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Cougars take two from Glenwood/Trout Lake

Devan Essex drove in seven runs and Dusty Vorce stole eight bases last Saturday as Lyle swept Glenwood/Trout Lake, 12-2 and 12-11, in Greater Columbia B League double-header action at Lyle.

The GCB twin-killing improved the Cougars' season record to 2-1.

Essex got the win in the opener, allowing two hits while striking out five and walking two in the first four innings of the abbreviated five-inning game.

At the plate -- where the Cougars banged out 13 hits off two G/TL pitchers -- Essex was 2 for 3 with a double, four runs batted in and stole three bases.

Justin Carlson went 3 for 4 with three RBIs and two steals. Vorce had two hits and five stolen bases.

James Stanovich added two hits (one a double) and two RBIs, and Chris Cochenour chipped in 2 RBIs.

Glenwood/Trout Lake outhit Lyle, 12-9, in the nightcap but couldn't overcome a 10-7 deficit after four innings.

Kris Huffsmith and Dannon Kavanaugh each had three hits for G/TL, and David Kavanagh had two, including a triple.

Essex was 2 for 4 with three RBIs for Lyle, which also got run-scoring hits from Callan Johnson, Sean Stanovich and Martin Grace. Vorce and Carlson each stole three bases.

Reggie Grace earned the decision for Lyle in his first high school start. He gave up nine hits and seven earned runs -- and stranded six runners on base -- in five innings.

Shay Smith was the loser. He yielded six hits and walked five, which led to 10 runs (nine earned) in four innings.

At West Valley JV 17, Lyle 0 (in Yakima) --

A 10-run uprising in the fourth inning March 16 sent the Cougars home early.

Starter Devan Essex took the loss, surrendering five hits and seven runs (five earned) in two innings of work for Lyle, which got just one hit in the non-league game: a double by Sean Stanovich.


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