LEGION BASEBALL: Hoffman's gem lifts Lums past Okotok at tournament

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* SENIOR DIVISION

COEUR d'ALENE - Pete Hoffman struck out 12 and gave up four hits in a complete-game shutout as the Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen beat the Okotok (Alberta) Dawgs 1-0 and improved to 2-0 in the McEuen Field Pod of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Wood Bat Classic Senior Division on Wednesday.

"Pete threw one of those games that you see only once a season - it was beautiful," Lumbermen coach Lloyd Duman said. "He was in command of all his pitches and he had their batters guessing."

Coeur d'Alene's Colin Comack had a double among his three hits and Grant Curtis' RBI single in the fourth knocked in Chad Nyquist for the game's lone run.

"Okotok is a very, very good team," Duman said. "It was probably one of the best teams, if not the best team we will see this year."

The Lumbermen (24-3) finish pod play tonight at McEuen with games against the Spokane Crew at 6 p.m. and the Eagle Vipers at 8:30.

Other Day 2 scores from the pod were: Eagle Vipers 13, Spokane Crew 5; Okotok Dawgs 7, Eagle Vipers 2; Spokane Crew 3, Pullman Patriots 2 (9 inn.).

Okotok 000 000 0 - 0 4 0

Lumbermen 000 100 0 - 1 5 0

Cunningham and Shaw; Pete Hoffman and Joe Roletto. W - Hoffman. L - Cunningham.

HITS: Oko - Sanchez, Frew, Valdez, Patterson. Cda - Roletto, Comack 3, Curtis. 2B - Comack.

Prairie loses twice

POST FALLS - Darnell Metcalf had two RBIs and two of Prairie's 10 hits, but the Cardinals fell to the Pasco (Wash.) Sun Devils 6-2 in the Post Falls Pod of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Wood Bat Classic Senior Division.

"We hit the ball hard and really well, but they played good defense," Prairie coach Dustin Frank said. "Our pitchers did a good job at throwing strikes today, but unfortunately the ball didn't bounce our way."

Earlier in the day, the Cardinals (14-10) opened their pod play with a 3-0 loss to the Aberdeen Bobcats.

Pod play continues today for Prairie at Post Falls with games against the Idaho Falls Russets at 3:30 p.m. and the Chino (Calif.) Red at 6.

First Game

Aberdeen 000 102 0 - 3 9 1

Prairie 000 000 0 - 0 4 1

Reilly Fairchild and Aron Marlow; Tyler Shaffer and Darnell Metcalf; W - Fairchild. L - Metcalf.

HITS: Abe - Deitrick, Espedal 2, Nord, Williamson 2, Fairchild 2, Larke. Pra - Cooper, Schwalbach, Valente, Burnett.

Second Game

Pasco 002 003 1 - 6 5 1

Prairie 001 000 1 - 2 10 1

Justus and Londfeld; Nathan Collier, Taylor Valente (6), Darnell Metcalf (7) and Zack Reeder. W - Justus. L - Collier.

HITS: Pas - Tonto, Black, Trenton, Wells 2. Pra - Cooper, Reeder 2, Bumgarner, Metcalf 2, Schwalbach, Prockish, McKinney, Charbonneau.

* JUNIOR DIVISON

Loggers split

HAYDEN - Jake McKnight hit three hits and two RBIs, Derek Griffin added two RBIs and the Coeur d'Alene Loggers beat the Rogers Pirates (Spokane) 12-0 in their first game in the Hayden Main Pod of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Wood Bat Classic Junior Division.

The Loggers (9-10) fell 8-0 to Perros del Rio (Spokane) in their second game.

The Loggers finish pod play today with games against the Eagle Vipers at 3:30 p.m. and the Coeur d'Alene Lumberjacks at 6, both in Hayden.

Lumberjacks lose 2

HAYDEN - Coeur d'Alene's Michael Hicks went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and scored twice, but the Lumberjacks fell to the Eagle Vipers 8-6 in 10 innings in the opening game in the Hayden Main Pod of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Wood Bat Classic Junior Division.

The Lumberjacks (18-5) also lost to Perros del Rio 18-0.

The Lumberjacks finish pod play today with games against the Rogers Pirates at 1 p.m. and the Coeur d'Alene Loggers at 6, both in Hayden.

In the other game, the Eagle Vipers defeated the Rogers Pirates 12-4.

Lakers lose twice

COEUR d'ALENE - The Coeur d'Alene Lakers lost to the University Titans 14-1 and the Northwest Christian (Colbert) Crusaders 9-1 - both in five innings - on Day 1 in the Lake City Pod of the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Wood Bat Classic Junior Division.

The Lakers (13-9) continue pod play today in Coeur d'Alene with games against the Boise Barons at 3:30 p.m. and Okotoks (Alberta) Red at 6.

Other pod play scores from the opening day were: Okotoks (Alberta) Red 8, Boise Barons 0 (5 inn.); University Titans 10, Boise Barons 0 (5 inn.); Okotoks (Alberta) Red 7, Northwest Christian 1.

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