6, Chewelah 1

Cougars: 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 1 6 2

Scotties: 0 0 1 0 5 0 0 = 6 7 0

Cougar pitching: Caleb Wiebe and Cordell Bean. Loss – Wiebe (1-2).

Cougar hitting: Brandon Smith, Calvin Connall, Dillon Bigler, Caleb Wiebe, Dustin Olson, Cody Sweat.

Chewelah 5, Freeman 1

Cougars: 0 1 0 0 1 3 x = 5 8 3

Scotties: 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 = 1 3 0

Cougar pitching: Cody Sweat and Cordell Bean. Win – Sweat (2-1).

Cougar hitting: Derek Smith 2, Dustin Olson 2, Calvin Connall, Caleb Wiebe, Joey Baker, Cody Sweat. 2B – D. Smith, Baker, Olson.

Northeast A League

Lakeside 7 – 2

Chewelah 4 – 4

Colville 4 – 4

Newport 3 – 4

Riverside 3 – 5

Freeman 2 – 5


By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff