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LIBBY, Montana – After falling 5-2 to the Bitterroot Bucs to start the Libby Big Bucks Tournament on Friday, the 19U North Idaho Lakers erased a late four-run deficit to defeat the Mission Valley Mariners 12-8 at Lee Gehring Field thanks to a 3-for-4 performance with four RBIs from Jacob Hansen.

It was a rough start to the tournament, as the Lakers allowed just three hits against the Bucs – a single and a double by Mason Little and a single by Jorden Tyler. Although he ultimately took the loss, Dallen Williams pitched well, allowing three hits, two earned runs and three walks, and striking out seven batters in four innings.

In northern Idaho, the tide turned later in the day.

In their second game against Mission Valley, the Lakers took the lead first when Sage Medeiros hit an RBI double to left field early in the first inning. Trailing 4-1 early in the fourth inning, Hansen and Little hit RBI doubles and Soren Caprio hit an RBI single in four at-bats to tie the game at 4-4. North Idaho gave up four runs in the second half of the inning but responded with eight unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the win. Leading the comeback was Hansen, who hit two more RBI singles.

Parker Reichart was awarded the win after being called out of the bullpen early in the fifth inning. The rising junior from Sandpoint High threw a perfect 1 ⅓ innings, striking out three of the four batters he faced. Chase Sanroman got the final two outs on the mound and struck out one batter.

North Idaho (8-4) will continue tournament play tomorrow against the Central Alberta Wolves and the Lewis-Clark Cubs.

GAME ONE

Bitter root 200 021 0 — 5 7 1

North Idaho 000 020 0 — 2 3 1

S — Easter: 6.2 IP, 3H, 0ER, 3BB, 7K. N — Williams: 4IP, 3H, 2 ER, 3BB, 7K. SV — Wagner: 0.1 IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 0K.

BEATS: NI — Little 2, Tyler 1. BR — D. Wagner 2, Winters 1, Potter 1, C. Wagner 1, Wheeler 1, Roth 1.

2B – Little.

RBI: NI — Little 1. BR — Potter 3, C. Wagner 1, Bahm 1.

SB: NI — Hansen 1, Little 1, Reichart 1. BR — D. Wagner 1, Wheeler 1.

GAME TWO

North Idaho 100 335 X — 12 12 0

Mission Valley 220 400 X — 8 9 3

W — Reichart: 1,1IP, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 3K. L — Pablo: 1,1 IP, 5H, 4ER, 1BB, 0K.

BEATS: NI — Hansen 3, Mellander 2, Little 2, Medeiros 1, Ch. Sanroman 1, Caprio 1, Reichart 1, Z. Leverich 1. MV — Gfroerer 2, DuMont 2, Muzquiz 1, Haggard 1, W. Wadsworth 1, C. Wadsworth 1, Emerson 1.

2B — Hansen, Little, Medeiros Gfroerer, Haggard, DuMont, Emerson. 3B — DuMont.

RBI: NI — Hansen 4, Little 2, Co. Sanroman 1, Tag 1, Medeiros 1, Caprio 1. MV — DuMont 3, Emerson 2, Haggard 2, W. Wadsworth 1.

SB: NI – None. MV – Haggard 1, C. Wadsworth 1, Shoemake 1.

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