Photo by Andrew Ottoson
Pictured, Layton Harris rounds third base and scores for GHS at Orofino.
As of Wednesday, April 20, 2016
GRANGEVILLE Grangeville has ambitions of winning the Central Idaho League — or at least qualifying for the state tournament out of second place — but will have to crack Orofino when the Maniacs visit May 3.
That’s because Orofino took a 4-0 lead to the bank behind starting pitcher Hayden Wilson. The Bulldogs rallied in the sixth and seventh, but their early slip-ups — and a couple of Orofino insurance runs — iced the game.
Layton Harris started and worked into the fourth, when catcher Chase Adkison came from behind the plate to the mound and Jack Lawrence rotated to defend the dish.
Harris singled twice and scored, and GHS put the tying run on first by way of an intentional walk to Dylan Canaday.
But Wilson made the pitches and the Maniacs seemed perfectly positioned to make the play on many of Grangeville’s best-struck balls.
Earlier in the week, the Bulldogs used a five-run seventh to beat Clearwater Valley 9-5.
GHS coach Lee Nadiger was happier with that result than the one in Orofino, but pointed out that his team got a little bit unlucky with line drives turning into outs against the Maniacs.
Grangeville hosted Prairie on April 19, and is scheduled to visit Kamiah April 25. Another Central Idaho League foe, Kendrick, dropped.