The Mountain View Mavericks dashed the Coeur d’Alene Vikings’ state title hopes with a 4-3 win Thursday night in the first round of the Idaho 5A state baseball tournament at Hawks Memorial Stadium in Boise.
CdA entered the tournament with a gaudy 23-1 record.
But Mountain View (18-6), which clawed its way into the tournament as the fifth seed from District III, rode Kyle Garvin’s pitching performance and used timely hitting to eliminate the Vikings from the winner’s bracket.
“When you get to the state tournament, everybody comes in with a 0-0 record,” CdA coach Nick Rook said. “It comes down to the little things like good defense and timely hitting and smart base running. We just didn’t do those things we needed to do to win.”
CdA will face Centennial in the loser’s bracket today.
Garvin set down the first eight Vikings he faced and gave the Mavericks an early lead on a two-run double in the top of the first off CdA starter Jake Periera.
Mountain View put runners on first and second in the fourth with back-to-back singles, but Pereira escaped unscathed. Pereira threw out the lead runner on a failed sacrifice bunt attempt before striking out the next batter. He squelched the rally by forcing a groundout to second.
Colin Comack led off CdA’s fourth by beating out an infield hit. Drew Turbin drilled a double to the gap in left-center, moving Comack to third. Danny Lockhart drove home CdA’s first run with a long sacrifice fly to center. Kyle Dehaas then tied the game at 2 with an RBI single.
After Levi Pereira doubled to advance Dehaas to third, Chad Nyquist gave CdA a 3-2 lead on an RBI groundout.
But Mountain View, which stranded 10 men on base for the game, didn’t squander its scoring opportunity in the sixth.
The Mavericks used back-to-back RBI singles by Taylor Amundson and Devon Pogue to retake the lead at 4-3.
Lockhart led off the bottom of the sixth with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Dehaas. But the Vikings couldn’t score him.
In the seventh, with the Vikings down to their final out, Matt Lambert singled to keep their hopes alive. But a popup resulted in the final out.