By Al Camp
BREWSTER – Clay Ashworth came within a triple of hitting for the cycle to lead Okanogan past No. 1 state-ranked Brewster, 9-6, in a Caribou Trail League baseball game Tuesday.
Ashworth and Cody Sumner each had their first home runs of the season.
“Tough first loss of the season,” Brewster coach Todd Phillips said. “This loss is on me. I didn’t get the boys mentally prepared to play this game. We came out a little tight and put ourselves in a hole early. We just couldn’t find our way out of it.”
Jim Townsend doubled and Sumner homered to help give Okanogan a 3-0 lead early.
The Bulldogs added another run in the third with Ashworth’s homer and two more in the fourth off three straight hits by Dakota Fingar, Tyler Wood and Clay Ashworth.
Brewster cracked the scoreboard in the bottom of the fourth when Raul Olvera, on with a fielder’s choice, scored on a single by Chris Varelas.
Brewster closed to 8-6 with four runs with two outs in the bottom of the sixth.
Okanogan threw three pitchers at Brewster – Townsend (3I, 4K, 2BB, 1H), Jacob Lawson (3I, 4K, 1BB, 2ER, 7H) and Clay Ashworth (1I, 2K).
“The best play of the day came from one of our starting freshmen,” Okanogan coach Ed Ashworth said. “Greyson Fields dove head first for a pop fly behind the plate and into the fence. Greyson is our tough kid who just works.”
Brewster pitchers were Olvera (5I, 6K, 2BB, 4ER, 10H) and Adrian Urias (2I, 1K, 5BB, 2ER, 1H).
Okanogan (5-3 overall, 2-2 league) is at Tonasket (6-3, 2-2) and Brewster (8-1, 3-1) is at Omak (1-7, 0-4) on Tuesday.
Okanogan (9) – Fingar 1-4, R, BB; Wood 1-3, 3B, 2R, 2RBI, BB; Ashworth 3-4, 2B, HR, 2R, 2RBI, BB, 2SB; Townsend 2-5, R, 2RBI; Sumner 1-4, HR, R, 2RBI; Cate 2BB, R; Fields 1-2, R, 2BB; Super 2-4, 2B, RBI.
Brewster (6) – Boesel BB, 2R, 2SB; Taylor 2-4, R, 2SB; Driessen 1-3, R, 2RBI, BB, SB; Urias 2-4; Bayha 1-3, 2B, RBI; Olvera R, SB; Varelas 1-4, RBI, SB; Garcia 1-3, R, BB, SB.
COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt blanked Bridgeport, 10-0, in six innings of a North-Central Washington 2B League baseball game Tuesday.
Devan Black got a complete game win.
Lake Roosevelt (5-3 overall, 4-1 league) is at league-leading Liberty Bell (6-2, 4-0) and Pateros (4-1, 3-1) is at Bridgeport (5-6, 4-1) on Tuesday.
OROVILLE – Liberty Bell beat Oroville, 9-1, in a league baseball game Tuesday.
Manson (1-9 overall, 1-6 league) is at Oroville (1-10, 1-6) and Lake Roosevelt (5-3, 4-1) is at Liberty Bell (6-2, 4-0) in league games Tuesday.
OMAK – Tonasket slipped past Omak, 7-4, in a Caribou Trail League game Tuesday.
Okanogan (5-3 overall, 2-2 league) is at Tonasket (6-3, 2-2) and Brewster (8-1, 3-1) is at Omak (1-7, 0-4) in league games Tuesday.
MANSON – Pateros clobbered Manson, 19-4, on Tuesday.
Pateros (4-1 overall, 3-1 league) is at Bridgeport (5-6, 4-1) on Tuesday.
REPUBLIC – Republic swept Curlew, 2-1 and 7-3, in a Northeast B League doubleheader Tuesday.
Aaron Fritts, who relieved Garrett Weller (7I, 2H, 1R, 6K, 1BB, 0ER), pitched the final inning for the win.