The Grangeville Bulldogs came away with 12-2 victories against Orofino and St. Maries on the Bulldogs’ home field, claiming their fourth consecutive 2A Central Idaho League championship crown on Monday, May 10.
Grangeville’s Thomas Reynolds had a nine-strikeout, two-hit performance against Orofino. Orofino had defeated St. Maries earlier in the day.
In the Orofino win, six Maniacs had a hit as freshman Silas Naranjo delivered two, including a triple, and freshman Bodie Howell went 3-for-3. Brayden Turcott threw eight strikeouts, adding a double at the plate. “Our freshmen stepped up for us big time in the first one,” Orofino coach Dylan Midstokke told the Lewiston Tribune. “We’re young, but when those guys swing like that we’re going to win more often than not.... They were clutch and Brayden did a great job keeping them off-balance on the mound. We couldn’t hit anything in the second one, obviously. Two hits isn’t gonna get it done.”
Orofino will have another chance at a State berth and are scheduled for a play-in game this Saturday at an unkown time against an unknown opponent.
St. Maries 003 00—3 4 3
Orofino 028 5x—15 12 1
D. Larson, T. Wicks (3), R. Abell and K. Crawford. Brayden Turcott and Rylan Larson.
St. Maries hits — T. Wicks, R. Abell, D. Larson 2.
Orofino hits — Turcott (2B), Silas Naranjo 2 (3B), R. Larson 3 (2B), Bodie Howell 3, Loudan Cochran 2, Dash Barlow (2B).
Orofino 100 01—2 2 1
Grangeville 125 4x—12 13 1
Steven Bradbury, Jaron Christopherson (3), Joe Sparano (4) and Larson. Thomas Reynolds and Tori Ebert.
Orofino hits — Turcott (2B), Bradbury (2B).
Grangeville hits — Blake Schoo 2 (2B), Miles Lefebvre, Reese Wimer 2 (2B), Gannon Garman 2, Reynolds (2B), Caleb Frei 2, Dane Lindsley (2B), Ebert 2 (2B, HR).