Logan Jackson's three-run double in the second inning jump-started the Kamiakin offense, and David Marshall made sure Mt. Spokane never mounted much of a threat as the Braves beat the Wildcats 11-2 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the 3A state baseball playoffs at Yakima County Stadium.
The Braves piled up 13 hits on the day, 10 of them coming against Mt. Spokane starter Drew Rasmussen, who tossed a three-hit shutout against Kamiakin less than two weeks ago in the sub-regional.
Jackson's bases-clearing double was the big blow, and Drew Oord followed two batters later with a two-run two-bagger as Kamiakin opened a 5-0 lead.
The Braves added two more in the third on a sacrifice fly from Nolan Earley and RBI single by Johnny Jansen. And error and two more run-scoring hits from Earley and Jansen added three more in the fourth, and Andrew Castillo's RBI double in the seventh capped the scoring.
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Oord was on base four times, added a trio of walks. But the real spark to the offense came from Earley and Jansen hitting sixth and seventh in the lineup. Earley finished 2-for-2 with two RBIs, two runs scored and a double to go with a sac fly and two walks. Jansen was 4-for-5.with the two ribbies and a run scored.
Marshall, a sophomore making his first state start, struggled a bit with control but kept it at "effectively wild." He struck out six, walk six and allowed just three hits before giving way to Austen Hebdon in the seventh.
The Braves now face rival Kennewick at 4 p.m. in the state quarterfinals, with the winner advancing to next weekend's semifinals at Gesa Stadium in Pasco.