Lester, Thompson power LCSC over Whitworth
first baseman Ikaika Lester (pictured left)
drove in three runs, while senior center
fielder Mark Thompson went 3-for-5 with two
RBI and two runs scored to help the
Lewis-Clark State College baseball team
defeat Whitworth for the 19th consecutive
time, 9-2, in action at the Regence
BlueShield of Idaho Tournament at Lewiston’s
Harris Field on Saturday.
2-0 on the season and in the tournament,
made the most of their nine hits in the game
as a couple of errors and five walks aided
which fell to Albertson 8-2 earlier in the
day to fall to 0-2 on the season and in the
tournament, trailed only 3-2 going into the
seventh inning when the Warriors put the
game away with five runs.
pitchers Jared Joaquin for LCSC and Brandon
Zimmerman for Whitworth both threw well
early. Joaquin allowed five hits and two
runs in five innings, while striking out six
and walking two. Will Morgan, who has been
battling injuries, looked strong in his
season debut and went the final four
innings, allowing just one hit and striking
during his first at-bat)
retiring 12 straight at one point.
LCSC picked up
a pair of runs in the first when Mark
Thompson opened the game with a double and
Brent Wyatt followed with a triple to right.
A ground out by Paul Martin scored Wyatt.
picked up a run in the fourth on Mitch
Ramsay’s sacrifice fly, but the Warriors
made it 3-1 in the top of the fifth on a
two-out RBI single to right by Thompson.
answered with a single run in the bottom of
the inning on a single by Jon Whiteside and
an RBI double by Ryne Webb. Whitworth,
however, collected only one hit the rest of
the way, a single by Alex Scarpelli to start
the sixth inning. Morgan, however, retired
the next 12 batters he faced to earn the
broke open the tight contest in the seventh
when Joey Briggs hit a one-out double and
scored on a two-out double by Thompson.
After consecutive walks to Wyatt and Martin
loaded the bases, Beau Mills ripped a
two-run double to right center and Lester
followed with a two-run triple off the wall
in center field to make it 8-2.
run came in the top of the ninth when Ryan
Wholey hit a one-out single and scored on a
double by Lester.
Of LCSC’s eight
hits in the game, five went for doubles and
one was a triple. Along with his two
doubles, Thompson also stole two bases.
8-2 win over Whitworth, shortstop Casey
Oliver and catcher Pat Burke, the Nos. 3 and
4 hitters in the Coyotes’ lineup, were a
combined 5-for-7 with four RBI and two runs
scored. Albertson scored three times in the
first and added two runs apiece in the third
and fourth innings for a commanding 7-1
the first of four Albertson pitchers, tossed
a four-hitter over six innings and allowed
two runs and two walks, with five
strikeouts. Scarpelli led Whitworth with two
hits, including a solo home run, which is
the only home run in the tournament so far.
action continues on Sunday with three games.
Albertson, which is 1-1 in the tournament
and 3-1 overall, faces Whitworth at 10 a.m.,
followed by LCSC and Albertson at 12:30
p.m., and LCSC against Whitworth at 3 p.m.
(Senior Jared Joaquin
throwing in the early innings of his 8-2
victory over Whitworth)