American Legion ‘A’ – Phillies topple top teams

Weast Kootenay Single-A Phillies took 2-of-3 in Washington State American Legion action on the long weekend.

The West Kootenay Single-A Phillies are getting sharper as the season wears on, taking 2-of-3 in Washington State American Legion action on the long weekend.

The Phillies opened with a 12-2 shellacking of Whitman County Saturday in Pullman, before defeating the division leading Central Valley 13-7 in the first end of a doubleheader Monday.

“Braedon Zarikoff was unreal on the mound again, he won both games,” said coach Darren Miracle. “He was awesome. We took the number one seed the first game.”

In the second game against Central the Phillies were leading 8-3 in the fifth inning but the Valley rallied, scoring 12 runs in the final two innings for a 15-8 win.

“The wheels just fell off the wagon basically, but that’s the way it is sometimes,” said Miracle.

Central leads the Western Division with a 13-3 record while WKP improved its record to 3-6.

The team also travelled to Post Falls on Sunday to play a pair of exhibition games against the Northwest Premieres and although they lost both ends of a doubleheader 13-8 and 12-5, Miracle was happy with the way the team competed playing six games in three days.

“They are doing great, all the kids are playing fantastic ball,” the coach added. “We’re the youngest team out there and nobody can really believe we’re playing as well as we are.”

The young team is comprised of three 16-year-olds, one 15-year-old, two 14-year-olds and seven 13-year-old players.

The Phillies host a doubleheader this weekend at Butler Park, playing Whitman County Sunday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.