Ty Earley drove in four runs, Levi Broeske threw eight strong innings and Twin City turned a key triple play to post a 6-4 win over the Hanford Flames on Sunday in the championship bracket of the senior American Legion state tournament in Spokane.
Earley went 3-for-4 for the Titans, who play Centralia SoBe in the first championship semifinal at 5 p.m. today. Centralia shutout Yakima 9-0.
Hanford and Twin City are two of the five teams the Central Washington League sent into the eight-team state field. Ironically, every team but the league champion Kennewick Bandits is alive. Kennewick made an early exit after losing 4-2 to defending champion Lakeside Recovery.
Hanford plays Lakeside at 1 p.m. in a loser-out game.
Earley singled twice with the bases loaded, the first time to drive in two runs in the third inning and the second time to plate two more as the Titans scored three runs in the seventh to surge ahead 5-4. Gibson McGeorge followed with an RBI double.
The Flames took the lead in the sixth as Isaac Benard hit an RBI double his second two-bagger of the day and Jake Browne singled him home.
The lead stretched to 4-2 in the seventh after Colin Serkowski doubled and scored on Taylor Lindquists single. With two on, Hanford played the hit-and-run, and Brandon Peterson lined a shot down the third-base line ... right to Mason Hilty. A quick turn around the horn and the Titans got a three-for.
Broeske came back for a scoreless eighth, and McGeorge came on in the ninth for the save.
For Kennewick, Jarod Molnaa started and was terrific, throwing all nine innings with nine hits, three walks and three stikeouts. But an error to start the top of the ninth opened the door for Lakeside to score three runs and snatch away the victory.
His counterpart, Justin Vernia, limited the damage of Kennewicks 10 hits by striking out nine and walking just one.
The Bandits hung two runs on the board in the third, with Steven Sordahls triple scoring Vince Gonzalez, who led off with a double. Sordahl scored on Kyle Kilians single, and that 2-1 edge held up until the ninth.
Hanford 000 012 100 4 8 1
Twin City 002 000 31x 6 7 1
Anderson, Enderlin (7) and Browne; Broeske, McGeorge (9) and Earley. HighlightsBenard (H) 2 2B; Neal (H) 2B; Serkowski (H) 2B; McMichael (H) 2x3; Liikala (TC) 2B; McGeorge (TC) 2B; Earley (TC) 3x4, 4 RBI.
Lakeside 001 000 003 4 9 0
Kennewick 002 000 000 2 10 5
Vernia and Darrow, Cohen; Molnaa and Wilbert. HighlightsAyres (K) 2x4, 2B; Gonzalez (K) 2x4, 2B; Sordahl (K) 3B; Molnaa (K) 9IP-9H-1ER-4R-3BB-3K.
Twin City 110 050 105 13 14 6
Bellingham 300 003 001 7 8 3
Hilty, Ruane (6), Marshall (9) and Earley; Olson, B. Longanecker (5) and F. Longanecker, B. Shearer (5). HighlightsRuane (TC) 2 2B; Earley (TC) 2x5, 2B, 2R; Drury (TC) 3x6, 2B; Keech (TC) 3x5, 2B, 2 RBI; Jackson (TC) 2x5.
Centralia SoBe 11, Kennewick 8
Hanford 4, Yakima Valley 3
Yakima 18, Lakeside Recovery 5
Twin City 13, Bellingham 5
Lakeside Recovery 4, Kennewick 2
Yakima Valley 4, Bellingham 3
Centralia SoBe 9, Yakima 0
Twin City 6, Hanford 4
Game 9, Yakima vs. Yakima Valley, 10 a.m.
Game 10, Hanford vs. Lakeside Recovery, 1 p.m.
First championship semifinal
Game 11, Centralia SoBe vs. Twin City, 5 p.m.
Game 12, loser 11 vs. winner 9/10
Second championship semifinal
Game 13, winner 11 vs. winner 9/10
Note: pairings for Tuesdays games will not match previous opponents unless necessary
Game 14, winner 13 vs. winner 12, 10 a.m.
Note: If loser of game 14 suffers first loss, teams play again; if winner game 11 loses game 13, it plays winner of 14
Hanford Junior Flames 12, North Kitsap 2: Brian Sands struck out four and was 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI as the Junior Flames remained in the winners bracket at the Legion State A Tournament in Olympia.
Hanford faces Kenmore FM at 6 p.m. today.
Junior Flames 362 10 12 11 0
North Kitsap 000 02 2 2 3
Brian Sands and Tucker Anderson. Not available. HighlightsHanford: Taylor Duberstein 3-4, RBI; Brian Sands 2-4, 2 RBI; Jason Serkowski 2-3, 2 RBI