JUNE 17, 2010

Orofino defeats LC in doubleheader

   The Orofino Merchants picked up a pair of tight league wins June 10, as their pitchers limited the Lewis-Clark Cubs to four hits in both sides of a doubleheader.

   The scores were 5-2 and 6-5.

   Ethan Gilliam started the opener for Orofino, and blanked the Cubs from the second inning through the sixth.

   In the second game, Merchants pitcher Ricky Breeden weathered a mistake-filled fourth inning that saw L-C score three runs. Orofino finally solved Cubs pitcher Allen Willey in the bottom of the fourth, with Justin Gering's RBI hit getting the ball rolling.

   In the following inning, Nick Pomponio smacked a two-run double.

   The Merchants (4-0 overall and in league) dodged an L-C rally in the seventh. After back-to-back doubles pulled the Cubs within one, pitcher Seth Melton got a flyout, groundout and strikeout to end the game.

   "Any time we beat (the Cubs) twice, that's good for us," Orofino coach Jeff Wright said.

   The Merchants will play host to Sandpoint in the doubleheader today beginning at 7:30 p.m.

First Game

Lewis-Clark Cubs 100 000 1-2 4 5

Orofino 202 001 x-5 6 0

Rolan Hunter, Reece Qualey (7) and Kyler Brooks. Ethan Gilliam, Seth Melton (7) and Jason Thompson.

Cubs hits - Hunter, Kyle Conley 2 (2B), Zach Tibbits.

Orofino hits - Melton, Dylan Midstokke (2B), Michael Welch (2B), Gilliam, Nick Pomponio, Justin Gering,

Second Game

Lewis-Clark Cubs 000 301 1-5 4 3

Orofino 000 231 x-6 5 1

Allen Willey and Tyler Charlo. Ricky Breeden, Melton (7) and Thompson.

Cubs hits - Hunter (3B), Qualey (2B), Tibbits 2 (2B).

Orofino hits - Midstokke 2 (2B), Pomponio (2B), Gering, Thompson (2B).