ASOTIN — Grangeville’s baseball title defense will begin in earnest when league play starts next month, but if the Asotin Tournament competition is any indication, the Bulldogs’ offense has bite.
Grangeville plated 29 runs in two games — not counting a faceoff with the Clarkston JV — in which the GHS hitters punished Asotin and Potlatch relievers during the late innings.
Not that they went easy on the starters: GHS chased Potlatch’s Wallen with six unanswered runs and seven hits through two innings last Friday, March 21. Grangeville went on to top the Loggers 15-1 behind three runs apiece from Layton Harris and Alex Koberstein.
Starting pitcher Jasper Sabatino struck out 13 in six innings of one-run ball, and helped himself with five RBI on three hits — all singles.
Grangeville’s Shane Wood, Gary McEwen and Michael Wilson struck a double apiece. Each of the five already mentioned scored one or more, as did Marcus Towerton and Austin Parks.
The next day, against Asotin, nearly every boy on the roster tallied at least one run as Grangeville cruised to a mercy rule 14-4 win. Sabatino (3) and Harris (2) each had multi-hit games.
Leading 4-3 after four innings, the Bulldogs found a pitcher they could sink their teeth into. Having already chased Asotin starter Bean Magnuson and burned out reliever Eric Loseth, Grangeville scored six runs (four earned) on four hits against Austin Simpson. Then they ripped Asotin’s fourth pitcher, Evan Currin, to close out the contest by 10-run rule.
Alex Koberstein pitched all six innings for Grangeville, allowing just two earned runs and two unearned runs on a day marked by eight Asotin hits and two GHS errors.
Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs got to Clarkston JV’s starter, scoring five runs on nine hits against him. Koberstein and Harris had multi-hit games with two singles apiece.
Coming — Grangeville (2-0) is on spring break, set to next play McCall-Donnelly at home starting at 3 p.m. April 4. They’ll play St. Maries at 3 p.m. April 8 at Lewiston (LHS).