Today’s schedule: 10 a.m. — Granite Construction vs. 3 Rivers Baseball (winner to title round). 1 p.m. — Spradlin Rock vs. J.H. Kelly (loser out). 4 p.m. — Winner Spradlin-Kelly vs. loser Granite-3 Rivers (winner to title round; loser out).
Rebounding nicely from a heartbreaking loss earlier in the day, the Spradlin Rock Hawks of Hoquiam made the Final Four of the Southern Washington State Senior Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament at Olympic Stadium.
The Hawks stayed alive in the double-elimination tournament by ousting the Pe Ell-Willapa Valley Titans, 7-1, on Saturday.
Granite Construction of Camas had previously scored in the bottom of the seventh to edge Spradlin’s, 7-6, in a winners bracket semifinal Saturday morning.
3 Rivers Baseball of the Tri-Cities area also advanced to the winners bracket final with a 5-3 win over J.H. Kelly of Longview-Kelso.
Granite Construction and 3 Rivers will collide at 10 a.m. today, with the winner advancing to Monday’s title round. Spradlin will take on J.H. Kelly in an elimination contest at 1 p.m., with the survivor facing the 3 Rivers-Granite loser for the other title-round berth. J.H. Kelly took out the Kennewick Wolf Pack, 10-4.
Monday’s title round is planned for 10 a.m. and, if necessary, approximately 1 p.m. The top two finishers advance to regionals at Clark College in Vancouver.
Spradlin 7, Pe Ell-Willapa Valley 1
Jesiah Bretz, Austin Silva and Jerod Steen combined on a three-hitter as Spradlin Rock shut down Pe Ell-Willapa Valley.
The mound trio combined for eight strikeouts and did not allow a walk. They retired 16 of the final 17 batters.
The Hawks mustered only six hits of their own — just four of which figured in the scoring. But Jake Guined’s two-run single in the first inning provided all the necessary support.
Spradlin’s broke it open with a three-run third that included four walks, an error and Dalton Lines’ single.
Lines, the former Lake Quinault High standout, delivered three hits and scored twice.
Aidan Arrington mustered a pair of singles for the Titans, who are stocked primarily with Pe Ell players.
Granite 7, Spradlin 6
Gabe Metzger’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh gave Granite Construction a walk-off victory over Spradlin’s.
Trailing 6-4, the Hawks loaded the bases in their half of the seventh on a walk to Josh Steen, Guined’s bad-hop double (his fourth hit of the game) and a walk to Brody Bennett. Metzger fanned Bretz for the second out, but Bubba Dick and Silva each drew bases-loaded walks to tie it.
Jerod Steen, the third Spradlin pitcher, nearly escaped a bases-loaded, none-out predicament in the Granite half of the same inning.
After Jake Meyers led off with a single, the Hawks misplayed two bunts to fill the sacks. Steen retired the next two batters on a force-out at the plate and infield fly, but Metzger’s fly soared over the center-fielder’s head to produce the winning run.
A reversed call in the Granite third inning loomed large in the outcome.
Spradlin’s had taken a 3-1 in its half of the third. Josh Steen hit an inside-the-park homer on a drive that carried past a shallow-playing center fielder. Lines followed with a triple to right and scored on Guined’s double to center.
Jake Tomasini tied it with a two-run single in the Granite third, but was seemingly picked off third base by Jerod Steen, who was catching at the time, for the second out. The umpires originally called Tomasini out but, following a prolonged discussion, wound up reversing their call after ruling that the third baseman (who was standing in the baseline while accepting the throw) was guilty of obstruction.
Tomasini wound up scoring seconds later when Spradlin starter Lines uncorked a wild pitch. Meyers’ RBI double later in the inning gave Granite a 5-3 lead.
Guined, who finished with a triple, two doubles and a single, lacked only a home run of hitting for the cycle. Metzger, Meyers and Braden Devlin had two hits each for Granite.
3 Rivers 5, J.H. Kelly 3
Riley Thomas, and Nate and Kyle Rossine contributed two hits each as 3 Rivers remained unbeaten. Riku Kusakabe had three hits for J.H. Kelly.
J.H. Kelly 10, Kennewick 4
The Longview-Kelso club scored in each of the first five innings en route to a lopsided victory over the Wolf Pack.
A five-run second inning that included Jordan Frost’s two-run single, gave Kelly a 7-0 lead.
Luke Brown had three hits, including a triple, for the winners. Kennewick’s Dylan Keech collected two hits.
Spradlin’s 102 010 2 — 6 8 4
Granite 014 010 1 — 7 10 2
Lines, Silva (3), Jerod Steen (7) and Jerod Steen, Josh Steen; Metzger, Arvidsen (7) and Casteel.
PWV 010 000 0 — 1 3 3
Spradlin’s 203 200 x — 7 6 2
Aidan Arrington, Lusk (2), Ritzman (3) and Jurek; Bretz, Silva (5), Jerod Steen (6) and Guined.