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Merchants split doubleheader with Lewis-Clark

   The Lewis-Clark Cubs dropped their opener against Orofino before bouncing back in a pitcher's duel in an American Legion doubleheader. The final scores were Orofino 9-2, Cubs 7-3.

   The Merchants scored four runs in the fourth inning to take the first game 9-7 before Jared Hassell outdueled Michael Welch to give the Cubs a 3-2 triumph in the nightcap.

   The Cubs, who led 5-2 early in the first game, walked four batters in the fourth inning and the Merchants took advantage in a game which featured 15 combined hits.

   The second game, however, was a stark contrast.

   The Cubs' Dodge threw 12 strikeouts to Welch's eight and Reece Qualey's walk-off double in the seventh broke a 2-2 deadlock.

   "Both pitchers threw great games," Cubs coach Justin Miller said. "It was a pitcher-dominated game. We were tough mentally in the second game, but not the first game."

   Orofino 020 401 2- 9 9 4

   Lewis-Clark 212 020 0-7 7 1

   Dillon Midstokke, Seth Melton (3) and Jason Thompson. Dodge Hassell, Reece Qualey (6) and Kyler Brookers, Tyler Charlo.

   Orofino hits - Melton, Midstokke, Ethan Gilliam 2, Ricky Breden 2, Nick Pompino 2, Trevor Bansemer.

   Lewis-Clark hits - Ryan Roth, Zach Tibbits (2 2-B), Qualey 3 (2-2B), Brooks.

   Orofino 200 000 0-2 1 3

   Lewis-Clark 000 101 1-3 5 1

   Michael Welch and Thompson. Jared Hassell and Charlo.

Orofino hits - Welch.

   Lewis-Clark hits - Tibbits, Qualey (2B), D. Hassell (2B), Charlo 2. Asotin Co. 18, Pullman Posse 5

Merchants sweep Coeur d'Alene in doubleheader

   Orofino put together its most substantial hitting cannonade of the season Friday in a Legion baseball sweep of the Coeur d'Alene Loggers.

   The Merchants had a combined 36 hits in the doubleheader, winning the first game 19-9 before taking the nightcap 21-11.

   "We swung as well as we have all season," Orofino coach Jeff Wright said. "I really like the way the bottom of our lineup did today."

   Trevor Bansemer and Cannon Lanier led Orofino with three RBI each in the first rout.

   In the second game Karl Vaage helped his own cause as a reliever, totaling four hits. The Loggers held an early 10-0 lead before Vaage got the call and the Merchants rallied.

   Dylan Midstokke had two RBI and Lanier added four more for Orofino (15-9).

First game

Orofino 056 310 4- 19 19 2

Cd'A 204 120 0-9 8 3

Ethan Gilliam, Seth Melton (5) and Jason Thompson. Jacob Gonzalez, Mark Nutteron (3) Chris Cheevas (5) and Shane Siron.

Orofino hits - Melton 5 (2B), Michael Welch 2, Gilliam, Ricky Breeden 2 (HR), Nick Pomponio 2 (2B), Trevor Bansemer 3 (2B) , Jason Thompson 3 (2B), Cannon Lanier (2B)

Cd'A hits - Kyle Parson (2B). Garrett Garza 2, Jordan Quade (2B), D.J. Sutton, Christian Mayfield, Nick Shiroma (2B).

Second game

Orofino 064 56-21 17 2

Cd'A 811 100- 11 6 2

Tanner Gilliam, Karl Vaage (4), Seth Melton (5) and Lanier, Thompson. Sam Fortis, D.J. Smith (4), Mark Hattleman (5) and Siron, Cheevas.

Orofino hits - Melton, Midstokke 2 (2-2B), Welch 2 (2B), Breden, Bansemer (HR), Thompson 2, Lanier (2), Vaage 4.

Cd'A hits - Brett Robins 2, Christian Mayfield 2 (2B), Jacob Gonzalez (2B), Devon Burgess.

Merchants score doubleheader victory against Silver Valley

   Ethan Gilliam's walk-off RBI single in the seventh boosted Orofino in the first game before the Merchants completed a doubleheader sweep against Silver Valley.

   Orofino, which concluded its regular season, won 5-4 in the first game before taking the second game 15-8.

   Gilliam had four RBI in the first game and six on the day.

   Trevor Bansemer and Nick Pomponio combined for seven RBI in the following tilt, while ace Michael Welch tossed 11 strikeouts.

   The Merchants begin their postseason Wednesday at home against Coeur d'Alene at 1 p.m.

First game

Silver Valley 100 210 0-4 6 1

Orofino 101 200 1-5 8 2

Kinzler and Broadus. Trevor Bansmer, Seth Melton (6), and Jason Thompson.

Silver Valley hits - Osburn, Brain 2 (2B), Broadus, Harris (2), Karst.

Orofino hits - Melton, Dylan Midstokke 2, Ethan Gilliam 3, Ricky Breden, Bansemer 1 (2B).

Second game

Silver Valley 340 010 0 - 8 10 5

Orofino 335 310 0- 15 12 2

Osburn, Garner (1), Begger (3) and Broadus. Midstokke, Welch (2) and Thompson.

Silver Valley hits - Begger, Beard, Harris 1, Kirst 2, Garner, Jerome Brandebush

Orofino hits - Midstokke 2, Welch, Gilliam 2 (2-2B), Nick Pomponio 2, Ricky Breeden, Trevor Bansemer (2B), Jason Thompson, Karl Vaage.