Baseball: Kennewick hammers Pasco in doubleheader

April 15, 2014 

The Kennewick baseball team continued its red-hot start to Mid-Columbia Conference play Tuesday, banging out two big victories over Pasco High at Roy Johnson Field.

The Lions had a total of 28 hits in the doubleheader sweep, winning 16-3 and 17-2 in a pair of five-inning games.

“We swung the bats well and pitched it well,” Kennewick coach AJ Marquardt said. “We capitalized on a few mistakes and took advantage of some walks here and there. It is nice to get two wins in our league.”

The victories keep Kennewick undefeated in league and tied atop the standings with Walla Walla and Richland.

Dylan Wilbert was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and five RBIs in the opener, and then went 2-for-3 in the nightcap.

JJ Hancock was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBIs in the opener and then followed it up with a 3-for-3 day, including a two-run homer in the second game.

Dominic Monville had an RBI in the opener for Pasco.

Pasco 012 00 — 3 5 1

Kennewick 263 5x — 16 17 2

Justus Scott, Jose Cruz (4) and Kolby Killoy. Mark Driver, Matt Driver (4) and Dylan Wilbert. Highlights—Pasco: Dominic Monville RBI. Ken: Steven Sordahl 2-3, 2B; JJ Hancock 3-4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBIs; Dylan Wilbert 4-4, 2B, 3B, 5 RBIs; Larry DeWitt 2-4, 3B, 3 RBIs; Quentin LaFontaine 2-3, 2B.

Pasco 002 00 — 2 6 5

Kennewick 253 7x — 17 11 0

Roger Ingram Jr., Kendall Lee (4), Brady Ritala (4) and Killoy. Colton Plew, Levi Scantlin (4), Chase Molnaa (5) and Hancock. Highlights—Ken: Sordahl 2-3, 3B; Hancock 3-3, 2-run HR, 4 RBIs; Wilbert 2-3; LaFontaine 2-2, 2B.

Walla Walla 8-6, Hanford 0-5: Logan Cordeiro certainly didn’t act like he was making his first varsity start.

The Walla Walla junior dominated previously undefeated Hanford, throwing a four-hit shutout in in the opener of a Mid-Columbia Conference home doubleheader. The Blue Devils followed it up with a come-from-behind victory for the sweep and a spot atop the Mid-Col standings.

Cordeiro only struck out two, but he threw first pitch strikes to 24 of the 28 batters he faced and only walked one.

“He was in a groove,” Walla Walla coach Keith Gradwohl said. “We were really pleased with (his start).”

Spencer Locati was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the win.

In the nightcap, Hanford jumped out to a 5-0 lead after two and a half innings, before the Blue Devils rallied.

Zach Zehner and Ryan Kimball combined to pitch four-plus innings of dominant relief, allowing no runs and four hits. Zehner got the win and Kimball the save, striking out four in his two innings.

“The relief pitching bailed us out in that game,” Gradwohl said.

Offensively, Locati was the big bat again, going 1-for-2 with two RBIs.

“Like we did against Chiawana, we were effective playing little ball,“ Gradwohl said. “We got some runs and capitalized on their errors.”

Isaac Benard was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the second game for Hanford.

Hanford 000 000 0 — 0 4 5

Walla Walla 300 041 x — 8 5 1

Jacob Anderson, Nate Mitchell (6) and Aaron Enderlin, Jon Miles (6). Logan Cordeiro and Colby Watilo. Highlights—WW: Cordeiro 7 IP, 0 R, 2 Ks, 1 BB; Spencer Locati 2-4, RBI.

Hanford 212 000 0 — 5 7 5

Walla Walla 001 050 x — 6 5 2

Ryan Colson, Sawyer Henry (5) and Aaron Enderlin. Kyle Barker, Zach Zehner (3), Ryan Kimball (6) and Robi Novak. Highlights—H: Isaac Benard 2-4, RBI. WW: Locati 1-2, 2 RBIs.

Richland 5-10, Kamiakin 3-5: Led by Mitch Piper and Gibson McGeorge the Bombers picked up a pair of road victories over the Braves in Mid-Columbia Conference action.

McGeorge pitched four solid innings in the nightcap, as the Richland offense scored in five of the seven innings to roll to the win.

In the opener, Piper was 2-for-2 with a triple, as the Bombers manufactured five runs on five hits to grab the win.

“We moved runners and did a lot of little things right and that put us in a good position to win that ballgame,” Richland coach Grant Richardson said. “You face a guy like (Kamiakin starter) David Marshall, you have to take advantage of any chance you get to score runs and we did that in the first game.

“McGeorge threw really well. He gave us a lot of solid innings, and that was great to get that out of him.”

Marshall took the loss on the mound in the opener, but did go 4-for-6 with a double combined in the two games.

Richland 102 020 0 — 5 5 1

Kamiakin 000 010 2 — 3 8 5

Carson Miller, Cameron Jenkins (4), Brandon Humphrey (7) and Colin Doyle. David Marshall, Justin Larson (6) and Austin Hardy. Highlights—Rich: Mitch Piper 2-2, 3B. Kam: Dylan Keech 2-4, 2B; David Marshall 2-3; Austin Hardy 2B.

Richland 212 203 0 — 10 9 1

Kamiakin 011 010 2 — 5 7 4

Gibson McGeorge, Matt Woodman (5), Connor Craig (7) and Doyle. Ethan Henke, Justin Larson (3), Kaden Enriquez (5), Ryan Zila (7) and Hardy. Highlights—Rich: McGeorge 3-5, 3 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Griffey March 2-2; Craig 2B; Ca. Miller 3B. Kam: Tristan Drury 3B; Marshall 2-3, 2B.

Southridge 5-5, Chiawana 3-1: Trevor Oldham went 5-for-6 on the day and picked up the save in a Game 1 win as the Suns swept an MCC doubleheader against the Riverhawks in Pasco.

Jordan Dawson’s pinch-hit RBI single in the top of the fifth scored two runs and gave Southridge the lead for good.

“Overall, we swung the bats really well, but our defense kind of let us down a bit,” Chiawana coach Dave Price said. “When you play Southridge and good clubs like that, you can’t make mistakes. You can’t give that ballclub four outs. They got it done, but we’re getting better every day.”

Southridge 000 013 1 — 5 11 0

Chiawana 020 010 0 — 3 7 3

Trenton Nett, Trevor Oldham (7) and Austin Morfin; Spencer Binnion, Andrew Vargas (7) and Grady Graff. Highlights—Connor Morfin (S) 2x3; T.Oldham (S) 3x3; Austin Morfin (S) 2x3; Troy Simpkins (C) 2x3; Binnion (C) 2x4.

Southridge 121 001 0 — 5 8 1

Chiawana 100 000 0 — 1 3 1

Matt Oldham and A.Morfin; C.J. Pfeiffer, Gabe Aviles (7) and Graff. Highlights—T.Oldham (S) 2x3.

Othello 5, Prosser 2: Adrian Garza blasted a solo home run in the fourth inning, and Andrew Montemayor tossed a complete game to lift the Huskies (4-6 overall, 3-5 CWAC) to a CWAC home win over the Mustangs.

River View 6, Dayton 4: Blake Foster struck out six while pitching seven solid innings to pick up the victory as the Panthers went on the road to beat the Bulldogs in a nonleague game.

River View 103 100 1 — 6 9 2

Dayton 301 000 0 — 4 6 3

Blake Foster and Ashtin MacRoberts. Lowden Smith and Logan Hays. Highlights—Ruvim Tyutyunnik 3-3; Foster 2-3, 6 Ks.

Connell 13-11, Liberty Christian 2-3: Brendan Holst was a combined 6-for-7 with two RBIs as the Eagles cruised to two six-inning nonleague wins over the Patriots in Richland.

Connell 101 047 — 13 14 2

Liberty Christian 110 000 — 2 4 2

Jacob Jenks, Leo Bermudez (4) and Gabe Tolrud, Villy Luangsalat. Hanson, Daniels (6) and Bradford. Highlights—Con: Holst 3-4; Jenks 2-3; Austin Forsyth 2-3, 3 RBIs; Bermudez 2-4, 3 RBIs.

Connell 002 243 — 11 17 1

Liberty Christian 200 010 — 3 7 2

Gage Taylor, Andrew Plake (4), Forsyth (6) and Tolrud. Lindquist, Eder (5) and Godwin. Highlights—Con: Brendan Holst 3-3, 2 RBIs; Jess Hawk 3-3, RBI; Taylor 2-4; Frankie Merez 3-3, 2 RBIs; Plake 2-3, 2 RBIs. LC: Daniels 2-3, Hanson 2-3.

Waitsburg-Prescott 11, Pomeroy 1: Kyle Gradwohl was 3-for-4 with a double and three RBIs as the host Cardinals (4-4) picked up a nonleague victory over the Pirates.

Pomeroy 100 000 — 1 2 2

Waitsburg-Prescott 106 121 — 11 15 1

Starin, Slaybaugh (4), Heyvelt (6) and Heyvelt. Larsen, Dunn (4) and Dunn, LeRoue (4). Highlights—WP: Kyle Gradwohl 3-4, 2B, 3 RBIs; Michael Grant 2-2.

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