The Chiawana baseball team continued its solid play of late, holding off Pasco High 8-7 in a Class 4A District 5 elimination game Tuesday at Chiawana.
Spencer Bennion was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs to lead the Riverhawks (5-14) to the victory.
“We’re playing some pretty good baseball right now,” Chiawana coach Dave Price said. “It was a big game for us. Our pitchers did a great job on the mound tonight, and we got some timely hitting. They kind of crawled back in it a little bit and made a run at us in the 7th, but we were able to slam the door on them.”
The Riverhawks will play Richland High at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walla Walla in another elimination game. The winner of that will face the Blue Devils at 1 p.m. in the district championship with both teams advancing to the District 5/8 tournament.
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Justus Scott was 2-for-2 to lead the Bulldogs, whose season came to an end with the loss.
Pasco 130 010 2 — 7 12 1
Chiawana 103 400 x — 8 10 2
Roger Ingram Jr., Justus Scott (6) and Kolby Killoy. Spencer Bennion, Brayde Hirai (5), Andrew Vargas (7) and Grady Graff. Highlights—Pas: Kendall Lee 2-5; Justus Scott 2-2; Dominick Monville 3-4; David Delgadillo 3-4. Chi: Spencer Bennion 3-4, 2 RBIs, HR; Brian Black 2-3.
Kamiakin 16-1, Southridge 1-3: In desperate need of a victory, the Suns turned to senior Connor Morfin who threw a complete game gem to help his team earn a Mid-Columbia Conference split and sew up the No. 3 seed to the District 5/8 Tournament next week.
Morfin struck out seven, allowing one run on five hits in seven innings as Southridge won the night cap to finish in a tie with Kamiakin. The Suns earned the better seed thanks to quality wins.
“Coming off of that loss and the way things have gone this year, it was a huge bounce back for us being able to play relatively clean ball and pitch it really well,” Southridge coach Tim Sanders said.
Kadin Diaz had a key RBI single in the fourth inning for the Suns.
Kamiakin, which rolled in the opener behind David Marshall’s nine strikeouts, will host Sunnyside at a time and date to be determined in a district play-in game.
Kamiakin 020 31(10) 0 — 16 13 0
Southridge 000 100 0 — 1 2 4
David Marshall and Austin Hardy. Trenton Nett, Cody Schmale (4), Jordan Dawson (5), Tate Spivey (6) and Austen Morfin. Highlights—K: Tyson Patten 2-3, Dylan Keech 2-3, Austin Hardy 2B, Justin Larson 2-3, Marshall 9 Ks.
Kamiakin 010 000 0 — 1 5 2
Southridge 001 200 x — 3 6 2
Easton Henke and Hardy. Connor Morfin and A. Morfin. Highlights—K: Keech 2-3, 2B. S: Austen Morfin 2B; Trevor Oldham 3B; Connor Morfin 7 Ks.
Connell 8-5, Columbia (Burbank) 3-1: Austin Forsyth picked up a victory on the mound and hit three-run homer in the top of the seventh as the visiting Eagles beat the Coyotes in an SCAC East opener.
The Eagles finished the sweep — clinching the conference title — in the nightcap as Jess Hawk struck out eight and scattered four hits.
The SCAC distriuct tournament begins next Tuesday.
Connell 002 200 4 — 8 6 1
Columbia-Burbank 100 020 0 — 3 4 2
Austin Forsyth, Leo Bermudez (6) and Gabe Tolrud; Tim Ellis and Paden Kottwitz. Highlights—Forsyth HR; Gage Taylor (Co) 3x3; Garrett Salsbury (C) 2B; Kottwitz 2x3, 2B.
Connell 200 111 0 — 5 6 1
Columbia-Burbank 100 000 0 — 1 4 2
Jess Hawk and Tolrud; Devin Percifield and Kottwitz. Highlights—Hawk 8 K’s; Jacob Jenks (C) 2x4, 2 2Bs; Taylor 2x4, HR; Andrew Plake (Co) 2x3; D.Percifield 2x3, 2 2Bs.
Warden 8-3, River View 7-1: Jerry Reyes tied up Game 1 with a seventh-inning home run and tossed a complete-game five-hitter to get the Game 2 win as the Cougars swept the visiting Panthers.
Drake Hanson’s RBI single gave Warden the win in the bottom of the ninth in the opener.
Ruvim Tyutyunnik led River View with two hits in both games.
River View 210 112 000 — 7 11 1
Warden 101 220 101 — 8 9 4
Mike Weber and Ashton McRoberts; Tyson Yamane, Jerry Reyes (6) and Zach Shuler. Highlights—Jerry Reyes (W) 3x5, HR; Drake Hanson (W) GW single; Jack LaBounty (W) 3x5; Jacob Frampton (RV) 2x4; Ruvim Tyutyunnik (RV) 2x4; McRoberts (RV) 2x5; Dennis (RV) 2x3.
River View 001 000 0 — 1 5 1
Warden 021 000 0 — 3 3 2
Kyle Dennis and McRoberts; Luis Reyes and Shuler. Highlights—Tyutyunnik (RV) 2x3; Reyes (W) 5 Ks..