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Historic Season Ends in Title Game for LC State Baseball

LEWISTON, Idaho – When the dust, rain and lightning settled, it was not the Warriors that emerged on top. Top-seeded Southeastern (Fla.) took the final game of the season after an LC State win in the first game on Thursday forced a deciding game 19. The 2022 Lewis-Clark State Baseball team etched its name in the record books, but fell a game short of title number 20 by a final of 11-5. LC finished the 2022 campaign with a record of 58-7.

Five Warriors were named to the Avista NAIA World Series All-Tournament Team. Trent Sellers earned the honor for the second year in a row, and Dawson Day was also named one of the four pitchers. Lewiston natives Riley Way and Luke White were honored as infielders, and Sam Linscott garnered one of four outfield spots.

Linscott was awarded the Avista NAIA World Series Gold Glove for his stellar defensive play, and Way was voted the Charles Berry Hustle Award recipient.

“Obviously, not the outcome we were looking for today but we are extremely proud of the phenomenal season we had,” Head Coach Jake Taylor said. “This entire group of young men worked incredibly hard, were ultra-competitive, and were selfless the entire year. An unbelievably talented team, but even better human beings. We will sorely miss the seniors who have given every ounce of commitment and passion to this baseball program, the college and the LC Valley community.”

Bryson Spagnuolo picked up a pair of strikeouts in a 1-2-3 bottom of the first, but a Gary Lora solo shot put the Warriors behind early in the second. More SEU hits in the third stretched the deficit to 4-0 before Greg Blackman came in to stop the bleeding.

Nick Seamons came up clutch in the fifth with a double down the left field line to plate Zach Threlfall. A.J. Davis and Pu’ukani De Sa tallied back-to-back singles to cut the difference to two before a walk to Way loaded the bases. Aidan Nagle drove a pitch into the gap in left enter to even the contest 4-4. Linscott legged out an infield-single with a dribbler down the third base line to bring Way across and put LC in front 5-4.

The Fire rallied in the fifth to even the contest 5-5, then took a 6-5 lead in the seventh before the game was paused. At the time of the stoppage, SEU had the bases loaded with no outs.

Eric Chavarria took the mound for the Warriors as the game resumed, but Southeastern carried its momentum over for a total of six runs in the inning to take a commanding, and final, 11-5 lead. LC was unable to respond and the Fire won their second national title.

The Warriors set records for the best start in program history (20-1) and longest winning streak (28 games) during 2022. The hunt for title number 20 will pick back up in 2023.