Warriors keep rolling, if frugally
Copyright The Trib
By JIM BROWITT
of the Tribune
Lewis-Clark State saw a streak come to an
end Saturday evening. It failed to score 10
or more runs and pick up at least that many
hits for the first time in seven games.
But Austin Weilep provided a double-digit
alternative that kept a more notable string
intact. The junior right-hander registered
10 strikeouts, a season-high for L-C
pitchers this spring, and the Warriors
pieced together enough offense to collect
their 23rd consecutive victory, 3-1 over
Albertson at Harris Field.
Top-ranked L-C, now 34-3, has matched the
program's second-longest winning streak and
is four victories shy of the 20-year-old
school record. The Warriors can inch closer
today at noon when they face Albertson,
25-15, in the finale of what has become an
annual four-game Caldwell-Lewiston series.
"We've been scoring a lot, but you know
you're not going to do that in every game,"
said L-C coach Ed Cheff, whose team put up
less than five runs for only the third time
during this tear, which dates back to March
5. "So you like to see that you can get it
done in other ways."
Weilep (5-0) struck out the first four
batters he faced and ultimately yielded six
hits and a walk through his seven-inning
stint. Outside of the third inning, when
Albertson got its run via a leadoff double
by Charlie Strandlund, a Bryan Champ
sacrifice and an RBI single by Dane McGrady,
Weilep allowed just one Coyote to reach
Albertson was no more successful against
his relief, Max Hibbs, though L-C's infield
deserved much of the credit for that. The
Warriors rolled double plays in both the
eighth and ninth innings; a game-ending
around-the-horn sequence initiated by third
baseman Allen Balmer was particularly
Hibbs pocketed his second save.
"I like the way we're playing
defensively," said Cheff, whose team,
errorless on Saturday, hasn't committed more
than one error in a game in two weeks. "We
weren't real good at the plate, but guys
came through in key situations."
A Jessie Roehl double, a passed ball on
catcher Nate Freese and Dan Morrow's
sacrifice fly produced L-C's first run, in
the bottom of the third. The Warriors had
three hits in the fourth, including Paul
Martin's RBI single, while Matt Vogel's
triple and Jessie Mier's subsequent single
created a run in the eighth.
Mier's single ended the evening for
Albertson starter Carson Taysom (4-2), who
gave up eight hits.
"No complaints with the way he pitched,"
Albertson coach Shawn Humberger said. "But
to beat good teams, you've got to hit good
pitching. We haven't done that. And that's
why we can't beat the British Columbia's and
The Warriors and British Columbia, which
on Friday clinched the regular-season
championship in Region I (Albertson is
firmly in second), are responsible for all
but three of the Coyotes' losses.
NOTES -- Vogel, who had two hits,
extended his hitting streak to 13 games, the
longest by any Warrior this year. Mark
Thompson had a pinch-hit single in the
eighth to push his hitting streak to 11
games. ... D.J. Kooken, L-C's regular first
baseman, missed his fourth consecutive game
with a rib injury sustained during a
conditioning drill early last week. The
extent of the injury isn't known. ...
Sophomore right-hander Chris Kissock (6-1,
2.04 ERA) will make the pitching start for