BY MIKE MALTAIS
The Liberty Bell High School varsity boys’ baseball team carved four new notches into the bat handle with wins over Lake Roosevelt, Okanogan and a double-header over Manson last week.
Lake Roosevelt had a score to settle when they rolled into town Tuesday, April 16, for a league game against the Mountain Lions. When the two teams met for the first time last month, the Mountain Lions took both games of a double-header, one of them an 18-inning come-from-behind win that spanked the Raiders on their home diamond.
This time around wasn’t as dramatic as Liberty Bell cruised to a 6-2 victory on the strength of solid pitching and a series of triples at the plate that fattened the score.
Chase Kurtz started on the mound and mowed down the first inning of batters and gave up one hit before Derek Alumbaugh took over. The eighth-grader threw six innings, struck out eight Raiders and allowed one earned run on three hits.
Liberty Bell took control of the game early when Milo Holston connected for a hit and David Dinsmore got on base on a fielder’s choice. Chip Jones then slammed a triple to drive in Holston and Dinsmore, and by the end of the first inning the Mountain Lions led, 3-1.
In the sixth inning Kurtz advanced to first base on a walk. Alumbaugh hit a triple to drive home Kurtz and Holston followed with a triple to drive in Alumbaugh.
Bulldogs collared, 9-3
The Mountain Lions had a score to settle with non-league Okanogan when the Bulldogs arrived for a game Thursday (April 18). In their only previous meeting in mid-March, the Caribou Trail League Bulldogs defeated Liberty Bell, 4-0.
Coach Don Calvert called up his favorite dogcatcher, Andrew Ryan, who threw 90-plus pitches, struck out nine, walked two and gave up three earned runs en route to a 9-3 win.
In what Calvert described as “one of our more complete games all year,” the Mountain Lions strung together seven hits at one point. Among those who punished Okanogan at the plate were Kurtz, 2-3 with an RBI, Cole Darwood 2-3, Dinsmore 1-4 with an RBI and Alumbaugh 1-3 with an RBI.