Warriors do it
all in romping past Air Force 16-1
– Brad Schwarzenbach (shown left) and Brian
Bird combined on a two-hitter and Mark
Thompson continued his hot streak at the
plate to help the Lewis-Clark State College
baseball team defeat Air Force 16-1 in the
second day of the 52nd annual SPORT Banana
Belt Baseball Tournament at LCSC’s Harris
Field on Friday.
In the earlier
game at Harris Field, Gonzaga defeated Utah
Valley 6-5. In two late games in Pullman,
Washington State University played both
Southern Utah and Air Force.
victory over Air Force, LCSC improved to
11-0, which is the second-best start to a
season for the Warriors in coach Ed Cheff’s
31 years at the helm. The Warriors went 17-0
to start the 1991 campaign.
to 2-0 in the tournament with another
dominating performance. LCSC has only had
one close ballgame this season and has
outscored opponents 108-23 this season.
made sure Friday’s game wasn’t close by
dominating the Falcon hitters. He allowed
only two hits in six innings of work, one
being a solo home run by Geno Salazar that
temporarily tied the game in the top of the
third at 1-1. Schwarzenbach also struck out
11 and walked win in picking up his first
win of the season.
the final three innings and allowed just a
walk, while recording a strikeout. At one
point, the Warrior pitching staff retired 12
sure the Warriors’ offense didn’t stutter as
he went 3-for-4 with four RBI and five runs
scored. Thompson reached base in his first
four appearances to the plate before Air
Force was finally able to get him out. That
ended a streak of 13 consecutive plate
appearances that Thompson reached base,
which covered the last three Warrior games.
Air Force, 0-2
in the tournament and 4-9 overall, used four
pitchers in the game and all were touched
for at least one run. Gary Whiteman allowed
solo runs in the first and third innings on
ground outs by Paul Martin, both of which
then broke the game open with a four-run
fourth inning, and followed it with a
seven-run fifth for a 13-1 lead. In the
fourth, Ikaika Lester and Kyle Greene
started the rally with consecutive doubles
to produce a run, while Eric Epperson
tripled in a run and scored on a ground out
by Zach Evangelho. Thompson then hit his
first home run of the season, a solo shot to
In the fifth,
seven hits and two errors did the damage.
Thompson had the big hit again with a
three-run triple, while Lester, Evangelho,
and Rivera added RBI singles. Jessie Mier
added an RBI triple for the final run.
kept rolling with a run in the sixth and two
more in the eighth for their highest run
total of the season.
Tajiri, and Evangelho finished with two RBI
apiece, while Epperson had three hits, and
Mier and Lester two each. Mier batted in the
cleanup spot for the Warriors, marking the
first game Beau Mills has missed this
season. Mills was the only Warrior to start
in the first 10 games of the season.
play, the tournament finishes up with the
final two days, all at Harris Field. On
Saturday, Air Force and Utah Valley open
play at 10 a.m., followed by LCSC and WSU at
1 p.m. The final game features Southern Utah
and Gonzaga at 4 p.m.
On Sunday, Utah
Valley and Southern Utah meet at 11 a.m.,
followed by Gonzaga and LCSC at 2 p.m.
In Air Force’s
6-5 win over Utah Valley, the Zags improved
to 2-0 in the tournament and 7-8 overall by
scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth
inning. Utah Valley, 0-2 and 2-8, had a
one-run lead at 5-4, but Darin Holcomb’s RBI
single tied the game. Gonzaga’s Ryan Wiegand
appeared to hit into a doubleplay grounder
back to the mound, but after recording the
force out at second, Utah Valley shortstop
Eli Slesk couldn’t get the ball cleanly out
of his mitt and failed to get a throw off to
first as the eventual winning run crossed
Wiegand had two
hits and two RBI to pace Gonzaga, while Dan
Bulow had two RBI for Utah Valley.