Thursday, July 28, 2016

White-powered Twins top Poky

BOISE - Luke White crushed two home runs and the Lewis-Clark Twins barely hung on against the Pocatello Runnin' Rebels, winning 13-12 to keep their Legion season alive at the Idaho Class AA state tournament at Timberline High.
L-C's journey through the losers' bracket continues today at noon against the Boise Gems.
"We were more of ourselves today," said Twins coach Kyle Blackwell, whose club fell flat the day before in a 10-0 loss to the Boise Capitals. "More of what we've been throughout the summer and what we're capable of."
The Twins continued to struggle on the mound, conceding 12 hits and a slew of free passes. But these were mistakes L-C could afford on a day that saw the offense produce 16 hits, which included four extra-base hits.
White had a single to go with his two homers, Cole Grijalva finished with three hits including a double, while Chandler Tibbits, Josh Moore, Jaden Phillips and Danny Robinson all collected multiple base knocks.
"We'll take a 'W' on this side of the bracket any way we can get it," said Blackwell, who expects a tough test from the Gems today. "They're good. They can pitch pretty dang good."
Pocatello 040 100 250-12 13 4
Lewis-Clark Twins 211 071 10x-13 16 5
Hunter Roubidoux, Dillon Chandler (5) and Quinton Standley. Julian Washburn, Michael Murphy (7), Logan Chase (8) and Cole Grijalva.
Pocatello hits - Roubidoux, Kyle Cooper, Standley 3, Dawson Keller 2 (2B), Hayden Foltz 2 (HR), Austin Wilding 2 (2B), Landon Carr 2.
Lewis-Clark hits - Riley Way, Alex Light, Chandler Tibbits 2, Luke White 3 (2 HR), Josh Moore 2 (2B), Jaden Philips 2, Danny Robinson 2, Grijalva 3 (2B).

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

 Updated bracket

Capitals shock Twins in opener

BOISE - They didn't produce like they normally do at the plate, but the Lewis-Clark Twins won't necessarily blame their suddenly stagnant offense for a 10-0 loss to the Boise Capitals on Tuesday in the first round of the Idaho Class AA state Legion baseball tournament at Timberline High.
The bats were certainly part of the problem, but the Twins were ultimately doomed by the 11 free passes given up by their pitchers in a game shortened to just six innings due to the mercy rule.
After hitting the highest of highs last weekend at the district tournament, the Twins are now just one defeat away from the lowest of lows.
"We'll fight our way through that losers' bracket and see what we are tomorrow now that we're there," Twins coach Kyle Blackwell said.
In a loser-out game, the Twins will meet Pocatello today at noon.
The Boise Caps, who had stunned L-C twice last year in the state title round, held the Twins to four hits. Boise collected only eight, but many of those were timely base knocks that came with runners in scoring position.
"Credit to (them). We just had a weird day," said Blackwell, who started Jake Munoz before bringing in Dalton Stamper in the fourth inning. "It was a bad day for it ... I know the next time they toe that rubber, they'll be better. (Boise) had timely hitting as well. They took advantage of the free bags."
Lewis-Clark 000 000- 0 4 0
Boise Capitals 002 602-10 8 2
Jake Munoz, Dalton Stamper (4) and Jackson Fuller. Colby Paul and Hunter Wendell.
Lewis-Clark hits - Riley Way, Jaden Phillips, Stamper, Fuller.
Boise hits - Wendell 2 (2B), Brad Jekich 2 (2B), Nolan Jekich (2B), Cody Roberts, Tristan Newell, Payton Hamilton.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Twins win over Lumbermen;12-1 now braces for State in Boise

Bringing their three-day total to 59 runs, the Lewis-Clark Twins left absolutely no doubt: the panhandle will be represented, and represented well, next week at the Class AA Idaho state tournament.
Saturday, the Twins wrapped up a district title and proved for the third time in many days that the regional tournament, for them at least, was more of a formality than a qualifying procedure. L-C squashed the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen 12-1 in a mercy-rule-shortened finale at Harris Field that was called after only 61/2 innings.
Now, L-C will vie for a state crown. It'd be the 39th in program history, but nothing has been more elusive to this group in recent years.
Last summer, the Twins set themselves up with a two-for-one shot to win the title, but the Boise Capitals came away with bragging rights after knocking off the Twins in consecutive games. That was L-C's best chance to win State since the Twins last did it in 2009.
Of course, many of the same players have been knocking on the door at the high school level. Fifteen of the 18 Twins suited up for Lewiston High last spring and watched their season come to an agonizing end just one game shy of the title round.
"It helps with motivation, absolutely," Twins coach Kyle Blackwell said. "This is a good team. There's no ifs, ands or buts about it."
Saturday, a Clarkston High grad with his own motives took the hill for L-C. Tyler Poe was a district champion with the Bantams this spring, but a promising season took a turn for the worse in the regional round, when Clarkston dropped a loser-out game to Ephrata. Poe's prep career finished one game short of a trip to the state tournament.
"It feels good being able to make (State)," Poe said, "because we didn't really come through on the season this year for high school, so it's nice knowing that I'll get a chance to go down and win State with this team."
Rather than blow his fastball by the opponent, Poe mostly pitched to contact and let his infield, made up exclusively of LHS Bengals, get the job done. They were solid aside from three defensive errors, two of which came in the seventh inning with L-C already nursing an 11-run lead.
Poe struck out only three batters in five innings of work, but conceded just three base hits and only one run, although that was unearned. Dalton Stamper entered in the sixth and tossed two innings of scoreless relief.
L-C pitchers conceded only 10 runs in three games at the district tournament.
"It's a good staff," Blackwell said.
The Twins continued to hum on offense, squeezing out 15 hits after securing 14 on Friday and 22 on Thursday. Three-hole hitter Chandler Tibbits picked up where he left off, securing three hits for the third consecutive game while picking up his third triple of the tournament.
Leadoff hitter Riley Way was relatively quiet, by his own standards, in L-C's opening games, but the LHS senior-to-be went 3-for-4 with a double on Saturday and crossed the plate three times.
"Just playing baseball," Way said. "No mental, just come out here and hit the ball."
All nine of the Twins who stepped to the plate on Saturday had at least one hit.
"I think our (offensive) potential is through the roof," Blackwell said. "They've got to be smart hitters and they showed that this weekend. I was pretty impressed with our at-bats, especially when we weren't up by a pile. We had some good at-bats."
It begs the question: Can the Twins keep up their torrid hitting at State?
"Yeah, the potential's there," Blackwell said.
The state tournament will start Tuesday in Boise.
Coeur d'Alene 000 100 0- 1 4 0
Lewis-Clark Twins 140 070 x-12 15 3
Brent Stapleton, Nate Phillips (6) and Zach Sensel. Tyler Poe, Dalton Stamper (6) and Cole Grijalva.
Coeur d'Alene hits - Dom Conigliaro 2 (2B), Stapleton 2.
Lewis-Clark hits - Riley Way 3 (2B), Luke White (2B), Chandler Tibbits 3 (3B), Jaden Phillips, Cole Grijalva 2, Alex Light 2, Josh Moore, Jake Munoz.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

2016 District Champions LC Twins

2016 District Champions

L-C's lineup answers the bell in 12-7 victory over Coeur d'Alene, earning Twins a 2-for-1 shot at district championship

Chandler Tibbits has 6 hits in 2 games

After yet another offensive showcase from Chandler Tibbits, Lewis-Clark Twins teammate Josh Moore joked that there probably is no catching Tibbits, at least in the hits column, at the Class AA northern Idaho district tournament.
Granted, it's a race he's happy to lose, considering both have the same cause in mind.
"I'm trying to keep up with him," Moore said, "but he's doing extremely well."
Tibbits added three hits to his tally - which now sits at six through two games - and Moore, the proud owner of another column, cranked his second home run out of Harris Field as the Twins moved one step closer to a district title, and clinched a state tournament berth, by virtue of their 12-7 victory over the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen.
Coeur d'Alene and Prairie of Post Falls will meet in a loser-out game today at 1 with the winner moving on to face the Twins at 3:30. L-C has a two-for-one shot at the district title and would play again on Sunday with a loss today.
But for that to happen, the rest of the field will either need to match or slow the offensive juggernaut that's now produced 47 runs in two days. Thursday, L-C plowed its way to a 35-2 victory over Prairie in the tournament opener.
"This team's done a pretty good job this summer, they don't like to lose," said L-C coach Kyle Blackwell, whose club improved to 34-9 with Friday's result. "That's what's more important to me I want the guys who really hate to lose. You truly hate to lose."
The Twins have only trailed twice in this tournament - 1-0 in the first inning of Thursday's game and 7-6 after 61/2 frames Friday - but in each instance, they've responded with four-run innings to take the lead for good.
Not much of a surprise for a team that regularly talks about an objective to score runs in every inning. They've done it in 12 of 14 innings thus far.
"Number one, scoring in every inning," Blackwell said, "and number two, scoring when the pressure's on and when we're down."
The only instance of that came in the seventh when the Lumbermen chased Twins reliever Mikel Jensen, who walked two batters and gave up two hits after a 1-2-3 inning in the sixth.
Logan Chase relieved Jensen to record the third out of the inning and the L-C offense took care of the rest. Moore wore a fastball on his shoulder to begin the bottom of the seventh, then watched Jaden Phillips, Danny Robinson and Jackson Fuller single before coming around to score the tying run. The Twins would eventually clear the bases to take a 10-7 advantage into the eighth.
Chase made quick work of the Lumbermen in the top of the eighth and Moore highlighted the bottom of the inning with his two-run shot to left field. The ball barely cleared the fence, connecting with a KLEW billboard before falling on to the warning track.
Not until he paused at second, thinking he'd pocketed a stand-up double, did Moore realize he hit it over.
"I was kind of surprised when my coach said, 'Hey, it went out,' " Moore said. "I was like, 'Oh OK, that's a done deal.' "
Moore's blast Thursday against Prairie was the first of his Legion season. He credits the sudden power surge to advice from his coaches - "just telling me to swing the hips" - and hours spent alone in the batting cage.
Tibbits, who homered and tripled on Thursday to go with two singles, recorded another triple and two singles against Coeur d'Alene.
He downplayed the concept of a hot streak and amounted his offensive contributions to "just seeing the baseball."
Tibbits added: "Not being too high, not being too low."
Eight L-C players had hits Friday, which was two down from Thursday, when 10 Twins made their way into the hit column.
Coeur d'Alene 000 210 400- 7 8 2
Lewis-Clark Twins 212 100 42x-12 14 1
Daniel Gunnerson, Nate Phillips (7), Jarred Hall (7) and Reegan Jacobson. Julian Washburn, Mikel Jensen (6), Logan Chase (7) and Jackson Fuller.
Coeur d'Alene hits - Jacobson 2, Tanner Criswell 2, Brandon Stott, Hall 3 (2B), Phillips.
Lewis-Clark hits - Chandler Tibbits 3 (3B), Josh Moore 2 (2B, HR), Luke White, Riley Way, Alex Light 2, Jaden Phillips, Danny Robinson, Fuller 2.

2015-2016 Executive Board

Elections for the 2015-2016 L-C American Legion Baseball Executive Board were held at the annual meeting and the new/returning officers are:

President: Tom Woods*
Past President: Patti Meshishnek*
Vice President: Alex Tibbits
Secretary: Wendy Powell*
Treasurer: Shelly Scott
Members at Large: Linc Way*, Steve Moore*, Amy Grijalva*, Dave Pint

*denotes returning member

Thanks to all for their commitment!

for the Love of the Game

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2014 Harris Field

2014 Harris Field