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College of Idaho baseball clinches national tournament berth

The College of Idaho’s Mitch Skaggs celebrates hiting the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a 3-1 victory over Corban.
The College of Idaho’s Mitch Skaggs celebrates hiting the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a 3-1 victory over Corban. UBC Athletics

Mitch Skaggs (Capital High) hit the go-ahead home run in the eighth inning of a 3-1 victory over Corban on Saturday in the NAIA West Grouping Championships in Vancouver, B.C.

The College of Idaho (37-19) secured a spot in the NAIA National Championships with the victory and advances to the semifinals of the grouping against British Columbia at 1 p.m. MT Sunday.

Earlier Saturday, the Coyotes used a five-run sixth inning to defeat Marymount California University 10-3. Skaggs went 3-for-6 with two RBIs, while Seth Champlin (Kimberly High) added two hits and three RBIs.

Champlin also hit a game-tying homer against Corban.

The winner of Sunday’s College of Idaho-British Columbia semifinal will face Lewis-Clark State (47-7) in the championship at 4 p.m. MT. An if-necessary game would be Monday.

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