Richland (National) lived to play another day in the Babe Ruth 13-year-olds state tournament at the Horn Rapids baseball complex.
Richland’s game against Twin Cities (Centralia-Chehalis) was called because of darkness after Richland pulled within 10-6 in the top of the fifth inning. Richland scored all six of its runs in that inning. Garrett Guffey hit a two-run double, and Cade Musick had three RBIs off two doubles.
The game will continue at 9 a.m. today. The winner will play for the title against Grays Harbor (National), which beat Hazel Dell Metro (National) 11-1 in the semifinals.
Earlier Thursday, Guffey combined with Brad Poletski on a five-hitter in Richland’s 8-1 win over Kennewick (American) in an elimination game. Hazel Dell Metro defeated Kelso (American) 14-8 in nine innings in another loser-out game.
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Kennewick 100 000 0 -- 1 5 2
Richland 001 205 x -- 8 8 1
Caleb Cope, Joe Jackson (5) and Jackson, Zilar (5); Garrett Guffey, Brad Poletski (7) and Sam Harlow. Highlights--Guffey (R) 2H, 2 RBIs; Cade Van Wormer (R) 2H, 2 RBIs; Jared Hartwig (R) 2H; Ben McDonald (R) 2H.