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Playoffs set to run this week in Orofino

Dawson Fisher went 4-for-4 against Grangeville last Thursday afternoon, April 30.


Dawson Fisher went 4-for-4 against Grangeville last Thursday afternoon, April 30.



It’s tournament time, and this year’s tournaments will be held in Orofino.

When the 2A District I-II baseball tournament comes to a close late in the day Thursday, May 7, two of the district’s four teams will still be in the running for a state title.

The Grangeville boys will face Orofino at 4 p.m. today, May 6, with a chance to play for a district title on the line. With a win, the Bulldogs would face the winner of the St. Maries-Kendrick game to be played at 2 p.m. May 6. The district championship game will be played at 6 p.m. May 6, with elimination games to be played at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. May 7.

Seedings for the 1A District II baseball tournament have been set, but Prairie (No. 3), Clearwater Valley (No. 5) and Kamiah (No. 6) each needed to win a May 5 play-in game to keep their playoff hopes alive. Based on their regular season records, top seeds Genesee and Potlatch had already secured berths in the double-elimination tournament.

Top-seeded Genesee will meet the lower-seeded play-in winner at 10 a.m. Thursday, May 7. Second-seeded Potlatch will meet the higher-seeded play-in winner at noon.

Two teams will advance to state; the district championship will be decided at 1 p.m. Friday, May 8, with the consolation berth to be determined at 3 p.m. that day.

Two teams, each with a loss in the first round, will face elimination at 11 a.m. Friday, May 8.

CV 17, G’ville 10

GRANGEVILLE — Spotty fielding during the top of the fifth inning cost the Bulldogs a 6-5 lead Thursday, April 30. The bottom of the Rams’ order sparked the squad to batting around, as the first seven runners reached safely. Dawson Fisher’s single put Clearwater Valley ahead, 8-6, after which the Rams ramped their lead to 11-6 and never trailed.

Kaden Carr crushed a grand slam home run during the top of the sixth and Fisher added a sacrifice fly during the top of the seventh as CV added insurance to its lead.

“I was really proud of how the kids came out ready to play baseball,” Rams coach Josh Bradley said. “We were confident, relaxed and played extremely well on both sides of the ball.”

Against Potlatch on Saturday, May 2, the Rams hit the ball with far less authority, and were doomed by five errors in the field. Carr and Trevor Wilson each hit a double, but Potlatch won by mercy rule on a passed ball.

Starting pitcher Kieran Owens allowed six runs in four innings, but the Loggers broke through for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning against reliever Cody Morrow, who kept Grangeville in check most of the game earlier in the week.

On Thursday, April 30, Potlatch pulled out a 6-1 win over Kamiah as the Kubs did not deliver a base hit in support of pitcher Chris Olive.

The Kamiah defense limited Potlatch to six runs on 10 hits despite three errors.

Defending state champion Prairie fell to WPL regular season champion Genesee 13-3 on April 30. Daniel Mager started and was relieved by Brandon Anderson.

On May 5, Prairie played Kamiah and Clearwater Valley played Troy, with winners advancing to the double-elimination portion of the tournament.



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