BENTON CITY -- Grant Pierce's two-run double got Kiona-Benton off to a quick start, and Carl Robb made sure it would last as the Bears downed visiting Goldendale 10-0 on Friday in an SCAC district semifinal game.
The win sends Ki-Be (17-5) into the district championship game at 7 p.m. today at Richland's Bomber Field against Naches Valley, a 5-0 winner over La Salle.
Pierce, who drove in three runs, had the big hit in the Bears' four-run first inning, which also included a steal of home by Matt McCallum when the Goldendale pitcher made a pickoff throw to second, a la Bryce Harper.
"And then we came back with two (runs) in the second inning," said Ki-Be coach Clark Brown. "Then we just kind of settled down, and our defense played great."
Robb came through with a big outing after planned starter Daniel Deaton was out with the flu. Robb used his changeup and curveball to keep the Timberwolves from dialing in.
"He just kind of kept them off balance tonight," said Brown, whose team locked up a second consecutive state berth with the victory.
Goldendale 000 00 -- 0 2 1
Kiona-Benton 420 31 -- 10 8 1
Tim Bartkowski, Mike Trunkey (5), Ben Cochran (5) and Wade Gaston; Carl Robb and Todd Riley. Highlights--Lucas Denney (G) 2x3; Jimmy Gifford (KB) 2 RBI; Mick Phelps (KB) 2x3, 2 RBI; Grant Pierce (KB) 2B, 3 RBI; Robb (KB) 5IP-2H-2K.
Burbank 9, Highland 6: Daniel Percifield hit a two-run single with no outs in the bottom of the sixth inning to help Burbank beat Highland in an SCAC district elimination game.
The Coyotes will face La Salle at 1 p.m. today at Columbia Basin College.
Nathan Roberts had two RBIs for Burbank, and Tim Ellis struck out six in five innings.
Highland 300 102 0 -- 6 10 2
Burbank 100 224 x -- 9 7 1
Mitchum, Logan (5) and Christenson; Tim Ellis, Jeremy Bertsch (7) and Paden Kottwitz. Highlights--Logan (H) 2x4; Mitchum (H) 2x4; Peckman (H) 2x3; Andrew Wattenberger (B) 2x3, 2B, RBI; Kottwitz (H) 2B, RBI; Nathan Roberts (B) 1x2, 2 RBIs; Daniel Percifield (B) 1x3, 2 RBIs; Ellis (B) 6IP-5K.
Royal 7, Connell 4
ROYAL CITY -- Kent Christensen pitched a complete game and Danny Vermeer had three hits to lead Royal past Connell in an SCAC district second-round loser out game in Royal City.
The Knights advance to play Goldendale at 10 a.m. today in another loser-out game at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.
Connell (8-14) was led by Kennan Van Hollebeke, who hit a three-run home run in the seventh inning.
Connell 000 001 3 -- 4 10 3
Royal 100 024 x -- 7 6 0
Shelby Harty, Leo Bermudez (6), Kennan Van Hollebeke (6) and Austin Ochoa; Kent Christensen and Uly Montoya. Highlights--Van Hollebeke (C) 3-run HR, 3 RBIs; Steven Bermudez (C) 3x4, 2B; Brenden Holst (C) 2x4; Danny Vermeer (R) 3x4; Tanner Whitaker (R) solo HR.