Lester homer to propel Warriors over College
of Idaho 8-3
Idaho – Brent Wyatt connected on a three-run
home run to break a tie in the sixth inning
and Ikaika Lester (shown left) added a
two-run blast in the eighth to help the
Lewis-Clark State College baseball team
defeat the College of Idaho 8-3 in the
opening day of the Regence BlueShield of
Idaho Tournament at LCSC’s Harris Field on
other game on Friday, Mayville State of
North Dakota opened its season with a 7-5
win over College of Idaho.
is now 4-1 on the season and three of the
wins are over the College of Idaho. The
Coyotes are 2-4 on the season.
Warriors, the two-time defending NAIA
champions and ranked No. 1 in the preseason
poll, scored single runs in each of the
first three innings to grab a 3-0 lead. Nic
Benton singled in the first and later scored
on a sacrifice fly by Lester, while Travis
Georgius doubled and scored on Benton’s
sacrifice bunt in the second to make it 2-0.
Wyatt walked in the third and eventually
scored on a single by Sean Halton.
damage could have been worse because the
Warriors stranded six base runners in the
first three innings, including leaving the
bases loaded in the third.
College of Idaho used a solo home run from
Richie Snider in the fourth to break an
eight-inning scoreless streak by LCSC
pitcher Matt Fitts to begin the season. Last
week, Fitts threw five scoreless innings
against the Coyotes.
College of Idaho tied the game in the sixth
with Snider again providing the key blow.
After Fitts issued two walks with one out in
the sixth, Snider doubled off the wall in
center field to score two runs.
tie, however, was short-lived. In the bottom
of the inning, Kyle Melton’s one-out single
was followed by a walk to Josh Ashenbrenner.
Wyatt then hit his first home run of the
season, a shot to right-center field, to put
the Warriors ahead 6-3.
then added his first homer of the season
with one out in the eighth inning when his
blast cleared the left-field fence. The hit
scored Wyatt, who started the rally with a
finished 2-for-3 with three RBI and three
runs scored. He was the only LCSC player
with more than one hit. Lester was 1-for-3
with three RBI and a run scored, while
Melton went 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
(shown left) improved to 2-0 on the season,
but gave up three runs, three hits and two
walks in six innings. He also struck out
five. Justin Mace allowed two hits and a
walk over the final three innings, but
struck out five to earn the save.
Larson (0-1) took the loss for College of
Idaho. He allowed five hits and five runs in
three innings. Jake Bottari pitched the
first five innings and gave up five hits,
four walks and three runs.
teams will be back in action on Saturday in
the tournament. College of Idaho and
Mayville State will play at 10 a.m.,
followed by Whitworth and Lewis-Clark State
at 12:30 p.m. Mavyille State and Whitworth
then meet at 3 p.m. Action concludes on
Sunday with Mayville State and LCSC at 10
a.m., followed by College of Idaho and LCSC
at 1 p.m.