The Moscow Blue Devils were challenged by the commendable pitching staff of Orofino, but ultimately used consistent defense and a pair of considerable offensive frames to accrue an edge and improve to 7-2 with two Class AA American Legion wins over the Merchants.

Moscow won 8-3 in the first game, then claimed a 6-2 victory in Game 2.

“Defensively, we were just solid,” Moscow coach Stan Mattoon said. “We didn’t hit as well as I thought we could have, but the guys got the hits we needed right when we needed ’em.”

The Blue Devils had to sit starter Kyle Lynas early in Game 1, and they had 13 total walks. But overall, they limited Orofino to just three singles and put the nail in the coffin with a five-run fifth frame. On the mound, three Devils combined to fan seven Merchants.

For Orofino, Joe Sparano struck out five in four-plus innings of work.

“Their guy did a good job keeping us off-balance, but we were patient and when we got our pitches, we got guys on,” Mattoon said.

Offensively, the Blue Devils got two RBI apiece from Billy Adams and Hayden Thompson, the latter of whom plated another three in Game 2 with a single and a triple, which Thompson procured with a long, foul-ball-laden at-bat. Thompson’s teammate, Kyle Lynas, led the attack in the first game with three RBI on a single and a three-bagger.

Hurling in Game 2, Moscow’s Peyton Waters punched out eight in 3 2/3 innings while the offense logged a four-spot first to set a quick edge. Mattoon commended Waters and reliever Ryan Delusa, who’ve in large made up the Blue Devils’ “start and finish” moundmen.

“They haven’t disappointed yet,” Mattoon said. “They’re leading the core of pitchers and we’re hoping everyone follows suit.”

FIRST GAME

Orofino .....................020 100 0—3 3 3

Moscow ....................102 050 x—8 5 2

Joe Sparano, Dominic Williams (5) and George Bolling. Kyle Lynas, Chad Redinger (2), Barrett Abendroth (7) and CJ Anderson.

Orofino hits — Emmett Lilly, Brandon Barton, G. Bolling.

Moscow hits — Mac Hagenbaugh, Hayden Thompson (2B), Peyton Waters, K. Lynas 2 (3B).

SECOND GAME

Orofino .....................002 000 0—2 5 0

Moscow ....................401 010 x—6 5 3

Cody Isbelle, Wyatt Roy (6) and Rylan Larson. P. Waters, Ryan Delusa (4) and Braden Morris.

Orofino hits — E. Lilly, W. Roy 2, B. Barton, D. Williams.

Moscow hits — Billy Adams, H. Thompson 2 (3B), B. Morris 2.

Gonzaga Prep 9, Whitman County 5

SPOKANE — The Whitman County Class A American Legion team clawed its way back into its Kickoff Classic tournament tilt with Gonzaga Prep, but a slow start ended the Cougars’ stay at the event, where they went 3-1 at North Central High.

“It was nice to dig back into it, but a little late,” said Cougs coach Pat Doumit. “Too much a slow start, on both offense and defense.”

Whitman County (5-4) got 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief from Marcus Hilliard, one of many efficient bullpen pitchers for the Cougars.

However, the Cougs were limited to just two hits and G Prep jumped out to a 9-0 lead in three innings.

But Doumit was pleased with his team’s showing at the tournament and its encouraging start to the season.

“We’re continuing to play well defensively, like we did over these last three games at this tournament,” he said. “We played error-free baseball, but we need to throw more strikes and let the defense take care of itself.”

Whitman County ............000 203—5 2 0

Gonzaga Prep................243 000—9 5 2

Nick Strenge, Harison Stoomemore (2), Marcus Hilliard (3) and Tyler Elbracht. Bo Strahl, Tim McKernan (6), Tim Van Bommel (6) and David Smith.

Whitman County hits — Colin Dreewes, Cody Inderrieden.

Gonzaga Prep hits — Dan Driscoll, Van Bommel 3, Eric Bankey.

MOTOSPORTS

First Potlatch supercross a success

POTLATCH — According to promoter Eric Christiansen, the new Potlatch track “fired out,” making for a litany of entertaining races in front of ample spectators at the Rogers Motors Potlatch Supercross on Saturday night, staged at a course positioned behind the town’s Scenic Six Park.

“Overall, I would say a great success,” said Christiansen of the event. “Plus, we don’t have to tear down the track like we did in Lewiston.”

The track will be left up for the next supercross event, which is slated for June 29. Christiansen said prospective spectators shouldn’t expect a repeat of Saturday’s layout, though.

“We will change things up, make it different,” he said.

RESULTS

Mini ATV — 1, Hadley Bergamo (Yam).

Vet +30 — 1, Pat Mclam (Hsk); 2, Dustin James (Hon); 3, Randall Ranyon (Ktm); 4, Nate King (Kaw); 5, Jason Reid (Yam).

Vet +40 — 1, Jake Hamburg (Yam); 2, Brad Ruder (Ktm); 3, Daniel Garb (Hon).

Women — 1, Payton Reynolds (Ktm); 2, Leah Rogers (Hon).

Working man’s class — 1, Joel Doupe (Yam); 2, Kelly Rambo (Unk); 3, Justin Webb (Ktm); 4, Darin Andres (Kaw); 5, John Arland (Yam).

125/250

INT MAIN — 1, Seth Beaver (Yam).

PRO MAIN — 1, Garret Flach (Ktm); 2, Cody Holzer (Hon); 3, Jarrod Hamburg (Kaw); 4, Austin Schiermeister (Hon); 5, Pat Mclam (Hsk).

F Beginner — 1, Connor Madden (Yam); 2, Joey Calene (Hon); 3, Michael Corder (Yam); 4, Daniel Jenkins (Hus); 5, Bailey Peters (Suz).

F Junior — 1, Kelly Young (Yam); 2, Wesley Green (Suz); 3, Andrew Manney (Ktm); 4, Brayden Schultz (Hus); 5, Chris Hamburg (Hon).

250/450

INT MAIN — 1, Seth Beaver (Yam).

PRO MAIN — 1, Chance Blackburn (Hon); 2, Garret Flach (Ktm); 3, Austin Schiermeister (Hon); 4, Cody Holzer (Hon); 5, Jarrod Hamburg (Kaw).

F Beginner — 1, Austin Comstock (Yam); 2, Aaron Quiring (Yam); 3, Jesse Barton (Ktm); 4, Michael Corder (Yam); 5, Connor Madden (Yam).

F Junior — 1, Coleman Ross (Ktm); 2, Brayden Schultz (Hus); 3, Andrew Manney (Ktm); 4, Blake Layton (Ktm); 5, Chris Hamburg (Hon).

50

Beginner — 1, Ryker Reynolds (Ktm); 2, Kloe Espinosa (Ktm); 3, Oliver Carlin (Yam); 4, Zane Scholes (Hon); 5, Aden Carver (Yam).

JR — 1, William Woehler (Cob).

Open — 1, William Woehler (Cob).

65

Beginner — 1, Payton Reynolds (Ktm); 2, Enzo Bergamo (Ktm); 3, Hunter Brown (Yam); 4, Sean Robinson (Suz); 5, Brooklyn Schultz (Ktm).

JR — 1, Kayson Sexton (Ktm); 2, Dalton Coburn (Ktm); 3, Preston Knox (Hus).

Open — 1, Enzo Bergamo (Ktm); 2, Sean Robinson (Suz); 3, Brooklyn Schultz (Ktm); 4, Casen Jeppsen (Kaw); 5, Hunter Brown (Yam).

85

Beginner — 1, Tucker Anderson (Hon); 2, Dalton Coburn (Ktm); 3, Preston Knox (Hus); 4, Xander Scholes (Hon); 5, Rylan Hamilton (Ktm).

JR — 1, Landen Andres (Kaw); 2, Lane Clemenhagen (Yam); 3, Brady Beckner (Hon); 4, Kayson Sexton (Yam).

Open — 1, Landen Andres (Cob); 2, Lane Clemenhagen (Yam); 3, Brady Beckner (Hon).

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