There will be an Eastern Washington showdown for the American Legion AA state title Thursday in Olympia.
The Kennewick Pepsi Cola Dusters rallied to defeat Bellingham Post 7 16-6 in six innings Wednesday at Olympia High School.
They will face the Walla Walla Bruins, a 9-4 winner over FM Sports, in the final at Capital High School.
With two outs in the second inning and the Dusters down after Bellingham’s six-run first, Chase Krumm and Jayvee Selda singled, and Jethro Questad brought them all home with a homer to put Kennewick on the board.
From there, the Dusters scored at least two runs in every inning, including a six-spot in the fourth.
Nate Gee and Tyson Brown each drove in three runs for Kennewick.
Dusters pitcher Hunter Mulderig was tagged for four hits in the first, but he gave up two the rest of the way.
Hunter Yensen went the distance in Walla Walla’s win at Capital High, while Mitch Lesmeister went 4-for-5 with a double and two RBIs.
Walla Walla highlights: Hunter Yensen 7IP-4R-3BB-5K; Mitch Lesmeister 4x5, 2B, 2R, 2 RBIs; Kyle Gradwohl 2x5, 2 RBIs.
1 out when winning run scored. Connor Sage, Tyler Rasmussen (4), Will Nicholson (6) and Willie Webber; Hunter Mulderig and Will Koskinen. Highlights: Logan Smith (K) 2x4, 2B; Nate Gee (K) 2x4, 3 RBIs; Tyson Brown (K) 3x4, 2B, 3 RBIs; Chase Krumm (K) 3x4, RBI; Jayvee Selda (K) 2x3, RBI; Jethro Questad (K) 2x4, 2B, 3-run HR.
A STATE LEGION: The Walla Walla Griz advanced to the state championship game with an 11-8 victory over the Richland Knights at Walla Walla Community College.
Nick Zehner, Turner Edwards and Ben Ortiz each drove in two runs to lead Walla Walla into the final against Bellingham Post 7 at 1 p.m. Thursday at Borleske Stadium.
Erik Obermeyer and Kyle Corrigan had two RBIs apiece for Richland. The Knights scored five runs in the bottom of the fifth to rally from an 8-0 deficit, but they couldn’t complete the comeback.
The Kennewick Pepsi Cola Dusters’ title hopes also ended when they lost twice to Bellingham Post 7 at Borleske. Bellingham won 2-0 in the first game and 7-1 in the second.
Carson Green had three of Kennewick’s five hits in Game 1.
Evan Kingma and Collin Quinn; Nick Irwin and N/A. Highlights: Kingma (B) 7IP-5H-0R-1BB-8K; Irwin (K) 7IP-5H-2R-1BB-3K; Carson Green (K) 3x3.
Josh Manson and Quinn; Alex Vega, Hunter Berg (4), Chase Grillo (6) and Drake Ofsthum, Daniel Berg. Highlights: Manson (B) 7IP-4H-1R-0ER-3BB-5K, 2x4, 2R, RBI; Shane Jamison (B) 2x4, R, RBI; Nick Knutsen (B) 1x3, 2 RBIs; Quinn (B) 2x4, RBI; Kyle Dether (B) 2B, R; Mark Torres (B) HR.
Parker Likes, Zander Norris (6), Nick Zehner (6) and Connor Lemma; Caleb Richter, Trey Zorich (5), Quinn Haughton (6) and Erik Obermeyer. Highlights: Zehner (WW) 1x4, 2 RBIs; Turner Edwards (WW) 2x5, 2 RBIs; Ben Ortiz (WW) 2x2, 2 RBIs; Obermeyer (R) 2x3, 2 RBIs; Kyle Corrigan (R) 1x4, 2 RBIs.
The Washington team of Emily Baumgart (Walla Walla), Danika Palm (Richland), Kenedee Peters (Ephrata) and Ashley Fitzgibbons (Sammamish) was tied for 12th after two rounds of the Girls Junior Americas Cup in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Peters led the Washington squad with her two-round total of 155 (75-80), followed by Fitzgibbons (83-78) and Baumgart (82-79) at 161, and Palm (85-84) at 169.
The third and final round begins at 6:30 a.m. Pacific on Thursday.
• Michael Kloenne of Walla Walla’s Wine Valley Golf Club was tied for eighth at 5-under-par 139 (72-67), five strokes off the lead, after two rounds of the Wildhorse Senior Oregon Open Invitational in Pendleton.
The Washington Angels fell 6-2 to the Diamond Chix 99 (Ohio) in their bracket-play opener at the ASA/USA 16U “A” National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
The Angels will face Blaze_99 (Oregon) at 7 a.m. Pacific on Thursday in the double-elimination tournament.
Cole Swindler of Kennewick was 10th out of 42 riders in the 250 C (age 12-16) Limited Class in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur Nationals on Tuesday in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
In the 250 C Class on Wednesday, Swindler placed 13th.
Kaden Beutler of Pasco suffered a knee injury in the 250 B Class and was 40th out of 42 competitors. In the 450 B Class on Wednesday, he was 31st.