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Pick 6: Lee, Adams shoot from hip

My season batting average is rising.

Mired at .500 for the first three weeks, I’m hitting the leather off the ball now – to poach a cliché from another sport.

From year to year I usually pick games correctly at a .700 clip. I’m within eyesight of that percentage.

Sam Adams, KHQ/SWX sports director, and yours truly each went 5-1 last week. We didn’t have any differences so we both stand at 24-12 – a .666 average. For Biblical reasons I don’t like that combination of numbers so I’ll just round it up to .670.

This week’s schedule, particularly in the Greater Spokane League, is lacking marquee games. I thought that was a better way of saying the schedule is dreadful.

So here we go.

Last week: Adams 5-1 (24-12 overall), Lee 5-1 (24-12)

Sandpoint at Moscow

(Friday, 7 p.m.)

Lee: Sandpoint 23-21. Sandpoint beat Timberlake and Timberlake beat Moscow. Disregard the shellacking Lake City administered at Sandpoint (70-30) last week. And it wasn’t that close. Not sure why I’m picking Sandpoint in this 4A Inland Empire League opener but I am.

Adams: Moscow 26-21. If this one were being played in Sandpoint I would give the nod to the Bulldogs. But the Bears should jump start their offense, which has been bogged down to the tune of 18 points over the last two games.

Timberlake at Lakeland

(Friday, 7 p.m.)

Lee: Lakeland. I’ve won some with Lakeland and I’ve lost some with Lakeland. But the Hawks won’t disappoint Friday. They just have too many horses than Timberlake.

Adams: Lakeland 31-28. The last three installments of the Battle of the Lakes have seen point differentials of 7, 3 and 1 point. Lakeland has won those contests. Expect another close one this time around in Rathdrum.

Lakeside at Newport

(Friday, 7 p.m.)

Lee: Lakeside 33-13. The Eagles are the second-best team in the NEA and that’s nothing to be ashamed of.

Adams: Lakeside 35-14. The Eagles should bounce back just fine after a disappointing loss to Freeman. Coleton Collins will provide the fireworks, adding to his touchdown total of 13 over his last five games.

Chiawana at Lake City

(Friday, 7 p.m.)

Lee: Chiawana 42-30. I saw the Riverhawks last year in the state playoffs and they’re the real deal. It’s no accident Chiawana is 6-0. Lake City is also legit, but I think the Timberwolves’ lack of size up front will hurt them against the bigger and physical Riverhawks.

Adams: Lake City 30-21. The Louie-McGee brothers were a nonfactor last year against Chiawana. That won’t be the case Friday. The T-Wolves will exact some revenge in their final tuneup before their 5A IEL title game against Coeur d’Alene.

Mead at Central Valley

(Friday, 7 p.m.)

Lee: CV 27-21. Injuries could play a big role in the outcome. Mead is banged up. Still I see CV, behind dual-threat QB Adam Chamberlain, keeping its playoff hopes alive.

Adams: CV 28-21. CV begins a tough stretch to close out the regular season, but I like the Bears’ chances playing at home. These teams could very easily account for 500 plus yards of total offense between them, but I think Adam Chamberlain will be the difference.

East Valley at West Valley

(Friday, Albi, 5 p.m.)

Lee: EV 28-6. Spokane Valley pride will be on the line in this one. The Knights have registered three straight shutouts. That ends here, but they win handily.

Adams: EV 28-13. The Knights are starting to put it all together. A smothering defense and a big-play offense should propel EV to a fourth straight win.