The Kennewick Outlaws qualified for the Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament after finishing second at the Washington State AAA American Legion baseball tournament in Bellingham on Tuesday.
The Outlaws beat the Spokane Bandits 15-0 to earn a spot in the championship game against Lakeside Recovery — a team the Outlaws beat on Monday 7-6.
Lakeside won the title game 7-4. But because Washington state gets two entries in regionals, both Lakeside and Kennewick advance to regionals, which begin Aug. 4 in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Against Spokane, the Outlaws collected 17 hits while pitchers Colton Plew and Alex Scarver combined on a 4-hit shutout.
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Blake Loftus had three hits and scored three times in the game for Kennewick, while Dillon Plew also had three hits. Josh Kutzke hit a home runs and drove in four runs.
In the loss to Lakeside Recovery, TJ Rea hit a bases-clearing double for Kennewick, but it wasn’t enough.
Colton Plew, Alex Scarver (6) and Charlie Dewitt. Steen, Morse (4), Sage (6), Parker (6) and Flett. Highlights — Dillon Plew (K) 3x5, 3 runs; Larry Dewitt (K) 2x2; Josh Kutzke (K) HR, 4 RBIs; C.Dewitt 2x5; Matt Rowell (K) 2x4; Blake Loftus (K) 3x4, 3 runs; TJ Rea (K) 2x4; Beemer (S) 2x4.
Huling, Reese (9) and Guinasso. Andrew Townsend, Kooper Blair (6) and Garrett Dixon. Highlights — Morimoto (LR) 2x3, 2B; Reese (LR) 2x3; Sinatro (LR) 3B; Josh Kutzke (K) 2B; TJ Rea (K) 2B, 3 RBIs.
AA STATE LEGION TOURNAMENT: Three errors on the part of the Pepsi Cola Dusters in the top of the seventh inning allowed the Mt. Vernon River Dogs to turn a four-run deficit into a 7-6 victory at Olympia High School.
The Dusters, who got two RBIs apiece from Hunter Mulderig and Blake Marboe, will play the winner of the Bellingham-Mt. Vernon game today at 6 p.m. A win would put the Dusters in Thursday’s state title game.
“If we win we are in the state championship game,” Duster coach Jake Millbauer said. “We lose, we are done for the season.”
The Dusters broke a 1-all tie in the third inning with two runs, and added two more in the fourth for a 5-1 lead.
Things looked good going into the seventh, then the errors came.
“We had a four-run lead and gave it all up,” Millbauer said.
There also was a bench-clearing brawl in the seventh that took 20 minutes to straighten out. It ended with no ejections.
In another contest, Cody Anderson struck out seven en route to a 3-0 shutout win as Lewis County Black beat the Walla Walla Bruins.
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Nelson, Cummings (5) and Goodman; Nate Gee, Chase Krumm (7) and Will Koskinen. Pepsi Cola Dusters Highlights: Cooper Ellison 2B, RBI; Nate Gee 2B, 2K; Tyler Lloyd 2x4, 2 2B; Hunter Mulderig 2x4, 2 RBIs; Blake Marboe 2x4, 2 RBIs.
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Anderson and Williams. Aichele and Davis. Highlights — Liepa (LC) 2x3; Frost (LC) 2x3, 2B; Anderson (LC) 7 Ks.
A STATE LEGION: The Kennewick Dusters exploded for 10 runs in the fourth en route to a 12-2 victory over Sandpoint at the A state legion tournament. Payton Flynn pitched 4 strong innings pitched in with 2 hits including a double. Carson Green, Kohlter Trimble and Nick Irwin chipped in with extra-base hits. The Dusters will face Bellingham and needs to win one of two to go to the state championship.
Richland stayed alive in the tournament by beating Whitman County 12-3. Noland Howes had a double and triple to lead the Knights.
On Monday, Chase Grillo pitched a complete-game 5-hitter, striking out six, as the Dusters beat the Coeur d’Alene Lumbermen. and 6 Ks for the 5-1 win. Payton Flynn and Grillo drove in two runs each.
In another Monday game, Scott Golden had a triple and drove in three runs to lead the Walla Walla Griz over the Richland Knights 8-4. Teammate Connor Lemma added two hits. Erik Obermeyer led Richland with three hits.
Larson, Connolly (4), Lehman (4), Jacobson (4) and Riley. Flynn, Watters (5) and Ofsthum. Highlights — Edlund (S) 2x3, 2B; Holland (S) 2B; Irwin (K) 2x2, 2B, 3 RBIs; Flynn (K) 2x2, 2B; Green (K) 2B; Trimble (K) 3B.
Ross, Benton (3), Huber (6) and Zakarison. Corrigan and Richter. Highlights — Obermeyer (R) 2x4; Corrigan (R) 2x4; Richter (R) 2x4, 3 RBIs; Howes (K) 2x2, 2B, 3B.
Gay, English (6) and Gove. Chase Grillo and DJ Cooke. Highlights — DeLeon (CDA) 2x3; Bates (CDA) 2B; Green (K) 2x4; Flynn (K) 2x3, 2B; Cooke 2x2; Starcher (K) 3x3; Grillo 3B, 6 Ks.
Bruton, Gibbon (6) and Brasker. Oliver and Lemma. Highlights — Obermeyer (R) 3x4, 2 2Bs; Haughton (R) 3B; Lemma (WW) 2x4; Golden (WW) 3B, 3 RBIs; Morris (WW) 2x3, 2 2Bs; Oliver (WW) 7 Ks.
LITTLE LEAGUE 12: Walla Walla Valley was eliminated from the Washington State Little League tournament in Woodinville, losing to Gig Harbor American 17-6.
ASA NATIONALS: The Washington Angels 16U team lost its last pool play game at the ASA National tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., losing 3-2 to the Sarasota Heat of Florida in a game delayed for the funeral procession of Navy officer Randal Smith who was shot last week.
The Angels were able to tie the game in the top of the 7th inning, thanks to Aubrey Rowland’s two out double that scored a runner from first. However the Heat was able to win the game in the bottom of the frame with a two-out single that scored the winning run.
MiKayla Kopacz (Hermiston) went 2-for-3, and Brandi Andrews helped her cause with a 3-for-4 showing. Andrews pitched the entire game, giving up only four hits, striking out three and allowing no earned runs. The Angels start the double-elimination portion of the tournament today.
WILDHORSE SENIOR OREGON INVITATIONAL: Bob Christensen of the Coeur d’Alene Resort fired an 8-under-par 64 to take the first-round lead at the Wildhorse Senior Oregon Invitational.
Gregg Corn of Walla Walla Veterans Memorial abd Michael Kloenne of Wine Valley Golf Club are among a group tied at 33rd, with both scoring a 72.
Chris Indall of Meadow Springs Country Club and John Thorsnes of Wine Valley are among a group tied at 60th with 74s.