and Fitts help Warriors bag up
– At the start of the week, it was unsure if
Lewis-Clark State College’s Ikaika Lester
was healthy enough to play in the Region I
tournament. Although he’s still not 100
percent, he certainly was good enough on
Lester drove in
three runs, Beau Mills set the Warrior
single-season home run record and Matt Fitts
struck out nine in seven innings, all to
help LCSC roll past Albertson College 9-2 to
move into the championship game of the
four-team double-elimination tournament. The
Warriors will play the winner of Friday’s
late game between Albertson and Concordia at
11 a.m. Pacific time on Saturday for the
title. If LCSC should lose that game, a
second one will follow.
winner will take on Azusa Pacific in a
best-of-three series next week in Azusa,
Calif. Azusa Pacific is the NAIA’s
second-ranked team, while LCSC is ranked No.
1. Even if Azusa Pacific should lose, it is
guaranteed an at-large berth to 51st annual
Avista NAIA World Series, which will be held
May 25-June 1 at Lewiston’s Harris Field.
also was the 50th of the season for LCSC, a
feat that Warrior coach Ed Cheff has
accomplished 17 times in his 31 years at the
Lester, who has
seen limited duty for the past few weeks
because of an injury, has enjoyed a big
season at the plate when healthy. His
two-run double in the sixth broke the game
open to give LCSC a 6-1 lead.
Mills, a junior
third-baseman, hit a solo home run to lead
off the bottom of the second inning for his
31st home run of the season. The previous
record of 30 was set by Jim O’Dell during
the 1984 season. Mills finished 1-for-2 with
two runs scored. He now has 98 hits on the
season to go along with 105 RBI (Click the
link below to view LCSC's all-time hitting
No. 2 pitcher this season, showed he’s ready
for the postseason with seven strong
innings. He allowed just three hits and one
earned run, along with four walks. Will
Morgan pitched the final two innings and
retired six of the seven batters he faced,
including three by strikeouts.
picked up a run in the top of the second on
Jacob Garsez’s RBI single, the Warriors
answered with two runs in the bottom of the
inning. Mills homered to tie the game, and
Kyle Greene singled and scored on a double
by Jessie Mier.
overall while Albertson is 30-16, added two
more in the fourth when Mills was hit by a
pitch, Paul Martin walked, and Greene
singled to load the bases. Mier and Lester
followed with sacrifice flies to drive in a
In the sixth,
singles by Greene and Mier set up Lester’s
An error helped
Albertson score a run in the top of the
seventh, but LCSC countered with two runs in
the bottom of the inning for an 8-2 lead.
Mark Thompson started the rally with a bunt
single and scored on a double by Zach
Evangelho. After advancing to third on a fly
out, Evangelho scored on a ground out by
who left 12 stranded on base in its
tournament-opening 4-3 win over Concordia on
Thursday, were much more efficient in
Friday’s contest, leaving only four runners
3-for-4 with a run scored, while Mier was
2-for-4 with two RBI.
LCSC is 9-0
against Albertson this season.
Concordia eliminated British Columbia 6-0.