Three local athletes named to WCL All-Star game

July 15, 2014 

Three Mid-Columbia athletes have been named to play in the West Coast League’s All-Star Game, set for Monday in Klamath Falls, Ore.

Jarod Gonzales, a first baseman who plays for the Walla Walla Sweets and went to Kennewick High, was named to the North Team. Gonzales played college baseball this spring with Walla Walla Community College.

Third baseman Ty Jackson, who plays for Lewis-Clark State and this summer for the Wenatchee AppleSox, also is on the North team. Jackson played for Southridge High.

Finally, Andrew Mendenhall, a former Southridge star who is an outfielder for the Walla Walla Sweets, will also be with the North. Mendenhall plays collegiately for Lewis-Clark State.

Plew to Chico State: Former Kennewick High and Columbia Basin College pitcher Stetson Plew signed to play at Chico State. Wildcats coach Dave Taylor confirmed the signing Saturday.

A 2012 graduate of Kennewick, the 6-foot-5, 185-pound Plew pitched 40 2/3 innings for CBC last season, scattering 48 hits and allowing 22 runs — 19 earned. He also struck out 17, walked four and had a 4.20 ERA. He had a 3-3 record with two saves.

Senior Babe Ruth: The 3 Rivers baseball team finished third at the Southern Washington State tournament, losing JH Kelly 8-4.

Babe Ruth 14s: The Southern Washington State Tournament gets under way today at Roy Johnson Field with four games of pool play.

At 9 a.m., HDM plays Camas-Washougall; at noon, Kennewick meets Grays Harbor; at 3 p.m., it’s Camas/Washougal taking on Twin Cities; and at 6 p.m., Pasco meets HDM.

Pool play continues Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the top three teams play for the region title on Sunday.

Little League 12s: Walla Walla Pacific was eliminated from the State Little League Tournament in Seattle on Monday when it lost to Gig Harbor National 16-4.

Cal Ripken fundraiser: Kennewick National 12, which won the Southwest Washington 70-foot state championship last weekend, is headed to the Pacific Northwest Regional tournament in Meridian, Idaho, July 22-26.

The team is holding two fundraisers to help offset costs. There will be a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Cynergy building at 27th and Union in Kennewick. The event is hosted by Three Rivers Physical Therapy.

Saturday, the team will have a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the KNYB fields on West 4th Ave. in Kennewick.

The team also has set up a GoFundMe account at http://www.gofundme.com/KN12URoadtoRegionals.

Little League 10s: West Valley of Yakima stayed alive at the Little League State Tournament for 10-year-olds by beating North Bothell 9-6 at the Badger Mountain Complex in Richland.

Walla Walla Valley was playing Bainbridge in one late winners’ bracket semifinal on Tuesday night, while Mill Creek and Thunderbird were in the other.

In other scores Monday, North Bothell beat Spokane South 21-0; West Valley topped Montesano 13-3; Cascade stopped Federal Way 3-1; and Hazel Dell eliminated North Whidbey 13-0.

In another loser-out contest Tuesday, Cascade beat Hazel Dell 12-1.

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