Bratton rebounds at Olympic Trials
Former Richland High School swimmer Lisa Bratton was 21st overall in the women’s 200-meter individual medley Tuesday at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb.
With a time of 2 minutes, 16.50 seconds, Bratton was seventh in her heat, which produced eight swimmers among the top 25 overall. Bratton entered with a qualifying time of 2:15.79.
Maya DiRado, who won the 400 IM on Sunday and was in the same 200 heat as Bratton, had the top heat time of 2:11.66.
Bratton, who was 26th overall in the 400 IM and 48th in the 100 backstroke, has Wednesday and Thursday off. She swims Friday in the 200 backstroke, in which she has the fourth-fastest seed time.
Twelve Tri-City area players were named to the Washington State Baseball Coaches Association All-State team.
Futa Ikuma (Walla Walla), Bradley Morgan (Southridge), Dillon Plew (Kennewick), Alix Garcia (Othello), Nate Rossine (Kiona-Benton) and Gabe Tolrud (Connell) were first-team selections.
Earning second-team honors were Ryan Sanders (Southridge), Trystan Garland (Connell), Lino Rivera (Kiona-Benton), Phillips Gist (Tri-Cities Prep), Mitch Godwin (Liberty Christian) and Kyle Gradwohl (Prescott).
Ryan Nix showed some grit and battled for the complete game victory Monday in the Hanford AAA Flames’ 6-5 victory over the Twin City Titans in the opener of their doubleheader.
Hanford did all of its scoring in the second and fourth innings with three runs crossing the plate in each frame. Brad Poletski went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Carsten Manderbach drove in a pair for the Flames.
In the second game, the Flames won 14-10 in eight innings for the sweep. Brian Sands drove in three runs for the Flames, while Mike Jones had a double and three RBIs for the Titans.
Hanford Flames AAA
Twin City Titans
Highlights: Ryan Nix (H) 7IP-5H-3ER-3BB-5K; Brad Poletski (H) 2x4, RBI; Carsten Manderbach (H) 1x3, 2 RBI.
Twin City Titans
Highlights: Carstem Manderbach (H) 2x4; Trevor Smith (S) 3x5; Brian Sands (H) 4x4, 2B, 3 RBIs, 3R; Damon Clinkenbeard (H) 2 RBIs; Mike Jones (T) 3x3, 2B, 3 RBIs; Tyson Brown 2B, 2 RBIs; Ryan Dearing (T) 2B.
Richland National Little League 10 year olds All-Stars opened district play Saturday with a 21-3 over Upper Valey in Pasco.
Brighton Bridge, Dallas Bennett and Jase Vopalensky combined on a one-hitter and 12-strikeouts.
Bennett and Vopalensky each hit a home run and had five RBIs.
Kiona-Benton’s Emily Thornton was named to the 1A all-state tournament team as an honorable selection.
The Bears finished 1-2 at state, with a win over Seattle Christian.
Tri-City Americans goalie Evan Sarthou was invited to the Arizona Coyotes development camp.
Sarthou, who was not selected in last week’s NHL draft, will participate in the camp July 4-8 at Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz.
Forward Jordan Topping and defenseman Brendan O’Reilly will attend the Dallas Stars development camp July 5-9 at Dr Pepper StarCenter in Frisco, Texas.
Defenseman Dylan Coghlin will attend the Detroit Red Wings development camp July 6-10 at Centre Ice Arena in Traverse City, Mich.
Alan Pena from Southridge High School has signed a letter-of-intent to play at Columbia Basin College. A forward/midfielder/defender, Pena had two goals and four assists for the Suns this season.
“His versatility will benefit us,” said Hawks coach Brian Gochoel, who was hired to lead the CBC men earlier this month.