LEWISTON — Jacob Rutherford struck out 11 and allowed two hits in 5 2/3 innings, and his brother Cole Rutherford earned the save with 1 1/3 innings of relief as the Post Falls Trojans edged the Lewiston Bengals 2-1 in the second game to earn a split of their 5A Inland Empire League-opening doubleheader Saturday at Church Field.
Lewiston won the first game 13-6.
In the nightcap, Post Falls (4-4, 1-1 5A IEL) posted two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-1 lead. Eli Gondo was hit by a pitch, Cole Rutherford walked and Spencer Zeller sacrificed them to second and third.
After Jacob Rutherford lined out, Gondo scored on a wild pitch, and Cole Rutherford came home on an error to put the Trojans ahead to stay.
Lewiston scored on an error in the first to open the scoring.
In the first game, Kyle Van Boeyen struck out eight in six innings for Lewiston. Spencer Zeller, Jacob Rutherford, Kaden Cripps and Tyson Rutherford each had two hits for the Trojans.
“We battled back after losing that first one,” Post Falls coach Mick Zeller said. “If you can get a split, especially in Lewiston, it’s good. It’s always tough playing down there, and it gives us a little momentum and something to build on for the coming week.”
Dawson Bonfield drove in four runs with a pair of two-run singles for the Bengals, and George Lopez went 4 for 5 and scored twice.
Post Falls is scheduled to play host to Lake City on Tuesday in a league doubleheader.
Post Falls 000 240 0 — 6 10 2
Lewiston 114 403 x — 13 15 1
Austin Higgins, Zach Pollard (4) and Jacob Burton; Kyle Van Boeyen, Tyson Wallace (7) and Connor Stamper.
HITS: PF — C. Rutherford, Zeller 3, J. Rutherford 2, Cripps 2, T. Rutherford 2. Lew — Wallace, Lopez 4, Stamper, Van Boeyen, Bonfield 2, Stottlemyre 3, Acree 2, Skinner. 2B — Wallace, Acree 2, Van Boeyen.
Post Falls 002 000 0 — 2 3 1
Lewiston 100 000 0 — 1 3 1
Jacob Rutherford, Cole Rutherford (6) and Derek Pearse; Dalton Hart and Connor Stamper.
HITS: PF — C. Rutherford, Keating, Pearse. Lew — Wallace, Acree, Skinner. 2B — Pearse.
Post Falls 7-9
LEWISTON — Kelsey Horn went 3 for 4, drove in two runs and scored three times as the visiting Trojans edged the Bengals 7-6 in the first game of a 5A Inland Empire League doubleheader at Airport Park.
In the second game, Lewiston scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 10-9 win and the split.
Kahlea Dumas went 2 for 4 and scored two runs in the opener for Post Falls (6-2, 1-1 5A IEL), and “Bubba” Gleaves drove in two runs.
Taryn Barney of Lewiston hit three home runs in the opener, and drove in all six Bengal runs. Her third homer, a two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh, brought Lewiston within a run, but McKenna Moak retired the next two batters to end the game.
Post Falls, was on the verge of a sweep, leading the second game 9-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Bengals tied it with four in the sixth, and won it on Madilyn Sorenson’s RBI double in the seventh.
Horn went 3 for 3 with three RBIs and two runs scored in the nightcap for Post Falls, and Alyssa Krause was 3 for 4 and drove in two runs.
Post Falls plays host to Lake City on Tuesday in a 5A IEL doubleheader.
Post Falls 320 200 0 — 7 8 1
Lewiston 300 010 2 — 6 8 2
McKenna Moak and Alyssa Krause; Sara O’Connor and Taryn Barney.
HITS: PF — Dumas 2, Horn 3, Gleaves, Moak, Bowen. Lew — Lawrence, Foster, Barney 3, B. Bausch, House, T. Bausch. 2B — Dumas, Horn 2, Foster, House. HR — Barney 3.
Post Falls 020 043 0 — 9 10 6
Lewiston 320 004 1 — 10 8 2
0 out when winning run scored.
McKenna Moak, Sophie Nungesser (1) and Alyssa Krause; Samantha Mader and catchers unavailable.
HITS: PF — Horn 3, Gleaves, Moak, Kruase 3, Bowen, Donohoe. Lew — T. Bausch 3, Sorenson 3, Wells, Mader. 2B — Sorenson. 3B — Gleaves, Horn, Krause.
Lakeland, ppd., rain
RATHDRUM — The nonleague doubleheader was postponed due to rain.
No makeup date was announced.
St. Maries 13
Priest River 12
ST. MARIES — Jenna Holder’s two-run single in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a five-run uprising that lifted the Lumberjacks past the visiting Spartans in the first game of a scheduled nonleague doubleheader.
The second game was rained out.
Elizabeth Ragan went 4 for 5 and scored four runs for St. Maries (2-4). Holder was 3 for 4, and Amber Rose Walrod, Gracie Barden and Alena Davenport each had two hits for the Lumberjacks.
Tawny Nichols went 3 for 4 and scored four runs for Priest River.
St. Maries returns to action next Saturday with a Central Idaho League doubleheader at Grangeville.
Priest River 210 202 5 — 12 12 6
St. Maries 220 202 5 — 13 15 8
0 out when winning run scored.
N. Randolph and J. Martin; Gracie Barden and Madison Cordell.
HITS: PR — Nichols 3, Martin, Kren 3, Kendle 2, Minish, Fink, Lederle. SM — Ragan 4, Walrod 2, Barden, Davenport 2, Peel, Holder 3, Miller. 2B — Nichols, Barden, Walrod, Ragan. 3B — Davenport.