Logan Jackson went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Twin City Titans to a 10-4 win over Taylor Baseball, one of the top select teams in the Northwest, on Thursday, the first day of Brandy Pugh Tournament in Bellevue.
Ty Earley’s two-run double powered Twin City’s three-run first inning. Taylor rallied to take a brief lead, but Garrett March brought in a run with a safety squeeze and Jackson an RBI double in the sixth, and the Titans hung four on the board in the seventh to lock up the win.
Mason Hilty threw six-plus innings, giving up nine hits and striking out eight. Nate Ruane came on for the final two outs.
“Just a good day across the board,” said Twin City coach Pete Marquez. “We pinch hit some guys, and they came through. Just a really good game, and Hilty was a man’s man on the mound.”
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Twin City continues play in the prestigious tourney at 11 a.m. today against the Seattle Stars. The Kennewick Bandits also played Thursday but started late.
Twin City 300 012 4 — 10 13 1
Taylor Baseball 013 000 0 — 4 9 1
Mason Hilty, Nate Ruane (7) and Ty Earley; Coger, Crippen (6), Johnson (7) and VanHorn. Highlights—Logan Jackson (TC) 4x5, 2 2B, 2 RBI; Gibson McGeorge (TC) 2x4; Sheldon Liikala (TC) 2x2, 3R, RBI; Earley (TC) 2B, 2 RBI; Cody Pedroza (TC) 2x3, 2R; Hilty (TC) 6.1IP-9H-4R-1BB-8K.
Bandits 8-4, Pepsi Pak 5-6: J.J. Hancock doubled and drove in two runs, and Mason Mahan went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lift Kennewick to a Senior Legion win over Yakima Valley in Game 1 of a Central Washington League doubleheader at Carlon Park in Selah late Wednesday.
Kyle Killian and Dillon Wilbert also doubled and drove in a run for the Bandits, who lead the Pepsi Pak by two games in the CWL standings with four left in the regular season.
Yakima Valley won Game 2, thanks to a solid pitching effort from Austin Dean, who struck out eight batters over seven innings. Kennewick pitcher Connor O’Neil also tossed a complete game, striking out nine.
Clayten Ayres had two RBIs to lead the Bandits’ offense in the nightcap.
Kennewick will face the Twin City Titans in consecutive doubleheaders Tuesday and Wednesday, while Yakima Valley will face the Yakima Beetles for twin doubleheaders that could decide the CWL regular-season champion.
Kennewick 201 100 4 — 8 10 4
Yakima Valley 004 010 0 — 5 4 5
Jarrod Molnaa and Dillon Wilbert; Ryan Ross and Taylor Logan. Highlights—Ross (Y) 7Ks, 3 BB; Chase Van de Brake (Y) 2x3, 2B, RBI; Mason Mahan (K) 2x3, RBI; Kaden Julian (K) 2x3; J.J. Hancock (K) 2B, 2 RBI; Kyle Killian (K) 2B, RBI; Wilbert (K) 2B, RBI.
Kennewick 002 020 0 — 4 7 1
Yakima Valley 031 020 x — 6 7 2
Conner O’Neil, Clayten Ayres (6) and Wilbert; Austin Dean, Cole Gilman (7) and Logan. Highlights—Dean (Y) 8 Ks; O’Neil (K) 9 Ks; Killian (K) 2x3, RBI; Mahan (K) 2x3; Ayres (K) 2 RBI; Fabian Gutierrez (Y) 2B; Kurt Lindemann (Y) 2 RBI.
Cal Ripken 10s
Kaleb Stevenson and Jackson Lind each hit bases-clearing doubles as Kennewick American erupted for 15 runs in the second inning and went on to a 21-8 rout of Cowlitz in the first game of round-robin play in the Southern Washington State Tournament in Kelso.
Stevenson’s hit pushed Kennewick ahead 8-4, while Lind’s double made it a certified blowout.
Ten different players had hits, and an 11th a sacrifice fly. Lind finished with four RBIs, while Stevenson and Tanner Barnett each drove in three. Eden Blance scored four times.
Kennewick plays a pair of games today — 10 a.m. against Kelso and 2 p.m. vs. Hoquiam — before single-elimination play begins Saturday.
Kennewick American 1(15)0 5 — 21 20 2
Cowlitz 422 0 — 8 4 7
Jack Sanders, Kaleb Stevenson (3) and Jackson Lind, Dylan Clark (3), Fenter, Lonner (2), Gressett (4) and Vigoren. Highlights—Eden Blanco (K) 2x3, 4R; Lind (K) 2x2, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI; Stevenson (K) 2x4, 2B, 3 RBI; Jayden Gill (K) 2x4, 2B; Bodie Mamiya (K) 2x3, 3B; Clark (K) 2x4, 2B; Tanner Barnett (K) 2x3, 3 RBI; Gaven Mattson (K) 3x3, 3B, 3R.
Junior American Legion
Walla Walla 6, Richland 5 (9): Connor Perryman went 3-for-3 and Griffey March drove in a pair of runs for the visiting Knights, but Walla Walla scored three in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings and then won it on a walk-off hit in the ninth.
The loss drops Richland a game behind Walla Walla in the Central Washington League standings. The two play a pair of games today at Bomber Field in Richland.
Richland 130 001 000 — 5 8 1
Walla Walla 101 000 301 — 6 7 2
Carson Miller, Jason Webb (8) and Griffey March; Zehner and Daniel, Watillo. Highlights—Connor Perryman (R) 3x3, RBI; March (R) 2 RBI; Mitch Piper (R) 2x5.
Little League 10s
Greater Richland 10, Selah 4: Easton Wensveen went 3-for-3 with a double and a two-run homer to lead Great Richland into the championship game of the Little League District 12 tournament Wednesday at the Bombing Range Complex.
Wensveen and Cody Higgins hit back-to-back shots during a seven-run fourth inning. That was more than enough support for Sam Jones and Co., with Jones striking out 10 in his four innings of work and the bullpen providing two innings of hitless relief.
Greater Richland advances to the championship game at 6 p.m. today and must be beaten twice. Selah and Pasco played an elimination game Thursday.
The district champion advances to the 11s state tournament in Gig Harbor.
Selah 300 001 — 4 4 2
Greater Richland 111 70x — 10 10 3
Verreth, Berriman (4), McGuire (4) and Colette; Sam Jones, Cody Higgins (5), Joe Garcia (6) and Easton Wensveen. Highlights—Wensveen (GR) 3x3, 2B, 2R HR, 3 RBI; Higgins (GR) 2x3, 2B, HR; Garcia (GR) 2B; Sam Jones (GR) 2x3, 4IP-4H-10K; Colette (S) 2x3, HR; Verreth (S) 2B.
The Tri-Cities Wrestling Club had a big showing at the ASICS Kids Freestyle/Greco Roman National Championships, coming away with 21 All-America medals.
Thirteen members of the local wrestling club earned medals at the meet June 24-26 in Orem, Utah.
Isaiah Gonzalez was a double champion in Greco and freestyle. Darion Johnson placed first in Greco and second in freestyle, while Alex Brown won in freestyle and was runner-up in Greco.
Other placers: Robbie Vaughn (Greco third, freestyle second), Austin Almaguer (Greco third, Freestyle fith), Mikael Failor (Greco third, freestyle third), Sione Halo (Greco third, freestyle third), Riley Gurr (freestyle fifth), Aiden Villarreal (Greco sixth), Jacob Olson (Greco sixth), Daeton Johnson (Greco seventh, freestyle eighth), Talan Thai (Greco eighth) and Cyle DeLeon (Greco seventh).
It’s been a big summer for the Tri-Cities Wrestling Club, which won the Greco state championship, was third in freestyle and fourth in folkstyle.
Cameron Peck of Olympia won the 112th Pacific Northwest Men’s Amateur Championship, beating Hans Reimers of Albany, Ore., 7 and 6 at Bandon Dunes in Oregon.
Peck ended the 36-hole final after 30 holes to completed a dominating week of play. He won his quarterfinal on Wednesday 6 and 5 and his semifinal 4 and 3.
Peck won the 2008 U.S. Junior Amateur and recently completed his college career at Texas A&M. Next up is the U.S. Amateur Public Links next week in Lorton, Va.
Eastern Washington linebacker Ronnie Hamlin is one of 20 players on the initial watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defensive player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision.
The senior from Lacey was an All-America and first team All-Big Sky Conference selection last season when he had 136 tackles, fifth most in school history. Hamlin ranks 22nd on the EWU career list with 221 tackles in 25 games.
Hamlin already was named first team preseason All-America and placed on the watch list for the College Football Performance Linebacker Award.
After two seasons with the Eastern Washington men’s basketball program, former NBA player Craig Ehlo is stepping down as an assistant to head coach Jim Hayford.
Ehlo, who played for Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Seattle over a 14-year NBA career, settled in Spokane after retiring in 1997. He played his college ball for Washington State.