Conner Morfin singled up the middle to start a two-run rally for Southridge, then came on to pitch in the seventh inning and slam the door on Kennewick as the Suns handed the visiting Lions their first league loss, 6-5, in the second game of a Mid-Columbia Conference doubleheader Friday.
Kennewick took the opener of the Mid-Columbia Conference twinbill 10-0 behind Jarrod Molnaa’s five-hit shutout.
“We scratched around and stole a couple bags,” Southridge skipper Tim Sanders said. “Tonight it was the team that played better that won ballgames.”
Molnaa struck out 10 Suns batters, and Kennewick exploded for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning. Colton Plew had a pair of hits in both games.
Southridge’s Connor O’Neil had three hits in Game 1, while Justin Kreutz earned the win in Game 2 before Morfin came in for the save.
The splits keeps the Suns within two games of the Lions heading into the final round of doubleheaders Tuesday.
Kennewick 000 012 7 — 10 7 0
Southridge 000 000 0 — 0 5 4
Jarrod Molnaa and Dylan Wilbert; Connor O’Neil, Trenton Nutt (5), Addison Spivey (7) and Austin Morfin. Highlights—Steven Sordahl (K) 2B; Wilbert (K) 2R; Colton Plew (K) 2x3; Molnaa (K) 10 Ks, 2 BB; O’Neil (SR) 3x3.
Kennewick 011 300 0 — 5 12 3
Southridge 300 102 x — 6 5 0
Clayten Ayres, Matthew Driver (4) and J.J. Hancock; Jake Ebberts, Justin Kreutz (4), Connor Morfin (7) and A.Morfin. Highlights—Steven Sordahl (K) 2x4; Colton Plew (K) 2x3; Kaden Julian (K) 2x3; Corey Miller (SR) RBI, SB.
Richland 10-18, Chiawana 5-7: Hunter Chambers was 5-for-8 and hit for the cycle over the course of the days as the Bombers broke out the big bats in a Mid-Columbia sweep on the road.
Nate Ruane was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and three RBIs in the opener as Richland slugged seven extra-base hits in the contest.
Tyler Kjarmo and Jalen Fields combined to go 8-for-8 with seven RBIs in the second game.
“The bats came alive, and it’s been a long time coming,” said Richland coach Grant Richardson, whose team is off for a week until hosting the 4A district semifinal and championship next Saturday.
Spencer Bennion doubled and drove in four runs in the second game for the Riverhawks, who finish tied with Walla Walla at 4-10 but lose out on a tiebreaker to the Blue Devils. Chiawana will entertain Pasco in a loser-out game Tuesday.
Richland 220 014 1 — 10 13 2
Chiawana 200 002 1 — 5 8 1
Mason Hilty and Tyler Kjarmo; Trent Thornhill, Brian Black (7) and Grady Graff. Highlights—TJ Avery (C) 2x4, HR; Nate Ruane (R) 4x4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Kjarmo (R) 2B; Hilty (R) 2x5, 2B, 3B; Hunter Chambers (R) 2x4, 2B, HR; AJ Shaw (R) 2x3.
Richland 035 154 — 18 19 1
Chiawana 210 220 — 7 7 3
Levi Broeske, Carson Miller (5), Ruane (6) and Kjarmo; Spencer Bennion, Luke Burgess (5) and Graff. Highlights—Jesse Briones (C) 2x3; Bennion (C) 2x4, 2B, 4 RBI; Hilty (R) 3x5, 2B, 2 RBI; Gibson McGeorge (R) 2x4; Chambers (R) 3x4, 3B; Garrett March (R) 2x3; Kjarmo (R) 4x4, 3 RBI; Jalen Fields (R) 4x4, 4 RBI.
Pasco 2-8, Walla Walla 3-6: Ali Buentello hit a one-out single to start off the eighth, moved around on a pair of walks and scored on a two-out infield error, giving the Blue Devils a Game 1 win in an MCC doubleheader split at Borleske Stadium.
Wa-Hi pitcher Adam Mathews went all eight innings, setting down the last seven batters and facing the minimum over the final three innings.
Pasco responded in Game 2, erasing a 6-3 deficit with a five-run rally in the top of the seventh inning to get its first league win. Mason Kasselder scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Austin Clark.
Pasco 010 010 00 — 2 8 1
Walla Walla 100 001 01 — 3 8 1
Tony Beck, Ellery Raines (7) and Colby Killoy; Adam Mathews and Keltan Fulmer. Highlights—Roger Ingram Jr. (P) 2x4; Daniel Camacho (WW) 3x5; Fulmer (WW) 2x2.
Pasco 100 020 5 — 8 10 2
Walla Walla 301 101 0 — 6 5 4
Kendall Lee, Ingram Jr. (3) and Killoy; Zach Zehner, Zane Henderson (7) and Fulmer. Highlights—Justus Scott (P) 3x4; Luis Murillo (P) 2x3, 2 2B.
Kamiakin 6-4, Hanford 2-7: Jacob Anderson and Ryan Colson combined on a five-hitter and the Falcons came back to split a Mid-Columbia Conference pair at Waits Field.
Braves’ pitcher David Marshall threw six innings of tough ball in the opener, and Kamiakin jumped out to a five-run lead in the second and never looked back.
Kamiakin 050 000 1 — 6 8 0
Hanford 001 010 0 — 2 6 1
David Marshall, Logan Jackson (7) and Ty Earley; Jalen DeVine, Nate Mitchell (6) and Aaron Enderlin. Highlights—Marshall (K) 6IP-6K; Seth Price (K) 2x3, 2B; Trystan Drury (K) 2x3; DeVine (H) 2x3, 2B.
Kamiakin 011 002 0 — 4 5 0
Hanford 102 130 x — 7 11 3
Drury, Cody Pedroza (5), Ryan Hildman (5) and Earley; Jacob Anderson, Ryan Colson (6) and Enderlin. Highlights—Jackson (K) 2B; Austin Taylor (H) 2x3; Cody Kowalski (H) 2x3; Jake Oram (H) 2x4; Enderlin (H) 2x2; Isaac Benard (H) HR.
Tri-Cities Prep 15-11, St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna/Kahlotus 0-1: Isaac Nelson was 3-for-3 with two RBIs and struck out seven on the mound as the visiting Jaguars swept a Southeast 2B doubleheader.
Josh Guajardo was 5-for-7 with six RBIs and four stolen base for Tri-Cities Prep (11-7, 5-5).
Tri-Cities Prep 315 60 — 15 13 0
St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna 000 00 — 0 4 4
Isaac Nelson and Anthony Hinkson. Blakeley and Hudson. Highlights—Tri-Cities Prep: Josh Guajardo 2-3, 2 RBIs; Isaac Nelson 3-3, 2 RBIs, 7 Ks; Anthony Hinkson 2-3, 4 RBIs, 2B; Phillip Geist 2-3; Sean Hinkson 2-4. SJ: White 2-2.
Tri-Cities Prep 121 241 — 11 8 4
St. John-Endicott/LaCrosse-Washtucna 100 000 — 1 4 6
Kevin Daly and A. Hinkson. Wigen and Hudson. Highlights—Tri-Cities Prep: Guajardo 3-4, 4 RBIs, 4 SBs; A. Hinkson 3-3. SJ: Stubbs 2-3.