Flames win title at Sweets tourney

July 14, 2013 

The Hanford Flames may finish a few games out of the running for the Central Washington League championship, but they left no doubt as to who was the best team at the Walla Walla Sweets tournament, which ended Sunday at Borleske Field.

The Flames crushed the NW Rush of Seattle 12-2 in five innings to collect the tournament championship, their second tourney title of the summer, after a 16-hit deluge.

Hanford also won the Moses Lake tournament in June.

“We started slow in league play. We should finish third or fourth, but I wouldn’t want to play us right now,” said Hanford coach Nat Roe. “We’ve got a lot of college guys hitting. It’s fun to watch us. We went through a bunch of teams like they were nothing.”

Jake Browne capped a strong day with a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the fifth that made it 12-2 and invoked the 10-run mercy rule. Browne finished 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. He also added a pair of stolen bases.

Finn McMichael also had three hits and added three runs, and Isaac Benard went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Jacob Anderson and Brandon Peterson kept the Rush at a standstill, combining to allow just two runs on three hits for Hanford (28-18).

NW Rush (Seattle) 000 02 — 2 3 1

Hanford Flames 802 02 — 12 16 0

Two outs when 10-run rule invoked. Carl Pearson, Brandon Gustafson (3), Chris Klein (5) and Ryan Marty; Jacob Anderson, Brandon Peterson (3) and Jake Browne. Highlights—Finn McMichael (H) 3x4, 2B, 3 R; Isaac Benard (H) 2x2, 2B, 2 RBI; Browne (H) 3x4, 2B, 3 RBI, R, 2 SB; Trevor Jones (H) 2x3, 2R; Brady Heid (H) RBI.

Brandy Pugh Tournament: The Kennewick Bandits overcame an eventful morning to score a 12-1 win over Pacific Tech Construction at the Bellevue tournament.

The Bandits woke up to find their bus broken into, the vehicle’s battery stolen and much of their equipment locked up tight in the bus’ storage bin.

They pieced together enough equipment and uniforms to suit up 10 players, though some played in tennis shoes and catcher Dillon Wilbert used a standard fielder’s glove.

Fortunately for the Bandits, they didn’t leave Addison Spivey locked up on the bus, and he threw a complete-game six-hitter, giving up just a first-inning run and striking out three with no walks.

The offense piled up seven runs in the first two innings. Wilbert, Kyle Kilian and Colton Plew each had three hits, with Plew and Kilian each driving in a pair of runs.

The win guaranteed the Bandits no worse than second place in their pool and a berth in today’s consolation game. However, if Lakeside Recovery beat the Vancouver Cardinals by eight runs or less in Sunday’s late game, Kennewick would win a tiebreaker and play for the championship.

Kennewick Bandits 340 000 5 — 12 14 0

Pacific Tech 000 100 0 — 1 6 4

Addison Spivey and Dillon Wilbert; Radcliff, Vaughn (7) and Mackey. Highlights—Kyle Kilian (K) 3x4, 2 RBI; Colton Plew (K) 3x4, 2B, 2 RBI; Wilbert (K) 3x5, RBI; Clayten Ayres (K) 2x3, RBI; Spivey (K) 3K-0BB.

Junior American Legion

Phantoms 16-3, Dusters 1-4: Levi Scantlin threw five innings of three-hit ball, and Charlie Dewitt and Dillon Plew each drove in three runs as the Phantoms rolled in the opener of a Central Washington pair at Roy Johnson Field.

The Dusters came back behind Kaden Enriquez’s complete-game win in the nightcap. They got a big boost from center fielder Jace Navejas, who made a diving catch in the left-center gap wiht the bases loaded and two out in the sixth inning to save the game.

Dusters 010 00 — 1 3 2

Phantoms 078 1x — 16 12 0

Henke, Navejas (3), Hardy (3) and Searls; Scantlin and Dixon. Highlights—Scantlin (P) 5IP-3H; Quintin Lafontaine (P) 2B, 2 RBIs; Charlie Dewitt (P) 3 RBI; Dillon Plew (P) 2x3, 3 RBI; Andrew Townsend (P) 2x2.

Dusters 000 211 0 — 4 8 0

Phantoms 101 010 0 — 3 9 0

Kaden Enriquez and Hardy; Townsend, Oliva (6) and Dixon. Highlights—Enriquez (D) 7IP-5K; Powell (D) 2x3; Crawford (D) 2x3; Josh Kutzke (P) 2B; TJ Rea (P) 2x3; Shane Crowley (P) 2B.

Little League 12s

Chehalis 7, Greater Richland 5: Taylor Johnson had a double and home run for Greater Richland, which rallied but couldn’t climb all the way out of a six-run hole from the first inning at the state tournament in Vancouver.

The local boys face a loser-out game today at 4:30 p.m.

Chehalis 600 100 — 7 6 2

Greater Richland 103 100 — 5 5 1

O’Neil, Jones (3) and Pederson; Clinkenbeard, Johnson (1), McMurdo (4), Daves (5) and Duchscherer, Cowen (3), McMurdo (5). Highlights—Johnson (GR) 2B, HR.

Little League 10s

Richland National lost to Marysville 14-4 in the second round of the state tournament in Oak Harbor. National faces a loser-out game today against Walla Walla.


ASA 16U State B: The Tri-Cities Force went 5-0 to claim the title at Gateway Park in Yakima, culminating in a 12-4 win over Selah in the championship.

Amariah Del Mar was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs to spark Focus. Isabella Loera, Danika Whitsett and Terin Wade each had two hits, Vanessa Castrejon scored four runs, and Whitsett went the distance in the circle.

Tri-Cities beat Triple Threat 9-4 in an earlier semifinal. Gabby Nava went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs. Wade (2-for-4, 2 RBIs) and Victoria Bamer (2-for-3, RBI) also came through at the plate in support of pitcher Victoria Vargas, who gave up just two earned runs.

Next up for Focus is the ASA regionals in Lewiston, Idaho, starting Friday.

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