Richland National exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning, then hung on in the bottom to defeat Yakima National 10-8 in the District 12 tournament for 11-year-olds at Richland National on Monday.
With the score tied 5-5 going into the sixth, big hits by Carson Smith, Landon Amato and Kirby Robertson as well as a crucial 3-run home run by Conner Budzeck, who went 4 for 4 on the night were key.
Richland got strong pitching from starter Alex Bennett and relievers Jack Cooper, Broc Nelson, and Budzeck.
Richland advances to play Pasco on Wednesday night.
Richland National 012 205 10
Yakima National 020 033 8
Highlights Conner Budzeck 4x4, HR, 2B, 5 RBIs; Landon Amato 2x4, 3B, 2B; Kirby Robertson 3x4, 2B.
Beetles 10-5, Flames 8-7: Jon Miles went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs to lift Hanford to a 7-5 win over hsot Yakima, salvaging a nonleague Junior Legion doubleheader split Sunday.
Cody McKee struck out six batters over six innings before Connor Sutey came in to pick up the save for the Flames (25-11) in Game 2.
Jason Mains led Yakimas offense, going 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs on the day.
Hanford 000 111 5 8 5 2
Yakima Beetles 322 201 x 10 10 1
Matt True, Bryce Logan (5) and Trevor Romero; Jacob Haas, Jacob Mortison (7) and Jimmy McDonald. HighlightsDaymien Marks (H) RBI; Jon Miles (H) RBI; Jason Mains (Y) 2x3, 2 RBI; Max Frame (Y) 2x3, RBI.
Hanford 402 000 1 7 9 0
Yakima 003 001 1 5 10 1
Cody McKee, Connor Sutey (7) and Parker Darnell; Shawn McKormic, Frame (5) and Brad Wise. HighlightsMitch Godwin (H) 2x3; Miles (H) 2x4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Nick Danna (H) 2x4, RBI; McKee (H) 6 Ks; Mains (Y) 2x4, HR, 2 RBI.