The Hanford baseball team didnt let a few nice plays by the Richland High defense get them down.
Despite trailing throughout the game in the opener of their Mid-Columbia Conference doubleheader, the Falcons offense kept fighting and eventually strung together a six-run seventh inning to steal a 7-4 win. The Falcons kept the momentum going in a 6-2 victory in the nightcap.
We had been making good contact all game, said Hanford coach Tom DeWitz of his teams efforts against Richland pitcher Gibson McGeorge, but we were hitting the ball at guys and Richland was playing good defense. In the seventh, we strung together some hits and as it has been all season, everyone contributed.
The Falcons trailed 4-1 heading into the seventh inning of the opener before scoring six times to grab the victory.
We just strung together a big inning, DeWitz said. We didntt panic. We just kept playing.
McGeorge had held the Falcons in check throughout, but tired in the seventh. Aaron Enderlin had a two-run single during the rally.
Hanford starter Jacob Anderson was also sharp, allowing no earned runs, while striking out seven and walking none in the victory.
In the nightcap, Nate Mitchell pitched six strong innings, and Anthony Porcaro was 2-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs to lead the offense.
Mitchell threw well, DeWitz said. He was in control throughout the game. They had seven hits, but he spread them out and he was never really threatened.
The sweep puts Hanford alone in second place, while Richland falls into a tie with Walla Walla for third.
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Jacob Anderson and Aaron Enderlin. Gibson McGeorge, Cameron Jenkins (7) and Tyler Kjarmo. HighlightsHan: Jamie Hopp 3-4; Enderlin 2-4, 3 RBIs; Anderson 7 Ks, 0 BBs, 0 ER. Rich: Lakota Wills 2-3, 2B.
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Nate Mitchell, Sawyer Henry (7) and Enderlin. Jenkins, Matt Woodman (5) and Kjarmo. HighlightsHan: Anthony Porcaro 2-3, 2 2Bs, 4 RBIs; David Jurgens 2-3. Rich: McGeorge 2-3, 2B; Mitch Piper 2-3.
Walla Walla 11-4, Southridge 6-1: Logan Cordeiro pitched four solid innings in the opener and Nelson Carpenter threw five more in the nightcap as the Blue Devils swept the Suns in an MCC doubleheader in Kennewick.
Cordeiro also was 3-for-5 at the plate for Walla Walla (13-5, 8-4), moved into a tie for third place with Richland High.
In the second game, Cordeiro added a double, while David Pontarolo was 2-for-3.
Matthew Oldham was sharp for Southridge in the nightcap, while Kyle Harvey was 1-for-3 with a three-run double in the opener.
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Logan Cordeiro, Zach Zehner (5) and Colby Watilo. Trenton Nett, Cody Schmale (3), Bradley Morgan (5), Ethan Sanders (7) and Jake Kirchhoff. HighlightsWW: Cordeiro 3-5. SR: Connor Morfin 2B, 2 RBIs; Jashawn Simon 2-3, R; Kyle Harvey 1-3, 2B, 3 RBIs.
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Nelson Carpenter, Ryan Kimball (6) and Watilo. Matthew Oldham, Connor Morfin (7) and Kirchhoff. HighlightsWW: Cordeiro 2B, David Pontarolo 2-3. SR: C. Morfin 2B.
Kamiakin 9-8, Pasco 2-3: Matthew Rowell was 4-for-4 with two RBIs and Trist Drury was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs as the Braves swept the Bulldogs in a MCC doubleheader in Pasco.
The victories put Kamiakin (4-11, 3-7) into a tie with Southridge for the No. 3 seed for Class 3A schools with just four games left in the regular season. The two teams square off next Tuesday.
David Marshall threw six strong innings in the opener, while Easton Henke threw a complete game for Kamiakin in the nightcap.
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David Marshall, Ryan Vela (7) and Austin Hardy. Justus Scott, Roger Ingram Jr. (6) and Kolby Killoy. HighlightsKam: Seth Price 3-5, 2B; Hayden Burrus 2-5; Dylan Keech 3-4, 2B; Matthew Rowell 4-4, 2 RBIs. Pasco: Ingram Jr. 2-3, 3B; Dominick Monville 2-3.
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Easton Henke and Hardy. Monville, Kendall Lee (5) and Killoy. HighlightsKam: Tristan Drury 2-3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Hardy 2-3; Justin Larson 2-3, 2 RBIs. Pasco: Ingram Jr. 2-3, 3B.
Kennewick 6-13, Chiawana 3-0: Larry DeWitt was a combined 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs as the Lions swept the visiting Riverhawks in MCC action.
Kennewick (16-0, 10-0) scored 13 runs in the third inning of the second game, taking advantage of some wildness by Chiawana pitching and getting some timely hitting.
The Lions maintain their two-game lead on Hanford in the race for the district title with four league games left. The two teams face off to end the regular season next Tuesday in Richland.
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Spencer Bennion, Brayde Hirai (4) and Grady Graff. Mark Driver, Colton Plew (4), Brock Sittman (7), JJ Hancock (7) and Dylan Wilbert. HighlightsChi: Zach Garcia 2B; Mason Miles 2-3, 2 2Bs; Brian Black 2-3. Ken: Steven Sordahl 3B; Larry DeWitt 2-3, 2 RBIs; Quentin LaFontaine 3-3.
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C.J. Peiffer, Gabe Aviles (3), Christian Nunez (3) and Graff. Matt Driver, Levi Scantlin (4) and JJ Hancock. HighlightsKen: Sordahl 2-4, 2B; Hancock 2-4, 2 RBIs; Wilbert 2-4; DeWitt 2-2, 2B; Malik Sitler 3-3, 2B, 3 RBIs.
Ellensburg 23, Grandview 2: Anthony Mendoza stole two bases, including home plate, but the Greyhounds lost a CWAC home game to the Bulldogs.
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Tyler Panter and Cameron Campbell. Angel Abarca and Brendan Bartlow. HighlightsEll: C. Storm 3-4, 3 Rs, 3-run HR. Grand: George Oros RBI; Anthony Mendoza 2 SBs, R; Eddie Zapata H, 2 SBs, R.
River View 14, Dayton 4 (5): Kyle Dennis hit a walk-off, two-run home run as the Panthers 10-runned the visiting Bulldogs in a nonleague game in Finley.
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Logan Hays, Christian Warner (4) and Guy Spalinger, Logan Hays (4). Jacob Frampton, Drew Dickinson (4) and Ashtin MacRoberts. HighlightsRV: Ruvim Tyutyunnik 2-4, 2 2Bs; MacRoberts 2-3, 2B; Kyle Dennis 3-4, 2-run HR; Blake Foster 1-2, 2B; Frampton 3B.