Jacob Valdez didn’t need all that much support Saturday night as Twin City opened Senior American Legion super regional play at its own Bomber Field.
But the Titans pitcher still got a heaping dose of runs in an 11-3 win over Prep Sports of Kirkland.
Twin City jumped out to a 7-0 lead after three innings — Johnny Jansen’s two-run double in the first among the team’s big hits — and Valdez hung five no-hit innings on the scoreboard.
Valdez and reliever Levi Broeske combined on a two-hitter, taking the no-no into the eighth.
The win sends the Titans (44-16) to a 1 p.m. matchup today with the Spokane Bandits, who beat Aberdeen Baseball 10-3 in the other first-round game.
The winner earns the tourney’s No. 1 berth to state next week at Carlon Park in Selah. The loser will face the winner of this morning’s elimination game between Prep Sports and Aberdeen.
Prep Sports 000 102 000 — 3 2 3
Twin City 403 220 000 — 11 11 5
Hurt, Barohougla (3), Anaya (4), Jang (6) and Cooper; Jacob Valdez, Levi Broeske (6) and Ty Earley, Colton Shelby (6). Highlights—Drew Oord (TC) 2x4, 2 RBI; Johnny Jansen (TC) 2-R 2B; Mason Hilty (TC) RBI 2B; Andrew Castillo (TC) 2B.
Kennewick 17, Eastside Legion 1: Conner O’Neil tossed a three-hitter, striking out nine in seven innngs, and the Bandits got plenty of offense to cruise to a win in their opener at the Colfax super regional.
Trek Stemp went 4-for-5 with a double and a triple, and Jarod Gonzales belted a three-run homer for Kennewick (35-17), which plays Central Washington League rival Yakima in the championship at 10 a.m. today. The Beetles beat the Northeast 49ers 7-3.
The winner of today’s championship moves on to state, while the loser must play a qualifier against the winner of Saturday night’s game between Eastside and Northeast.
Eastside Legion 001 000 0 — 1 3 4
Kennewick 105 128 x — 17 12 1
Dantini, Ecishii (5) and Saathoff; Conner O’Neil and Dylan Maurer. Highlights—Trek Stemp (K) 4x5, 2B, 3B; Jarod Gonzales (K) 3-R HR; Maurer (K) 2x4; Steve Sordahl (K) 3x4, 2B; O’Neil (K) 7IP-3H-9K.
Bellingham 5, Hanford 1: The Hanford Flames collected 10 hits, but left 10 runners on base, to drop their Super Regional opener in Centralia to Bellingham Post 7.
Eric Kreider paced Bellingham with a home run and double.
Ryan Neal and Trevor Jones each had two hits for the Flames, who play either the Spokane Cannons or Centralia Sobe at 10 a.m. today in a loser-out contest.
The Flames must win twice today in order to advance to next weekend’s state tournament in Selah.
Hanford 000 100 000 — 1 10 2
Bellingham 100 120 01x — 5 7 0
Garrison Becker and Jake Browne; John Albert, Ben Wilson (9) and Tim Boyd. Highlights—Eric Kreider (B) 2x3, 2B, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 runs; Ryan Neal (H) 2x4; Trevor Jones (H) 2x4.
Junior Legion Hanford 8, Othello 2: Brady Heid went 3-for-4 with a double, Jamie Heid drove in a pair of runs, and the Flames cruised to a win in their super regional opener at Roy Johnson Field.
Jake Anderson went the distance and gave up just three hits for Hanford, which plays West Valley in the semifinals at 1 p.m. today.
The winner will have a decided edge in Monday’s championship, needing to win just one game while its surviving opponent will need to win twice.
The champion automatically advances to state, while the No. 2 team faces the No. 2 team from the Selah regional for a state berth.
Othello 001 001 0 — 2 3 1
Hanford 304 001 x — 8 11 2
Justin Lind, Justin Crebs (4) and Adrien Garza, Lind (4); Jake Anderson and Aaron Enderlin. Highlights—Anderson (H) 7IP-3H; Brady Heid (H) 3x4, 2B; Jamie Hopp (H) 2x3, 2B, 2 RBI; Ryan Colson (H) 2B, RBI; McKaden Manderbach (H) 1x2, RBI; David Garza (O) 1x3.
Phantoms split: Kennewick dropped its opener to West Valley 3-1 before bouncing back to oust Othello 10-5.
Catcher Dylan Wilbert went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple in the victory, and Kaden Julian and Alex Straci combined to drive in five runs.
In the opener, Phantoms starter Mark Driver gave up three runs in the first inning but only allowed a single hit the rest of the way in a hard-luck loss.
Kennewick awaits the loser of the Hanford-West Valley game for a 4 p.m. eliminination game today.
West Valley 300 000 0 — 3 4 1
Kennewick 000 100 0 — 1 5 1
Dylan Peters and Casey Johnston; Mark Driver and Dylan Wilbert. Highlights—Corey Loye (WV) 2-R single; Driver (K) 7IP-4H-3K.
Kennewick 205 001 2 — 10 9 0
Othello 002 120 0 — 5 6 0
Matt Driver, Colton Plew (7) and Wilbert; Rey Arredondo, David Garcia (4) and Justin Lind. Highlights—Kaden Julian (K) 1x3, 2 RBI; Wilbert (K) 3x4, 2B, 3B; Alex Straci (K) 1x2, 3 RBI; Dillon Plew (K) 2x4; Cruz Pruneda (O) 2x4.