LEWISTON, Idaho - (Box Score) The second-seeded Lee (Tenn.) Flames
came out on the winning end of a
slugfest with No. 7 seed Lewis-Clark
State (Idaho), taking the winner’s
bracket matchup 14-11 before 4,790 fans
on Saturday evening at Harris Field.
The game punctuated the second day of
competition at the 2013 Avista-NAIA
Baseball World Series.
The win, which
featured four lead changes, 25 combined
runs and 27 combined hits, sent Lee
(50-10) into a winner’s bracket matchup
with No. 3 seed Embry-Riddle (Fla.) on
Monday at 6:30 p.m. PDT.
Lewis-Clark State (42-14) drops into
the loser’s bracket, and will take on
No. 4 seeded Northwood (Texas) in an
elimination game at noon on Monday.
The battle between two NAIA baseball
heavyweights turned into a battle of the
bullpens early on, as neither team’s
starting pitcher made it beyond the
Lewis-Clark State jumped out to a 2-0
lead in the first inning on a wild pitch
and sacrifice fly by senior catcher Kyle
Blackwell, but Lee immediately answered
back with six runs in the top of the
second, taking advantage of a Warrior
error to jump-start the rally.
Unfazed, LCSC fought back from the
four-run deficit, chasing Lee starter
Myles Smith with a six-spot of its own
in the bottom of the third to retake the
lead 8-6. Smith lost his command in the
frame, hitting two batters to force in
one run and walking home another.
It was Lewis-Clark State starter
Carsen Nylund’s turn to make an early
exit in the fourth inning, exiting with
arm tightness after giving up a two-out
walk to Danny Canela to load the bases.
Designated hitter Corey Davis cleared
them with a triple down the right field
line to greet reliever Garrett Wilson as
the Flames regained a 9-8 advantage.
That lead widened to 10-8 in the fifth
on a mammoth home run by Lee first
baseman Karsten Strieby, his third of
the season. The solo shot cleared the
fence in straightaway center field.
The Warriors fought back yet again in
the bottom of the fifth, tying the game
back up at 10 apiece after an RBI single
by Bobby Joe Tannehill and another
run-scoring knock off the bat of first
baseman Eric Peterson.
It would be the last advantage
Lewis-Clark State would enjoy, as Canela
greeted Sal Arena, the third Warrior
pitcher of the night, with a two-run
homer to right-center in the sixth. The
Flames also added two more runs in the
seventh off Arena.
LCSC got one run in the eighth off Lee
closer Andy Hillis, who had allowed just
two runs in 28 appearances all season,
but the 6-foot-7 Hillis slammed the door
in the ninth.
Keegan Yool (4-1) worked four innings of
relief to earn the victory for Lee,
while Arena dropped to 1-4 after
surrendering three runs on six hits in
3.2 innings of work.
Canela went 3-for-4 with four RBI for
the Falmes, and Josh Silver also had
three base hits, driving in three.
Jake Shirley and Tannehill each had
three-hit days atop the Lewis-Clark
State batting order.
The 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball
World Series is a 10-team, double
elimination event hosted by Lewis-Clark
State College. For more information on
the World Series, click