KENNEWICK -- The Kennewick Phantoms took home the Junior Bandit Bash title with a 6-4 win over the tournament host Kennewick Junior Bandits at Southridge High School.
Colton and Dillon Plew had two hits apiece for the Phantoms in the championship, while Kaden Julian and Dylan Wilbert provided three hits apiece.
And Larry DeWitt had two RBIs as the Phantoms opened the day with an 11-9 edging of the Burbank Diamondbacks in a semifinal at Roy Johnson Field.
"It was a good balanced effort," said Phantoms coach Corey Nelson, who also credited his pitchers one and all for supplying the breathing room needed to reach the victory.
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"The ability to throw strikes was our strength in the tournament," he said. "Our young kids stepped up today."
Diamondbacks 000 027 0 -- 9 9 0
Phantoms 021 221 x -- 11 9 1
Percifield and Kottwitz; TJ Rea, Andrew Townsend (6) and Matt Driver. Highlights--BD: Gomez 2x3; Harty 2x5. KP: Kaden Julian 3x4; Larry DeWitt 2x4, 2 RBI; Quinton LaFontaine 2x4; Dillon Plew 2x2, RBI.
Bandits 011 002 0 -- 4 9 3
Phantoms 200 202 x -- 6 11 1
Colby Wakefield, Connor Morfin (5), Trenton Nett (6) and Austin Morfin; Jose Oliva, Brock Sittman (7) and Dylan Wilbert. Highlights--KB: Trevor Oldham 3x3; Kory Miller 2x3, 2B. KP: Julian 3x3; Wilbert 3x4; Colton Plew 2x4; D. Plew 2x3.