Clendennen and Kettle Falls split with St. George’s School
SPOKANE – The Kettle Falls baseball team didn’t exactly start the seaon the way they would have liked: The Bulldogs the first six of seven games they played.
“We’ve had rough start,” said Jeff Graves, head coach for Kettle Falls. “Not normal to us.”
For Colville tribal member Leo Clendennen, left fielder for the Bulldogs, this wasn’t the way he wanted to his senior year to end.
Kettle Falls had placed second the past two years in a very competitive Northeast 2B North League, making it to state two years ago and coming up just short last year.
“It’s not what we were planning, but we’re fighting” said Clendennen. “We’re going to try our best to get back to districts and get back to state. It’s the last shot for me.”
Kettle Falls has now gone in the opposite direction as they’ve won six of their last seven games and putting themselves right back into playoff contention.
The Bulldogs, lost a close 5-3 game to St. George’s in the first contest of a doubleheader on Friday (April 26) afternoon.
After about a 20 min break, Kettle Falls would get back to business and back in the win column.
Mikey Crumpler got a hold of one in the top of eighth inning and drove it out for a solo home run, giving Kettle Falls a 1-run lead.
The Bulldogs would go on to hold off the Dragons in the bottom of the eighth, winning 9-8 on Friday evening.
“I’m so excited,” said Clendennen. “We haven’t beaten them since, I wanna say my freshman year.”
“They beat us in districts last year so it’s nice.”
Kettle Falls jumped out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning and would hold that until the fourth inning.
St. George’s put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 4-1 lead and they would tack on another run in the fifth (5-1).
Kettle Falls didn’t go away as they scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning to cut the lead to two runs (5-3) but wouldn’t get any closer after that.
St. George’s pitcher Xander Werkman would go on to pitch a complete game, getting the win.
The Dragons got out to a 1-0 lead after the first inning, but that would be short lived as Kettle Falls scored three in the top of the second, taking a 3-1 advantage early on.
St George’s would counter in the bottom of the third as they scored two runs to tie the game at (3-3) and would tack on another run in the fourth, holding a slim 4-3 lead.
The Bulldogs, with their backs against the ropes struck back, scoring two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth, taking an 8-4 lead into the seventh.
In the bottom of the seventh, the Dragons would rally to score four runs and would tie the game all up at 8-8.
In the top of the eighth, Mikey Crumpler the first batter up for the Bulldogs would get the pitch he wanted and he pelted it out to the left field wall and over for what would turn out to be the go-ahead run.
“Coming into here and beating these guys is a huge confidence builder for us,” said Graves.
Clendennen finished a combined 3-for-8 on the day, going 1-for-3 in the first game and 2-for-5 in the second game.
Kettle Falls (3-5, 7-7) will play Reardan in the opening round of districts at Chewelah High School on May 3 at 1 p.m.