Tanner Kirk scattered five hits en route to a complete-game shutout Saturday, leading the Kennewick Dusters over Mt. View 6-0 on the final day of pool play at the Duster Bowl at LaPierre Field.
The Dusters were the only team to go undefeated in pool play, and they will play the Kennewick Phantoms in one semifinal at 2:15 p.m. today.
The Hermiston Spuds will play the Southridge Bandits in the other semifinal at noon.
The semifinal winners will play in the title game at 4:30 p.m.
In other games Saturday, Bryce Grigg had three hits as the Southridge Bandits beat the Pasco Sun Devils 10-1 in five innings; pitcher RJ Robles struck out 12 over six innings as Hermiston beat the Pasco Rebels 6-2; and Blake Collier had three hits and drove in four runs as the Kennewick Phantoms beat Moses Lake 12-2.
Blue Division — Kennewick Dusters 3-0; Hermiston Spuds 2-1; Pasco Rebels 1-2; Mt. View Thunder 0-3.
Red Division — Southridge Bandits 2-1; Kennewick Phantoms 2-1; Pasco Sun Devils 2-1; Moses Lake Walleyes 0-3.
Today’s schedule — Game 13, Mt. View vs. Moses Lake, 8 a.m.; Game 14, Pasco Rebels vs. Pasco Sun Devils, 10 a.m.; Game 15, Hermiston Spuds vs. Southridge Bandits, noon; Game 16, Kennewick Dusters vs. Kennewick Phantoms, 2:15 p.m.; Game 17 (championship), winner 15 vs. winner 16, 4:30 p.m.
Richland AA Knights
The Knights improved to 5-0 at the Boise Wood Bat Invitational, scoring a 5-4 win over the Boise Gems and a 5-2 victory over the Mountainview Toros to reach today’s championship game.
Hunter French tossed a four-hitter against the Gems as Richland dug its way out of an early 3-0 hole. Austin Haughton was hit by a pitch to lead off the sixth and eventually came home on a passed ball for the tying run. Alex Chapman, who singled, moved up to third on the play and score the winner on Garrett Guffey’s sacrifice fly.
Against the Toros, Dylan Wirtzberger knocked in three runs, while Jake Williamson and Joel Meinert combined on a three-hitter.
Good pitching has been common for the Knights, who posted 11-3, 12-2 and 11-1 wins on Thursday and Friday. Jason Webb (four-hitter), Griffey March (7-hitter) and Guffey (2-hitter) all went the distance.
Lakota Wills turned in a big game Friday with a homer and four RBIs in the 12-2 win over Meridian. March’s 3-for-3 effort in the leadoff spot sparked Richland in an 11-3 win over the Boise Capitals.
Little League 11
Greater Richland combined for 18 hits — led by doubles from Brayden Adams-Mabry, Trevor Dame and Dylan Runge — in a 12-2 victory over West Valley in the 11s district tournament in Yakima.
Landon Webb and Dylan Runge held West Valley to four hits and had eight strikeouts in five innings.
The win puts GRLL into the championship game at 7 p.m. Tuesday at West Valley.