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Blue Devils get big wins at Missoula Tournament


The Spokane Blue Devils will take a boost of confidence into this weekend’s Best of the Northwest baseball tournament at Central Valley High School following a solid performance in the Missoula Tournament last weekend.

“We played pretty well over there,” BD coach Tony Byrne said following a third place finish and some quality wins, including one over the eventual champions from Casper, Wyo.

Spokane got off to a slow start losing to runner-up Missoula 23-7 in their opener, but then reeled off a pair of wins, 7-3 over the Post Falls Prairie Cardinals followed by the 6-3 win over Casper which beat Missoula twice Sunday to take the title.

“Austin Harding was outstanding against the Oilers,” Byrne said. The Cheney player threw a complete game. “He has won back to back starts and is starting to pitch really well.” Harding had six strikeouts and also swung the bat well this weekend with a triple in the Bandits’ game.

The Blue Devils lost to the Great Falls Chargers 10-8 Saturday but rebounded to defeat the current Spokane AAA League leading Spokane Bandits 16-11 in a wild slugfest in the game for third and fourth place.

“Drew Henry moved to the leadoff spot and provided a big spark for the team,” Byrne said. “He was on base all weekend.”

The Best of the Northwest Tournament began Wednesday, June 19 with the Blue Devils facing the Dodgers with other games to be determined.

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