Koleman Johns continued his wicked dealing with area hitters Saturday, tossing a one-hit shutout to lead Naches Valley to a 10-0 win over Connell in the championship game of the Class 1A District 5 Tournament at Carlon Park in Selah.
Johns threw his second one-hit shutout against Connell this season, and he also threw five innings of shutout ball against Hanford. On Saturday, he struck out eight Connell hitters.
The Eagles advance to state and play at Eastmont next weekend against Cascade of Leavenworth. Naches plays in Moses Lake in the same bracket as Columbia (Burbank).
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Forsyth, Jenks (4), Bermundez (5) and Ochoa; Johns and B. Wells. Highlights—Johns (NV) 5IP-1H-8K; Ben Wells (NV) 4x4, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Corey Hill (NV) 2x3, 2B, RBI; Ryker Cyr (NV) 2x3, RBI; Cookson (NV) 2B, RBI.
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SCAC Districts: Josh Koopman walked on a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the seventh, bringing home the winning run for Columbia-Burbank in a 6-5 win over Cle Elum and giving the Coyotes the No. 3 seed to the 1A state tournament.
Burbank will play the No. 2 seed out of District 6/7 at 10 a.m. next Saturday at Larson Field in Moses Lake. Cle Elum, which topped Kiona-Benton 7-5 in the consolation semifinals to earn the No. 4 seed, will play Medical Lake — the District 6/7 top seed — at 1 p.m.
Burbank topped Warden 3-2 in the consolation semis when Paden Kotwitz delivered a bases-loaded single with one out in the bottom of the seventh for the winning run.
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Robb and Thomas; Peppin and Wolfe. Highlights—Isaac Wroseland (CE) 2x3, 3 RBI, 2B; R.J. (CE) Adams 3x4, 2 RBI; Riley Thomas (KB) 2x3, RBI; Carson Peck (KB) 3 RBI.
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One out when winning run scored. Yamane and Schuler; Ellis and Kotwitz. Highlights—Paden Kotwitz (CB) 3x4, 2 RBI.
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No outs when winning run scored. Taklo, Adams (4), K.Wersland (7) and I.Wersland; Dixon and Kotwitz.
Prosser splits: The Mustangs were four outs away from upsetting West Valley (Yakima) and earning a state berth, before letting their District 5/6/7 semifinal get away in a 3-2 loss.
Prosser bounced back, though, and beat East Valley (Yakima) 3-2 in a seeding game. The Mustangs will host West Valley (Spokane) at 4 p.m. Tuesday with a state berth on the line.
“Our pitching was solid, our defense was solid and we thought we had that West Valley game won,” Prosser coach Kevin Cole said. “We had an opportunity in the seventh, but they shut us down.”
Prosser tied the game on a Jake Tolcacher RBI single and took a 2-1 lead on a Colby White double, but a wild pitch and three walks were Prosser’s undoing in the bottom of the frame.
In the second game, McKay Ashtin threw a complete game and Tolcacher, White and Evan Jensen all drove in runs to give the Mustangs a home game on Tuesday against the Great Northern League’s No. 2 team.
East Valley (Yakima) plays at Clarkston at 4 p.m. Tuesday for the other state berth.
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Colby White, Kyle Kilian (6) and Paden Teel. Dylan Peters and Cooper Hinton. Highlights—Prosser: Jake Tolcacher 1-3, R; Kilian 1-3, RBI, R; White 2-3, 2B, RBI. WV: Chase Vandebrake 2-3; Ryan Moss 2-3, RBI; Kameron Hood 3-3, R
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McKay Ashtin and Teel. Riley Benededy, Matthew Hauck (7) and Jarett Martin. Highlights—Prosser: Tolcacher 1-3, R, RBI; Kilian 1-2, R; White 1-3, RBI; Evan Jensen 1-2, 2B, RBI. EV: Ryker Ford 2-4, RBI.
Class 2B District 9 playoffs: Josh Guajardo scattered three hits over seven innings in a 1-0 shutout of Tekoa-Oakesdale-Rosalia as Tri-Cities Prep (15-8) earned its first trip to state since 2009.
The Jaguars lost to Asotin 11-1 to decide the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds.
“Every year we’re getting better. Last year we had six wins, and this year we’re heading to state,” Prep coach Jason Jarrett said. “Josh threw very well. He wasn’t overpowering, just locating.”
Guajardo faced a tough situation in the top of the seventh against Tekoa. Micah Pittsley had two hits against the 6-foot senior but grounded into a double play in his final at bat to end the game.
The Jags will visit Mossyrock at 10 a.m. next Saturday in the first round, while Asotin will play in Spokane at 1 p.m. against the District 7 top seed. DeSales, the District 9 top seed, will play host to Kittitas at 1 p.m. at Walla Walla High School.
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Pittsley and Nelson; Josh Guajardo and Anthony Hinkson. Highlights—Pittsley (TOR) 2x3, 2B; Grayson (TOR) 2B; .
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No outs when 10-run rule invoked. Isaac Nelson and Hinkson; Morton and Schaeffer. Highlights—Kevin Daly (TC) 1x2; Schaeffer (A) 3x3.
Liberty Christian 11, Colton 4: Taylor Lindquist threw a complete game and was 2-for-3 with a double and five RBIs at the plate, leading the visiting Patriots past the Class 1B defending state champions.
The victory sewed up the District 9 title for Liberty Christian, which also earned a state berth with the win.
Eighth-grader Mason Sullivan was 2-for-4 with three RBI, while freshman Mitch Godwin was 2-for-4.
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Taylor Lindquist and Corbin Steele. Jordan Druffel, Carter Dahmen (5), Jake Straughan (6), Justin Meyer (7) and Austin Meyer. Highlights—LC: Mitch Godwin 2-4; Brandon Peterson 2-4, 2B; Lindquist 2-3, 2B, 5 RBI; Corbin Steele 2-5; Ryan Steele 2-3; Mason Sullivan 2-4, 3 RBI.
Stanfield 19-12, Heppner 6-8: Michael Martinez went 4-for-8 with two home runs and six RBIs on the day to lead the Tigers to a sweep of the Mustangs and pick up the Special District 6 regular-season title.
Stanfield (16-6, 12-2), which already has qualified for state, will play in the district title game at 3 p.m. Saturday in the The Dalles against the winner of Pilot Rock/Dufur. Saturday’s game will be for seeding.
Martinez hit his two-run homer in the fourth inning of the first game, while Devin Haefer had the game-winning hit in the second game. Hefer also picked up the win, pitching the final 22⁄3 innings.
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Brian Rill, Thompson (3) and Hattfield; Bryce Linker, Michael Martinez (5) and Devin Haefer. Highlights—Jacob Murstig 4x4; Martinez 2x4, 4 RBIs, HR; Connor Bettencourt (S) 3x3, 3 RBIs.
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Heppner 101 402 00 — 8 9 4
William Abney, Murstig (4), Haefer (6) and Devin Sather; Putman, Bailey (6) and Hattfield. Highlights—Ross Menediola (S) 3x5, RBI; Martinez (S) 2x4, HR, 2 RBIs.