North Idaho American Legion: The Jays sweep Bandits in final homestand

Trail AAA Jays takes show on road as it prepares for Districts

The Trail AAA Jays played their final home games at Butler Park on the weekend, sweeping the Cranbrook Bandits in North Idaho American Legion action.

The Jays won back-to-back games Saturday by scores of 10-0 and 16-1, before a 7-2 win Sunday.

A more confident Jays squad has taken the field of late. After winning three of five in the Spokane wood bat tournament last week, the Jays sweep of the Bandits makes it six victories in their last eight, and bodes well for the upcoming District tournament in Coeur d’Alene in which all teams from the NIAL vie for a trip to the State championship.

Jarret Conway led the way in the first match, picking up the win in a one hit, four strike out performance over five innings and helped his cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate and knocking in a run.

Josh Blank cracked a two-run homer and Tanner Johnson went 1-for-2 with a home run, while Tyrus Jocko was 1-for-2 with a double as the Jays scored six runs in the second inning and never looked back.

In the second game, Sean Barta went four innings for the victory giving up two hits and one run while sitting down four.

Dallas Calvin went 3-for-4 on the night, stroking two doubles and a home run, on his way to plating six Jay runners.

In the final matchup on Sunday, the Bandits took a 1-0 lead before the Jays scored seven unanswered runs in the next three at bats on just five hits. However, speed on the base paths got runners into position to score. The Jays stole seven bases in the game with Ryan Giesler and Tanner Johnson each swiping two.

Crucial errors plagued the Cranbrook team all weekend and the Jays made them pay, as the Bandits made 13 errors in three games to only two for the Jays.

It was the last homestand for Trail this year as they travel to play against the Prairie Cardinals in Post Falls for a double header today.