As of Thursday, March 17, 2016
KOOSKIA For the first time in three years, the Clearwater Valley softball girls scored in their first game. That was true whether the count began with an exhibition tournament at Fenn Field last Friday and Saturday, March 11-12, or with a 14-7 win over Grangeville Monday night, March 14.
“We’re still a young program,” coach Haylee Fishback said Saturday. “We have a lot of freshmen.”
The Rams roster of nine is headed by senior pitcher Kacee Miskin.
CV was set to host Culdesac March 15, with upcoming games at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 19 against Troy and 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, against Prairie.
The CV baseball team features 12 players and won an exhibition game against Potlatch 8-1 on Saturday.
“I’m really excited about this year’s team,” Rams coach Josh Bradley said. “For the first time, I have a junior-senior-heavy team. They’re big and strong and fast and they’ve played a lot of baseball for me, in high school and in Babe Ruth. When we rolled into practice, it wasn’t teaching a lot of basics. We got into refreshing our defense strategy and right into hitting practice.”
“If we stay healthy and keep our grades up, we’ll be competitive in the Whitepine League this year,” he added.
The Potlatch game was originally scheduled as part of a four-team tournament, which Bradley hopes to grow into a multi-bracket round-robin next year. It would have been a four-team round-robin this year, but with wet weather looming over the area last Friday, a Potlatch-Troy game was called off.
The Rams took a 1-0 lead with a bit of small-ball that scored Tyler Massey. CV ran it to 8-0 before yielding a run on an error in the game.
After a March 15 meeting with Kamiah, the Rams’ homestand continues this week with games at 10 a.m. March 19 versus Troy and at 4 p.m. March 22 versus Prairie.
In Calen Long’s third season as Grangeville’s head coach, the GHS squad boasts 17 players.
“That right there is awesome and means our program is slowly building,” Long said Tuesday. “We have a very young team but I have nothing but high hopes. We have to iron out some wrinkles but other than that I think we're going to have a great season.”
Pitching for Grangeville have been freshmen Micaela Ferris and Molly DeFord.
The Grangeville girls are scheduled to play at 4 p.m. March 21 at Asotin and at 3 p.m. March 25 at Pomeroy.
The Grangeville baseball team's meet-in-the-middle neutral site game with Bonners Ferry at Lewiston was swamped last Saturday and will not be rescheduled. That bumps the GHS boys' season opener to 4 p.m. Friday, March 18, at the Asotin Tournament, followed by an 11:30 a.m. Saturday game there.
Grangeville is set to return to Asotin for a 4 p.m. start Tuesday, March 22.
Another season opener scheduled for Saturday, March 12, in Lewiston was also mucked. The Prairie softball team's meet-up with Kellogg, scheduled for Saturday at noon, was rained out, bumping the PHS girls' season opener to March 15 at Asotin — after the Free Press print deadline.
The Prairie girls are slated for March 18-19 at Orofino, March 21 at Culdesac and March 22 at Clearwater Valley.
The PHS baseball team was slated to open March 15 at Asotin, with a game at Kamiah coming up at 4 p.m. March 17. The Pirates are set to visit CV at 4 p.m. next Tuesday, March 22.
Kamiah’s baseball opener took place after the Free Press print deadline March 15, and the Kubs are set to host Prairie this Thursday, March 17, at 4 p.m.
The Kubs are to host Potlatch at 4:30 p.m. next Tuesday, March 22.