A pair of local softball teams opened play Monday at the ASA/USA U18 Gold Nationals in Clearwater, Fla.
The Washington Angels lost 4-2 to Easton Elite (Petaluma, Calif.) and tied the Texas Storm Newsom 4-4 in pool play. The Angels wrap up pool play today against the Washington Illusion of Kelso.
The Angels took a 2-1 lead over Easton on Cylie Richards two-run single in the fourth inning. But Easton moved back into the lead with a three-run homer in the sixth.
Richards and Chaleigh Kirkwood each had two hits for the Angels, and Selena Rima threw six innings of five-hit ball.
In the tie with Texas, Kaylee Ree and Carlie Richards hit RBI singles in the top of the seventh to give the Angels a two-run lead.
Texas answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning, but Rima came through with a popup and a strikeout with a runner on third and one out to preserve the tie.
Carlie Richards added a two-out, two-run double in the fifth. Rim and Elli Rassbach combined on the mound.
In another pool, Washington Explosion beat Texas Impact of Houston 3-1 and lost 14-2 to D-BAT Tulsa (Okla.) Shootout. It finishes with the Tampa Mustangs today.
The 64-team tournament opens bracket play Wednesday.
Alex Cuello stepped down as CBC assistant softball coach and will focus on coaching at the youth level. Cuello, who led the Tri-City Heat fastpitch team to nationals in 2007 and 2009, will coach the Fuzion Fastpitch 12U girls.
Kamiakin went 4-0 this weekend to win the first Mid-Columbia 7-on-7 tournament at Lampson Stadium.
Kennewicks Dylan Tennacour was named overall MVP. Each team had two players named team MVPs.
Kamiakin had Austin Gutierrez and Tyler Johns; Kennewick also had Alex Ruby; Pasco had Spencer Calveard and Austen Clarke; River View had Alonso Mendoza and Ruvim Tyutyunnik; and Davis had Jackson Lewis and Ketner Kupp.
First round: Davis over Pasco 30 to 0; Kamiakin over Riverview 27 to 24.
Second round: Kennewick over Davis 18 to 0; Kamiakin over Pasco 27 to 22.
Third round: Riverview over Davis 20 to 6; Kennewick over Pasco 28 to 22.
Forth round: Kennewick over Riverview 39 to 6; Kamiakin over Davis 34 to 6.
Fifth round: Pasco over Riverview 40 to 26; Kamiakin over Kennewick 25 to 18.
Kamiakin finished in first place 4-0, Kennewick second 3-1, Pasco third by virtue of points scored 1-3, Riverview forth 1-3, Davis fifth 1-3.
Senior Babe Ruth
Centerfield Baseballs Isaac Block scattered five hits in a 5-0 shutout of Three Rivers Blue at the Southern Washington Senior Babe Ruth state tournament in Aberdeen.
Jimmy Gifford went 2-for-3, but Three Rivers couldnt generate much offense otherwise despite hitting the ball hard off Block.
We hit him good. It was just right at people, Blue coach Dan Percifield said. We left 10 guys on base. We had opportunities to score.
The best chance for Three Rivers came in the top of the fourth, when Gifford led off with a single and took second on an infield grounder. Anthony Robison then singled to send Gifford to third with one out. But Blues next two batters couldnt bring home Gifford.
Three Rivers finished 2-2 at the tourney.
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Jimmy Gifford, Marques Johnson (5) and Paden Kotwitz; Isaac Block and Ian Williams. HighlightsGifford (TR) 2x3; Shane Oldham (TR) 1x1; Josh Soske (C) HR.