CHELAN Brewster’s Raul Olivera picked up the pitching victory after walking home the winning run, 7-6, in a non-league baseball game against Friday Harbor on Saturday.
“We came out swinging the bats more aggressively,” Brewster coach Todd Phillips said. “We still need to work on hitting the middle third, but we are putting the ball in play and forcing the defense to make plays.
“We had a lot of guys step up huge. If we wouldn’t have pulled this game out, there would have been no one to blame but the coaching staff.”
The Bears took a 3-0 lead after three innings and led 4-0 after five innings.
“We got up early and one of our goals for this year is that when we are ahead we are going to be aggressive on the base paths,” Phillips said. “It may have cost us a few runs and it almost came back to bite us.
“Luckily, the team stepped up and battled for the win.”
Easton Driessen pitched the first five innings, keeping Friday Harbor hitless.
“I left him in a little too long for this early in the season, but he never quit battling and gave us his best,” the coach said.
Friday Harbor scored five in the top of the sixth.
“Easton got a little tired and had some control problems due to fatigue,” Phillips said. “By the time the damage was done, we were down 5-4.”
Brewster pushed across a run in the bottom of the sixth on a sacrifice ball by Luis Garcia, in his first high school game.
After the Wolverines scored one in the top of the seventh, the Bears won with two runs in the bottom of the final inning.
“Typically, you don’t want to head into the bottom of the seventh being down, but there wasn’t any doubt in the team’s mind that we weren’t going to win this game,” the coach said.
The win came after Mitch Boesel singled and two batters walked (the last intentionally) with one out to load the bases.
Adrian Urias singled to tie the game before Olivera drew a walk to push across the winning run.
“I can’t say enough about how this team is coming together and how they are starting to understand the game of baseball,” Phillips said. “It took all nine guys to win the game today and we are only going to continue to get better.”
Both teams knocked out five hits. The difference may have been the four errors by Friday Harbor compared to one miscue by Brewster.
“Defensively, we made the routine plays, made a couple great plays,” Phillips said. “We only had one error and it was an error that cost us.
“Offensively, I was really proud of our guys 1-9. We had guys stepping up and getting the job done. We only left four runners on base and we are trying to keep our number of runners left on below five each game.”
Timbo Taylor knocked out two doubles and Hayden Bayha had a triple for Brewster.
“We have guys hitting behind runners, looking to hit long fly balls with runners on third, bunting and running the bases to put ourselves in a position to score more runs,” Phillips said.
Brewster (2-0) is at Meridian for a non-league game today. The Bears play at Reardan on Saturday.
CURLEW – Curlew split with Odessa-Harrington in baseball Saturday, winning the opener 11-1 and falling 2-1 in the nightcap.
Gunner Brown and Mathan Knapp each doubled for Curlew in the opener.
The Titans used a squeeze bunt in the nightcap to score the winning run in the bottom of the sixth.
Hunter Beedle doubled for Curlew.
Nelson, B.C., is at Curlew (1-1) for a non-league game Saturday.
REPUBLIC – Republic’s baseball game against Cusick scheduled for Saturday was canceled and reset for May 10, Tiger coach Mike White said.
A game with Wilbur-Creston, scheduled for May 8, was rescheduled for May 7.
Republic plays host to Kettle Falls on Thursday and to Odessa-Harrington on Saturday.
OROVILLE – Lake Roosevelt swept Oroville, 11-0 and 9-5, in a league doubleheader Saturday.
Devin Black of Lake Roosevelt struck out 12 in the opener for a one-hit shutout.
Lake Roosevelt (11) – Redstart 2-3, 2B, 4R; Louie 3B.
In the second game, Jesse Louie went 2-4 while Chance Garvin and Daniel Loch each doubled.
Dustin Nigg led Oroville, going 2-4 with two doubles and 2RBI.
Lake Roosevelt (9) – Garvin 2B; Loch 2B, 2RBI; Louie 2-4.
Oroville (5) – Nigg 2-4, 2RBI, 2 2B.
Tonasket (4-0) is at Lake Roosevelt (3-2) for a non-league game Saturday.
Oroville (0-7 overall, 0-3 league) is at Bridgeport (3-0, 2-0) for a league game April 8.
MANSON – Bridgeport muscled its way past Manson, 14-0 and 18-6, on Saturday.
Oroville (0-7 overall, 0-3 league) is at Bridgeport (3-3, 2-0) for a league game April 8.
OMAK – Omak came back to edge Republic, 9-8, in a non-league game Thursday.
“We had a couple swinging bunts and ended up getting a couple guys on base,” Omak coach Peewee Howe said.
The Pioneers, down 8-1 into the bottom of the fifth, scored four runs in the fifth and four more in the sixth to pull in front.
“They made a couple mistakes, we got the bases loaded and we got a couple key hits at the end,” Howe said of Omak. “It (the win) was good for my kids. We had lost three straight, all fairly close (2 runs or less).
“We are still not getting our key hits we need. We are leaving a lot of guys on base, making young mistakes, still giving up 3 or 4 runs a game on errors. We have to stop that.”
Jon Martinez got the win with a scoreless seventh inning.
“Jonny shut them down pretty good pitching wise,” Howe said.
Brandon Landers led Omak hitters at 4-4.
Howe welcomes spring break, when he can give his players time to get over being sore.
“Early like this, I try to pitch everybody,” the coach said. “We tried to get everybody a little bit of work. Spring break will give us a couple days off. We should be in good shape coming into next week.”
The Pioneers threw four pitchers at the Tigers – Taylor Wiinikka (2I, 4K, 2H, 3BB, 2R), Wyatt Wilson (2I, 4K, 4H, 5BB, 6R), Landers (1I, 1BB, 0R) and Jon Martinez (1I, 0R).
Martinez was credited with the victory.
Republic committed 4 errors to 3 errors for Omak. Each team had 5 hits.
Omak (1-3 overall) is at Brewster (2-0) in a league game April 8.
Republic (8) – Fritts 2-4, 2B, RBI.
Omak (9) – Rubio 2-4, 2R; Wilson 2-4, 2R, BB; J. Martinez 1-4, R, BB; Landers 4-4; Bidlen 2-4; E. Martinez R, BB, SB; Springer 1-3, 2R, 2BB; Wiinikka 1-4; Kieffer 1-4, R.
TONASKET – Tonasket pounded out a 12-2 win over Oroville in a non-league game Thursday.
Tonasket (4-0) is at Lake Roosevelt (3-2) Saturday.