TONASKET – Brewster baseball easily blew past Tonasket, 16-0 and 17-3, on May 4 and finished second in the Caribou Trail League.
“Our pitching and defense have always been good,” Brewster coach Jerrod Riggan said. “Our bats have struggled this season, but they are starting to come around. “I figured this would happen since we are young. We are kind of coming around now.”
The Bears (14-6 overall, 11-3 league), who start five freshmen and two sophomores, were to open the District 6/7 tournament against Freeman (11-9), the No. 3 seed from the Northeast 1A league, in a loser-out game Tuesday, May 7.
The winner advances to play the NEA No. 1 seed, Medical Lake (17-3), on Saturday, May 11, at 10 a.m. on the Cardinals’ Holliday Field, 116 W. Third St.
In the other Tuesday loser-out game, Cascade (CTL No. 3; 11-8) plays Lakeside (NEA No. 2; 12-7). The winner plays CTL champion Cashmere (19-1) at 12:30 p.m. at Medical Lake High School.
The bi-district championship game is 3 p.m. Saturday. The consolation championship is 5:30 p.m., with the winner advancing to state as a No. 3 seeded team while the loser is out.
Brewster enters the post-season on a high, having almost tossed a perfect game in the opener against Tonasket.
Timbo Taylor struck out all nine Tigers he faced in the first three innings.
Adrian Urias pitched the final two innings, giving up the lone hit to Tonasket sophomore Jimmy Coleman, a single with one out in the fifth and final inning.
“Someone in the dugout said ‘we’re working on a no-hitter;’ it was actually a perfect game, and the next pitch was hit into right field,” Riggan said.
A baseball tradition is never to mention a no-hitter or perfect game in hopes of not jinxing the moment.
Brewster (16) - Jacobson 2-4, 2R, RBI; Bayha 2-2, 3R, RBI; Landdeck 3-4, 2R, RBI; Driessen 1-4; Taylor 1-3; Mariscal 1-2, 2R.
The only blemish in the second game came with 3 runs in the fourth inning against Parker Landdeck, who was on the mound for the first time this season.
Easton Driessen opened with three innings, giving up no hits or runs while striking out 4.
Raul Olvera closed the final inning, walking one and giving up no hits.
Brewster’s bats, alive in the first game, were on fire in the nightcap.
Timbo Taylor (4-5) knocked two balls off the Tonasket fence for doubles. Luke Divis (2-4) also hit a double off the ball. Driessen went 3-4 with a single, double and triple to go with 4 RBIs.
Brewster (17) - Boesel 1-3, 3R; Taylor 4-5, 2 2B, 4R, 5RBI; Olvera 1-4, 2RBI; Driessen 3-4, 2B, 3B, 2R, 4RBI; Urias 1-3, RBI; Divis 2-4, 2B, 3R, RBI.
OMAK – Okanogan swept Omak, 4-3 and 17-2, in high school baseball May 4.
“We played very well this weekend,” Okanogan coach Ed Ashworth said.
In the opener, Clay Ashworth struck out 9, walked none and yielded 4 hits on 78 pitches for the victory.
“Jim Townsend had a great day at the plate,” coach Ashworth said.
Townsend pitched five innings in the nightcap, striking out 7, walking 1 and giving up 5 hits.
“Jim (Townsend) and Jacob Lawson continued to hit the ball well for us,” Ashworth said.
Townsend was 3-4.
Lawson was 4-5.
“Our defense played very well and the pitching staff continued to produce ground balls and fly outs,” Ashworth said. “We finished the season winning our last three games.”
Okanogan slipped past Pateros, 6-4, in a non-league baseball game April 30 on the road.
Almira/Coulee-Hartline edged Omak, 4-3, in a non-league game April 30.