LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) A 19-day layoff failed the slow the
offense of No. 7 Lewis-Clark State
(Idaho), as the Warriors rolled past No.
10 Rogers State (Okla.), 6-1, in game
four of the 2013 Avista-NAIA Baseball
World Series Friday at Harris Field.
With the victory, Lewis-Clark State
(42-13) advances to play No. 2 Lee
(Tenn.) (49-10) at 6:30 p.m. PDT on
Saturday. The contest will be the first
of the championship for Lee, who
received a day one bye as the second
seed. 2012 World Series runner-up Rogers
State will square off against No. 6 York
(Neb.) in an elimination contest
tomorrow at 12 p.m.
Lewis-Clark State catcher Kyle
Blackwell chose the perfect stage to
have one of his best games of the
season, going 2-for-4 at the plate with
two home runs and a season-high tying
four RBI. The home runs were his first
and second of the season. With the
performance, Blackwell has now hit
safely in six-straight games.
In addition to Blackwell, Warrior
first baseman Brady Steiger extended his
hitting streak to nine games with a pair
of singles against the Hillcats. Steiger
enter the tournament ranked fifth in the
NAIA with a .431 batting average – the
highest amongst players present at this
year’s World Series.
Lewis-Clark State starting pitcher
Anthony Armanino went the distance for
the second time this season, scattering
four hits and allowing one run to
improve to 10-3 on the year.
Additionally, he set a season-high with
10 strikeouts, which is the most for a
pitcher at this year’s World Series so
The Warriors seized control of the
game in the top of the first when
Blackwell sent a 1-2, two out pitch over
the left field wall to give Lewis-Clark
State a 3-0 lead. Prior to home run,
Rogers State’s starter Shawn Spainhoward
had not given up a deep fly in
87.2-straight innings this season.
Lewis-Clark State added insurance runs
in the top of the seventh and eighth on
a Bobby Joe Tannehill two RBI double and
Blackwell’s second home run of the
Rogers State’s biggest threat came in
the bottom of the first inning when the
Hillcats loaded the bases with one out.
Rogers State scored its only run of the
game when Armanino walked Tyler Wheeler
on five pitches to allow Hector Rivera
to score. The threat ended with the next
two batters as Armanino induced a foul
out to first base before striking out
Emmanuel De La Cruz to end the inning.
Spainhoward (8-5) received the loss
for the Hillcats. The senior left-hander
surrendered five runs (four earned) on
seven hits in seven innings. He also
struck out two and walked on.
Centerfielder Eric Baker led the
Rogers State offense with two hits –
The 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball
World Series is a 10-team,
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