The Prairie Cardinals lost, but still won on Friday at the Best of the Northwest American Legion baseball wood-bat tournament.
Prairie lost its final pod game 2-1 to the Club Spokane Dodgers White at Post Falls High to finish 3-1 in the White Division, but knew going into the game it would finish first in its division because earlier in the tourney it had beaten Twin City, which also went 3-1.
The Coeur d'Alene Lumbermen's game vs. the Blaze on Friday night was rained out, and postponed to today at 10 a.m. at McEuen Field. No report was received from the Lums' game earlier in the day vs. AIM.
After the 10 a.m. game, there will be consolation games at 12:30 and 3 p.m. at McEuen, and quarterfinal games at 5:30 and 8 p.m. There will be four similar games at Central Valley High in Spokane.
The tourney concludes Sunday at CV, with semifinal games at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and the title game at 4.
Prairie will play the Lewis-Clark Twins in a quarterfinal today at 5:30 p.m. at McEuen.
Dodgers White 2, Prairie 1: Evan Douglas hit a pair of solo homers for Club Spokane, the second a bizarre inside-the-park homer in the bottom of the sixth to snap a 1-all tie.
Douglas hit a drive to deep center. Prairie center fielder Tony Davidson gave chase and dove after the ball, crashing into the chain link fence. As he lie on the ground, the ball caromed off the fence, Prairie's right fielder ran down the ball and threw for home.
As the play was unfolding, Prairie coach Dustin Frank raced toward center fielder to tend to his fallen player. But he said apparently the throw beat the runner, but Douglas hurdled the catcher to score the go-ahead run.
Davidson, meanwhile suffered a dislocated right shoulder on the play.
Eric Cooper of Prairie (10-7) doubled off the top of the fence to drive in the tying run in the top of the fifth. Joe Schwalbach followed with a bloop single into shallow left. Frank sent Cooper, but he was thrown out at the plate.
Prairie left 10 on base.
"It was an awesome game," Frank said. "We ran into some bad luck, but the kids played so well."
DODGERS WHITE 2, PRAIRIE 1
Prairie 000 010 0 - 1 5 0
Dodgers White 100 001 x - 2 5 2
Nathan Collier, Joe Schwalbach (4) and Zack Reader; Gage Burland and Rypien. W - Burland. L - Schwalbach (2-2).
HITS: Pra - Metcalf, Cooper, Collier, Schwalbach, Davidson. Dod - Locati, Douglas 2, Campbell, Rypien. 2B - Metcalf, Cooper, Locati. HR - Douglas 2.