Lewis-Clark State Slugs its Way Past Northwood
LEWISTON, Idaho – (Box Score) No. 7 Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) registered its second-straight game of 10-plus hits to overtake No. 4 Northwood (Texas), 9-5, in elimination bracket action at the 2013 Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series Monday afternoon at Harris Field.
With the win, Lewis-Clark State (43-14) advances to play the loser of No. 1 Faulkner (Ala.) and No. 5 The Master’s (Calif.) tomorrow at 12 p.m. PDT. Northwood, who was making its first-ever appearance at the World Series, is eliminated and ends its season with a 44-13 record.
The bottom three hitters in the Lewis-Clark State lineup led the charge for the Warriors, hitting a combined 6-for-12 (.500) in the game with five RBI. Prior to the game, the lower third of the batting order had only one hit at the World Series.
Warrior shortstop Bobby Joe Tannehill posted a career-high five hits with one RBI and one run scored to lead the squad, while Kyle Knigge and Jacob Cano, who both were hitless at the World Series prior to Northwood, were 3-for-4 and 2-for-5, respectively.
Starting pitcher Steve Thompson (5-5) earned the victory after scattering five hits and allowing four runs (two earned) over six innings. He also had five strikeouts and four walks in the effort. Garrett Wilson pitched the final 1.2 innings of the ball game to receive his first save of the season.
Lewis-Clark State jumped on the Knights early, scoring one run in the first, two in the second and one in the third to open the contest with a 4-0 lead. Northwood responded with two in the bottom half of the third when Herb Romero drove in Jordan Lewis and Bryan Kinard plated Logan Brumley on a ground out to second base.
Two innings later, a double by Eric Peterson followed by a Knigge single two batters later extended the Lewis-Clark State lead out to 5-2.
However, Northwood kept fighting and loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh. The Knights took advantage of the opportunity of a Lewis-Clark State error when the Warrior’s shortstop overthrew the first baseman leading to a run. Northwood added another on a sac fly to make it 5-4.
Lewis-Clark State tacked on another three runs in the top of the eighth and one in the ninth to seal the victory.
Jordan Lewis led Northwood with three hits and two runs scored, while Estevan Hernandez added two hits. Clayton Woodruff (5-3) allowed three runs on four hits in the first 1.2 innings of the ball game to receive the loss.
The 57th annual Avista-NAIA Baseball World Series is a 10-team, double elimination event hosted by Lewis-Clark State College. For more information on the World Series, click here.