Richland baseball sweeps Wa-Hi in league opener

March 26, 2013 

The Richland Bombers can knock one item off their “tough to-do” list — a sweep at Walla Walla.

Gibson McGeorge had a big day at the plate, Levi Broeske and Mason Hilty came through on the mound and the Bombers opened Mid-Columbia Conference play with a pair of 8-4, 10-4 wins over the Blue Devils on Tuesday.

“It’s a huge sweep for us,” said Richland coach Grant Richardson, “especially against Walla Walla. Not only is it a tough place to play, but that’s a solid ballclub.”

McGeorge drove in seven runs on the day, going 3-for-3 with four RBIs and four stolen bases in the opener. His two-run single powered a three-run fifth inning that put the Bombers ahead for good.

Broeske threw five innings of solid ball before departing with a 5-2 lead. Hilty was even better, going five innings and giving up just three hits and a walk while striking out six.

“He was phenomenal,” Richardson said. “Everything was working for him. Basically, he was unhittable today.”

Daniel Lake went 2-for-4 for Walla Walla in the opener, and starter Luke Reardon was solid through four innings of work.

Richland 100 130 3 — 8 5 1
Walla Walla 002 002 0 — 4 8 3
Levi Broeske, Carson Miller (6) and Collin Doyle; Luke Reardon, Zach Zehner (5), Adam Mathews (7) and Keltan Fulmer. Highlights—Daniel Lake (WW) 2x4, 2B; Gibson McGeorge (R) 3x3, 4 RBI, 4 SB.
Richland 230 500 0 — 10 11 3
Walla Walla 000 102 1 — 4 6 2
Mason Hilty, Nate Ruane (6), Trey Hardy (7), McGeorge (7) and Doyle; Lake, Blake McKinney (4), Trever Coronado (5) and Colby Watilo. Highlights—Hilty (R) 5IP-3H-6K-1BB, Ruane (R) 2x3; Garrett March (R) 2x4; McGeorge (R) 3 RBI; AJ Shaw (R) 2B; Sheldon Likala (R) 2x4, 2 RBI, 3B; Hunter Chambers (R) 2B; Jalen Fields (R) 2x2.

Chiawana 20-6, Pasco 5-4: Jordan Aviles went 5-for-8 with a double, a triple and six RBIs on the day as the Riverhawks opened Mid-Columbia Conference play with a road sweep of their neighborhood rivals.

“Very pleased with how the kids are playing right now,” said Chiawana coach Dave Price, adding that he couldn’t ask for a better day of hitting. “Right now the kids have confidence if they get in a fastball count, we’re going to square the ball up.”

Aviles, Jesse Briones and Trenton Thornhill each drove in three runs in the opener, which got away from the Bulldogs as Chiawana piled up 15 runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

CJ Peiffer threw five innings of four-hit ball for the Riverhawks, who rallied to win the second game on Aviles’ bases-loaded triple during a four-run fifth inning.

Pasco took an early 3-2 lead with Brady Ritala’s RBI double and a pair of run-scoring singles in the bottom of the first.

Chiawana 212 87 — 20 13 2
Pasco 300 02 — 5 4 6
CJ Peiffer and Grady Graff; Nathan Kasselder, Ellery Raines (4), Austen Clarke (5) and Alan Gomez. Highlights—Jesse Briones (C) 2x3, 3 RBI, 2B; Zach Garcia (C) 2x2, 2B; Jordan Aviles (C) 2x4, 2B, 3 RBI; Trenton Thornhill (C) 2x5, 2B, 3 RBI; Ethan Olsen (C) 3x4; Luis Murillo (P) 3B.
Chiawana 001 040 1 — 6 9 1
Pasco 300 100 0 — 4 6 3
Spencer Bennion, Bryan Black (5) and Graff; Tony Beck, Roger Ingram Jr. (7) and Brady Ritala. Highlights—Aviles (C) 3x4, 3B, 3 RBI; Thornhill (C) 2x6, 2B, 3B; Ritala (P) 2x3, RBI; Murillo (P) 2B, RBI.

Wenatchee 7-5, Kennewick 6-11: JJ Hancock had three RBIs in Game 2, helping the host Lions salvage a nonleague split.

Hancock and Kaden Julian finished the day with four hits apiece for Kennewick, which faces Kamiakin on Friday at LaPierre Field.

“Our starting pitching was where we needed it to be. Jarrod Molnaa giving us two good ones in the first (game) and Clayten Ayres giving us three good ones in the second,” Kennewick coach AJ Marquardt said.

The Lions fell in Game 1 after a two-run, go-ahead homer by Wenatchee’s Drew Holmberg in the seventh.

Wenatchee 002 020 3 — 7 9 1
Kennewick 400 011 0 — 6 10 1
Miller, Daniels (4), Driver (7) and Holmberg; Jarrod Molnaa, Colton Plew (3), Matt Driver (3), Brock Sittman (6) and Dylan Wilbert. Highlights—Garcia (W) 2x3; Holmberg (W) 2-run HR; Waterman (W) 2x2, 2B; JJ Hancock (K) 2x4; Clayten Ayres (K) 2x4, 2B; Wilbert (K) 2x3, 2B; Kaden Julian (K) 2x3.
Wenatchee 000 302 0 — 5 4 1
Kennewick 800 021 x — 11 12 2
Blankenship, Grubb (2), Prater (6) and Holmberg; Ayres, Levi Scantlin (4), Mike Weber (7) and Hancock. Highlights—Blankenship (W) 2x3, 2 2Bs; Garcia (W) 2B; Steven Sordahl (K) 3x4, 2 RBIs, 2B; Hancock (K) 2x4, 3 RBIs, 2 2Bs; Alex Storaci (K) 3x3, RBI; Julian (K) 2x2.

Grandview 11, Zillah 7: Edgar Delgadillo went 3-for-3 and drove in four runs to lead the host Greyhounds past the Leopards in nonleague action.

Zillah 101 031 1 — 7 11 0
Grandview 003 017 x — 11 12 4
Kurt Calhoun, Brayden Delp (6) and Clayton Mears; Derek Swearingen, Martin Sanchez (5) and Erik Sauve. Highlights—Edgar Delgadillo (G) 3x3, 4 RBIs, 2B; Kory Kollmar (G) 2x2, 2B; Sanchez (G) 2x4; Sauve (G) 2x4.

Sunnyside 11-4, River View 1-5: Austin Weatherby picked off the tying run at second to end Game 2 and help the host Panthers get a split with the Grizzlies.

In the opener, Sunnyside’s Trey Serl went 4-for-5 and drove in a run.

Sunnyside 201 040 4 — 11 11 4
River View 100 000 0 — 1 3 4
Miguel Mendez, San Romero (6) and Mason Kupp; Jacob Frampton, Blake Foster (6), Ruvim Tyutyunnik (7) and Ashtin MacRoberts. Highlights—Mendez (S) 2x4, RBI; Trey Serl (S) 4x5, 2B, RBI.
Sunnyside 100 102 0 — 4 8 3
River View 210 020 x — 5 4 4
Serl and Kupp; Seth Lane, Austin Weatherby (6) and MacRoberts. Highlights—Mendez (S) 2x4; Serl (S) 2x4, 2B, RBI; Tyutyunnik (RV) 2x3, 2B, RBI.

Connell 14-11, Lind-Ritzville 7-2: Kyle Jones went 5-for-6 with three doubles and six RBIs to lead the Eagles’ nonleague doubleheader sweep of the visiting Broncos. Austin Ochoa added a double, two triples and three RBIs for Connell.

Lind-Ritzville 130 200 1 — 7 7 6
Connell 307 220 x — 14 18 3
Frederick, Hernandez (5) and Smith; Gage Taylor, Raul Gomez (2) and Austin Ochoa. Highlights—Ochoa (C) 3x5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Kyle Jones (C) 2x3, 2B, 3 RBI.
Lind-Ritzville 000 02 — 2 4 3
Connell 404 31 — 12 11 2
Two outs when 10-run rule invoked. Ruzicka, Hartz (4), Leffel (5) and Smith; Mark Borgens, Andrew Plake (5) and Ochoa, Raul Gomez (4). Highlights—Ochoa (C) 3B; Jones (C) 3x3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Frank Meraz (C) 2x2, 2 2B; Austin Forsyth (C) 2x2.

Warden 17-9, Liberty-Spangle 0-4: Freshman pitcher Tyson Yamane hurled a five-inning no-hitter, allowing only a fifth-inning walk in a win over Liberty of Spangle.

Liberty Spangle 000 00 — 0 0 1
Warden 4(12)0 1x — 17 7 0
W. Struble, Nate Burley (3) and G.Sawyers; Tyson Yamane and Zach Schuler. Highlights—Garrett Marks 2 RBi; Louie Reyes 2x3, 3B, 3 RBI; Jerry Reyes RBI.
Liberty Spangle 001 002 1 — 4 2 2
Warden 612 000 x — 9 7 4
Ryan, Kimball (4), Burley (5), Soliday (6) and Sawyers; Guillermo Gonzales, J.Reyes (4) and Schuler. Highlights—Yamane 2x4, 2 RBI; Drake Hanson RBI; Nate Cole 1x2; Marks 2 RBI. Cougars 4-6 overall.

Waitsburg-Prescott 10, Touchet 5: Dalton Estes went 4-for-5 and hit his third home run of the season – a two-run shot during a three-run first inning — to lift the Tigers (6-1 overall, 2-0 Southeast 1B) to a road win over the Indians.

Riley Stevens and Tucker Alleman each added three hits for W-P.

W-P 302 040 1 — 10 15 3
Touchet 201 002 0 — 5 5 2
Nolen Allen, Devin Acevedo (4), Talen Larsen (6) and Tucker Alleman; Ochoa, Goucher (1) and McKeown. Highlights—Dalton Estes (WP) 4x5, HR, 3 RBI; Riley Stevens (WP) 3x5; Alleman (WP) 3x3.

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