Brewster moves to 5-0, No. 1 ranking

Bears climb past Meridian and Reardan

— No. 1 state-ranked Brewster topped Reardan, 10-1 and 16-3, in a non-league baseball doubleheader Saturday.

“We left too many runners on base in the (first) game, but our pitching staff continued to do well,” Brewster coach Todd Phillips said. “Easton (Driessen) and Timbo (Taylor) both had quality outings, only allowing two hits and one run, which was unearned. We need to do a better job of backing up our pitchers when they are getting batters to hit grounders and fly balls.”

Brewster jumped in front 2-1 after the first inning, then added two runs in the third and sixth innings before pushing across four in the top of the seventh.

Driessen (3-0) got the victory, striking out 4 and walking 1 in four innings.

Taylor struck out 4 and walked 1 in three innings of no-hit ball.

The Bears outhit the Indians, 11-2.

Brewster committed four errors to three errors for Reardan.

Phillips said he was not happy with the slow start.

“I think we got a little comfortable with the way we’ve been playing and thought things were just going to come easy for us,” Phillips said. “Thankfully, we snapped out of it and finished the game the way we play. We still need to improve defensively and learn to make the easy play when we have it.”

Brewster (10) – Divis 3-5, 2RBI, 2R, 2SB; Taylor RBI; Driessen 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2SB; Boesel 2-4, RBI, 2R, 3SB; Urias 2-4, 2B, 2R; Olvera 2R, RBI; Varelas 2-4, 2B, RBI, R.

In the nightcap, Brewster started strong with three runs in the first and second innings.

The Bears tacked on 10 more runs in the final three innings of the shortened game.

“We got on it a little bit offensively and decided to have much better approaches than we did in the first game,” Phillips said.

Adrian Urias (1-0) pitched a complete game, striking out 2, walking 3 and giving up 2 hits and no earned runs.

Taylor knocked out a double and his first home run of the season.

Brewster (5-0) is at Quincy (3-3) for a doubleheader Saturday.

Brewster (16) – Divis 2R, 3BB; Taylor 2-4, 2B, HR, 3R, 3RBI; Driessen 2-4, 2B, 3R, RBI; Boesel 2-5, 2B, 3R, 2RBI, SB; Bayha 2-3, 2B, RBI; Urias 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, 2BB; Varelas 1-3, R; Garcia 2R, BB; Garcia SF, RBI; Johnson R; Jacobson 1-1, 3R, 2SB; Riggan 1-3, 2B.

COULEE DAM – Lake Roosevelt found a way to get past Tonasket, 11-9, in a non-league game Saturday.

Tonasket led 3-0 early, had a bad inning to fall behind 8-3 and got the lead back, 9-8, late, Tiger coach Tim Cork said.

“It was a good ball game, both teams were evenly matched,” Cork said.

After the Raiders went back in front by the final score on a couple Tiger errors, Tonasket loaded the bases with two outs in the top of the seventh.

“I had my No. 3 hitter up,” Cork said. “He had two base hits already. On a 2-1 count he popped up to the infield.

“He was the guy I would like to have up. He was hitting the ball hard all day.”

Tonasket’s John Rawley pitched four innings, striking out four. Jeremiah Albright went three innings with three strikeouts.

The Raiders pitched Devan Black five innings before Tyrell Kiser battled out of the tight sixth inning, Raider coach Billy Nicholson said.

Chance Garvin and Trey Nicholson each hit home runs.

“The defensive gem was Taren Redstar chasing a ball lined in the left center gap by their No. 3 hitter,” coach Nicholson said. “(He) relayed it to Chance Garvin, who threw a strike to Jesse Louie at third to tag out the runner for the second out of the inning.”

Tonasket outhit Lake Roosevelt, 7-5, while both teams committed four errors.

Chelan (1-3 overall) is at Tonasket (4-1) in a Caribou Trail League game Saturday.

Lake Roosevelt (4-2 overall, 3-0 league) is at Liberty Bell (1-2 overall) for a North-Central B League game Saturday.

“It will be nice to see how we match up with the league favorite Liberty Bell Lions,” Nicholson said.

Tonasket (9) – Cory 3-5, 2B, 2R; Albright 2-3, 2B, R, BB.

Lake Roosevelt (11) – Garvin 1-1, 2BB, 1HBP, 4R; Nicholson 3-4, HR, 3R.

CURLEW – Curlew squeezed past LV Rogers Secondary School from Nelson, B.C., 6-3 and 9-6, in a non-league doubleheader Saturday.

Daniel Tresham struck out 6 and yielded only 2 hits in the opener.

Kolten Fanning and Coby Grumbach each doubled.

Curlew (3-3 overall, 1-1 league) is at Republic (4-1, 2-0) on April 15.

REPUBLIC – Republic toppled Odessa-Harrington, 15-1 and 10-0 in a Northeast 1B League doubleheader Saturday.

Garrett Weller won the opener, striking out 5 and walking 1 in the five-inning game.

Ethan Ioli drilled a 3-run double in the third as the Tigers scored 8 runs and put the game out of reach.

Republic (15) – Ioli 1-3, 2B, 3RBI.

In the nightcap, Aaron Fritts got lots of support.

The Tigers scored in every inning, with Weller and Aaron Helms each drilling doubles.

Fritts (2-1) struck out 10, walked none and spread two hits.

Curlew (3-3 overall, 1-1 league) is at Republic (4-1, 2-0) on April 15.

Republic (10) – Helms 2B; Weller 2B.

Curlew (3-3 overall, 1-1 league) is at Republic (4-1, 2-0) on April 15.

COLTON – Colton pitcher Jake Straughan threw a perfect game in a 5-0 victory over Lake Roosevelt on Friday.

Straughan struck out 14 and faced the minimum 21 batters for the win.

“We played OK in the field, but need to be mentally ready every play,” Lake Roosevelt coach Billy Nicholson said. “Chance Garvin (4 innings) and Jesse Louie (2 innings) both pitched well. Devan Black threw out two runners trying to steal second.”

SOAP LAKE – Republic looked great at the plate and mound in sweeping Soap Lake, 8-1 and 19-4, on Tuesday.

Aaron Fritts pitched a complete first game, giving up 1 run and 5 hits for Republic, which had 3 errors.

Fritts shined at the plate, going 2-3 with a double, home run and 4RBI.

Garrett Weller went six innings the second game for the win, giving up 3 earned runs on 10 hits and 3 Republic errors.

Fritts was 3-4 with a double, grand slam home run, 4 stolen bases and 5RBI.

Angelo Rivera went 2-4 with a home run and 4BI.

Ethan Ioli went 2-4 with a double and 2 RBI.

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