AREA BRIEFS: Spencer’s arm, bat propel Blues to sweep of Spokane’s Lewis & Clark


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ASOTIN — Justin Spencer of the Asotin County Blues pitched a no-hitter and hit a two-run home run in Game 1, and his team prevailed in both installments of an American Legion baseball nonleague doubleheader at Prior Field against visiting Lewis & Clark of Spokane.

The Blues won the first game 11-0, then withstood a Lewis & Clark fightback in the latter half of the second game for a 5-3 victory.

Spencer had eight strikeouts in five innings before the Blues (19-11) won by mercy rule in Game 1. His homer came in the second inning, scoring himself and Jon Bean to provide the first runs of the day.

“Justin had a great day, both on the mound and up at the plate,” said Asotin County coach Steve Judy. “He really minimized his pitches and focused on throwing strikes, and he did a great job today. That win made sure that we qualified for the district tournament up in Spokane, so that was a big win for us as a team.”

Josh Eggleston and Danner Maves each contributed a two-RBI double to the Asotin County effort in the second game. Lewis & Clark finally got its first base hits of the day in the fourth inning and ultimately compiled six to Asotin County’s four in that game, but the Blues were more opportunistic.


Lewis & Clark 000 00— 0 0 5

Asotin County 022 7x—11 4 1

Potter, Lopez (4) and Greaves. Spencer and Hayes.

Lewis & Clark hits — none.

Asotin County hits — Bolen (2B), Maves, Spencer 2 (HR).


Asotin County 100 400 0—5 4 2

Lewis & Clark 000 201 0—3 6 2

Nissen, Boyea (5) and Maves. Rhineheart, Fay (6) and Rose.

Asotin County hits — Judy, Eggleston (2B), Denham, Maves (2B).

Lewis & Clark hits — Cotter, Greaves, Potter, Dehmer (2B), Parker 2.

Merchants split road games

GLADSTONE, Ore. — The Orofino Merchants scored a win on Tuesday before falling on Wednesday in nonleague road play.

The Merchants prevailed 15-10 over Gladstone in their Tuesday outing, then managed only one base hit in a 3-0 defeat at Hockinson, Wash. on Wednesday.

Brandon Barton and Joe Sparano each pitched three innings and struck a base hit for Orofino against Gladstone. Rylan Larson recorded two hits for the Merchants in the first game and provided their lone hit against Hockinson.

“We were 4-for-6 with timely hits (against Gladstone), so we did pretty well with that,” said Orofino coach Dylan Midstokke, whose team moved to 8-21 on the season. “In the second one, obviously it was the exact opposite.”


Orofino 332 032 2—15 9 5

Gladstone 100 030 6—10 6 5

Brandon Barton, Joe Sparano (4), Wyatt Roy (5), Rylan Larson and Larson, Kai Naranjo. Peterson, Ulam (4) and Finch.

Orofino hits — Peyton Daily, Sparano (2B), Larson 2, Barton, George Bolling, Dominick Williamson, Roy, Austin Bullock.

Gladstone hits — Peterson 2, Burgos 2, NA 2.


Orofino 000 000 000—0 1 0

Hockinson 100 101 000—3 9 1

Roy, Williamson (8) and Larson. Stenlund, Schnieder (7) and Kennedy.

Orofino hit — Larson.

Hockinson hits — Sluders, Bullington, Woolcott, Kennedy, Vanatta, Cornett, Jensen, Talarlco (2B), Stenlund.

Southridge 11, Palouse 1

WALLA WALLA — The Palouse Patriots scored the first run of their Walla Walla tournament opener, but it was all downhill from there as they fell to the Southridge Bandits in six innings.

Payton Kallaher hit the RBI single that drove in teammate Carson Coulter for the Patriots’ lone run of the day. Nate Akesson threw six strikeouts in the course of pitching four innings for Palouse.

The Patriots continue round-robin play in the seven-team event today.

Patriots 100 000— 1 4 1

Bandits 340 004—11 12 0

Nate Akesson, Peter Smith (5) and Tristan Wilson. Taz Milton and Noah Sawyer.

Palouse hits — Carson Coulter, Konner Kinkade, Payton Kallaher, Reece Chadwick.

Southridge hits — Wesley Hickman 2, Aidan Morrison 2 (2B), Nick Grade 2 (2 3B), Jack Sanders 2 (2B), Ashton Sawyer 2, Noah Sawyer 2.


Inaugural ClassicX races this weekend

CLARKIA — Eric Christiansen and his motocross company, EC Enterprises, will field a unique range of vintage through modern bikes for their next program — a two-day event called the ClassicX at the Fossil Bowl track in Clarkia.

“It’s been a staple in the motocross community forever,” Christiansen said of the Fossil Bowl. “It’s a family-owned track, and I’m pretty lucky to be able to lease it for the weekend. This race we’re doing has never been seen. ... Basically, there’s vintage races that happen around the country, which is older bikes, then there’s new bikes. We’re combining the two, which will be really cool.”

Much of the event will be divided into classes by time period, beginning with a field of pre-1975 bikes, then races for models dating from 1976-81, 1982-86, 1987-97, 1998-2008 and 2009-2019. There will be junior events for models as small as 50cc up through adult 450.

“Already today, there’s people here from California; there’s a big motor home and a group; there’s 25 riders plus coming from Seattle; another guy from Montana’s here already,” said Christiansen, who believes audiences will enjoy the sight of classic models such as Macios and Huskies. “I had no idea the word got out that far.”

Tickets cost $10, with children under 5 admitted free of charge. Racing on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 10:30 a.m.

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