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TCKL: Ness' slam pushes Hot Rods past Lake Monsters

Tribune Staff • Jul 14, 2018 at 12:30 AM

The Tri-Cities Kids League is rounding out the regular season, as each division prepares for next Saturday’s All-Star festivities. Here’s a look at how the past week went for all the young sluggers in the area.

BOYS MINOR

Hot Rods 12, Lake Monsters 8

For the Hot Rods, Jackson Grimes crushed a home run, while Ethan Ness smashed a grand slam and Luke "Thor" Dreese had his first outing as a pitcher and held the Lake Monsters scoreless for the Hot Rods' win.

For the Lake Monsters, Vance Hubner pitched two very strong innings. Adding to that, Jackson Prentice had a smooth triple and Jackson Buys had a single, which scored a run and had a strong defensive game.

Timber Rattlers 16, Hot Rods 9

Alex Strauss led the Timber Rattler attack with three hits and scored three runs. Owen Burgess collected three singles and scored four runs, while Charlie Olmsted was 5-for-5 and scored four times.

Jackson Grimes had a triple for the Hot Rods, while Luke "Thor" Dreese added an impressive line-drive snag at shortstop. Also, Lennon Wolf completed an unassisted double play at first base.

Dash 8, Reds 5

For the Dash, Tommy Galloway had a fifth-inning double with two RBIs on the night, while Ethan Uganski added an RBI in the fourth inning.

For the Reds, Ben Visser had two strong innings pitched, while Tucker Maschweske added a double from the plate.

Timber Rattlers 14, Red Sox 4

The Rattlers were led by Drew Dewey, as he drove in three runs with a double and a single and scored twice. Alex Strauss also had two doubles and scored twice, while Landon O'Donnell scored twice and reached base on all four at-bats and threw two scoreless innings from the mound.

GIRLS JUNIOR

Diamondbacks 17, Angels 16

For the Diamondbacks, Kendall pitched a good inning, while Claire and Sophia both had base hits. For the Angels, Kadence Hren and Lindsay Ladd had two great plays at home plate, while Isabel Geyer had a base hit.

Pirates 14, Diamondbacks 5

Seaherra "Thunder" Murphy powered the Pirate offense with a hit and two RBIs, while Vivian "Vivid" VanKampen added a hit and Ella "Pickle" Hawke had a double and threw out a base runner stealing third from her catcher position.

For the Diamondbacks, Kaitlyn Farkas had a strong hit for the D-Backs, while Ellie Wrona and Claire Sova made an excellent defensive play, throwing out a runner at home plate.

BOYS INTERMEDIATE

Rams 18, Tigers 7

The Tigers were led by the power hitting of Rockne Smith, who belted a two-run triple and a single. Jake Andersen added a double and two singles, while Phoenix Bol was solid in the field and added a single from the plate. The Rams were led by Nathan Navarre and Caleb Wolffis, who each had three hits, while Josh Refarmado pitched two solid innings and added a hit.

Wolverines 14, Bulldogs 7

For the Wolverines, Trenton Caswell recorded a solo double play on defense, while Connor Lakatos added two RBIs and Declan Ellenwood added a triple.

For the Bulldogs, Dylan Wunder recorded a triple and a single, while Justin Hancock struck out five batters and added four putouts and also added two singles from the plate. Gavin Warhurst added two singles and one stolen base.

Razorbacks 14, Hurricanes 1

The Razorbacks were led Reece Robson, Jimmy Cain and Chase Leeuw, each with three hits from the plate. The Hurricanes had good pitching from Broc Nauta, Justin Johnson and Carson Clink.

Sun Devils, 7, Wolverines 2

Andrew Brink recorded two hits, while Nathan Dodd pitched two solid innings and Tyler Colvin made a spectacular catch at center field to close out an inning.

BOYS MAJOR

Rangers 11, Yankees 9

The Rangers were led by Jacob Brenay threw three great innings from the mound, while Caden Valbriuk added a base hit.

BOYS INSTRUCTIONAL

Thunder 7, Grasshoppers 6

For the Hoppers, Eli McCamant and Cullen Marine each had two hits and scored, while Tyler VanderLaan also had two hits and drove in a run.

The Thunder were led by Carter Bradtmueller, Finn Tran and Connor Simpkins with excellent bats in the game. Tran drove in his first run of the year to help get the victory.

Riverdogs 14, Blue Rocks 2

The Riverdogs offensive charge was led by Philip Young, going 4-for-4 from the plate. Chandler Bovee, Liam Lockard, Breslen Boersen and Ryder Woodwyk each had three hits, as well.

Muckdogs 7, Rockhounds 7

The Muckdogs battled back in the last inning, scoring three runs to end the game in a tie. Tyler Sparks had a big night at the plate, going 3-for-3. Taylor Collins and Porter Livingston accounted for two double plays in the field, ending threats of big innings. The Muckdogs finished a solid season with a record of six wins, one loss and two ties.

Riverdogs 14, Mudcats 1

For the Riverdogs, Breslen Boersen, Charlie Wiseman, Liam Lockard, Philip Young and Chandler Bovee all had hits.

For the Mudcats, Jack Kolkema had two hits, while Thomas Redeker also had a hit.

Razorbacks 16, Tigers 5

The Razorbacks were led by Brixton Rose, who went 4-for-4 with six RBIs, while Carson Vink and Trenton Watt each scored twice. The Tigers played solid defense as a team.

Storm 5, Bulls 4

In an amazing game to close out the season for both teams, the Storm edged out the Bulls, 5-4. John Cryst (Storm) ended the game by fielding a grounder and racing the baserunner to third, forcing the third and final out with the bases loaded and the tying run on its way home. Cohen Williams hit a double to the outfield for the Bulls, whose last-inning comeback kept the fans on pins and needles. Cayden Hass had a double and a single for the Storm.

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