When the Washington State Little League 9/10 state tournament begins today at Badger Mountain fields in Richland, it will culminate more than eight months of work by the Richland National Little League to host the annual tournament, held at different sites around the state.
The 170 players from the tournament’s 13 teams and hundreds more family members in attendance might not notice each of the 40-or-so volunteers behind the scenes, but the RNLL is hoping they’ll notice the effort they put in when the tournament is all over.
“We want them to walk away thinking we have the best field in the state,” Rolanda Jundt, a RNLL board member, said. “We want our visitors from around the state thinking this is a state-of-the-art facility.”
The opening ceremonies will kick off the tournament at 10:30 a.m. today with the first two games beginning at 1 p.m. One team from each of the state’s 13 districts will be represented. Admission is free.
Five games will be played Saturday and Sunday, with four apiece on Monday and Tuesday. Three games will be played Wednesday, followed by one game a day from Thursday through Saturday’s championship game. Another could be played Sunday if necessary.
RNLL last hosted the state tournament in 2007.
Little League 9/10 state tournament schedule
At Badger Mountain Fields, Richland
Saturday — Game 1: Spokane vs. Bainbridge, 1 p.m.; Game 2: West Seattle vs. District 5 champion, 1 p.m.; Game 3: District 3 champion vs. Federal Way, 5:30 p.m.; Game 4: North Whidbey vs. District 1 champion, 5:30 p.m.; Game 5: Thunderbird vs. Cascade, 8 p.m.
Sunday — Game 6: Game 1 winner vs. District 6 champion, 10 a.m.; Game 7: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 10 a.m.; Game 8: Game 4 winner vs. North Bothell, 1 p.m.; Game 9: Game 5 winner vs. West Valley, 4 p.m.; Game 10: Game 2 loser vs. Game 3 loser, 1 p.m.
Monday — Game 11: Game 1 loser vs. Game 8 loser, 5:30 p.m.; Game 12: Game 10 winner vs. Game 9 loser, 5:30 p.m.; Game 13: Game 5 loser vs. Game 7 loser, 8 p.m.; Game 14: Game 4 loser vs. Game 6 loser, 8 p.m.
Tuesday — Game 15: Game 6 winner vs. Game 7 winner, 8 p.m.; Game 16: Game Game 8 winner vs. Game 9 winner, 8 p.m.; Game 17: Game 11 winner vs. Game 12 winner, 5:30 p.m.; Game 18: Game 13 winner vs. Game 14 winner, 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday — Game 19: Game 17 winner vs. Game 15 loser, 5:30 p.m.; Game 20: Game 18 winner vs. Game 16 loser, 8 p.m.; Game 21: Game 15 winner vs. Game 16 winner, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday — Game 22: Game 19 winner vs. Game 20 winner, 6:30 p.m.
Friday — Game 23: Game 22 winner vs. Game 21 loser, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday — Game 24: Game 21 winner vs. Game 23 winner, 11 a.m.
Sunday — Game 25 (to be played if Game 23 winner beats Game 21 winner in Game 24): Game 21 winner vs. Game 23 winner, 11 a.m.
Little League 12s: Richland National, the District 12 champion, will open the state tournament against Gig Harbor National at 10 a.m. today at the Bar-S Little League Field in Seattle. RNLL beat Yakima 12-8 in the district final.
Cal Ripken 12 (60-foot): Kennewick American breezed through pool play at the Southern Washington state tournament in Lacey, winning all four games to reach today’s semifinals.
On Friday, KA beat Nisqually Basin 10-2, bolstered by a three-run home run by Ritchie Lane in the first inning. Gabe Gier and Andrew Johnson each went 3-for-3 for KA.
Kennewick followed with a 10-2 victory over Castle Rock. Johnson went 3-for-3 with two doubles and four RBIs.
KA opened play Thursday with a 10-4 win over Kelso and a 17-2 win over Hoquiam.
Against Kelso, Johnson hit a three-run homer in the first inning, and Tyler Shaffer hit a two-run shot in the fourth.
Shaffer was back at it again against Hoquiam, belting a grand slam in the third inning. Gier drove in four runs, Johnson three, and Trace Henderson and Bryce Ford each went 3-for-3 with a double.
KA’s semifinal game is at 9 a.m. Should it win, the championship game is at noon.
Cal Ripken 12 (70-foot): Kennewick National split its pool play games Friday at the Southern Washington state tournament in Lacey but still qualified for the semifinals.
KN lost a 4-3 game to Black Hills, then rallied for an 11-0 win over East Lewis County, with Jeremiah Kennel scattering four hits while throwing a complete game.
In the semifinals, Kennewick beat Black Hills 4-0 as Gavin Ayers went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI, and Joey Duberstein 2-for-2.
KN will play Longview in the championship game at 9 a.m. today.
Cal Ripken 11: Kennewick American came out of pool play 3-0 at the Southern Washington state tournament in Kelso after beating Black Hills 21-1 in four innings.
Jack Sanders picked up the win, pitching three innings and scattering two hits.
Caleb Stevenson went 3-for-3 with a triple and four RBIs for KA, while Dylan Clark went 2-for-3 with three RBIs, and Sanders helped his own cause by going 3-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs.
Kennewick will play Lewis County at 11 a.m. today in the semifinals.
Cal Ripken 10: Kennewick American lost its first game at the Southern Washington State Tournament in Kelso, falling 8-5 to host Kelso in pool-play action.
Cash Hailey and Ben Johnson each went 2-for-3 with a double for Kennewick.
KA will play in today’s semifinals, taking on Black Hills at noon. In the other semifinal game, Kelso plays Puyallup at 10 a.m. The championship game is slated for 2:30 p.m.
On Thursday, Kennewick American won two games, beating Longview 7-6 and Kennewick National 14-2.
Against Longview, Simeon Howard went 3-for-4, while Ayden Knapik was 2-for-3 with a double.
Howard, Kayden Mitchell and Gage Ackerman all hit home runs for KA in its win over KN.
Hanford at Walla Walla Invitational: The Senior Flames split a pair of games at Borleske Stadium, including a 10-0 win over Mt. Tahoma on Ryan Colson’s no-hitter.
Colson struck out nine over six innings without a walk. The only baserunner came on a first-inning error. Isaac Benard doubled twice and drove in four runs to power the Flames offense.
Hanford lost 6-2 to the Columbia Basin River Dogs in their second game. Benard had two more hits and Brady Heid doubled.The Flames play at 11:45 a.m. today, with a win keeping them alive for the tourney title.
Mt. Tahoma 000 000 — 0 0 5
Hanford 211 204 — 10 8 1
Panok and Liddil; Ryan Colson and Aaron Enderlin, Trevor Romero. Highlights—Colson (H) 6IP-0H-9K-BB; Makendan Manderbach (H) 2x3; Isaac Benard (H) 2x4, 2 2B, 2R, 4 RBI; Tanner Heiman (H) 2 RBI.
Hanford 101 000 0 — 2 5 2
River Dogs 100 131 x — 6 10 2
Bryce Logan and Enderlin; Ledgard and Gribble, Chandler. Highlights—Brady Heid (H) 1x2 2B; Benard (H) 2x3; Tristan Paeon (CB) 2x4; Cam Walker (CB) 2x3, 2R.
Summer Classic in Boise: The Kennewick Dusters fell to 2-1 at the Donnelly Senior Legion Summer Classic in Boise, dropping a 1-0 game to the Centennial Cannons.
Colin Spraker pitched a complete game for the Cannons, allowing threee hits and striking out five.
Zach Britt drove in Centennial’s lone run in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring Ryan Murkle with a single to shallow right field.
Kennewick, which got hits from Cory Dearing, Logan Smith and Ryan Dearling, did not advance a runner past second base. Cory Schouville took the loss for the Dusters.
Kennewick plays the Nampa Chiefs at 11:45 a.m. today, followed by a game against the Whitnell Dodgers at 5:15 p.m.
Kennewick 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Centennial 000 001 x — 1 5 1
Kaden Enriquez, Cory Schouviller (4) and Brandon Searls; Colin Spraker and Jacoby Smith.
Senior Babe Ruth: The Kennewick Wolfpack stayed alive at the Southern Washington state tournament in Hoquiam with a 10-3 victory over Quail Homes (Camas).
Mike Perez and Andrew marble shared pitching duties, with each striking out five and giving up one hit.
Dylan Keech went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI, with Pavin Combs hit a triple, scored twice and drove in a run.
The Wolfpack plays at 7 p.m. today.
Quail Homes 000 111 0 — 3 2 2
Kennewick 502 000 x — 7 10 2
Zack Johnson, Jake Dunn (1) and Omar Rodriguez, Robert Doty (4); Mike Perez, Andrew Marble (4) and Philip Chen. Highlights—Perez 5K; Marble 5K, 2x2, R, RBI; Dylan Keech (K) 2x3, 3B, R, RBI; Pavin Combs (K) 3B, 2R, RBI; Dunn (Q) 6IP-4H-4K.