Mid-Columbia roundup: Greater Richland LL in finals

July 10, 2013 

Little League

Greater Richland 10, Selah 4: Easton Wensveen went 3-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer to lead Great Richland into the championship game of the Little League District 12 tournament Wednesday at the Bombing Range Complex.

Wensveen and Cody Higgins hit back-to-back shots during a seven-run fourth inning. That was more than enough support for Sam Jones and Co., with Jones striking out 10 in his four innings of work and the bullpen providing two innings of hitless relief.

Greater Richland advances to the championship game at 6 p.m. Friday and must be beaten twice. Selah faces an elimination game at 6 p.m. Thursday against Pasco, which topped Richland National 12-11.

The district champion advances to the state tournament in Gig Harbor.

Selah 300 001 — 4 4 2

Greater Richland 111 70x — 10 10 3

Verreth, Berriman (4), McGuire (4) and Colette; Sam Jones, Cody Higgins (5), Joe Garcia (6) and Easton Wensveen. Highlights—Wensveen (GR) 3x3, 2B, 2R HR, 3 RBI; Higgins (GR) 2x3, 2B, HR; Garcia (GR) 2B; Sam Jones (GR) 2x3, 4IP-4H-10K; Colette (S) 2x3, HR; Verreth (S) 2B.

Golf

Former Kamiakin High standout golfer Riley Hayfield came up short of today’s final at the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort in Oregon.

Hayfield lost 1-up Wednesday to Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore., in the quarterfinals. Reimers went on to win his semifinal match and will play Cameron Peck of Olympia in the final match today over 36 holes.

Baseball

Kennewick Phantoms 12, Kennewick Junior Bandits 2: Garrett Dixon and Dillon Plew each drove in three runs and Matt Driver threw six innings of five-hit ball to lead the Phantoms to a win in the rubber game with the Junior Bandits in junior American Legion baseball at Roy Johnson Field.

Kyle Harvey slugged a two-run double in the third to account for the Junior Bandits runs and cut the margin to 4-2. But the Phantoms answered back with a run and never stopped scoring.

Junior Bandits 002 000 0 — 2 5 3

Phantoms 221 304 x — 12 11 1

Bauman, Crider (6) and Kirchhoff; Driver, Townsend (7) and Dixon. Highlights—Matt Driver (P) 6IP-5H; Garrett Dixon (P) 3x3, 3 RBI; Dillon Plew (P) 2x2, 3 RBI; Quintin Lafontaine (P) 3x4, 2B; Josh Krutzke (P) 3B; Kyle Harvey (B) 2-R 2B.

Pepsi Cola Dusters 4, Pasco Sun Devils 1: Cory Schouviller threw all nine innings, allowing six hits and striking out eight on 92 pitches to lead the Dusters to a junior American Legion win at Pasco High.

Schouviller also was 3-for-4 at the plate, but it was Justin Larsen’s RBI double that got the ball bouncing during a four-run eighth inning for Pepsi Cola.

The two teams split their games Tuesday, which finished up late following a 16-6 Dusters’ win and 14-12 Sun Devils win at LaPierre Field.

Dusters 000 000 040 — 4 10 2

Sun Devils 010 000 000 — 1 6 2

Cory Schouviller and Brandon Searls; Saporito, McCaughey (4), Hawk (9) and Washburn. Highlights—Justin Larsen (D) 2B; Mikey Jones (D) 2x4, 2B; Schouviller (D) 3x4, 9IP-6H-8K; Hawk (P) 1x4, 2B; Black (P) 2x4; Washburn (P) 2B.

Sun Devils 501 00 — 6 6 2

Dusters 536 x — 16 12 2

Salinas, Stewart (3) and Washburn; Kaden Enriquez and Searls. Highlights—Salinas (P) 2B; Price (D) 2x4; Smith (D) 2x4; Rowell (D) 2x3; Schouviller (D) 2x4, 2B; Owens (D) 2x3.

Sun Devils 310 330 4 — 14 14 3

Dusters 410 151 0 — 12 7 4

Black and Hansen; Henke, Jones (3), Crawford (5), Schouviller (7) and Hardy. Highlights—Simpkins (P) 3x5, 2B; Stewart (P) 3x5; Graff (P) 3x4; Black (P) 2x5; Green (D) 2B; Enriquez (D) 2B.

Pepsi Pak 3-4, Bandits 0-5: Mason Mahan went 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Kennewick Bandits to a 5-4 victory over the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak in the second game of the CWL doubleheader Tuesday to salvage a split at Roy Johnson Field.

Conner O’Neil added a double and an RBI for the Bandits.

Yakima Valley 100 200 0 — 3 8 1

Kennewick Bandits 000 000 0 — 0 5 4

Taylor Logan, Ryan Ross (7) and Dylan Peters, Taylor Logan (7); Addison Spivey, Mark Driver (7) and Dylan Wilbert. Highlights—Kaden Julian (K) 2B; Steven Sordahl (K) 2x3; Jace Vandebrake (Y) 2x4; Cole Gilman (Y) 2x3.

Yakima Valley 020 020 0 — 4 10 0

Kennewick Bandits 031 001 x — 5 8 4

Kurt Lindemann, Ryan Engquist (6) and Taylor Logan; Connor Morfin, Trevor Oldham (5), Mark Driver (7) and Dylan Wilbert. Highlights—Connor O’Neil (K) 2x2, 2B, RBI; Mason Mahan (K) 2x2, 2B, 3 RBIs; Ryan Ross (Y) 3x4, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs.

Youth baseball

The Cal Ripken Southern Washington State tournament for 11-year-olds kicks off today at the Kennewick American complex.

The host Kennewick American team will play Puyallup at 10 a.m., followed by Kelso and Nisqually Basin at 11, Kennewick National and Black Hills at noon, Longview and Lewis County at 1 p.m., Kelso and Kennewick American at 2, Nisqually Basin and Puyallup at 3, Kennewick National and Longview at 4 and Black Hills vs. Lewis County at 5.

Round-robin play continues through Friday, with the single-elimination format on Saturday. Semifinals will be at noon, with the championship at 2 p.m. for a berth to regionals.

The Cal Ripken 10-year-old teams are playing in Kelso, including Kennewick American and Kennewick National.

College football

A pair of Washington State University seniors — punter Michael Bowlin and kicker Andrew Furney — were named to preseason watch lists.

Bowlin is one of 25 candidates for the Ray Guy Award, which honors the nation’s top punter. Bowlin, from Aliso Viejo, Calif., averaged 41.9 yards per punt last season. He landed eight punts inside the 20, had 14 of 50 or more yards and a long of 69 yards. He also recorded 18 touchbacks on kickoffs, the most by a WSU kicker since 2005.

Furney is among the 30 players up for the Lou Groza Award for kickers. Furney, a Burlington native who was a Groza semifinalist in 2011, was 14-for-20 on field goals, including 6-for-10 from 40-plus. He hit a 60-yarder and was 25-for-26 on extra points.

Running

Camas’ Alexa Efraimson finished third in her qualifying heat, advancing to the final of the girls 1,500 meters at the World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Efraimson, a junior-to-be at Camas High, finished in 4 minutes, 23.27 seconds in a heat won by Dawit Seyaum of Ethiopia in 4:14.40. Iveen Chepkemoi of Kenya finished second in that heat, with the top four finishers earning automatic spots in Saturday’s final.

The World Youth Championships are for athletes ages 16-17 and are conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations, the world governing body for track and field. Efraimson, who won Washington Class 4A state titles in the 800 meters and the 1,600 in May as well as the 4A cross country state title last fall, qualified for the World Youth Championships through a trials meet in Edwardsville, Ill.

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