Spuds remain alive in State Championship

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Saturday, July 27

Kennewick Outlaws 15, Central Washington Spuds 0

BELLINGHAM — In the opening game of the American Legion AAA State Championship, the Outlaws built a big lead early to outlast the Spuds on Saturday afternoon.

The Outlaws poured in seven runs in the bottom of the first to take a commanding lead early in the game. After a pair of scoreless innings, Kennewick built on its lead with eight more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to stretch their advantage. The Spuds were unable to cut into the deficit in the top of the fifth, as the Spuds fell after four and a half innings.

The Outlaws knocked 15 runs off nine hits as a team, playing error-free in the field. The Spuds finished with two hits as a team, with three errors committed.

Wade Visker and Andrew Frey picked up the two hits for the Spuds in the opening game of the Washington State Championship. The Spuds would move on to the bottom of the bracket in the double-elimination tournament.

SPDS 0 0 0 0 0 X X — 0

KNNW 7 0 0 8 X X X — 15

Sunday, July 28

Spuds 2, Mt. Spokane 1

In the first elimination game, a late run helped the Spuds secure the victory to stay alive in the American Legion tournament in Bellingham.

Mt. Spokane took an early lead with a run in the bottom of the first. The Spuds responded as Kaeden Vasquez came in to score in the top of the second to even the game. After three scoreless innings, the Spuds pulled ahead as Andrew Frey brought Zach Valdez home to take a 2-1 they would hold on to for the win.

The Spuds finished with five hits as a team in the game, with two errors in the field. Zach Valdez finished 2-4 on the day, with one run earned and a double. Clayton Kellogg and Andrew Frey would each pick up RBIs in the win.

John Shea pitched all seven innings for the Spuds, with one run allowed off five hits, with four strikeouts.

Next up the Spuds will face the loser between Bellingham and Vancouver today at 4 p.m.

SPDS 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 — 2

MTSP 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1

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