Colville AA Legion moves into fourth place

Chris Rader
Staff Writer

Colville AA Legion improved their playoff standing last week with league victories over Mead and Asotin, and now look to maintain that momentum through the final two doubleheaders this week before the postseason begins.
Colville opened their week on Thursday with a non-league matchup against Chewelah and looked rusty in a 17-5 loss to the 49ers. It was the first game for Colville in six days and it showed according to head coach Blake Sjordal, “We definitely struggled that game. I was trying to get every pitcher in to get them a little work and have them ready for our league games on Friday and Saturday. They all had trouble throwing strikes and Chewelah was able to capitalize on all of our errors, we didn’t look real sharp.”
Tayeb Wilson started and took the loss, but despite the score Colville was at least able to knock the rust off for the upcoming weekend games.
Colville was able to bounce back on Friday against Mead with a 6-4 victory. Colville led 3-1 after the first three innings, but a pair of runs in the fourth and another in the sixth gave Mead a 4-3 lead. In the top of the seventh Colville scored three runs to retake the lead 6-4 and Justin Berg pitched a 1-2-3 seventh to finish what he started, earning a complete game victory, while collecting two hits and two RBI on the day as well. In the seventh inning Ben Panabaker and Hunter True came through with big hits for Colville and coach Sjordal was glad to see it.
“They really clutched up and got us runs at an important time in that game.”
Saturday saw Colville travel to Chewelah to take on Asotin and they were able to take home a 10-8 win. Tayeb Wilson got the start and pitched five effective innings, leaving with an 8-4 lead. Jake Lindquist relived and managed to escape from a bases loaded jam in the bottom of the seventh to preserve the 10-8 victory.
“Tayeb pitched a great game,” said Sjordal. “He was able to command his pitches and we were able to capitalize on Asotin’s errors on offense.”
Grant Michaliszyn had a four hits, including a double and triple, and scored three runs with one RBI as well.
The wins boosted Colville to fourth place in the league standings and will look to maintain their place in the last week of the season. This week Colville finished the regular season with home double headers on Monday against Mt. Spokane and Tuesday against Rogers. Pitching may become an issue as Wilson and Berg are on mandatory rest until at least the late Tuesday game.
“We’re in a situation where we have to find some league victories with our third and fourth pitchers in our rotation. If we can get those wins we will be in a really good spot heading into the postseason that begins later this week.”
The first round of postseason games will begin on Thursday at Al K. Jackson Field at Shadle Park, the time and opponent are still TBD.