Bears step toward postseason ball

’Dogs on verge of elimination by loss

— No. 8 state-ranked Brewster won another 1-run baseball game, this time 4-3 over Okanogan on Tuesday in a showdown for third place in the Caribou Trail League.

When the regular season ends Saturday, only the Top 3 teams from the four closely matched CTL teams take on the Top 3 from the Northeast 1A League in a bi-district tournament starting May 13.

The Bears moved to 5-1 in one-run games (the lone one-run loss was to No. 3 state-ranked Cashmere) by fighting back from a 2-0 deficit after four innings against Okanogan.

“That just tells you a lot about the type of kids I am working with this year,” Brewster coach Todd Phillips said of the comeback. “They are competitors and they get the job done in the clutch.”

“Brewster was able to get some key hits and we were not,” Okanogan coach Ed Ashworth said. “Brewster pitchers kept our offense off balance most of the night.”

The Bears, down 3-2, won the game in the top of the sixth, starting with Cameron Jacobson and Raul Olvera leading off with singles and Luis Garcia walking.

Easton Driessen used a sacrifice fly to tie the game before Mitchell Boesel singled home the winning run.

“This win puts us in a good spot for the playoffs, makes the road a little easier and puts things in our own hands,” Phillips said.

Brewster (11-3 overall, 6-3 league) is at Omak (6-8, 4-5) on Wednesday and returns home for Tonasket (6-9, 2-8) for a doubleheader Saturday in the final games of the regular season.

Omak is at Okanogan (9-5, 6-4) for a doubleheader Saturday.

Brewster (4) – Driessen 1-3, RBI; Boesel 2-3, R, BB, SB; Urias BB; Varelas R; Taylor 2-4, RBI; Divis BB; Bayha 1-4; Jacobson 1-3; Olvera 2-3, R, SB.

Okanogan (3) – Fingar R, RBI; Ashworth R, SB; Townsend 1-2, RBI, 2BB, 2B; Lawson, BB; Sumner BB, SB; Super R; Fields 1-3.

BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport slammed Manson, 15-5, in Central-Washington B League baseball on Tuesday.

Constantino Martinez (6-1) got the victory, striking out 9 in six innings.

Bridgeport’s Mike Garza and Ivan Saucedo (5RBI) both had multiple hits.

The Mustangs (8-9 overall, 7-6 league), who are positioned to take the No. 3 seed from the league to district play starting May 12, finished the regular season yesterday with second-place Lake Roosevelt (10-4).

“That’s more wins for our program in about a decade,” coach Kyle Krustangel said.

TONASKET – Omak topped Tonasket, 8-4, in a league game Tuesday.

Brandon Landers pitched a complete game, giving up 4 runs on 4 hits while striking out 9 and walking 2.

Omak is at Almira/Coulee-Hartline on Tuesday, returns home the next day for Brewster (11-3 overall, 6-3 league) and closes the season in a doubleheader at Okanogan (9-5, 6-4) on Saturday.

Omak (8) – Rubio 2-5, R, 2RBI, 2SB; E. Martinez 1-5, R, RBI; J. Martinez 1-5, R, RBI, BB; Landers RBI, BB; Morris 1-4, R, RBI, 2BB; Wilson 1-4, RBI, BB; Bidlen BB; Gayton 2-4, R, RBI; Springer R, BB; Desjardins R.

WINTHROP – Liberty Bell baseball got past Pateros, 11-4, on Tuesday.

Pateros (7-5) closes out the season at Okanogan (9-5) on Tuesday and at home Saturday against Liberty Bell (13-3).

Pateros, a 1B team playing in a 2B league, enters postseason in a 1B playoff with south 1B schools Soap Lake (9-3) and Waterville (4-11).

A date and place have yet to be determined.

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt stayed in contention for a post-season berth by knocking off Oroville, 9-5, in a North-Central Washington B League ball game Tuesday.

The second-place Raiders (10-4 overall, 8-1 league) were to have played third-place Bridgeport (8-9, 7-6) in a doubleheader yesterday.

Lake Roosevelt finishes its season Tuesday at home against first-place Liberty Bell (13-3, 11-0).

In Northeast 1B League baseball games, Republic and Wilbur-Creston split Tuesday.

The Wildcats won the opener, 8-7, and the Tigers held on for a 6-4 second-game win.

Each team entered the game with one league loss.

Curlew swept aside Cusick, 11-3 and 6-0, on Tuesday.

The Cougars’ Daniel Tresham got the victory.


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