COEUR d’ALENE — Luke White hit a three-run home run in the top of the fifth inning of the first game as Lewis-Clark swept the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen 5-2 and 5-4 at Thorco Field on Saturday, giving the Twins the AA North Idaho League title and top seed to this week’s Area A district tournament at Post Falls High.
“They were some really close games, and both could have gone either way,” Coeur d’Alene coach Kevin Dunton said. “They were two hard fought battles.”
Conner Congiliaro and Bennett Cunningham had RBIs in the first game for Coeur d’Alene (13-20, 4-4 NIL), which will be the second seed to districts.
Brett Stapleton allowed four hits over seven innings, striking out five in the opener and Justin Bates struck out four in the second game for Coeur d’Alene.
“Brett threw a really good game, and so did Justin,” Dunton said. “It just came down to some plays that weren’t made. Baseball’s a game of inches, and it was a couple of close ones today.”
Coeur d’Alene could have clinched with a win in either game.
Riley Alley hit a two-run double to tie the second game at 4-4 for Coeur d’Alene.
“We just strung some hits together and had a good inning to get back into the game,” Dunton said. “I thought we had some momentum going, and they did a good job of stopping it.”
Lewis-Clark is 28-9, 5-3.
Lewis-Clark 101 030 0 — 5 4 2
Coeur d’Alene 001 100 0 — 2 5 1
Washburn and Adkinson; Brett Stapleton and Conner Conigliaro. W — Washburn. L — Stapleton (1-5).
HITS: L-C — Way, Light, White 2. Cd’A — Bloom, Conigliaro, Haen, Stapleton, Keesee. 2B — Way, White. HR — White.
Lewis-Clark 013 000 1 — 5 10 0
Coeur d’Alene 004 000 0 — 4 10 3
White, Van Boyen and Savoaine; Justin Bates and Kallen Langley. W — Van Boyen. L — Bates (3-2).
HITS: L-C — Robinson, Way, Davis, Phillips 2, Light, White, Adkinson 2, Baldwin. Cd’A — Alley, Bloom 2, Conigliaro 2, Haen, Stapleton 2, Langley 2. 2B — Way, White, Adkinson 2, Alley.
Northern Lakes 7
Kent Cubs 7
RENTON, Wash. — Ryan Pote drove in three runs for the Mountaineers in a draw with the Kent Cubs in pool play at the Baden Northwest Invitational late Friday at Liberty High.
On Saturday, Northern Lakes lost to TC Saints 7-4 and the Kirkland Merchants 7-5.
Joe Streitzel and Max Baker scored two runs each for Northern Lakes, which concludes pool play today against the Seattle Tides at 9 a.m., and Taylor Baseball at noon.
Lums 16U 10
Shadle Park 4
COEUR d’ALENE — Cooper Grohs struck out seven over three innings and Jake Brown drove in three runs as Coeur d’Alene beat Shadle Park in Washington district Legion A baseball tourney play at Lake City.
Bode Bailey drove in two runs and Jackson Scherr, Willy Luckett and Landen Thompson scored two runs each for Coeur d’Alene, which faces Gonzaga Prep today at 11:30 a.m. at Thorco Field to wrap up pod play.