Kennewick baseball sweeps Walla Walla

April 26, 2014 

After being stalled for the first nine innings Saturday, the Kennewick express clicked into gear and pulled off a Mid-Columbia Conference baseball sweep at Walla Walla.

Dylan Wilbert’s two-run single put the finishing touches on a four-run 10th inning for the Lions in a 5-1 win in the opener. Larry DeWitt singled in a pair of runs to juice up a four-run sixth inning in the finale, an 11-7 win that kept Kennewick undefeated.

“It was a battle from the get-go,” said Lions coach A.J. Marquardt. “We knew coming down here it would be a great doubleheader, and we feel very fortunate to get two wins out of this.”

They were fortunate to win the opener the way Wa-Hi starter Ryan Kimball was dealing. His no-hitter was broken up in the sixth by Malik Sitler’s double, the only hit Kimball allowed before leaving after nine innings with the game tied at 1.

Kimball looked good for the win after Wa-Hi loaded up the bases in the eighth with no out. But Kennewick right fielder J.J. Hancock tracked a liner and then gunned down a runner at the plate trying to tag. A pop foul to the catcher finished off the threat, and Kennewick finally rallied two innings later.

A pair of singles for the Lions to start the 10th were exacerbated by three straight walks, followed by Wilbert’s two-run single.

Meanwhile, brothers Mark and Matt Driver handled the mound duties for Kennewick, with Mark throwing the first six and Matt closing out for the win.

The Lions jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the second game, only to see the Blue Devils come back on the strength of Logan Cordello’s two-run single in the third and Spencer Locati’s two-run double in the fourth to knot the game at 7.

But Kennewick finagled some runners on in the sixth, and DeWitt delivered a two-run single to fuel the finishing rally.

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Mark Driver, Matt Driver (7) and Dylan Wilbert; Ryan Kimball, Blake McKinney (10) and Colby Watilo. Highlights—Wilbert (K) 2 RBI; Malik Sitler (K) 2x4, 2B; McKinney (WW) 2x4.

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Walla Walla 004 300 0 — 7 8 2

Colton Plew, Brock Sitman (4), Levi Scantlin (5) and Wilbert; Zack Zehner, Wyatt Taylor (7) and Rubi Novak, Watilo (3). Highlights—Steven Sordahl (K) 3x5; J.J. Hancock (K) 2x5; Wilbert (K) 2x3, 2 2B; Plew (K) 2x3, 2B; Larry Dewitt (K) 2 RBI; Kal Gray (WW) 2x2; Logan Cordello (WW) 2x3; Ali Buentello (WW) 2B; Spencer Locati (WW) 2-R 2B.

Othello 7-1, Ellensburg 3-3: Adrian Garza went 2-for-4 with a fifth-inning two-run home run that put the Huskies ahead in Game 1 in a CWAC split with the Bulldogs. Andrew Montemayor tossed a complete game for Othello to get the win in the opener.

Ephrata 17-17, Grandview 1-0: Anthony Ramirez and Eddie Zepeda each had doubles for Grandview, but it wasn’t enough as visiting Ephrata swept the Greyhounds in a CWAC twinbill.

Ephrata 345 50 — 17 13 1

Grandview 010 00 — 1 2 3

Anthony Mendoza, Luis Flores (5) and Brendan Bardwell. Highlights—Anthony Ramirez (G) 2B; Eddie Zepeda (G) 2B.

Ephrata (14)12 00 — 17 12 2

Grandview 000 00 — 0 1 3

Jorge Oros, Angel Abraca (1) and Anthony Ramirez.

Columbia (Burbank) 10-8, Warden 3-7: Chase Sorbel went a combined 3-for-6 with eight RBIs as the Coyotes swept the Cougars in an SCAC East road doubleheader.

Columbia (Burbank) 103 010 5 — 10 12 6

Warden 100 000 2 — 3 4 6

Tim Ellis and Paden Kotwitz. Tyson Yamane and Shuler. Highlights—CB: Kotwitz 3-4, RBI; Chase Sorbel 1-2, 6 RBIs; Ellis 5 Ks, 0 BBs.

Columbia (Burbank) 016 000 1 — 8 7 2

Warden 201 000 4 — 7 8 7

Devin Percefield, AJ Dixon (5) and Kotwitz. Jerry Reyes and Shuler. Highlights—CB: Matt Reardon 2-3, 3Rs, Sorbel 2-4, 2 RBIs. Warden: Jerry Reyes 3-3, HR; Luis Reyes 2-3, 2B.

River View 4-5, Royal 2-2: Blake Foster and Kyle Dennis each delivered on the mound for the Panthers, tossing complete-game victories as River View swept an SCAC East doubleheader on the road.

River View 102 100 0 — 4 5 1

Royal 000 001 1 — 2 6 0

Blake Foster and Ashtin McRoberts; Sam Christensen, Aaron Johnson (6) and Juan Niebla. Highlights—Ruvim Tyutyutunnik (RV) 3x4, 2B; McRoberts (RV) 2B; Foster (RV) 8 Ks, 3 BB; Kaden Jenks (Roy) 3x4, 2B; Juan Montoya (Roy) 2B.

River View 310 100 0 — 5 10 2

Royal 000 001 1 — 2 8 1

Kyle Dennis and McRoberts; Jenks, Johnson (5) and Sam Christensen. Highlights—Tyutyutunnik (RV) 3x3; Dennis (RV) 3x4, 2B, 5 Ks; Foster (RV) 2B; Teddy Mead (Roy) 2x3.

Kiona-Benton 5-2, Connell 4-9: Trey Manson went 4-for-4, including a bunt single on an eighth-inning suicide squeeze to win Game 1 for the Bears, who split an SCAC East doubleheader with the visiting Eagles.

Connell 301 000 00 — 4 7 1

Kiona-Benton 002 020 01 — 5 11 2

One out when winning run scored. Forsyth, Bermudez (5) and Tolrud; James Deaton and Darrell Wheeler. Highlights—Deaton (KB) 3 Ks; Wheeler (KB) 2x4; Cody Zyph (KB) RBI; Trey Manson (KB) 4x4, GW RBI single; Tolrud (C) RBI; Taylor (C) RBI.

Connell 024 010 2 — 9 12 2

Kiona-Benton 002 000 0 — 2 7 4

Jess Hawk and Tolrud; Manson, Caleb Thompson (3) and Wheeler. Highlights—Taylor (C) 2x4, 2 2B, 3 RBI; Bermudez (C) 2x4, 2B, 2 RBI; Riley Thomas (KB) 2x4, RBI; Nate Rossine (KB) 2x3.

Waitsburg-Prescott 4-8, Dayton 1-7: Nick Pearson’s RBI single in the bottom of the ninth scored Devin Acevedo to give the Tigers (6-6 overall, 3-2 Southeast 2B) an 8-7 Game 2 win and a Southeast 2B doubleheader sweep of the Bulldogs.

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Waitsburg-Prescott 000 004 x — 4 8 3

Lowdon Smith and Logan Hayes; Talen Larsen and Jacob Dunn. Highlights—Dunn (WP) 2x3, 3B, 3 RBI; Kyle Gradwohl (WP) 2x3, 2B; Larsen (WP) 2 BB, 4 Ks.

Dayton 100 020 310 — 7 7 1

Waitsburg-Prescott 100 104 011 — 8 10 2

Spalinger, Warner (6) and Hayes; Dunn, Gradwohl (8) and Chance Leroue, Dunn (8). Highlights—Nick Pearson (WP) 2x4, 2B, 3 RBI; Larsen (WP) 2x4; Mike Grant (WP) 2x2.

Tri-Cities Prep 6-6, SJELWK 1-0: Isaac Nelson was a combined 6-for-7 at the plate, and threw a 1-hitter and struck out six on the mound as the Jaguars swept St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Wash-tucna/Kahlotus in a Southeast 2B doubleheader at Gesa Stadium.

SJELWK 001 000 0 — 1 1 6

Tri-Cities Prep 300 102 x — 6 6 2

Wigen and Hudson. Nelson and Harlow. Highlights—TCP: Isaac Nelson 3-4, 6 Ks.

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Tri-Cities Prep 002 400 x — 6 6 3

Hollingshead and Hudson. Montelongo, Mercado (5), Geist (7) and Harlow. Highlights—SJELWKHollingshead 2-3. TCP: Nelson 3-4; Phillip Geist 2-4.

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