Walla Walla Valley opened the Washington State Little League 9/10 state tournament with a convincing 16-4 victory over West Seattle on Saturday at the Badger Mountain fields in Richland.
“This is our first time at state so we weren’t sure what to expect,” said Walla Walla coach Pat Graham. “We talked to the kids about coming out and playing our game. We got off to a fast start and rode it from there.”
Walla Walla took advantage of four walks and two hit batsmen, but also swung the bats well, collecting 12 hits.
Zach Mahan went 2-for-3 with two doubles, four runs scored and drove in three runs. Wyatt Towne had three RBIs and Camden McCullough two.
Walla Walla plays Montesano or Federal Way at 10 a.m. today.
In other games Saturday, Bainbridge beat Spokane South 13-1.
Today in the championship bracket, Bainbridge plays Hazel Dell at 10 a.m., while North Whidbey or Mill Creek plays North Bothell at 1 p.m. and Thunderbird or Cascade plays West Valley at 4 p.m.
In the consolation bracket, West Seattle plays Montesano or Federal Way at 1 p.m.
Walla Walla 713 5 — 16 12 0
West Seattle 310 0 — 4 3 4
Payton Graham, Zach Mahan (2), Kaiden Thomsen (3) and Camden McCullough, Graham (4); Triol, Whorton (2), Acarragul (3) and Schelde. Highlights—Zach Mahan (WW) 2x3, 2 2B, 4R, 3 RBIs; Wyatt Towne (WW) 2x2, 3 RBIs; McCullough (WW) 3x4, 2 RBIs.
Senior Babe Ruth: Three Rivers Baseball improved to 2-0 at the Southern Washington state tournament in Hoquiam after beating J.H. Kelly (Longview) 5-3.
Nate Rossine pitched a complete game, striking out five and walking one.
Holding a 2-0 lead going into the bottom of the third, Three River tacked on three more runs to give Rossine a cushion to work with.
Austin Weatherby had a two-run single to make it 4-0, and Jake Smith’s sacrifice bunt gave Three Rivers a 5-0 lead.
J.H. Kelly got three runs in the fourth, but that would be all.
Three Rivers opened the tournament Thursday night with a 9-4 win over Grays Harbor.
Three Rivers will play Granite Construction at 10 a.m. today. A win would secure a trip to regionals.
J.H. Kelly 000 300 0 — 3 5 4
Three Rivers 203 000 x — 5 5 3
Matt Morton and Wil Teigan; Nate Rossine and Riley Thomas. Highlights—Nate Rossine (TR) 5K-1BB; Kyle Rossine (TR) 2x3, 2R, RBI; Austin Weatherby (TR) 2 RBIs.
The Kennewick Wolfpack’s run at the Southern Washington state tournament in Hoquiam came to an end with a 10-4 loss to J.H. Kelly (Longview) in the consolation bracket.
Kennewick (15-14), which went 1-2 in tournament play, trailed 7-0 after two innings and 8-3 after three.
Dylan Keech went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs for Kennewick, while Lane Dahl pitched five innings in relief, allowing two hits and striking out five.
J.H. Kelly 251 110 0 — 10 9 3
Kennewick 003 010 0 — 4 4 6
Dalton Maltison, Riku Kusakabe (4), Wil Tiegan (5), Cole Warren (6) and Luke Brown; Dylan Keech, Lane Dahl (3) and Philip Chen. Highlights—Jordan Frost (JH) 2x5, 3B, 2 RBIs; Isaac Kjose (JH) 2x3, RBI; Luke Brown (JH) 2x4, 3B, 4 RBIs; Lane Dahl (K) 5IP-2H-1ER-5K-1BB; Keech (K) 2x4, 2B, 2 RBIs; Andrew Marble (K) 1x4.
Kennewick American 12s win Cal Ripken 60-foot: Gabe Gier’s two-run triple in the sixth completed a two-out rally that lead Kennewick American to an 11-9 win over Lewis County in the state championship game in Lacey.
After Lewis County scored five in the bottom of the fifth to knot the game at 9-all, KA was down to its final out before Trace Hendrickson and Bryce Ford hit back-to-back singles. Gier then came up and delivered his second triple of the game and fifth hit of the day.
Gier drove in four runs and Hendrickson went 3-for-5. Andrew Johnson, who got the final out in the fifth, closed out the sixth for the win.
Earlier, Kennewick beat Puyallup 5-1, with Gier and Johnson hitting back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth inning. Johnson and Hendrickson combined on a two-hitter, with 11 strikeouts between them.
KA advances to the regional tournament July 24-26 in Kalispell, Mont.
Puyallup 100 000 — 1 2 1
Kennewick 011 30x — 5 14 2
n/a; Andrew Johnson, Trace Hendrickson (5) and Logan Hall. Highlights—Gabe Gier (KA) 3x3, 2 RBI; Bryce Ford (KA) 2x2, RBI; Nate Wilson (KA) 2x3, 2 RBI; Johnson (KA) 4IP-2H-6K; RBI 2B; Hendrickson (KA) 2IP-5K.
Kennewick American 004 052 — 11 15 2
Lewis County 211 050 — 9 8 1
Hendrickson, Rylan Simanton (4), Johnson (5) and Johnson, Ritchie Lane (5); n/a. Highlights—Hendrickson (KA) 3x5, RBI; Gier (KA) 2x2, 2 3B, 4 RBI; Ford (KA) 2x3, RBI; Wilson (KA) 2x3.
Kennewick National 12s win Cal Ripken 70-foot: Kennewick National won the Southern Washington state title, beating Longview 7-5 in the championship game in Lacey.
Long view led 5-2 in the fourth inning, but Niko Wiltz tied things up with a three-run home run.
In the fifth inning, Gavin Ayers belted a two-run homer to put KN up 7-5.
Longview had one last shot in the top of the sixth, but went three up, three down, with KN right fielder Kobe Dumo catching the final fly ball.
Ayers pitched a complete game for Kennewick.
KN will play in the regional tournament July 24-26 in Meridian, Idaho.
Kennewick American wins Cal Ripken 11 title: Kennewick American needed eight innings to beat host Kelso 10-9 in the championship game of the Southern Washington state tournament.
Kennewick shut out Lewis County 5-0 in the semifinals as Eden Blanco threw a complete game no-hitter, striking out 10.
In the title game, KA trailed 8-2 in the fifth inning before staging a big rally for the win. Kennewick scored three in the sixth to tie the score at 8-8.
Scoreless in the seventh, Kelso put one run on the board in the top of the eighth, only to see KA steal the game in the bottom half of the inning as Jack Sanders hit a two-run single to left field with one out, scoring Brady Benton and Blanco.
Caleb Stevenson threw six innings of relief for KA, striking out 10. Benton went 2-for-3, scored three times and drove in two runs, and Hayden Gardner went 2-for-2.
In the semifinals, Sanders went 3-for-3, while Bodie Mamiya drove in two runs.
The regional tournament is in Meridian, Idaho, from July 24-26.
Kennewick American wins Cal Ripken 10 title: Kennewick American won the Southern Washington State Tournament in Kelso, beating host Kelso 12-9 to advance to the regional tournament.
KA beat Black hills 6-3 in the semifinals to advance to the championship game.
Against Kelso, Simeon Howard went 4-for-4, hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and scored four times. He also relieved starter Ben Johnson in the fourth inning and finished the game.
Johnson helped his cause at the plate, belting a bases-clearing double in the third inning to put KA up 5-2.
Kelso led 7-5 going into the fifth inning, but KA scored six runs in the top of the inning to take an 11-7 lead. Ayden Knapik and Kayden Mitchel each hit two-run singles in the rally.
Cash Hailey also went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI and scored three times.
In the semis against Black Hills, Knapik pitched four innings, allowing two runs. Howard pitched the final two innings of the game.
KA scored five runs in the second inning — two coming off a Dylan Berry single — and Howard added a solo home run in the sixth.
The regional tournament will be held in Lewistown, Mont., from July 24-26.
Emily Baumgart of Walla Walla won the girls 15-17 age group at the Banner Bank Junior Golf Invite on Friday at the Walla Walla Country Club.
Baumgart, who won the state 1B/2B state title in May for DeSales, shot a bogey-free 68 in the final round to set a tournament record 143 for her age division.
Jalayne Martinez of Pasco was third with a 153.
Blake Ellington of Spokane won the boys 15-17 age group in a five-hole sudden death playoff against Holden Backus of Yakima.
Erza Arneson of Richland was fourth in the boys 15-17 division with a 147, while Carl Underwood of West Richland tied for fifth with a 148.
Evan Hattori of Richland tied for ninth (155), Austin Brown of Kennewick was tied for 11th (156), Bolton Dauenhauer of Kenenwick tied for 13th with Nick Yamaguchi of Richland at 157, Zac Anderson of Hermiston was 22nd (165) and Parker Dressler of Walla Walla tied for 23rd (166).
In the boys 12-14 division, Brayden Pulver of Pendleton won with a two-round 149. Matthew Baumgart of Walla Walla was fifth (165), Tommy Beason of Kennewick tied for sixth (168), and turner Clayton was 10th with a 179.
Haley Greb of Pendleton won the girls 12-14 division with a 158, while Kennewick’s Samantha Hui was fourth (181), Maylie Martinez of Pasco was fifth (188) and Allison Wanichek of Walla Walla was sixth (207).
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) released its 2014 spring Division III Scholar All-America Team Award lists, which included both the men’s and women’s teams from Whitman College.
The Missionaries posted the seventh-highest grade point average (3.46) on the men’s side of the ledger, while the women were 64th on the list with a 3.37 GPA.
Karl Mering (Boise) pushed the men to a 23rd-place finish at nationals — in large part with his national title in the 100-yard butterfly.