Devils go 1-1; Blues win 2
Connor Hayes singled, doubled and tripled as the Asotin County Blues posted a 2-0 record in a three-team gathering of Legion baseball teams Sunday, with the Moscow Blue Devils going 1-1.
The Blues defeated the Devils 9-8 before downing the Walla Walla Bruins 14-9. Moscow beat Walla Walla 11-4.
In what would prove the decisive sequence in the Blues-Devils game, Hayes tripled in the top of the seventh inning and scored on an error.
Moscow wound up producing two runs in the bottom of the inning before reliever Damon Peace induced a grounder to himself to end the threat.
In the Blues’ other game, they forged six runs in the third inning as Walla Walla committed four of its seven errors.
In Moscow’s game against Walla Walla, Chad Redinger singled three times and the Devils erupted for 10 runs in the second inning. Kyle Lynas and Ryan Delusa combined for a six-hitter.
Lynas’ RBI-double got the Devils rolling in their big inning.
Moscow..0(10)0 100 0—11 11 2
Walla Walla..000 030 001—4 6 4
Kyle Lynas, Ryan Delusa (4) and CJ Anderson. Rose, Holtzinger (2) and Chase.
Moscow hits — Chad Redinger 3, Barrett Abendroth 2 (2B), Hayden Thompson (2B), Billy Adams, Lynas 2 (2B), Anderson, Payton Waters.
Walla Walla hits — Zehner, Holtzinger, Terry 2, Chase 2.
Asotin Co. 012 050 1— 9 8 3
Moscow 222 000 2—8 9 2
Jon Bean, Damon Peace (3) and Connor Hayes. Redinger, Mack Hagenbough (4) and Anderson.
Asotin County hits — Colby Bolen 2, Ryan Denham, Josh Eggleston 2, Evan Bartels, Hayes 2 (3B).
Moscow hits — Redinger (2B), Abendroth 2, Adams, Lynas 2, Hagenbough, Isaac Staszkow, Marcus Delusa.
Walla Walla .005 022 0—9 11 7
Asotin Co. ..116 240 x—14 15 2
Zeke Paloma, Joe Terry (3) and Anthony Parish. Justin Spencer, Bolen (6) and Danner Maves.
Walla Walla hits — Casey Swanson 3, Hunter Polly, Ian Kopf 2, Parish (2B), Will Kyotola 2, Will Huntsman, Ethan Zenner.
Asotin County hits — Kian Ankerson 2, Kelton Judy, Bolen 2, Peace 3 (2B), Eggleston 3, Bean, Maves, Jacob Nissen, Hayes (2B).
Cougs 17-9, M. Lake 14-10
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — The Whitman County Cougars, a Class A Legion baseball team, split a late-reported season-opening doubleheader Saturday against the 16U Moses Lake Sun Devils.
The Cougars won the opener 17-14 before bowing 10-9.
Nick Strenge batted 4-for-4 for Whitman County in the first game, with two doubles, a triple and five RBI. In the second contest, Colin Dreewes had two hits and three RBI.
Junior Devils notch no-hitters and a sweep
The Moscow Junior Blue Devils beat North Central twice in American Legion baseball action Saturday, winning the first game 10-0 behind a six-inning no-hitter from Preston Boyer and Levi Anderson.
The Blue Devils won the second game 14-4.
In the first game, Boyer and Anderson notched four strikeouts apiece while each worked three innings.
Anderson, who entered in the fourth, didn’t give up a walk, while Boyer issued three.
In the nightcap, Mike Kiblen had two triples and a double and four teammates had doubles.
“In the first game, both the pitchers were just really dominant,” Blue Devils coach Casey Anderson said while also lauding his squad’s cohesion. “I think we’re coming together and the boys really like each other. They’re having a lot of fun.”
North Central 000 000—0 0 1
MJBD 401 104—10 9 1
Cole Clancey, Trenton Graham (4), Anderon VanRiger (6) and Prado. Preston Boyer, Levi Anderson (4) and Bales.
North Central hits — none.
MJBD hits — Mike Kiblen, Preston Boyer 2 (2B), Tyler Howard 3 (3B), Levi Anderson, Adian Kelly, Dominic Molnar.
North Central 020 020— 4 6 3
MJBD 304 205—14 9 2
Karsan Kendall, Jakob Haskins (4), Luke Crown (6) and Shaw. Tyler Howard, Jack O’Neal (3), Jamie Green (5) and Fletcher.
North Central hits — Luke Crown 2, Cole Claney (2B), Karsan Kendall, Trenton Graham, Nathan Tucker (2B).
MJBD hits — Mike Kiblen 3 (2B, 2-3B), Preston Boyer 2 (2B), Tyler Howard (2B), Matt Fletcher 2 (2B), Jacob Skilies (2B).
WIAA to move grid title games
RENTON, Wash. — The executive board for Washington Interscholastic Activities Association voted Sunday against renewing its contract with the Tacoma Dome as the host site for the football state Championship games.
The WIAA cited fan experience and financial implications for both the WIAA and spectators as the primary reasons for the change.
“The Tacoma community and the Tacoma Dome have been great hosts for many WIAA state championships over the years,” executive director Mike Colbrese said in a news release. “They will continue to provide an exceptional experience for the WIAA Mat Classic and Hardwood Classic events.
“Ultimately, the executive board needed to evaluate whether holding the Gridiron Classic in the Tacoma Dome made sense for the association, student-participants and fans,” he said. “Costs of renting the facility have continued to increase and WIAA staff received criticisms regarding the new seating arrangement for football.”
The executive board and WIAA staff will begin surveying potential new sites and plan to make a decision in the fall. The change will likely bring an end to the single-site championships format.
“While the Tacoma Dome offered the ability to have all state championship football games in one location, we anticipate that using multiple sites will have its own benefits,” Colbrese said.
The Tacoma Dome has staged the Gridiron Classic since 1995, when it replaced the Kingdome as the site.