Kennewick American tops Kennewick National for Cal Ripken title

July 7, 2012 

Easton Bowe hit a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning, and Kennewick American beat Kennewick National 13-10 on Saturday in the championship game of the Cal Ripken 10U Southern Washington state baseball tournament at the Kennewick National complex.

KA will advance to the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament scheduled to begin July 25 in Eugene.

Though they entered the sixth inning trailing Kennewick National 10-6, the Kennewick American players believed they would find their offense at the right time.

“It was the way we had been playing all weekend,” KA manager Ryan Rutz said. “Our bats had been pretty hot, and we just came out knowing that we can score. If we can hit like we have been hitting this whole tournament, we have a chance.”

Cameron Langston had an RBI double and Chance Hailey hit a two-run home run to close the gap to 10-9. Then Bowe’s two-out grand slam, coming after an intentional walk, put KA ahead for good.

En route to the crown, KA romped to an 8-3 win against Puyallup in the quarterfinals and run-ruled Mt. Rainier 13-3 in the semis.

Kennewick National earned its spot in the championship contest with a 9-2 win against Black Hills.

Other quarterfinal scores: Mt. Rainier 12, Central 2; Black Hills 9, Kelso 0.

Kennewick American 202 027 0 -- 13

Kennewick National 070 120 0 -- 10

Chance Hailey, Bryson Knapik (4) and Ian Gonzales, Logan Hall (3), Gonzales (4); Joey Duberstein, Aidan Kissel (6) and Kobe Dumo. Highlights--Hailey (KA) 4x4, 2 HRs; Gonzales (KA) 4x4; Easton Bowe (KA) GS HR.

Babe Ruth 15s: Kennewick earned the Babe Ruth 15-year-olds district championship Friday with a sweep of Pasco at Roy Johnson Field. Kennewick opened the doubleheader with an 11-1 win and backed it up with a 10-8 victory in a series that decided the district’s top two seeds to the state tournament scheduled to begin July 21 in Castle Rock.

Babe Ruth 14s: Reliever Gerald Hein threw four innings of one-hit ball and struck out two to help Kennewick beat Richland 6-3 in the district championship finale Saturday at Roy Johnson Field.

The game decided the district’s top two seeds to the state tournament scheduled to begin July 21 in Elma.

Richland and Kennewick were tied in the best-of-3 championship series after Richland’s 11-1 win Friday. Kennewick opened the series Thursday with a 10-5 win.


Richland 003 000 0 -- 3 5 1

Kennewick 201 201 x -- 6 6 1

Becker, Woodman (4) and Symons, Becker (4); Lane Dahl, Gerald Hein (4, win) and Brandon Searls. Highlights--Mike Wilson (R) RBI; DJ Dyer (K) RBI; Gabe Johnson (K) 2B, 2 RBIs; Raymond Hicks (K) RBI; Hein (K) 4IP-1H-0R-2K.

Babe Ruth 13s: Kennewick romped over Pasco 21-1 for the district tournament title Saturday at Roy Johnson Field.

The game decided the district’s top two seeds for the state tournament scheduled to begin July 16 at Horn Rapids in Richland.

Kennewick opened the best-of-3 championship series with a 7-1 win Thursday, but Pasco responded with a 9-5 victory Friday.


Kennewick 258 06 -- 21 14 1

Pasco 010 00 -- 1 1 5

Kelly, Gilliam (5) and Jackson; Brady, Josh (4), Keaten (4) and catcher unavailable. Highlights--Elfethagen (K) 3x5; Kelly (K) 3x4; Avery (K) 2x2.

Little League 10s: The Richland National 10-year-olds claimed the District 12 All-Star title with a 9-1 win against host Selah.

Broc Nelson had a two-run double for RNLL, while Carson Smith hit a two-run triple and Ethan Liner smacked an RBI triple in support of starting pitcher Kirby Robertson and reliever Alex Bennett.

RNLL advances to the state finals scheduled to begin Saturday in Auburn.

Little League 11s: Ryan Kriskovich drove in the go-ahead run with a bases-loaded single to left field in the top of the sixth as Richland National beat host Selah 5-4 in the first of a two-game championship series at the District 12 All-Star tournament.

Richland will face Selah at 2:30 p.m. today.

Little League 12s: Richland National handed Benton City a 10-0 loss as the District 12 All-Star 12-year-olds tournament began in Selah.

Jake Rader and Trey Davis held Benton City to just five hits, and Josh Mendoza had a two-run homer.

RNLL will continue tournament play Tuesday, but Greater Richland will open their tournament run at 2:30 p.m. today against East Valley.

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