For the Richland Bombers a dream season ended nightmarishly on a cold May night at Safeco Field.
The Bombers, who used pitching and pressure offense to return to the 4A title game for the 2nd straight year, could not put together enough offense to overcome the pitching of Kentwood.
For the weekend the Bombers would muster just 3 hits, 1 in the semifinal, and 2 in the final. It did not help that Richland faced probably the top 2 pitchers in the state in Shorewood's Snell and Kentwood's Avery Kain.
Though the outcome was not what Bomber Nation wanted, it was a fun weekend and a fun season. Hats off to this year's Bombers team for a great run!
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The Columbia Basin Big Nine League is arguably the best HS conference in the State when it comes to Baseball.
Who could argue with the last 10 years or so when the Big 9 has been represented in the Championship Game 8 times winning the title 5 times.
Coach Jacobs has his team peaking at the right time...surprise, surprise...
5/11/11 Richland, WA
Regional Baseball has begun and the road to Tacoma is underway. "Sub-Regionals" began yesterday across Eastern Washington.
We couldn't leave out the baseball players from our ever popular lists of SE region bests.
WSN released its latest Big 9 Conference Top 40 Baseball players on last weeks Zone TV show (FOX 11/41 - Tricities/Yakima 10:35p Thursday). Check out the full list after the jump.
The Big 9 all conference teams were announced for 2012. 3A Player of the Year - Trek Stemp (Kennewick), 3A Outstanding Pitcher Colin Serkowski (Hanford) and for 4A Player of the Year CJ Gettman (Wenatchee), Outstanding Pitcher of the Year Dustin Driver (Wenatchee)
The always popular (and controversial) top 10 players in the Mid-Columbia League makes its web debut for the 2013 season. The list has been active on our TV show "The Zone" which can be found every Thursday on FOX 11/41 in the Tri Cities and Yakima region. The list criteria is stats, coaches, players, and our own 'scouting experts' opinion, enjoy!
10. Spencer Bennion - OF/P/1B - Chiawana - Jr. - The lefty Bennion has a smooth stroke from the left side of the plate, gap power and abliity to hit for average. On the mound he's servicable and a tough competitor. Look for Bennion to continue to improve and be the name most talked about on the Riverhawks squad.
9. Grant Laithim - SS - Southridge - Sr. - Unassuming off the field and imposing on the 6'5" Lathim is batting .459 with 1HR and 15 RBI. Laithim is just finding his Power Stroke and is capable of launching off at any moment.
8. Logan Jackson - SS - Kamiakin - Sr. - Jackson is not currently among the tops in batting average for a Braves team that some may say have struggled a bit since winning the 3A state title last year. jackson however is a great denender and a menace on the basepaths with 5 steals to go with 12 runs. Look for Jacksons aaaverage to climb as we head towards the playoffs.
7. JJ Hancock - C/OF - Kennewick - Jr. - JJ has been swinging a hot bat this season for the Lions. A .421 hitter with good defensive skills behind the plate or in the field, Hancock is an underclassmen whos stock will continue to rise as he continues a stellar Junior year.
6. Gibson McGreorge - 1B - Richland - Jr. - McGeorge or "McRBI" as we like to call him is one of the anchor players for the Bombers. Batting .425 with a team leading 16 RBI in 40 plate apperances McGeorge is yet another in a long line of Bomber-Boppers.
5. Jarrod Molnaa - P - Kennewick - Sr. - Kid has been shoving for the lions, thats slang for "throwing darn well". 3-0 with a league best 1.25 ERA and 23 strikeouts Molnaa is the #1 arm for Kennewick which as of right now is the no. 1 team.
4. Conner O'Neil - P/OF - Southridge - Sr. - A do it all playerbatting .467 (4th inleague) and pitching at a 1.50 ERA, though not a high strikeout kid O'neil is just getting the job done.
3. Clayten Ayres - P/3B - Kennewick - Sr. - Ayres is batting .378 with 12 runs while also pitching 2.00 ERA ball for the 6-0 Lions. Arguabley a #1 pitcher in his own right Ayres is a hard working , disciplined kid who has a good upside and work ethic. Heading to Walla Walla CC Ayres will continue to fine tune his craft and should be one to keep an eye on in the future.
2. Isaac Benard - OF - Hanford - Jr. - Most agree that Benard is the best hitter in the league right now. Coming into last week Benard was hitting .625 with 5HR and 28 RBI, not bad for 40 At-Bats. Benard is also pretty good with the glove as we watched him make a nice diving catch in center field against Richland on Tuesday.
1. Mason Hilty - P/SS - Richland - Sr. - The elder statesman of the league it seems like Hilty has been there forever, and he has first appearing on the team as a Freshman in 2010. Hilty is the best overall pitcher in the league with a combination of ability and know how, kid just knows how to pitch. ERA of 2.44 thru Tuesdays 1 hit shutout of Hanford, Hilty has a imposing mound presence. He's a pretty good hitter too, batting .412 heading into this week.
Nate Ruane (Richland)
Bobby Ingrham Jr. (Pasco)
Levi Broeski (Richland)
Jalen Devine (Hanford)
Cody Kowalski (Hanford)
Jared Newbry (Southridge)
Jake Ebberts (Southridge)
David Marshall (Kamiakin)
Adam Matthews (Walla Walla)
Steven Sordahl (Kennewick)
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Kennewick 13-1 17-3
Southridge 10-4 14-6
Hanford 8-6 11-9
Richland 9-5 14-6
Kamiakin 7-7 10-10
Walla Walla 4-10 6-13
Chiawana 4-10 7-14
Pasco 1-13 5-16