Richland National exploded for five runs in the top of the sixth inning, then hung on in the bottom to defeat Yakima National 10-8 in the District 12 tournament for 11-year-olds at Richland National on Monday.
With the score tied 5-5 going into the sixth, big hits by Carson Smith, Landon Amato and Kirby Robertson — as well as a crucial 3-run home run by Conner Budzeck, who went 4 for 4 on the night — were key.
Richland got strong pitching from starter Alex Bennett and relievers Jack Cooper, Broc Nelson, and Budzeck.
Richland advances to play Pasco on Wednesday night.
Richland National 012 205 — 10
Yakima National 020 033 — 8
Highlights — Conner Budzeck 4x4, HR, 2B, 5 RBIs; Landon Amato 2x4, 3B, 2B; Kirby Robertson 3x4, 2B.
Beetles 10-5, Flames 8-7: Jon Miles went 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and three RBIs to lift Hanford to a 7-5 win over hsot Yakima, salvaging a nonleague Junior Legion doubleheader split Sunday.
Cody McKee struck out six batters over six innings before Connor Sutey came in to pick up the save for the Flames (25-11) in Game 2.
Jason Mains led Yakima’s offense, going 4-for-7 with a home run and four RBIs on the day.
Hanford 000 111 5 — 8 5 2
Yakima Beetles 322 201 x — 10 10 1
Matt True, Bryce Logan (5) and Trevor Romero; Jacob Haas, Jacob Mortison (7) and Jimmy McDonald. Highlights—Daymien Marks (H) RBI; Jon Miles (H) RBI; Jason Mains (Y) 2x3, 2 RBI; Max Frame (Y) 2x3, RBI.
Hanford 402 000 1 — 7 9 0
Yakima 003 001 1 — 5 10 1
Cody McKee, Connor Sutey (7) and Parker Darnell; Shawn McKormic, Frame (5) and Brad Wise. Highlights—Mitch Godwin (H) 2x3; Miles (H) 2x4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI; Nick Danna (H) 2x4, RBI; McKee (H) 6 Ks; Mains (Y) 2x4, HR, 2 RBI.