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Posse team books .500 in six-game AA run


July 5, 2018 | View PDF

Pullman Posse team booked a 3-3 mark in a six-game run in the American Legion AA division during the week. The junior club started with a sweep over Shadle last Thursday, split a doubleheader at Othello Saturday and then sustained two losses to University at Spokane Monday.

At Shadle Thursday, Posse hammered the hosts 11-1 in the first game and 12-1 in the second game.

Mitch LaVielle, Ryan Bicklehaupt and Layne Gingerich pitched in the first game against Shadle. The hosts had just four hits in the first game.

Shadle scored one run in take and early lead, but that turned out to be the extent of their offense.

Posse had a 5-1 lead after three frames. Carson Coulter hit four-for-five in the first game to top a 13-hit Posse offense.

Kayden Carpenter, Jarod Grady and Brady Lees pitched in the second game and Shadle had just three hits.

Posse had 14 hits in the second game with Eric Akesson of Colfax tagging three. Oak Held and Gingerich each rapped a double in the closer.

At Othello Saturday, Posse took the first tame 8-6 and Othello took the closer 6-5 with a four-run charge in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Coulter, Gingrich, Bickelhaupt and Akesson pitched in the first game. LaVelle had four hits with a double in the opener, and Coulter and Held each had two hits.

In the second game, Othello scored the four runs in the bottom of the sixth, but Posse added one in the top of the last inning to knot the score at 5-5. Othello’s Jaxon Rocha hit an RBI double for a walkoff mode win by the host team.

University topped Posse 5-4 and 9-4 in the league double at Shadle Park Monday. The first game locked up at 4-4, and the U club decided it with a score in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Posse totaled five hits with Held and LaVelle hitting doubles. LaVelle and Bicklehaupt pitched for Posse.

In the second game, University stacked a 7-2 lead after five frames.

Pullman actually rolled up 13 hits in the second game, but they couldn’t link it up for the runs. LaVelle had three hits in the second game.


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