Today’s schedule: 10 a.m. — Spradlin Rock Hawks vs. Granite Construction. 1 p.m. — J.H. Kelly vs. 3 Rivers Baseball. 4 p.m. — Pe Ell/Willapa Valley Titans vs. loser Spradlin-Granite (loser out). 7 p.m. — Kennewick Wolf Pack vs. loser J.H. Kelly-3 Rivers (loser out).
The Spradlin Rock Hawks of Hoquiam overcame a near-disastrous beginning to advance to the semifinals.
The Grays Harbor Longshoremen, however, will spend the remainder of the Southern Washington State Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament on the sidelines.
Spradlin overcame an early 4-0 deficit to down the Kennewick Wolf Pack, 10-5, in an opening round game Thursday at Hoquiam’s Olympic Stadium.
After dropping their tourney opener to 3 Rivers Baseball of the Tri-Cities, 9-4, on Thursday, the Longshoremen were unable to complete a dramatic comeback and were eliminated by the Pe Ell/Willapa Valley Titans, 12-11, on Friday.
Spradlin’s, which had the day off Friday, will face Granite Construction of Camas in one winners bracket semifinal today. Granite beat Quail Homes of Vancouver, 14-4, on Thursday.
3 Rivers will take on J.H. Kelly of Longview-Kelso, a 6-0 winner over Pe Ell/Willapa Valley, in the other semifinal.
Kennewick eliminated Quail Homes, 7-3, on Friday. Quail Homes had knocked out reigning state champion KWRL Centerfield of the Kalama-Woodland-Ridgefield-La Center, 7-4.
The tournament runs through Monday, with the title round slated for 10 a.m. and, if necessary, 1 p.m.
Spradlin 10, Kennewick 5
The Hawks quickly shrugged off the four-run Kennewick first that was highlighted by Dylan Kaech’s RBI triple and Skyler Mobry’s run-scoring double.
The Hoquiamites needed only two innings to overcome that deficit and, with starter Jesiah Bretz settling down on the mound, were even at 5-5 before batting around in a five-run fifth inning that proved the difference.
Jake Guined stroked a one-out double, stopped at third on Brody Bennett’s single and scored on an infield error. After Bubba Dick’s bunt was mishandled for another error, Austin Silva bounced a run-scoring single up the middle. Bretz scored from third on a wild pitch, Dick beat the relay home when the throw went to first on Tyler Inmon’s safety squeeze bunt and Jerod Steen singled to left to knock in the final run.
Displaying excellent control, Bretz allowed only one run and four hits over the final six innings in collecting the win. He walked only two while striking out four.
Bennett and Steen had three hits apiece, while Dalton Lines drove in three runs with a double and single for the Hawks.
Kaech collected half of Kennewick’s six hits.
3 Rivers 9, Grays Harbor 4
Winning pitcher Seth Lane’s run-scoring double was featured in a three-run first inning that gave 3 Rivers a permanent lead.
Remarkably, Grays Harbor starter Kyle Standstipher didn’t allow another hit while striking out 10 during his 4 1/3-inning pitching stint. But he lost command of the strike zone in the fifth, allowing three walks and uncorking five wild pitches. Lane then greeted reliever Roberto Lopez with a two-run triple that helped stake the Eastern Washington club to a 7-1 advantage.
The Longshoremen knocked out Lane in the sixth when Tyler White’s leadoff single was followed by two walks, a hit batter and a wild pitch. That narrowed the deficit to 7-3.
Facing reliever Nate Rossine, Erikk Machowek singled up the middle to bring in Kyle Standstipher with another marker, but the rally quickly died when Kenny Wakefield was thrown out at the plate on the same hit and Rossine picked Machowek off second base.
A pair of 3 Rivers runs in the bottom of the sixth helped seal the deal.
White delivered a pair of hits for Grays Harbor. Lane and Rossine had two hits each for 3 Rivers.
Pe Ell/Willapa Valley 12, Grays Harbor 11
Grays Harbor entered the fifth inning trailing 11-2, but the Longshoremen still had some fight left in them.
After walking to lead off the inning, Nate Krigbaum advanced on three consecutive wild pitches to score. Erikk Machowek walked, Tyler White reached on an error and Kolby Standstipher walked to load the bases for cleanup hitter Kyle Standstipher.
Kyle came through in the biggest possible way. The big first baseman hit a line drive over the left center field fence for a grand slam, cutting the Titans’ lead to 11-7.
Later in the fifth inning, Josh Takagi bunted for a base hit and scored on a double by Roberto Lopez. Takagi drove in Justin Marsh with a single in the sixth inning to further cut into the deficit, 11-9.
In the top of the seventh inning, Krigbaum doubled into the left-center field gap, then scored when Tyler White hit a two-out triple into right field. Kolby Standstipher hit a single between the shortstop and third baseman to plate White and tie the game up at 11-11.
After being blanked for three consecutive frames, Willapa Valley/Pe Ell managed to score when it mattered the most.
With two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning, Johnny Woods walked. Cody Buchanan reached on an error by the shortstop, advancing Woods to second. Dalton Toepelt hit a single through the right side of the infield to score Woods, ending the game. The throw to the plate by Kolby Stanstipher was on the mark and was cleanly fielded by White, but the ball popped out of White’s mitt when Woods slid into it.
Kennewick 7, Quail Homes 3
Kennewick did most of its damage in the first inning. The Wolf Pack scored five runs in the bottom half of the first frame, which ended up being enough to win.
Jeremy Carson and Dylan Kaech each recorded an RBI single in the first. Pavin Combs hit a triple into the left center field gap to drive one in as well. The other two runs scored on a balk and a wild pitch.
Mike Perez and Andrew Marble combined to pitch the entire game for Kennewick and allowed just two hits and two earned runs.
PWV 9, Centerfield 2
This wasn’t as much of an upset as it might have appeared. As the host team for regionals beginning July 21 at Vancouver, Centerfield is fielding primarily a second unit for this tournament.
Centerfield’s Carter Stroder nevertheless was working on a no-hitter through four innings before Pe Ell-Willapa Valley rallied for five runs in the fifth. Kaelin Jurek’s tw0-run single was the key blow in that frame.
Rod Arrington had two hits for the Titans.
Granite 14, Quail Homes 4
Brandon Casteel drove in five runs with three hits and Braden Devlin and Conner Coombs added two hits apiece for Granite Construction.
Kennewick 400 010 0 — 5 6 4
Spradlin 320 050 x — 10 12 3
Dahl and Morby; Bretz and Guined.
Longshore 010 003 0 — 4 6 1
3 Rivers 300 042 x — 9 6 3
Kyle Standstipher, Lopez (5), Wahl (5) and Krigbaum; Lane, N. Rossine (6) and Thomas.
Longshore 000 261 20 – 11 14 8 PWV 104 600 01 – 12 12 3
Kolby Standstipher, Takagi (5) and White; Lusk, Ritzman (5), Austin Arrington (5), Aidan Arrington (8) and Jurek
Quail Homes 000 111 0 – 3 2 2 Kennewick 502 000 – 7 9 2
Johnson, Dunn (1) and Rodriguez; Perez, Marble (4) and Chen
JH Kelly 6 7 1 Titans 0 3 2
Centerfield 4 1 3 Quail Homes 7 6 1