An 11-day layoff didn’t seem to take the shine off the Southridge baseball team, which played crisply in a 6-3, 8-0 sweep of Chiawana on Tuesday at Southridge High.
Conner Morfin’s two-run single in the first got the Suns started in the opener, and Addison Spivey’s pesky play was a burr in the Riverhawks’ side in the second game as Southridge remained unbeaten in the Mid-Columbia Conference.
And all along the way, the Suns got solid pitching from starters Trenton Nett and Jake Ebberts and reliever Justin Kreutz.
“It was a pretty clean baseball for us,” said Suns coach Tim Sanders. “From top to bottom, it was different people from the first game to the second game. All the way through, it was a pretty good effort. The pitchers pounded the strike zone tonight.”
Spivey was a perfect example of that in the second game. He doubled in his only official at-bat, walked twice, was hit by a pitch and stole a couple of bases. Andrew Nett had a pair of RBIs in the game, and Morfin knocked in his third of the day.
Ebberts went the distance in the second game, a two-hit effort with five strikeouts and one walk.
Chiawana had a tough time at the plate all day, though TJ Avery and Jesse Briones each had a double in the opener.
Chiawana 000 200 1 — 3 4 0
Southridge 300 021 x — 6 7 0
Brian Black, CJ Peiffer (5) and Grady Graff; Trenton Nett, Justin Kreutz (6) and Austin Morfin. Highlights—Jared Newbry (SR) 2x2, 2R, 3 SB; Conner Morfin (SR) 1x1, 2 RBI; TJ Avery (C) 2B; Jesse Briones (2B).
Chiawana 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
Southridge 313 001 x — 8 6 1
Trenton Thornhill, Spencer Bennion (4) and Graff; Jake Ebberts and A. Morfin. Highlights—Ebberts (SR) 7IP-2H-5K-1BB; Conner O’Neil (SR) 2x4; C. Morfin (SR) 1x3, RBI, 2R; Addison Spivey (SR) 1x1, 2B, 2 BB, HBP, RBI, 2 SB; Andrew Nett (SR) 2 RBI.
Kamiakin 2-6, Richland 0-10: David Marshall fired a one-hit shutout, striking out 10 and walking none to lead the Braves to a Mid-Columbia Conference split in Richland.
Marshall allowed only a base hit to right field during his masterful performance.
“He threw a heck of a game,” Richland coach Grant Richardson said. “He was lights out. Obviously, you’d like to get more than one hit, but I tip my hat to him. He threw well.”
In the nightcap, the Bombers scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to rally past the Braves. Mason Hilty hit a two-run homer and Nate Ruane got the victory in relief.
“We came out flat,” Richardson said. “The way we played today, we were fortunate to get a split.”
Kamiakin 011 000 0 — 2 3 0
Richland 000 000 0 — 0 1 1
David Marshall and Ty Early. Levi Broeske, Carson Miller (7) and Colin Doyle. Highlights—Kamiakin: Marshall 10 Ks, 0 BB; Hayden Burris 1-2, 2B, RBI.
Kamiakin 050 010 0 — 6 5 1
Richland 300 106 x — 10 8 4
Trystan Drury, Austen Hebdon (6) and Early. Mason Hilty, Miller (4), Nate Ruane (6) and Tyler Kjarmo. Highlights—Kamiakin: Early 2 RBIs; Burris 2-run HR. Richland: Ruane 2-4; Mason Hilty 2-run HR, 3 RBIs; Gibson McGeorge 2-2, 2 RBIs; Sheldon Liikala 2-4.
Hanford 11-10, Walla Walla 5-3: Isaac Benard went 7-for-8 with two doubles, a three-run home run and nine RBIs to lead Hanford to a Mid-Columbia Conference sweep of visiting Walla Walla.
Benard hit his home run and drove in six runs in the opener, while Anthony Porcaro had two RBIs and scored twice in the nightcap.
The Falcons (2-2) will play at Chiwawna on Friday.
Walla Walla 101 012 0 — 5 6 0
Hanford 140 321 x — 11 17 1
Zain Zehner, Kelton Fulmer (5) and Colby Watilo; Jaylen Devine, Sawyer Henry (6) and Aaron Enderlin. Highlights—Isaac Benard (H) 4x4, 2 2B, HR (3 Run), 6 RBI; Brennan Sutey (H) 3x4; Jake Oram (H) 2x3; Anthony Porcaro (H) 3x4, Enderlin (H) 2x4; Zane Henderson (WW) 3x4, 2 RBI.
Walla Walla 000 300 0 — 3 5 2
Hanford 115 300 x — 10 14 1
Adam Matthews, Luke Reardon (4) and Watilo; Jake Anderson, Nate Mitchell (5) and Enderlin. Highlights—Benard (H) 3x4, 3 RBI, Anthony Porcaro (H) 2x4, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Zach Hoskins (H) 4x4, 2B; Zehner (WW) 2x3, 2B.
Kennewick 12-11, Pasco 2-3: Dylan Wilbert and Alex Storaci each drove in a pair of runs in the opener, and Colton Plew drove in two more in the second game as the Lions cruised to a pair of Mid-Col road wins.
Larry Dewitt had a big day all-around for Kennewick, going 5-for-8 with a double and a triple.
Roger Ingram Jr. found some offense for the Bulldogs, with a triple in the opener and a double in the finale on a 2-for-3 performance.
Kennewick 060 301 2 — 12 10 1
Pasco 100 001 0 — 2 4 2
Jarrod Molnaa, Colton Plew (4), Brock Sittman (6) and Dylan Wilbert; Tony Beck, Kendall Lee (5) and Brady Ritala. Highlights—Wilbert (K) 2x3, 2B, 2 RBI; Alex Storaci (K) 3x5, 2B, 2 RBI; Larry Dewitt (K) 2x4; Roger Ingram Jr. (P) 3B; Justus Scott (P) 2x3.
Kennewick 024 101 3 — 11 14 1
Pasco 200 010 0 — 3 6 2
Clayten Ayres, Matt Driver (4), Levi Scantlin (7) and JJ Hancock, Wilbert (6); Scott, Ingram (5) and Alan Gomez. Highlights—Hancock (K) 2x5, 2B; Dewitt (K) 3x4, 2B, 3B; Plew (K) 3x3, 2 RBIs; Kaden Julian (K) 2x4; Ingram (P) 2x3, 2B.
River View 7, Liberty Christian 3: Austin Weatherby homered and Ashtin MacRoberts drove in three runs to lead the Panthers to a nonleague win over the visiting Patriots.
Liberty Christian 100 000 2 — 3 6 3
River View 103 120 x — 7 7 4
Corbin Steele, Taylor Lindquist (4) and Mitch Godwin, Steele (6); Austin Weatherby, Seth Lane (4) and Ashtin MacRoberts. Highlights—Godwin (LC) 2x4; Jacob Frampton (RV) 2x3, 2B; Lane (RV) 2B; Jeff Leachman (RV) 2x2, 2B; Weatherby (RV) HR; MacRoberts (RV) 3 RBI.
Tri-Cities Prep 9, Touchet 6: Isaac Nelson and Anthony Hinkson each drove in two runs to lead the Jaguars to a nonleague road win over the Indians.
Touchet put four runs in the board in the second inning, only to see Tri-Cities Prep (6-3) match that in the third, then pile on five more runs over the next two innings.
Tri-Cities Prep 004 230 0 — 9 9 2
Touchet 040 100 1 — 6 3 1
Isaac Nelson, Alex Montelongo (2), Kevin Daly (4) and Anthony Hinkson; Ochoa, McKeown (3), Martinez (6) and McKeown, Ochoa (3). Highlights—Josh Guajardo (TC) 2x4; Phillip Geist (TC) 2x4; Kevin Daly (TC) 2x4, 2B, Nelson (TC) 1x3, 2 RBI, Hinkson (TC) 1x3, 2 RBI; Martinez (T) 1x2; McKeown (T) 1x3; Ortiz (T) 1x3.