Baseball: Tri-Cities Prep honors late AD with doubleheader sweep

March 19, 2013 

The last 48 hours have been rough for Tri-Cities Prep.

The death of Ray Whitlow, the Jaguars athletic director, left the school in shock Monday afternoon after the prominent Kennewick attorney was killed in an early-morning traffic accident on Interstate 90.

When the Tri-Cities Prep baseball team took the field for a doubleheader Tuesday in Pasco, the Jaguars paid tribute the best way they know how, clobbering visiting Liberty Spangle 14-2 and 22-5.

“These guys really responded well for how much stuff they’ve had to go through,” said Prep coach Jason Jarrett, who noted that the team dedicated the rest of the season to their fallen AD. “Ray was such a big part of Prep. I didn’t really know how anybody would respond to the tragedy, but they were really ready to focus.”

Phillip Geist went 6-for-6 on the day, driving in three runs in each game. Josh Guajardo drew four walks, stole four bases and drove in two runs in Game 2.

Liberty Spangle 101 00 — 2 3 7

TC Prep 604 4x — 14 10 3

Burley and Sawyers; Isaac Nelson and Anthony Hinkson. Highlights—Potratz (LS) 2x3; Nelson (TC) 3x3; Phillip Geist (TC) 3x3, 2 RBI.

Liberty Spangle 203 00 — 5 4 3

Home 55(12) 0x — 22 12 3

Soliday and Sawyers; Kevin Daly, Alex Montelango (4) and Hinkson. Highlights—Stuble (LS) 2B; Greg Croverdall (TC) 2x3, 3 RBI; Nelson 2x3; Daly 2x4; Josh Guajardo (TC) 4 BBs, 4 SB, 2 RBI; Geist 3x3, 2 RBI.

Lewis & Clark 2, Chiawana 1: Grady Graff’s sacrifice fly in the fifth inning brought in the only run for the host Riverhawks, who dropped a nonleague game against the Tigers.

Lewis & Clark 000 200 0 — 2 3 2

Chiawana 000 010 0 — 1 2 0

LaValley, Burke (5) and Chapman; Luke Burgess, CJ Peiffer (4), Bryan Black (7) and Grady Graff. Highlights—Lee (LC) 2x4.

Richland 6, Kennewick 4: Mason Nelson hit a two-run triple to lead the Bombers past the visiting Lions in a nonleague game.

Carson Miller earned the victory for Richland, which committed seven errors. Dylan Wilburt was 2-for-3 with a double for Kennewick.

Kennewick 011 002 0 — 4 9 0

Richland 041 010 x — 6 7 7

Clayten Ayres, Jarrod Molnaa (4) and Dylan Wilburt. Carson Miller, Trey Hardey (5), Connor Craig (7) and Tyler Kjarmo. Highlights—Kennewick: Steven Sordahl 2-4; Wilburt 2-3, 2B; Larry DeWitt 2B; Justin Hancock 2B. Richland: Mason Hilty 2B; Jalen Fields 2B; Kjarmo 2B; Mason Nelson 3B, 2 RBIs

Southridge 6-1, Pendleton 5-7: Jared Newbry drove in three runs for the Suns in the opener, but the Buckaroos had a five-run third inning in Game 2 to salvage the split.

Southridge 100 014 0 — 6 9 2

Pendleton 011 003 0 — 5 8 3

Cody Schmale, Conner O’Neil (4), Conner Morfin (6) and Austin Morfin, Phillip Schwartz (6); Taylor Hillmick, Ian Rivera (4), Brian Branstetter (6) and Alex O’Rourke. Highlights—Quinton Queampts (P) 2x4, 2 2Bs; Matt Holmes (P) 2x2, 2B; Jared Newbry (S) 2x5, HR, 3 RBIs, 3 R; O’Neil (S) 2x4, RBI; Jake Ebberts (S) 2x3.

Southridge 000 100 0 — 1 3 0

Pendleton025 000 x — 7 9 0

Addison Spivey, Trevor Oldham (4), Ebberts (7) and Schwartz; Grant Klopmeyer, Kevin O’Rourke (7) and A. O’Rourke. Highlights—Queampts (P) 2x4, 2B; Klopmeyer (P) 2x3; Branstetter (P) 2x2, 2B.

Liberty Christian 7, Kiona-Benton 6: Brandon Peterson had a memorable 18th birthday, driving in the winning run for the host Patriots on a two-out single in the seventh inning. Peterson jammed his finger in the first inning but returned to the mound to shut down the Bears in the seventh.

Carl Robb had three doubles to lead Kiona-Benton, which tied the score in the sixth.

Kiona-Benton 100 041 0 — 6 7 2

Liberty Christian 102 300 1 — 7 14 2

2 outs when winning run scored. C. Robb, J. Deaton (3), K. Booth (4) and R. Thomas; Brandon Peterson, Taylor Lindquist (2), Corbin Steele (4), Mitch Godwin (6), Peterson (7) and Godwin, Steele (6). Highlights—Robb (KB) 3x4, 3 2Bs; Peterson (LC) 3x5, 2B; Lindquist (LC) 3x4; Steele (LC) 3x4; Preston Eder (LC) 2x4.

Waitsburg-Prescott 11, Weston-McEwen 5: The host Tigers’ eight-run sixth inning included Chance Leroue’s go-ahead, two-run homer with two outs.

Weston-McEwen 410 000 0 — 5 7 4

Waitsburg-Prescott 001 208 x — 11 10 3

Justin Burke, Lance Thacker (5) and Cedric Hall; Chance Leroue, Talen Larsen (4) and Tucker Alleman. Highlights—Burke (W-M) 2B; Dalton Estes (W-P) 2x3, 2 RBIs; Leroue (W-P) 2x4, 2B, HR, 3 RBIs.

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