Thursday Mid-Columbia roundup

July 18, 2013 

The Washington Force Black 16U A softball team will hold a fundraiser to help offset costs for the upcoming Western Nationals that begin July 30 in Spokane.

The Force will hold a fastpitch skills clinic for girls age 7-14 on July 24 at Columbia Playfields in Richland. The clinic will run from 5 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.

Registration will begin at 4:30 p.m. the day of the clinic. Cost is $30.

For more information, contact Casey Emery at: emerycl1@aol.com.

The Force finished fifth at the 23-team state tournament in Yakima last week. On the final day of play, they defeated the Washington Acers 6-5 before dropping a loser-out game to the Washington Illusion.

Senior American Legion

Three Mid-Columbia teams will be involved in the Washington State Senior American Legion regional tournaments that begin Saturday.

The Kennewick Bandits, by virtue of their first-place finish in the Central Washington League, will play host to one regional at Roy Johnson Field.

The Northeast 49ers of Spokane will play Gig Harbor at 11 a.m., followed by the Bandits playing league rival Twin City Titans at 2 p.m.

The Hanford Flames, who finished fourth in the CWL, plays at Centralia in another regional. The Flames will take on host Centralia at 2 p.m.

The top two teams in each of the four regionals will advance to the state tournament, set to start July 27 in Spokane.

Junior Legion

The District 4 Junior American Legion tournament begins today at two sites: Selah and Walla Walla.

The top four teams from the Central Washington League North, and the top four from the South, will battle for three berths to the state tournament, set for Walla Walla next week.

Today in Selah, the Yakima Junior Beetles will play the Hanford Junior Flames at 2 p.m., followed by the host Yakima Valley Peppers playing the Richland Knights at 5 p.m.

In Walla Walla, the Kennewick Phantoms and the Moses Lake Walleyes meet at 2 p.m. The Walla Walla Bruins will play the Apple Valley Blues at 5 p.m.

Senior Babe Ruth

The Southern Washington Senior Babe Ruth tournament gets under way today in Aberdeen, with two Tri-City teams involved in the nine-team event.

Coaches in the Three Rivers League opted this year to make two All-Star teams rather than send the league champion to the tournament.

Three Rivers Blue will play Hoquiam at 1 p.m. today, while Three Rivers Red takes on host Aberdeen at 7 p.m.

Three Rivers Baseball Blue: Austin Forsman; Jimmy Gifford; Marques Johnson; Paden Kottwitz; Ethyn Langlois; Shane Oldham; Daniel Percifield; Donovan Percifield; Matt Reardon; Anthony Robinson; Cody Schmale; Damon Taylor; Colby Wakefield; Travis Wakefield; Garrett Willard. Coaches: Dan Percifield, Mike Mahan, Steve Wolf. Three Rivers Baseball Red: Britt Albertson, Aaron Beltz, Tyler Dawson, Trenton Dohaniuk, Blake Foster, Austin Gagnon, Kendrick Graber, Christian Howard, Ashtin MacRoberts, Michael Perez, Carl Robb, Kyle Rossine, Dereck Seely, Keegan Shpherd, Austin Taylor and Mike Weber. Coaches: Pat Barrett, Dan Graber, and Brian Barrett.

Babe Ruth 15s

Kennewick edged KWRL 11-10 in a semifinal at the Southern Washington State Tournament for 15-year-olds at Walters Field in Pasco.

Kennewick will play either Harbor Babe Ruth or Mt. St. Helens at 10 a.m. today in the championship game.

However, Kennewick has already qualified for the Pacific Northwest Regionals no matter what happens today because both teams get to advance, thanks to British Columbia dropping out.

Babe Ruth 14s

Brad Poletski pitched five solid innings and Ray Eitchen went 3-for-4 with two doubles to help Richland beat Kelso 15-4 in pool play at the Southern Washington State Tournament in Hoquiam.

Poletski also went 2-for-4 with a double, while Ryan Tucker was 3-for-4, Jacob Amato 2-for-4, Garrett Werner 2-for-4 and Brady White 2-for-3.

Single-elimination begins today. Richland plays at 1 p.m.

Kennewick (1-2) lost to KWRL 7-6 in its final pool-play game.

Babe Ruth 13s

Kennewick Silver 9, Hazel Dell Metro 7: Gavin Woods drove in three runs to help Kennewick Silver beat Hazel Dell Metro in the second round of pool play at the 13-year-old state championships in Longview.

Kennewick (1-1) will finish pool play at 3 p.m. today against Twin Cities (Centralia/Chehalis). The Silver must win to advance to bracket play Saturday.

Trent Sellers picked up the win on the mound, and went 2-for-3 with a double.

Kennewick Blue defeated Mt. St. Helens 18-0, giving it a 1-1 pool play record.

Kennewick Blue will play Longview today at 6 p.m. in its final pool-play game.

Kennewick 210 023 1 — 9 8 1

Hazel Dell Metro 101 002 3 — 7 4 2

Trent Sellers, Casey Proctor (7) and Kyle Richie; Yarnell, Jennings (4) Rogina (7) and Gomez. Highlights—Gavin Woods (K) 2x3, 3 RBIs; Jacob Newbry (K) 1x1, 2R; Trent Sellers (K) 2x3, 2B; 2K.

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