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Mid-Columbia: Junior Flames secure state

Nate Mitchell tossed a one-hitter as the Hanford Flames shut down the Kennewick Phantoms 6-0 on Monday in a Central Washington League junior legion battle for the district’s No. 1 seed to state.

Ryan Colson went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, and David Juergens also had a pair of hits for the Flames, who were unbeaten at Roy Johnson and open state play Saturday in Anacortes and Burlington.

The Phantoms need to win a playoff against the No. 2 team from the Selah tournament. Richland and Walla Walla played Monday night to decide the top two seeds, but no report was received by press time.

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Hanford Flames 001 041 x — 6 7 0

Andrew Townsend and Dylan Wilbert; Nate Mitchell. Highlights—Ken: Larry DeWitt 1x3. Han: Mitchell 7IP-1H-2K; David Juergens 2x4, RBI; Ryan Colson 2x3, 2B, RBI; Steven Quadrel 1x3, RBI.

Senior Legion brackets set

With five of the eight entries coming from the Central Washington League, there are likely to be some familiar foes along the way for the three Tri-City entries into the tournament at Selah's Carlon Park.

The Kennewick Bandits and Hanford Flames will face off in the tourney’s first game at 9 a.m. Saturday. The Twin City Titans will close the opening round against the host Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak at 7 p.m.

Centralia Sobe and the Yakima Beetles play at noon, with Lakeside Recovery and the Spokane Bandits meeting at 4 p.m.

Sunday’s second-round games are set for 4 and 7 p.m., with a championship decided Wednesday, Aug. 1.

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