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Bulldogs knock out Kendrick, fall to Orofino

Grangeville’s Austin Parks easily beat the play at third base, swiping the bag during a 10-0 victory over Kendrick last Thursday, May 7. Parks hit a walk-off double in the fifth inning.

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Grangeville’s Austin Parks easily beat the play at third base, swiping the bag during a 10-0 victory over Kendrick last Thursday, May 7. Parks hit a walk-off double in the fifth inning.



— The Maniacs occasionally got the better of Grangeville in boys team sports earlier this year and had the GHS baseball team’s number all spring. With a walk-off mercy rule victory over Kendrick on the second day of District II tournament play, the Bulldogs gave themselves a shot at reaching the state tournament. But the second post-season Bulldogs-Maniacs encounter in as many days ended with Grangeville’s hitters again stumped by Orofino’s pitching.

Orofino was sent to the brink of elimination by district champion St. Maries the previous night, but the Maniacs won the evening encounter with Grangeville last Thursday, May 7, by a 10-0 score. OHS won the May 6 tournament opener against Grangeville by the same score.

Whatever frustration afflicted Grangeville after the first- round loss, the Bulldogs took out on Kendrick.

With Ryan Adkison pitching, GHS opened up a 5-0 lead through two innings on key hits by Dylan Canaday and Layton Harris.

Austin Parks drove in the clinching runs with a double, giving each of the three an extra base hit.

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With the score tied in the top of the seventh, a costly misplay at third base cost the Pirates a close district tournament game against Potlatch.

Potlatch 5, Prairie 4

OROFINO — Prairie did nearly everything needed to win its opening round game of the 1A District II baseball tournament last Thursday, May 9 — but the Pirates misfired at the last minute.

With runners on first and third, a Potlatch runner broke for home and took the Pirates by surprise. Rather than throwing home to cut down the winning run at the plate, PHS focused on running down a “pickled” Log- ger between first and second.

Prairie ousted Troy 7-2 the next day, but Potlatch again foundawaytobeatPHSbya 9-8 score in the second-place game.

Trailing 9-5 in the seventh, Prairie rallied but could not overcome Potlatch’s early lead.



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