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Tri-City Americans owner Stu Barnes named head coach at Okanagan Hockey Academy

Stu Barnes
Stu Barnes

Tri-City Americans owner Stu Barnes was named head coach of Okanagan Academy Prep White on Friday.

Barnes, 45, moves into the head coaching position at the Penticton, British Columbia, school after spending the 2015-16 season as a skills coach with OHA.

“We are excited to have Stu join our coaching staff on a full-time basis,” Okanagan Hockey Group vice president Dixon Ward said in a news release. “He brings with him an extensive knowledge base and a tremendous amount of experience in the game.”

A native of Spruce Grove, Alberta, Barnes spent three seasons as an assistant coach in the NHL with the Dallas Stars (2008-2011) and has been a co-owner of the Americans since 2004.

Barnes played a combined 1,252 NHL regular-season and playoff games with the Winnipeg Jets, Florida Panthers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars. He was selected fourth overall by the Jets in the 1989 NHL Draft.

▪ Former Tri-City Americans goalie Joel Martin signed a contract extention with the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL).

Martin, 33, is set for his 14th season of professional hockey and eighth with the Wings.

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Ward played in a career-high 64 of Kalamazoo’s 72 games last season and set a new ECHL record for minutes played (3,777) in a season. He had a 2.94 goals against average, a .928 save percentage and three shutouts last year.

Baseball

Jack Rooney stifled the Kennewick AAA Outlaws’ bats Thursday to lead Lakeside Recovery to a 10-2 victory at the Brandy Pugh Tournament at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue.

Rooney pitched all five innings for Lakeside Recovery and allowed just two hits and the two runs. TJ Rea was the lone bright spot for the Outlaws as he reached base three times, picking up one of the Outlaws two hits and walking twice.

The game was close before Lakeside Recovery put up seven runs in the bottom of the fifth to put an end to the contest.

The Outlaws bounced back with a 5-4 win over the Spokane Dodgers in an eight-inning game.

Trent Sellers went 5 2/3 innings in a starting role for the Outlaws and Fabian Green finished off the game from there to pick up the win. Dillon Plew paced the Kennewick bats with a couple of knocks.

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Highlights: Jack Rooney (L) 5IP-2R-2H-4K; Danny Sinatro (L) 2 H, 2 RBI; TJ Rea (K) 1 H, 2 BB.

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Highlights: Trent Sellers (K) 5 2/3IP-4R-8K; Dillon Plew (K) 2 H, BB.

▪ The Southridge Sr. Bandits scored early and often Thursday and held on for a 7-4 victory over Eastside Baseball Club at the Walla Walla Sweet Invitational Tournament.

The Bandits scored three runs in the bottom of the first to take a 3-1 lead and then padded on some late support with two more scores in the sixth.

Jake Kirchhoff and Lane Hailey led Southridge at the plate as they each had two hits, a double and an RBI. Hailey also walked and stole a base.

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Highlights: Lane Hailey (S) 2x3, 2b, RBI, R, BB, SB; Jake Kircchoff (S) 2x3, 2b, RBI, 2 R; Brad Morgan (S) 6 1/3IP-4R-9H-2BB-2K.

▪ The Hanford AAA Flames lost to the Caldwell Silverstreaks and the Spokane Crew in their first two games of the Walla Walla Sweet Invitational.

On Thursday, the Crew put up five runs in the first inning and never looked back en route to 15-6 victory.

Colton Peha and Isaiah Gosney were unstoppable at the plate for Spokane as they both went 3-for-5. Peha drove in three runs and scored twice himself while Gosney picked up 2 RBIs and scored once.

The Flames led 2-0 over Caldwell in the middle of the third on Friday, but couldn’t close it out as the Silverstreaks earned a hard-fought, 3-2 victory.

Brandon Huffman pithced a complete game for Caldwell and gave up just three hits. He also scored the tying run in the bottom of the fourth and drove in the eventual game-winner with a two-out double in the sixth.

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Highlights: Colton Peha (S) 3x5, 2b, 3 RBI, 2 R; Isaiah Gosney (S) 3x5, 2 RBI, R; Dillon Steen (S) 7IP-8H-5R-3BB-K.

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Highlights: Brandon Huffman (C) 1x3, 2b, RBI, R, 7IP-2R-3H-4BB-2K; Brady White (H) 1x2, R, RBI, BB.

▪ The Twin City Titans 18U won both halves of a doubleheader against the Columbia Basin River Dogs and Yakima Beetles AA Friday at the Yakima Firecracker Tournament.

In the morning game, Jason Webb stole the show on the mound, allowing just one run on five hits to lead the Titans to a 2-1 victory.

Twin City tacked on their runs in the fourth and fifth and managed to hold off the Beetles in a game the Titans never trailed.

In their early afternoon match up with the River Dogs, Hunter French and Easton Henke split a two-hit shutout right down the middle for the Titans in a 1-0, eight-inning victory.

Mike Jones picked up the walk-off base hit in the eighth and drove in two of the Titans’ three runs on the day.

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Highlights: Jake Webb (TC) 7IP-1R-5H-3K.

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Highlights: Hunter French (TC) 4IP-0R-2K; Easton Henke (TC) 4IP-0R-3K; Mike Jones (TC) H, RBI.

▪ The Richland National 12U Little League All-Stars suffered their first loss of the district tournament at the hands of West Valley by a score of 4-1.

Greyson McDaniel hit a three-run homer in the top of the second to give West Valley a 4-0 lead.

Elijah Rodriguez hit a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth to keep Richland National from getting shutout.

Richland National will take on the loser of a game between East Valley and Pasco National at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Pasco National complex. In order to win the district tourney, Richland National will have to win its next six games.

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Highlights: Greyson McDaniel (WV) 1x1, HR, 3 RBI; Elijah Rodriguez (R) 1x2, HR, 1 RBI; Zac Howard (R) 1x1, 2b.

Golf

Nick Mandell and Austin Brown of Kennewick, and Jeffrey Marcum of West Richland competed Thursday at the U.S. Amateur Qualifying event in Blaine, but failed to qualify for the main event.

The top two golfers earned qualifying spots for the U.S. Amateur Championship.

Mandell shot 148, while Marcum posted a 150 and Brown ended up toward the bottom of the field with a 163.

Vinnie Murphy of Sumner and Kaleb Gorbahn of Smithers, BC, both shot 137 and qualified to play in the championship August 15-21 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield, Mich.

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