John Barneson drove in three runs as M&L; Construction advanced to the American Legion baseball championship series with an 11-9 win over Spokane Athletic Supply at Shadle Park’s Al K. Jackson Field.
Matt Armitage slugged a solo home run and scored twice for M&L;, which swept the best-of-three series. Armitage and teammate D.J. Funk had three hits apiece. Paul McLendon had three RBIs for SAS.
M&L; plays for the title against Chapter 11/Longhorn Barbecue, which topped Spokane Federal Credit Union 5-2 for a sweep. Aaron Hancock struck out 11 and pitched a complete game and Eric Hayden went 2 for 3 for Chapter 11/Longhorn. Gil Pierce of SFCU was 2 for 3 with two RBIs.
The best-of-three championship begins Friday at Jackson Field.
Cory Kimball pitched a one-hitter and Tom Demus doubled in the winning run in the seventh inning as the Spokane Blackhawks defeated Trail 2-1 in a semipro game at Trail, British Columbia.
Jeremy Landram totaled 53 points as Chewelah won a pair of games at the Basketball Congress International tournament at Phoenix.
Chewelah stopped Arizona-Sierra Vista 73-59, then beat Central Texas 65-57 when Landram scored 30. Chewelah (5-2) advanced to the consolation final 16.
Also at the tournament, Houston Gold ousted the Northwest All-Stars 98-80. Chris Hardan and Leonard Harmon scored 19 apiece for Northwest (3-3).
Dick Bingham shot a 1-under-par 70 at Downriver Golf Course for the lead after two days of the Spokane City Amateur Championships.
Bingham, who shot 69 at Indian Canyon Golf Course on Friday, leads Craig Looper by one shot.
The tournament concludes today at The Creek at Qualchan Golf Course.
Spokane’s Brittany Fry took second place in power lifting at the AAU Junior Olympics in Des Moines, Iowa. Fry, competing in the 105-pound division for 17- and 18-year-olds, registered a lift of 495 pounds.
Martin Scates, David Cole and Bill Misner finished the 402-mile competition in the Le Tour De Pain race in an event-best 27 hours, 50 minutes. The route led through Wilbur, Republic and Colville.
John Rudnick won the 302-mile race in 26 hours.
Rick Gronnedek had a homer and four RBIs as Spokane Fastpitch won twice and made the semifinals at the NAFA State AA tournament in Yakima.
Kevin Richards of Spokane qualified eighth at the Coors Light Western Nationals 250 NASCAR REBCO Northwest Tour event in Monroe, Wash. Richards averaged 103.059 mph in a Chevy Lumina.