Mid-Columbia roundup: Legion pairings set

July 23, 2013 

The times and place still are up in the air, but the first-round matchups for the Senior (AAA) American Legion state tournament are set.

And thanks to the Central Washington League taking up five of the eight spots, there will be some neighbor-vs.-neighbor action right from the start.

The Hanford Flames play the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak when the tournament opens Saturday. The Kennewick Bandits play Centralia Sobe, and the Twin City Titans play Bellingham Post 7. The Yakima Beetles and Lakeside recovery round out the first round.

As of Tuesday night, there were no official times listed on the American Legion state website.

The tournament was slated to be held at Shadle Park’s Jackson Field in Spokane. However, there are no Spokane teams left in the field, and there appears to be some lighting issues at Jackson Field.

The tournament runs Saturday through Wednesday, July 31.

AAA State Tournament

First round

Game 1, Centralia Sobe vs. Kenenwick Bandits

Game 2, Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak vs. Hanford Flames

Game 3, Yakima Beetles vs. Lakeside Recovery

Game 4, Twin City Titans vs. Bellingham Post 7

Crossfit Games

Pasco’s Idler in third after first day: Pasco’s Ken Idler sits in third place out of 19 competitors after the first day in the Masters Men 50-54 division at the Reebok CrossFit Games in Carson, Calif.

Idler, who works out at FallOut CrossFit in Richland, was in eighth place after the first workout, called Nancy. The workout consists of five rounds, timed, of a 400-meter run and 15 overhead squats.

Idler finished in 13 minutes, 16.4 seconds.

But he vaulted up to second after the second workout, called Push Pull Drag, which consists of 30 handstand pushups, dragging a sled down a field and back, and 30 pullups.

Idler’s time of 7 minutes, 11 seconds was the second-fastest in the event.

Steve Parsoneault of Boulder, Colo, leads the field after the first two events with 180 points; Craig Howard of Diablo, Calif., is second with 169 points; Idler is third at 166.

Twenty competitors were scheduled in the event, but one pulled out.

Two more events are scheduled for today. The field will be pared to 12 after today’s events.

Softball

ASA/USA 18U Gold Nationals: Jazmynn Jesse went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs, and the Washington Angles beat Washington Illusion of Kelso 8-3 in Clearwater, Fla.

The Tri-City-based Angels finished second in their pool at 1-1-1 and open play in the 64-team double-elimination bracket today against the Texas Bombers HTX, which won their pool with a 2-1 record.

Jesse’s third-inning single scored Carlie Richards, who led off with a triple. Chaleigh Kirkwood knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly, and Cheyenne Fletcher’s RBI triple capped the frame for a 3-0 lead.

It was 4-2 when the Angels went back to work in the top of the sixth. They loaded the bases with one out on a single, walk and error. Then Jesse ripped a two-run double. Another run scored on passed ball for five-run edge.

That was more than enough support for pitcher Nicolette Nesbitt, who threw a five-hitter and gave up just one earned run while walking one and striking out three in seven innings.

Jesse, Fletcher and Richards each had three hits to head the Angels’ 14-hit attack. Fletcher also drove in two runs, and Kirkwood added a double.

Another Mid-Columbia team, the Washington Explosion, lost 9-1 to the Tampa Mustangs, finishing pool play 1-2 and third in their group.

The Explosion plays today against Florida Select, which also was 1-2 in pool play.

Golf

WJGA District 4: Walla Walla’s Emily Baumgart (Wine Valley) shot a blazing 74-75—149 to win the girls 14-15 event at the Washington Junior Golf Association District 4 tournament at Suncadia Resport in Cle Elum.

Baumgart, who posted the best score of the two-day tournament, finished nine strokes ahead of Sun Willows’ Jalayne Martinez. Both golfers along with Three Lakes’ Carly Bozett (94-96—190) and Horn Rapids’ Michelle Troup (97-100—197) will play in the state tournament July 31-Aug. 2 in Dupont.

Sun Willows’ Neydeen Martinez shot 83-78—161 to take first place going away in girls 16-17, winning by by 11 strokes over Meadow Spring’s Lacy Skwarek as area competitors took the top five spots. Martinez nabbed the field’s lone berth to the state tournament.

Janae Martienz of Pasco Golfland won the girls 8-11 competition with a 62-60—122 nine-hole score.

On the boys side, Ezra Arneson (Horn Rapids) won the 14-15 division by a single stroke with an 81-78—159. Other area competitors advancing to state are: Ryan Ray (82-85—167), Carl Underwood (90-84—174) and Nick Yamauchi (92-85—177).

Meadow Springs’ Drew McCullough finished third in the 16-17 division with an 82-76—158. He’ll be joined at state by Hunter Ashby (82-78—160), Eric Dahl (83-80—163) and Andrew Hattori (82-85—167).

Canyon Lakes golfers Tommy Beason (40-41—81) and Turner Clayton (46-50—96) finished 1-2 in the 8-11 group and are headed to state.

Junior American Legion

The Hanford Flames A team won the district championship Sunday at Bomber Field in Richland.

The Flames beat the Walla Walla Griz 3-2 when Trevor Smith singled in Dylan Rice with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth.

They went on to beat the Richland Knights 7-6 in the title game behind a 3-for-4 performance from Trevor Hammitt at the plate.

The Flames advance to the single-A state tournament, which starts Thursday in Lacey. They will open against Central Valley at noon.

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