By Josh Bradley
CV Baseball Coach
It’s been quite a week for CV baseball; after getting beat by Lapwai by a score of 4-0 on Monday, CV cruised to two victories over Lewis County on Tuesday (Game 1: 15-5 / Game 2: 23-3). We then played our final regular season game on Thursday against the Prairie Pirates with a Whitepine League 2nd place finish on the line.
This game was as big of a shootout as you can get with runs being put up in every inning except the bottom half of the 5th. While the final score ended up being 20-16, CV was up 20-9 going into the bottom half of the 7th inning. That’s when Prairie squeaked out seven runs before the Rams finally got the final out on a JJ Propst sliding catch in right field.
It was tough to get comfortable in this game even with a decent lead because everyone was hitting the ball hard and Prairie’s field isn’t the easiest to play defense on. There’s also the fact that CV has had big come from behind victories over the Pirates the last two years to finish the season so I figured it might be time they return the favor on us. Luckily they came up a bit short.
The CV hitters notched 18 hits on the evening with the offensive standouts at the plate being:
Christian Fabbi – 2-for-4
Ty Dominguez – 3-for-4 (5 RBI’s / Double / Home Run)
Evan Jackson – 2-for-6 (2 RBI’s / Double)
Davis McElroy – 3-for-6 (3 RBI’s / Double / Triple)
Connor Jackson – 3-for-5 (3 RBI’s / Triple)
Bubba Summers – 3-for-3 (3 RBI’s / Home Run)
JJ Propst and Oscar Avendano also notched a hit and an RBI apiece.
The win gave us a 13-3 final Whitepine League record and guaranteed us a second place finish for the regular season (Potlatch finished first with a record of 14-2). Second place means no play in game but more importantly it means we have an automatic bid to both the district tourney (Orofino – May 10 and 11) as well as the state tourney (Glenns Ferry – May 17 and 18).
After taking over this program six years ago, this will be our third trip to districts and second trip to state (in 2017 we finished four out of six in the state tourney). It’s also our first regular season Whitepine League top two finish. With the Whitepine League containing a total of nine teams, a second place finish is something to be darn proud of and I’m excited to see what we can do in the post season.
Good job boys and how about that Rams baseball team!