Richland National clinched the Little League District 12 championship Friday by beating host West Valley 12-8.
West Valley jumped on top 3-0 in the first, but Richland rallied with an eight-run second that included a three-run home run from Conner Budzeck.
The game was tied 8-8 in the bottom of the fifth inning when Richland exploded for four runs.
Consecutive doubles by Landon Amato, Alex Bennett and Kirby Robertson were key in the outburst.
Richland got strong defensive play from Dylan Pescasio, Broc Nelson and Robertson. Bennett, Luke Stutesman and Budzeck all pitched.
With the win, Richland moves on to the state tournament, which starts July 12 in Seattle.
SWEETS BEAT PIPPINS
Southridge High School graduate Conner O’Neil picked up his third victory of the season, leading the Walla Walla Sweets past the visiting Yakima Pippins 3-1 in West Coast League baseball action at Borleske Stadium.
O’Neil (3-2) scattered three hits and struck out six over seven innings for the Sweets.Kevin Morgan, a freshman from Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, had two hits for the Sweets, including a home run.
Twin City at Firecracker
The Titans swept a pair of games at the Yakima tournament, shutting out the Walla Walla Bears 4-0 and getting by the Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak 9-6.
Gibson McGeorge tossed a two-hitter against Walla Walla and also collected a pair of hits, and Hunter Chambers had a key two-run single in the third.
Against the Pak, which swept four games from the Titans at the beginning of the Central Washington League season, Austin Hardy’s two-out, two-run single in the top of the seventh provided the go-ahead runs after the Titans squandered a six-run lead.
Twin City, which is 2-1 in the tourney, plays today at either 4 p.m. or 7 at Parker Field.
Walla Walla 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Twin City 103 000 x — 4 9 0
Thomas and Novak; McGeorge and Hardy. Highlights—Gibson McGeorge (TC) 2x3, 7IP-2H-3BB-7K; Hunter Chambers (TC) 2-R 1B.
Twin City 600 000 3 — 9 11 2
Yakima Valley 320 100 0 — 6 5 3
Kjarmo, Chambers (5), Drury (6) and Doyle; Trenner, Enquist (6) and Logan. Highlights—Chambers (TC) 2x3; Trystan Drury (TC) 2x4; Seth Price (TC) 2x4; Austin Hardy (TC) 2x3, 2 RBI.
The Kennewick Dusters are 2-0 at their own Duster Bowl tournament after beating Hermiston 10-1 on Friday at LaPierre Field.
Cory Dearing, Ryan Dearing and Noah Garrard each had three hits for Kennewick.
The Pasco Rebels beat Mt. View 5-2. Jose Vasquez drove in two runs and had two hits for the Rebels.
The Pasco Sun Devils beat Moses Lake 7-6, as Noah Weber had a double and drove in two runs for Pasco.
The Kennewick Phantoms defeated the Southridge Bandits 6-3, as Bryce Warren had two hits and drove in two runs.
On Thursday, the Pasco Sun Devils beat the Kennewick Phantoms 5-3. Brayde Hirai picked up the win on the mound, striking out eight over six innings.
The Southridge Bandits beat Moses Lake 4-3, as Tate Spiver had three hits, including a double.
Hermiston edged Mt. View 4-3, as pitcher Tyler Saxton scattered seven hits and fanned 10 in a complete-game victory.
The host Kennewick Dusters beat the Pasco Rebels 14-6. Ryan Dearing led the Dusters, 9-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and driving in four runs.
Blue Division — Kenenwick Dusters 2-0, Hermiston 1-1, Pasco Rebels 1-1, Mt. View 0-2.
Red Division — Pasco Sun Devils 2-0, Kennewick Phantoms 1-1, Southridge Bandits 1-1, Moses Lake 0-2.
Today’s schedule — Game 9, Kennewick Phantoms vs. Moses Lake, 9 a.m.; Game 10, Pasco Rebels vs. Hermiston, 11:30 a.m.; Game 11, Pasco Sun Devils vs. Southridge Bandits, 2 p.m.; Game 12, Kennewick Dusters vs. Mt. View, 4:30 p.m.
Babe Ruth 13s
Kennewick scored nine runs in the top of the first inning and went on to a 12-8 victory over Richland in the Babe Ruth district championship, held Thursday evening in Pasco.
Tyler Miller, Ian Driggers, Lucas Pedroza, and Steven Englert each had two hits to lead Kennewick, while Brett Cowen and Luke Sutey contributed two hits for Richland.
Both teams advance to the Southern Washington State Tournament in Camas starting July 16.
Little League 11s
Greater Richland combined for 15 hits, led by doubles from Dylan
Runge and Nolan Urso, to beat Yakima National 19-2 in the 11s All-star district tournament at West Valley of Yakima.
Solid pitching from Cole Cramer, Mason Brunson, and Landon Webb helped secure the win.