finds title win twice the fun: Twin City found some familiar faces in the opposing dugout for the Papa’s Pizza Invitational championship game Sunday. That made the 4-0 victory doubly satisfying for the Titans after five days of American Legion baseball at Swede Johnson Stadium. Twin City, from Richland, Wash., topped the Lewis-Clark Twins 4-3 in one semifinal game, then the Titans outlasted the Southridge Bandits, from neighboring Kennewick, Wash., for the championship.
Eugene evens tourney record: After finding themselves on the wrong end of a one-hit shutout in a 10-0 loss on Wednesday, the Eugene Challengers came to the ballpark with a new approach on Thursday. The Challengers topped the 18U Zips of Seattle 3-0 at Swede Johnson Stadium on Thursday to improve to 1-1 in the Papa’s Pizza Invitational. Eugene kept its hopes of advancing to the final day of the tournament alive with the win.
Titans slide into victory: The Willamette Valley Titans kicked off the Papa’s Pizza Invitational with a 9-7 victory over Tide Baseball of Newport at Swede Johnson Stadium on Wednesday morning. After missing out on a top-six finish at the tournament last season, the Titans are off to a strong start this year. In addition to their Wednesday morning victory, Willamette Valley earned an 8-8 tie with the 18U Zips later in the day.
Challengers, Titans open Legion tournament: The Eugene Challengers will host the 41st annual Papa’s Pizza Invitational American Legion baseball tournament at Swede Johnson Stadium this week. The 10-team tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday and finish Sunday with the championship game at 4:30 p.m.
Luke White had three homeruns to wrap up the first day of play at the Dwight Church Tournament at Harris Field, a solo moonshot in the Twins' opening 5-1 win against Nampa before smacking two against Southridge. L-C mounted a comeback in the seventh against the Bandits, but were unable to maintain momentum and fell 7-6.
"We gotta finish baseball games, we need to score when it's tough, when the pressures on," Twins coach Kyle Blackwell said. "(Southridge is) a really good club, in some respects they had our number. Those are the types of teams we need to beat and I think we're perfectly capable of that. More so, we need to let them know (that we're going to) fight."
In the second game, the Twins (8-2) led 5-3 heading into the top of the sixth, but allowed Southridge to score four runs before wrapping up the visiting half of the inning.
"Munoz pitched a good game, he competed with all of those batters," Blackwell said. "We gotta pick up the baseball behind him."
The score didn't change from 7-5 until the bottom of the seventh, when Chandler Tibbets hit a triple to land on base. A double from Kole Olson allowed Tibbets to score in what was "a little bit of fight," according to Blackwell.
The game ended two outs later with a pop fly and a ground-out.
"I'm more concerned with how they hit when the pressure's on than how they hit when we're up eight-nothing," Blackwell said.
Nampa 000 010 0-1 4 0
L-C Twins 300 002 x-5 9 1
Hibbard and Odell. Tyler Poe, Wade (6) and Cole Grijalva.
L-C Twins 8, Spokane Cannons 6
MISSOULA, Mont. - The Twins' rip-roaring offense came alive in the fourth inning and the Lewis-Clark pitchers were able to hold off a late rally from the Spokane Cannons to come away with another win at the Missoula Mavericks Memorial Tournament.
Following three scoreless innings, the Twins posted two runs apiece in the fourth and fifth innings, then etched out four more in the sixth for an 8-3 lead.
Spokane followed with three in the bottom of the seventh, but L-C closer Riley Way shut down any further danger to secure the win.
"We weren't ready to hit early," Twins coach Kyle Blackwell said, noting his team changed its approach midway through the game when it began to put runs on the board. "We had some lineouts but for the most part we took some fastballs early in the count that we should've been able to whack."
Jake Munoz did his fair share of whacking with three hits, including a double, in the game. Way, Josh Moore, Julian Washburn, Danny Robinson and Kolt Olson each had two hits. Luke White slugged a home run for the visitors.
The Twins continue tournament play at 8:30 a.m. PDT against the Bitterroot (Mont.) Red Sox.
Lewis-Clark Twins 000 224 0-8 14 2
Spokane Cannons 110 100 3-6 8 1
Tyler Poe, Chris Powell (7), Riley Way (7) and Jackson Fuller. Spokane pitchers and catchers not available.
Lewis-Clark hits - Way 2 (3B), Munoz 3 (2B), White (HR), Moore 2, Washburn 2 (2B), Robinson 2, Olson 2.
Spokane hits - Cottrell 2 (2B), Edwards, Smith 3 (3 2B), Frendenthal, Braley (2B).
Elections for the 2018-2019 L-C American Legion Baseball Executive Board were held at the annual meeting and the new/returning officers are:
President: Patti Meshishnek* Past President: Tom Woods* Vice President: Angie Stamper* Secretary: Derrick Ater Treasurer: Steve Moore* Members at Large: Brad Hart*, Warren Beckman*
*denotes returning member
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