LAUREL – The Laurel Dodgers scored 11 runs in the first two innings of their game against Wood River, Idaho Monday, eventually beating the Wranglers 14-8 to advance to the final day of the Northwest ‘A’ Regional tournament.
Carson West tallied three hits, while six different Dodgers had two RBI in the offensive explosion. The team racked up 14 hits and seven walks.
Carson Hoke pitched a complete game, throwing 121 pitches for a team running out of arms this late into the season.
Laurel now awaits the winner between Bitterroot and Grantsville, Utah. Bitterroot, the only undefeated team left in the bracket, can eliminate Grantsville Monday night. If the Western Montana club wins, they’d play Laurel Tuesday at 12:00 pm in the regional championship. Bitterroot would only need one win over the Dodgers, while Laurel would need to beat the Red Sox twice to claim the title after Bitterroot’s win over Laurel Sunday night.
If Utah beats Bitterroot, Laurel would play Grantsville at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, with the winner advancing to a winner-take-all game against Bitterroot directly following that contest.