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Merchants claim sweep of Prairie

   Orofino grabbed a league sweep of Prairie of Post Falls on Tuesday despite managing just two hits in the opener and giving up four runs in the second game's first inning.

   The scores were 5-4 and 10-4 in the American Legion baseball games.

   The Merchantsí only hits in the first contest were Michael Welch's two doubles, both of which plated a run. He drove in Dylan Midstokke in the fourth, which proved to be the difference in the game.

   In the nightcap, Prairie erupted for four runs in the first inning, but Midstokke, Orofino's pitcher, turned stingy after that. The visitors didn't score again and were limited to three total hits.

   The Merchants' offense got rolling in that game, with seven players providing hits. Trevor Bansemer cracked three and drove in four runs.

   Orofino coach Jeff Wright applauded the defense played by catchers Jason Thompson and Cannon Lanier, as well as Welch, a shortstop.

First Game

   Prairie 120 001 0-4 10 1

   Orofino 301 100 x-5 2 2

   Riky Denney and Zack Reeder. Seth Melton, Dylan Midstokke (7) and Jason Thompson.

   Prairie hits - Denney, Gil Givens 2, Reeder 3, Kurtis Wilke, Grayson Ludikes 2, Joe Schwalbach.

Orofino hits - Michael Welch 2 (2-2B).

Second Game

   Prairie 400 000 0- 4 3 3

   Orofino 006 301 x-10 10 1

   Tyson Herdon, Schwalbach (5) and James Austin. Midstokke and Cannon Lanier, Thompson (5).

   Prairie hits - Aaron Butcher 2, Dillon Charboneau.

   Orofino hits - Midstokke, Welch, Ethan Gilliam (2B), Trevor Bansemer 3 (2B), Lanier, Karl Vaage 2, Tanner Gilliam.

Merchants place third in wood bat tournament

   Denied a place in the title game, the Orofino Merchants thrashed Pendleton 18-6 in the third-place game at a wood bat tournament here.

   The Merchants (16-9) had a 3-1 record after pool play wrapped up on Saturday, but a team from Winnemucca was also 3-1. The ensuing tiebreaker, a comparison of run differential, went in favor of the team from Nevada.

   So the Merchants unleashed their frustrations on Pendleton, scoring in every inning.

   Ethan Gilliam and Michael Welch limited the Oregon team to just three hits, but four errors and a couple of mental mistakes led to a 6-1 deficit for the Merchants after just 11/2 innings.

   But a nine-run third inning, keyed by Gilliam's three-run double, sent the Merchants to a victory and a third-place finish.

   Gilliam and Dylan Midstokke each had three RBI apiece for Orofino.

   Pendleton 420 00- 6 3 2

   Orofino Merchants 129 6x-18 9 4

   Grant Klopmeyer, Ethan Johnson (2), Tommy Lane (3), Brett Carter (3), Rashaan Foreman (5) and Foreman, Lane (5). Ethan Gilliam, Michael Welch (3) and Jason Thompson.

   Pendleton hits - Lane (2B), Johnson 2 (2B).

   Merchants hits - Seth Melton, Dylan Midstokke 4 (2B), Welch 2, Gilliam (2B), Ricky Breeden, Cannon Lanier, Karl Vaage.