PREP SOFTBALL: St. Maries gets the win it needs for district title

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OROFINO — St. Maries bounced back from its first loss of the season in Game 2 to beat Orofino 14-7 in the deciding game of the best-of-3 series for the 2A District 1-2 championship Thursday.

Kaylee Auer homered and drove in four runs in Game 3 for St. Maries (15-1), which fell to Orofino 13-7 earlier Thursday.

St. Maries had beaten the Maniacs all three times during Central Idaho League play, then eked out an 18-17 win in Game 1 of the championship series Wednesday.

“We knew they were going to be tough to beat a fifth time; you don’t go to state on your record alone,” St. Maries coach Todd Bitterman said. “That got us our goal, which was to get south.”

St. Maries advances to state May 18-19 at Pocatello High. The Lumberjacks open May 18 at 8 a.m. PDT vs. the second-place finisher from District 5.

Orofino finished 9-10.

OROFINO 13, ST. MARIES 7

Orofino 300 303 4 — 13 13 5

St. Maries 010 402 0 — 7 13 7

Erbst and Rains; Sines and Walrod. W — Erbst. L — Sines.

ST. MARIES 14, OROFINO 7

Orofino 003 200 2 — 7 8 8

St. Maries 402 440 x — 14 15 2

Erbst, Melton (4), Erbst (4) and Rains; Wilson and Cordell.

Post Falls 2

Lewiston 1

LEWISTON — Amanda Rouse scattered six hits and the visiting Trojans made a pair of third-inning runs stand up to eliminate the Bengals in the second-place game of the 5A Region 1 tournament at Airport Park.

Post Falls (12-12) will play Timberline (17-11) of Boise, the fifth-place finisher from the District 3 tournament, Saturday at noon at Airport Park in Lewiston in a state play-in game.

In the third inning, Kahlea Dumas led off with a single and scored on a wild pitch. Lexi Demute singled in Bailey Gleaves with what proved to be the winning run.

Cheyenne Rose struck out nine for Lewiston.

Post Falls 002 000 0 — 2 5 1

Lewiston 010 000 0 — 1 6 3

Amanda Rouse and Ally Morris; Cheyenne Rose and N/A. W — Rouse. L — Rose.

HITS: PF — Dumas, Gleaves, Demute 2, Melton. Lew — Laurence, Bausch 2, House 2. 2B — Melton.

Timberlake 15

Priest River 1

SPIRIT LAKE — Becca Malloy scattered four hits, struck out four and hit a two-run homer in the third inning as the Tigers eliminated the visiting Spartans in the second-place game of the 3A District 1 tournament.

Timberlake (13-4) will play Buhl, the District 4 runner-up, on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Airport Park in Lewiston in a state play-in game.

Maddy Salois hit a three-run double in the first and finished with four RBIs for the Tigers.

Becca pitched a heckuva game today, and hit the ball well,” Timberlake coach Casi Riesenauer said. “I was really proud of how my kids responded after yesterday (a 15-1 loss at Bonners Ferry in the district title game). They did what they needed to do.”

Priest River finished 6-17.

Priest River 001 00 — 1 4 5

Timberlake 434 4x — 15 11 1

Game called in 5th inning due to 10-run rule.

Nichols, Randolph (3) and Martin; Becca Malloy and Maddy Salois. W — Malloy. L — Nichols.

HITS: PR — Nichols, Martin, Deremer, Fink. TL —Starr, Carhart 3, Malloy 2, Jessen, Jerome 2, Lindley, Salois. 2B — Salois. HR — Malloy.

Lakeland 14

Moscow 4

RATHDRUM — Mia O’Hara hit first-inning grand slam and both Abbey Leon and Riley Rivera had two RBIs each, leading the Hawks past the Bears in a 4A Region 1 tournament loser-out game.

Lakeland (10-14) will host Sandpoint (9-9) in the championship game needing to beat the Bulldogs twice to advance to the state 4A tournament starting next Friday at Blackfoot High.

“It was good to get three different players some time on the mound,” said Lakeland coach Colleen Bevacqua, who threw Taylor Woolley, Ashtyn Howerton and Alicia Edelblute. “Taylor, she’s definitely the go-to pitcher, but both Alicia and Ashtyn pitched really well. We got into a little bit of trouble, but Taylor got us out of it. I’m proud of my team for getting the bats going.”

Moscow finishes 0-18.

Moscow 201 010 — 4 8 0

Lakeland 443 003 — 14 15 0

Game called in 6th inning due to 10-run rule.

Eaton and Barker; Taylor Woolley, Ashtyn Howerton (4), Alicia Edelblute (6) and Abbey Leon. W — Woolley. L — Eaton.

HITS: Mos — Staszkow 2, Barker, Miller, Eaton 2, Carscallen, Tanner. LL — Byrne 2, Woolley 2, Leon 2, Rivera 2, O’Hara 2, Edelblute, Olson, Gosch 3. 2B — Gosch, O’Hara, Rivera. 3B — Byrne. HR — O’Hara.

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