Warriors roll to victories and title
Lewis-Clark State College pitching staff
received a bit of a workout but responded
with solid outings to help the Warriors
capture the title in the Regence BlueShield
of Idaho Tournament at Lewiston’s Harris
Field on Sunday.
With Matt Fitts
and Brian Parker combining on a four-hitter,
the Warriors blanked Albertson College 7-0,
and then finished up the three-team
round-robin tournament with eight pitchers
combining on another four-hitter in an 8-2
win over Whitworth. In Sunday’s other game,
Albertson defeated Whitworth 7-2.
defending NAIA champion and ranked No. 1 in
this year’s preseason poll, went 4-0 in the
three-day tournament and outscored its two
opponents 32-5. The tournament served as the
season opener for the Warriors.
finished 2-2 in tournament play and is 4-2
overall, while Whitworth went winless and is
0-4 on the season.
(Dixon Allen throwing
Against Albertson, Fitts allowed four hits
and three walks during the first five
innings, and struck out five. Parker retired
12 of the 14 batters he faced, including six
by strikeouts. A hit batter and an error
allowed the only two baserunners against
Beau Mills and catcher Jessie Mier had two
hits and drove in two runs apiece to lead
the Warriors’ 11-hit attack.
took a 3-0 lead in the first inning when
Mark Thompson singled and Jesse Roehl walked
to set up a two-run double by Mills, who
scored on a single by Mier.
three more in the fifth when Brent Wyatt
walked and eventually scored on a wild
pitch. Mier added an RBI double while Ikaika
Lester had an RBI single. Roehl added an
RBI single in the sixth to finish LCSC’s
Whitworth, the Warriors went with a
pre-determined split of allowing each
pitcher to throw one inning. The only
exception was Chris Schwinden, who pitched
the final two innings. All told, the eight
pitchers gave up two walks and struck out
six to go along with the four-hitter.
Rivera hit a two-run home run to left field
in the sixth innings for the only home run
in the three-day tournament. The blast gave
the Warriors a 7-1 advantage.
LCSC put up
three runs in the first inning when Isaac
Simmons, Thompson and Zach Evangelho
singled, the latter producing the game’s
first run. Kyle Greene’s sacrifice fly and a
wild pitch brought in the other two runs.
RBI groundout produced a run in the fourth,
while Greene’s RBI single in the fifth made
it 5-1. Greene also had an RBI single in the
seventh to finish the scoring. Greene
finished the game 2-for-3 with three RBI,
while Simmons also had two hits. Mitch
Ramsey drove in a run and scored the other
win over Whitworth, Casey Oliver went
3-for-5 with three RBI, while Jacob Garsez
added three hits, and Garrett Schultz two
RBI for the Coyotes. J.J. Jones drove in
both of Whitworth’s runs with a single in
the second inning.
play in the four-team Guarding Plumbing,
Heating & Air Conditioning Tournament at
Harris Field, starting Thursday. The
four-day tournament features LCSC, St.
Martin’s, Missouri Western, and Western
Oregon. St. Martin’s and Missouri Western
kick off play Thursday at 11 a.m., followed
by LCSC and Missouri Western at 2 p.m.
(Thirdbase man, Beau
Mills, waiting for a Whitworth runner during
the Warriors 8-2 win)