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CV’s Cody Morrow tagged out a Kamiah runner when the Kubs’ bunt went awry during the fourth inning of a game the Rams went on to win 4-3 last Thursday, April 9.

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CV’s Cody Morrow tagged out a Kamiah runner when the Kubs’ bunt went awry during the fourth inning of a game the Rams went on to win 4-3 last Thursday, April 9.



KOOSKIA — For Clearwater Valley fans, a win over down-river rival Kamiah always comes as a treat — and, as a bonus, the Rams’ 4-3 victory last Thursday, April 9, maintained their lead over the Kubs in the standings.

Clearwater Valley trailed early on an RBI single by KHS pitcher Branson Ballantyne. The Rams rallied into a 2-1 lead on Trae Dominguez’s fielders choice grounder.

The contest turned in the Kubs favor with a fourth inning rally, when Kamiah loaded the bases, scored a run and took a 3-2 lead.

CV’s Mitch Morrow replaced starting pitcher Tyler Massey with one out. Morrow worked KHS cleanup hitter Kyl Donaldson into a fielder’s choice grounder on which Donaldson reached base and drove in a run. But Morrow struck out Ballantyne and the Kubs botched a squeeze bunt to end the inning.

“This was the first game back on the mound for Mitch who has had some elbow issues during the first part of the season,” Bradley said. “He has been really working hard to rehab his arm and get healthy again so it was great to see him come into a high pressure situation and pitch flawlessly. The kid is a competitor and it shows every time he takes the mound.”

Ballantyne kept the Rams in check during CV’s next turn at bat, but the Rams tied it on Dawson Fisher’s single to right field during the bottom of the fifth.

Cody Morrow took the mound in the top of the sixth and did not allow a run the rest of the way. He reached base twice in the contest and scored two runs, including the game winner on Dominguez’s RBI single in the bottom of the sixth.

The win pushed CV two games ahead of the Kubs in the Whitepine League standings.

CV 3, Prairie 2

COTTONWOOD — Clearwater Valley avenged an early-season loss to Prairie with a 3-2 win powered largely by Cody Morrow’s no-hit pitching effort on April 7.

The CV defense booted its way to eight errors behind Morrow, but “there were also some great plays made to limit Cottonwood to zero hits,” Rams coach Josh Bradley said. “Our entire outfield consisting of Zack Krieger, Kaden Carr and Trae Dominguez played well, catching several well-hit balls that were peppered out to them.”

The timely defense combined with Dominguez’s clutch hit during the sixth inning to lift CV past the defending state champion Pirates.

Carr, Krieger and Travis Chmiel scored the Rams’ runs, while Devan Bruegeman and Terran Peery tallied for Prairie.

Up next, with wet weather continuing to cause reschedulings, CV was slated to host Nezperce at 4 p.m. April 16.



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