Richland and Kennewick baseball teams face off in a doubleheader

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A high school baseball double-key takes place Friday when Kennewick (14-1) visits Richland (12-3), starting at 4 p.m. at Richland High School.

The Lions are 11-0 in Mid-Columbia conference play and, at the time of this writing, are the No. 1 team in the state scoring percentage index rankings. WIAA for class 3A.

The Bombers, meanwhile, sit second in the MCC standings with a 9-2 record. Richland is also ranked eighth in the RPI 4A state ranking.

Kennewick needs just one win (with five games to go) to clinch MCC’s top spot in Class 3A district play.

Richland is one game ahead of Kamiakin, who has an 8-3 MCC record and sits ninth in the 4A state RPI standings

Here is the MCC standings, through matches on April 19:

Kennewick 11-0 MCC/14-1 aggregate; Richland 9-2/12-3; Kamiakine 8-3/11-4; Southridge 6-5/9-6; Walla Walla 6-5/7-6; Chiawana 6-5/7-8; Hanford 4-8/8-8; Hermiston 2-11/2-13; Pasco 0-13/2-14

The Pasco boys’ soccer team remains unbeaten, 10-0, in MCC play, after beating Walla Walla 1-0 on Tuesday.

In fact, that 10-0 record puts the Bulldogs in second place in the state’s 4A RPI rankings, with just weeks to go until the playoffs begin.

The MCC double round robin regular season schedule ends May 5. Then the teams move on to their respective Class 3A and 4A district tournaments with schools in the Greater Spokane League.

Here is the MCC standings, through matches on April 19:

Pasco 10-0; 2. Chiawana 9-3; 3. Richland 8-3; 4. Southridge 7-4; 5. Kennewick 7-5; 6. Hermiston 5-7; 7. Kamiakine 2-9; 8. Hanford 2-10; 9. Walla Walla 1-10.

The Walla Walla softball team beat Chiawana 9-1 on Tuesday night, and the Blue Devils now boast an MCC record of 8-0 and 11-0 overall.

Wa-Hi is the highest ranked 3A women’s team in the state, as they top the WIAA RPI rankings.

But the Blue Devils have a key twinbill coming up this Friday, as they host Richland at Murr Field, starting at 2 p.m.

There are only a few weeks left in the regular season before the teams go their separate ways in the playoffs.

Here is the MCC softball standings, games through April 19:

Walla Walla 8-0 MCC/11-0 on aggregate; 2 (tie). Hermiston 8-2/12-2; and Richland 8-2/11-3; 4. Kamiakine 7-3/10-4; 5. Chiawana 5-3/8-5; 6. Hanford 2-6/3-8; 7. Kennewick 2-8/5-9; 8 (tie). Southridge 0-8/1-12; and Pasco 0-8/0-10.

Golf

The PGA Pacific Northwest Section held its Senior Players Championship April 12-13 at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, with Semiahmoo’s Jeff Coston winning with a two-round score of 137.

It’s 7 under par for Coston.

Three area competitors – all representing Walla Walla golf courses – finished in the top 28.

Amateur Jeff Thomas of the Walla Walla Country Club finished tied for 11th at 146.

Wine Valley amateur Kevin Burnett and Veterans Memorial pro Chris Repass in Walla Walla are both tied for 28th with 149 scores.

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Runners climb Badger Mountain during their 2019 100-mile endurance race. Paul T. Erickson/ Tri-City Herald

Badger mountain challenge

Issaquah’s Robert Irr stood out at last month’s Badger Mountain Challenge races in Richland.

Irr, 34, finished first in the flagship 100-mile race, completing the course in 17 hours, 49 minutes and 10 seconds.

Chad Allen, 40, of Richland was the area’s top male setter, finishing third in 20 hours, 26 minutes and 35 seconds.

On the women’s side, Kristi Leblanc of Eugene, 38, was the top women’s final in 22:18:04.

Michaela Trenidad, 37, of Pasco, was third in 23:48:09.

In the 50-mile race, 31-year-old Jon-Erik Jardine of Seattle was the top finisher in 7 hours, 28 minutes and 20 seconds.

Sam Poppe, 32, of Eltopia, was third in the men’s all round with a time of 8:30:28.

Tacoma, Lisa Wonneberg, 40, was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 50-mile race, finishing the race in 8:54:54.

Lisa Cabiles of Richland, 39, was third in 9:17:51.

In some of the other races, Ryan Solberg of Eugene, 39, placed first in the 50-mile race in 10 hours, 12 minutes and 10 seconds.

A ruck is a race in which each competitor must carry extra weight with him.

Lance Harpe, 34, of West Richland, was second in the event in 12:20:38.

Jason Heineman, 46, of Richland, crossed the finish line first in the 15km event. Heineman finished with a time of 1 hour, 3 minutes and 44 seconds.

Isabel Silva, 22, of Richland, was the first woman to cross the finish line in 1:10:03.

In the 15k ruck, Brian Nygard, 30, of Richland, was first in 1 hour, 20 minutes and 6 seconds.

Nichole Allen, 39, of Kennewick, was the top female setter with a time of 1:50:07.

Car race

A quick check of the Apple Cup race weekend at Tri-City Raceway earlier this month shows Preston Peltier of Harrisburg, North Carolina winning the main event of the Northwest Super Late Model Series, which took place held April 3.

Trevor Cristiani of Boise placed second in the race, while Mike Longton of Moxee finished third.

Kyle Telstrom of Ukiah, Calif. finished first in the Special Tour Modifieds main event presented by Pit Stop USA.

Cristiani was also second in that race, while Andrew Richardson of Meridian, Idaho was third.

Yakima’s Travis McKinney won the Hobby Stock 1 event on April 2, while Yakima’s Rich Peters finished first in the Hobby Stock 2 event on April 3.

Pasco’s Brad Rhoads was the Mini Stock main event champion, while Prosser’s Steve Thompson won the Pro Late Models main event.

Jeff Morrow is the former sports editor of the Herald

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