The Walla Walla Bruins were crowned the American Legion AA state champions Thursday in Olympia, rallying past the Kennewick Pepsi Cola Dusters 4-3 at Capital High School.
The Dusters entered the bottom of the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead, but the Bruins tied the score on Augustus Calzaretta’s bases-loaded single with one out.
Carter Davis’ RBI single to right ended the game and gave Walla Walla the title.
Logan Smith and Nate Gee each went 2-for-3 for Kennewick. Gee, Tyler Lloyd and Tyson Brown had RBI singles in the Dusters’ three-run sixth inning.
Kennewick’s Asher Mancinelli and Walla Walla’s Jacob Dunn each pitched a complete game.
Asher Mancinelli and Will Koskinen; Jacob Dunn and Carter Davis. Highlights: Hunter Yensen (WW) 2x4; Mitch Lesmeister (WW) 2x3; Joshua Needham (WW) 2x3; Davis (WW) 2x3; Logan Smith (K) 2x3; Nate Gee (K) 2x3, RBI; Tyler Lloyd (K) RBI; Tyson Brown (K) RBI.
A STATE LEGION: The Walla Walla Griz won the American Legion A state championship with a 7-4 victory over Bellingham Post 7 at Borleske Stadium.
Nick Zehner was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs to power Walla Walla, which retook the lead in a five-run fifth.
Jared Ortiz went 62/3 innings on the mound for the Griz. After Bellingham scored a run in the seventh, Devon Oliver came in and got the final out.
Shane Jamison, Kyle Dether (6) and Collin Quinn; Jared Ortiz, Devon Oliver (7) and Ben Ortiz. Highlights: Nick Knutsen (B) 2x3, RBI; Quinn (B) 2x3, R; Alex Pitton (B) 2x3, RBI; Connor Lemma (WW) 2x4, R; Nick Zehner (WW) 3x3, 2B, 3R, 3 RBIs; Parker Likes (WW) 2B; B. Ortiz (WW) 2B.
Tri-City Channel Cats swimmer Claire Schaef of West Richland was eighth in the final of the women’s 19-and-under 200-meter butterfly at the Arena Western Zone Senior Championship on Thursday night in Clovis, Calif.
Schaef, who will be a sophomore this fall on the Richland High School swim team, finished in a time of 2 minutes, 25.49 seconds. Mercer Island’s Sabrina Kwan won in 2:21.97, and Wenatchee’s Jessica Wierzbicki was second in 2:22.96.
Schaef was the runner-up in the final of the 19-and-under 800 free Wednesday night, finishing in a Winter Junior Nationals-qualifying time of 9:02.96. Kate Sanderson of Colorado won in 9:00.57.
On the men’s side, Channel Cats swimmer Cole Westendorf of Kennewick was 16th in the 19-and-under 200 backstroke, and teammate John Markillie of Richland was 23rd in the 19-and-under 1,500 free.
The Washington Force 14-and-under team recorded a pair of victories Thursday at the 14U ‘A’ Western Nationals in Boise.
The Force, which went 1-1 in pool play, open the tournament with an 11-3 win over the Northwest Speed in 5 innings. The Force followed up with an 11-0 win over the Washington Acers in the 34-team, double elimination tournament.
The Force continues play Friday against the Oregon Panthers at 1 p.m.
• The Washington Angels were eliminated from the ASA/USA 16U “A” National Championships in Chattanooga, Tenn., with a 6-3 loss to the Oregon Blaze 99.
Washington finished ninth out of 18 teams at the 2015 Girls Junior Americas Cup in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Walla Walla’s Emily Baumgart fired a 3-over-par 75 at the Cheyenne Country Club, and she finished with a three-round total of 236.
Teammate Danika Palm of Richland had a 78 on Thursday, and she finished with a 247 total.
Mexico took the team title with a 661 total, while Hawaii was second at 668, and Southern California third at 675.
Local motocross riders Cole Swindler and Kaden Beutler both continued competing well at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Motocross Nationals in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Swindler, of Kennewick, finished 19th in the 250 B Limited class with his Factory Connections sponsored KTM motorcycle and he was 34th in the 250 C age 12-16 Limited class.
Both races consisted of a total of 42 of the nations top cyclist’s. Swindler, 15, in his first year in the prestigious national event, will compete in his final two races Saturday.
Beutler, 17, took 24th place in the 250 B Class with his JMC Motorsports sponsored Honda and he took 31st in the 450 B Class.
Both races included a field of 42 riders. Beutler, of Pasco, will continue racing in the 450 B Class today.