EPHRATA, Wash. - The Prairie Cardinals class AA squad beat the Diamond Jaxx of Burbank, Wash., 11-1 and lost to the Spokane Crew 7-6 in eight innings Friday on the first day of the Northwest Prep Championships.
Nathan Collier went 3 for 4 with three RBIs for Prairie vs. the Diamond Jaxx. Tyler Burnett was 2 for 3 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Tyler Shaffer and Tyler Burnett teamed on a four-hitter for the Cardinals.
Against the Crew, Zack Reeder went 2 for 4 and scored two runs, and struck out four in two innings of relief. But in the top of the eighth inning, he was out trying to score from second base on a single, and was ejected from the game for what Prairie coach Dustin Frank was told was "malicious contact" in running over the catcher on a bang-bang play in which he actually knocked the ball loose from the catcher.
"If he was in the pros, he would have been safe," said Frank, who was thrown out arguing the play. "But it wasn't a dirty play. They were trying to block the plate, and we were trying to score."
But, since Frank had used all his subs by then, Prairie had to play the bottom of the eighth with eight players and Shaffer, who had already pitched three innings in the opener and two innings of relief against the Crew, had to pitch again.
And with Prairie having just two outfielders, both shading the alleys, a routine ground single to left field wound up rolling all the way to the fence, allowing the winnning run to score all the way from first base.
Prairie (20-17) wraps up round-robin play in the five-team tourney today, playing the Columbia Basin River Dogs at 12:30 p.m. and the Seattle Titans at 3.
PRAIRIE 11, DIAMOND JAXX 1
Prairie 004 013 3 - 11 13 0
Diamond Jaxx 001 000 0 - 1 4 2
Tyler Shaffer, Tyler Burnett (4) and Darnell Metcalf; Tony Gomez and Marcus Johnson. W - Shaffer (3-3). L - Gomez.
HITS: Pra - Schwalbach, Cooper, Reeder 2, Prockish 2, Burnett 2, Collier 3, Bumgarner 2. DJ - Gill, White, Gomez, Johnson. 2B - Prockish, Burnett 2, Collier.
SPOKANE CREW 7, PRAIRIE 6
Prairie 500 100 00 - 6 10 1
Crew 202 200 01 - 7 6 2
1 out when winning run scored.
Joe Schwalbach, Tyler Shaffer (4), Zack Reeder (6), Shaffer (8) and James Prockish; Henschkel, relievers unavailable and Holmberg. W - N/A. L - Shaffer (3-4).
HITS: Pra - Reeder 2, Metcalf, Collier, Prockish 2, Valente, Shaffer, Burnett, Charbonneau. Crew - Wolfe, Wagner, Holmberg 2, Somday, Harbott. 2B - Prockish, Harbott. 3B - Wolfe. HR - Holmberg.
Coeur d'Alene (2), ppd., rain
COEUR d'ALENE - The class AA North Idaho League doubleheader was tentatively rescheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m. Coeur d'Alene is already scheduled to play host Missoula in a single game Sunday at 1 p.m., as well as Monday at 1 p.m.
Coeur d'Alene then will host the class AA Area A (district) tournament starting Friday at McEuen Field.