Alex Mendoza homered and drove in three runs as Kennewick American opened the Cal Ripken 10-year-old World Series on Saturday with a 6-2 victory over Ohio Valley at Joe Mack Campbell Park in Jonesboro, Ark.
Mendoza hit a solo home run in the second inning to give KA a 2-0 lead. Ohio Valley (Janesville, Wisc.) got one run back in the bottom of the fifth before the Kennewick squad exploded for four runs in the top of the sixth for a 6-1 lead.
Bricen Ostergaard and Kyan Bowe also drove in runs for KA, which had eight hits on the day. Jonah Gebers went 2-for-3 with a double
Braxden Salazar had an impressive outing against Ohio Valley, scattering two hits with one strikeout and one walk in four scoreless innings. Mendoza came on in relief, allowing two runs and striking out three.
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Ian Perkins took the loss for Ohio Valley, striking out five and allowing two runs in three innings. Keagan Clark drove in a run for Ohio Valley.
KA has today off, but returns to action at 11 a.m. Monday against Southeast (Manatee, Fla.), which opened with a 10-0 win over Mountain Home, Ark.
Braxden Salazar, Alex Mendoza (5) and Kyan Bowe; Ian Perkins, Dylan Snyder (4), Jake Schaffher (6) and Brent Klukas. Kennewick highlights: Jonah Gebers 2x3, 2B; Bricen Ostergaard RBI; Kyan Bowe RBI; Alex Mendoza 2x3, HR, 3 RBIs.
TRIPLE CROWN WORLD SERIES: The Pasco Fury 13U team will play in the championship game today after posting a pair of wins in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
Pasco topped Play Hard Birdz from Pasadena, Calif., 8-4, then followed with a 16-1 victory over the Texas Stix White (Arlington, Texas).
Estevan Ruiz went 3-for-4 with a double against the California team, while Kooper Swentik was 3-for-3 with two doubles, Bridger Feldman 3-for-3 with a double and Logan Mercado 2-for-3 with a double.
Swentik also pitched four innings and recorded the win, while Mercado got the save.
Against Texas, Swentik belted a monster two-run homer over the center-field fence (314 feet), while Riley Cissne was 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple. Paige Aldrich went three innings for the win.
Former Richland High School swimmer Lisa Bratton has added another event for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Bratton was timed in 4 minutes, 53.36 seconds in the preliminaries of the 400-meter individual medley at the Phillips 66 National Championships in San Antonio.
The Tri-City Channel Cats/Texas A&M swimmer was 36th after prelims, but she picked up a fourth event for next year’s Olympic trials in Omaha, Neb. The qualifying standard in the 400 IM is 4:54.99.
Bratton already earned her trial cuts in the 200 IM and the 100 and 200 backstroke.
Bratton will wrap up the national meet today, saving her best event — the 200 backstroke — for last. She is seeded second overall behind Australian Belinda Hocking, the 2014 Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific champion.
WESTERN ZONE AGE GROUP CHAMPIONSHIPS: Richland’s Ryan Monrean was 12th in the boys 11-12 50-meter backstroke final Friday in Kihei, Hawaii.
Monrean touched the wall in 33.92 seconds.
Monrean also swam the butterfly leg to help the Inland Empire team finish 16th in the boys 12-and-under 400 medley relay (4:57.06).
In the boys 10-and-under medley relay, the Inland Empire team — Pasco’s Andrew Jones and Andy Gelston, Kennewick’s Luc Johnson and Pullman’s Jake McCoy — took 11th (5:43.16).