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Baseball: Bulldogs bailed out by big inning

GRANGEVILLE — Clearwater Valley pitcher Cody Morrow scattered 11 hits and didn’t allow a walk until the sixth inning to make a close 5-4 game last Thursday, April 3, against the reigning 2A state champions at GHS. Also key for CV were hits by Dillon Fisher, who locked in an “athlete of the week” nomination with another strong day at the plate last Friday.

While Bulldogs ace Jasper Sabatino struck out 13, the Rams took a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth and — after Grangeville broke through for three in the bottom of the sixth — scored again in the seventh. But in the end, the Bulldogs avoided having to bat in the seventh as Sabatino finished the game without allowing a multi-run inning despite some spotty defense.

Grangeville committed four errors (six, according to CV’s official book) and allowed three unearned runs.

Sabatino, Nathan Scott and Austin Parks delivered multiple hits games; Scott, Parks and Alex Koberstein drove in Grangeville’s runs.

“We swung the bats OK, we just hit it at them when we needed a hit,” GHS coach Skip Hall said.

Grangeville opened Central Idaho League play against St. Maries after the print deadline last Tuesday.

Up next, Grangeville (3-1) will host Kendrick at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10 and will host Asotin at 3 p.m. Friday. The Bulldogs’ busy week continues with another set of league games against St. Maries at Lewiston, to start at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at Lewiston. League play will continue with a 4 p.m. doubleheader April 15 at Orofino.

CV rallies twice, sweeps McCall

KOOSKIA — Starting with a three-run double by Will Weaver, McCall crumbled during the late innings of the first game of a doubleheader last Saturday, April 5.

The Rams put themselves in a bad spot by allowing 10 unearned runs during the early going, but came back to win the opener 17-16.

CV used another seventh inning rally to win the late game 12-11 on an RBI base hit by Cody Morrow, who relieved starting pitcher Dillon Fisher with one out in the second.

McCall struck Fisher for seven earned runs, but Morrow struck out 12 as the Rams cut an 8-1 defict to 8-7 by the end of the third. CV tied it at 9-9 in the fifth, but McCall carried an 11-10 lead into the seventh. It wouldn’t hold, as Morrow — who had three hits including a double — came through in the clutch.

William Hill batted in four runs on three hits in the second game and finished the day with five runs scored.

Fisher went five-for-five and drove in three runs in the opener and notched two more hits in the late game, giving him a streak of three consecutive multi-hit games.

Up next, Clearwater Valley (5-2) is set to play Prairie at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, April 15, at Cottonwood.

Prairie was scheduled to play Kamiah after the April 8 print deadline. The Pirates have three games at the Glenns Ferry tournament slated for the upcoming weekend; Kamiah has a doubleheader with Potlatch Saturday.

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