Forty-Niners Win Montana Tourney

Local archers had an opportunity to match their skills against competitors from Idaho, Canada, and Western Washington last Saturday at the second annual Northwest Animals on the Mountain 3D Archery Tournament.

Archers walked a trail on the hill overlooking the home of Dean and Barbara Hanley on Quarry Browns Lake Road, stopping to shoot at three-dimensional targets set at various distances.

“There were 40 top quality 3D Rinehart targets, all set at what we call unmarked distances,” explained Lady Red, one of the organizers of the tournament. “The targets ranged in size from a three-foot fish to an eight-foot full-size elk, aCaleb Wiebe and Cody Sweat both posted pitching victories last week as the Northeast Forty-Niners won three games of a four-game series against the Pullman Patriots in AAA American Legion Baseball play

On Monday night, the Forty-Niners split a doubleheader against the Pullman Patriots. The Forty-Niners won the opening game 4-3 on the strength of the combined pitching of Wiebe and Nick Naccarato.

Wiebe notched the win. He threw the first six innings, allowing seven hits and one earned run.

Naccarato went to the mound in the final inning to earn the save. He faced only three batters and got some needed help from his teammates when they finished the game with a double play.

The Forty-niners won the game with only four hits, two by Sam Sprague (Colville) and one apiece by JR Henry (Colville) and Logan Maxwell (Riverside).

Silent bats led to a 3-1 loss for the Forty-Niners in the second game. As in the opening game they swatted only four hits, which was not enough this time to beat the Patriots. Maxwell hit a double. Dillon Bigler (Chewelah), Bryce Wetherell (Riverside), and Henry hit singles. Derek Smith (Chewelah) had the lone run batted in.

Connor Parker (Springdale) threw the first five innings and left the mound with the score tied at one run apiece. He allowed only one hit and gave up one earned run. Bigler took over and gave up two runs in the sixth inning to get tagged with the loss.

On Tuesday, the two teams met again for the second doubleheader with the Forty-niners sweeping both games, 4-2 and 6-2.

Sprague threw the complete game for the Forty-niners to post the win. He also had one of the Niners’ five hits. Calvin Connall (Chewelah), Nick Naccarato (Chewelah), Dalton Hansen (Deer Park), and Smith had the other four.

Cody Sweat (Chewelah) threw another complete game for a 6-2 win to complete the sweep for the Forty-niners.

Naccarato had three hits and Wetherell had two. Connall, Bigler, Sprague, and Maxwell also had hits.

The three wins raised the Northeast Forty-niners to a 15-3 season record.

Over the weekend, the Niners competed in a tournament in Belgrade, Montana, and brought home the championship trophy. They beat Laurel, 7-3; Belgrade, 10-4; Livingston, 10-2; and Mountain View, 16-15. Their lone loss was to Burley, 6-2.

Bigler, Naccarato, and Connall notched pitching victories for the Niners. Naccarato had seven hits in the tournament, lifting his batting average to .389 for the season. He is 28 for 72 at the plate. Bigler had five hits for a .297 batting average.

The Forty-niners were scheduled to play a doubleheader here against the Spokane Blue Devils last Tuesday, but it was rained out and will be rescheduled. Their next home appearance is on Monday, June 25, against the Spokane Northstars.

49ers 4, Pullman 2

49ers: 0 3 0 0 0 0 x = 3 5 1

Patriots: 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 = 2 4 2

49er pitching: Sam Sprague and Logan Maxwell. Win – Sprague.

49er hitting: Calvin Connall, Derek Smith, Nick Naccarato, Sam Sprague, Dalton Hansen. 2B – Hansen.

49ers 6, Pullman 2

49ers: 0 0 3 0 3 0 x = 6 9 1

Patriots: 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 = 2 9 2

49er pitching: Cady Sweat and Logan Maxwell. Win – Sweat.

49er hitting: Nick Naccarato 3, Bryce Wetherell 2, Dillon Bigler, Calvin Connall, Sam Sprague, Logan Maxwell. 2B – Maxwell, Wetherell.

49ers 4, Pullman 3

49ers: 1 0 0 2 0 0 1 = 4 4 2

Patriots: 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 = 3 7 2

49er pitching: Caleb Wiebe, Nick Naccarato (7), and J R Henry. Win – Wiebe. Save – Naccarato.

49er hitting: Sam Sprague 2, J R Henry, Logan Maxwell. 2B – Henry.

Pullman 3, 49ers 1

49ers: 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 = 1 4 0

Patriots: 0 0 0 0 1 2 x = 3 4 0

49er pitching: Connor Parker, Dillon Bigler (6) and Logan Maxwell. Loss – Parker.

49er hitting: Dillon Bigler, Logan Maxwell, Bryce Wetherell, J R Henry. 2B – Maxwell.

By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staffnd there was also a dinosaur target.

The course was set up for all ages and skill levels of shooters. Stakes in the ground specified the place from which each classification of archers could shoot.

“We had 78 shooters on Saturday,” said Red. “They ranged in age from seven years old to those up into their 70s. We added a senior class this year at the suggestion of one of our visitors, and we had competitors this year in that classification. They walked the course in groups, stopping at each shooting stake to take a single shot at the target.

“The stakes for each target were at different distances, depending on the different divisions of the shooters. The only exception was the Pee Wee Class, which could shoot from anywhere they wanted.”

Bow hunter freestyle was the most popular division again at this year’s tournament.

“There must have been about 50 shooters in the bow hunter freestyle category,” said local bow hunter Gib Earl. “The targets were set at up to 65 yards away.

“There was also an open class for shooters with more gadgets and gizmos on their bows, like movable sights and scopes.”

And, of course, there was a division for traditional archers who shoot longbows or recurve bows.

“It took most shooters a half-day to walk the course,” said Red. “The course was challenging for experienced shooters, but it was set up so that even beginning shooters could enjoy it. The course was not set up just for professional shooters, but for every level of experience, including families. We probably had 25 local shooters. The rest were from out of town.”

Lunch was provided by the local 4H Club as a fundraiser to promote its programs and activities.

“This is one way we try to give back to the community,” said Red. “Last year, the lunch was served by the youth trap club.”

Trophies were awarded up to fifth place in each division for Saturday’s shoot.

“We will have two more tournaments this summer, one on July 14 and the other on August 18,” said Red. “Both will be at the same location on the Hanley farm along Quarry Browns Lake Road.

By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff