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Olson guides Clarkston to State 2A baseball semifinals

SUNDAY, MAY 22, 2011

It was the Luke Olson show for the Clarkston Bantams at the State 2A tournament Saturday at Davis High School in Yakima.

Olson dominated on the mound and at the plate as the Bantams (20-6) eliminated the Pullman Greyhounds (18-6) with a 6-1 victory and advanced to the semifinals.

Olson tossed a complete-game six-hitter with 12 strikeouts and one walk and had a 3-for-3 day at the plate with three runs batted in.

Olson’s two-run double was part of a four-run first inning for Clarkston and he added a run-scoring single in the third.

Clarkston began the day with an 8-2 win over Selah behind Randy Fuller’s complete-game five-hitter. Fuller fanned eight and walked two. Colby Hanson scored three runs for the Bantams.

Pullman opened with a 4-3 win over East Valley of Yakima. The Greyhounds scored the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when Nicky Scourey walked with one out, stole second and scored on Justin Cilley’s single.

4A: The Ferris Saxons (19-4) were outrallied by Richland (20-6) in the round of 16 in Yakima and fell 5-4 in 10 innings.

The Saxons scored twice in the top of the 10th to take a 4-2 lead and appeared to have the win wrapped up when ace Spencer Ansett returned to the mound.

But the Bombers loaded the bases on a leadoff double by Syd Hall, a hit batter and a bunt single by Bob Imhoff. Dalton Johnson blooped a single to left to score a run and Dillan Klute drew a walk to force in the tying run. Zach Rapacz followed with a successful suicide squeeze.

Richland followed with a 10-1 trouncing of Auburn Riverside to advance to the semifinals.

1A: The Freeman Scotties (14-8) and Colville Indians (18-8) lost state openers in Moses Lake.

Columbia (Burbank) never trailed en route to a 5-1 win over Freeman.

Zillah scored two runs in the top of the fourth and three in the fifth and then squelched a Colville rally in the bottom of the seventh to outlast the Indians 5-4.

2B: Warden got off to a fast start with a four-run first inning en route to a 14-7 win over the Colfax Bulldogs (18-3) at Shadle Park. Warden advanced to next week’s semifinals against La Conner

Earlier, Colfax used a seven-run first inning to oust Tekoa-Oakesdale/Rosalia (17-2) 8-2.

Warden opened with a 7-0 win over Kettle Falls, holding the Bulldogs (12-10) to three hits.

In other 2B games, Mossyrock rocked visiting Springdale (11-10) 11-0 and Lind-Ritzville/Sprague (17-9) defeated Riverside Christian 4-2 in Walla Walla before falling to DeSales 5-3. DeSales and Seattle Lutheran will play in the other semifinal.

1B: Jacob Olmstead pitched a three-hitter as Almira/Coulee-Hartline (23-1) advanced to next week’s state title game with a 6-3 win over Colton (11-13) at Central Valley. The Warriors will meet St. John-Endicott, which defeated Oakville 5-0 at Yakima as Evan Raynor and Mason Van Lith both went 3 for 3.

ACH opened with a 15-1 win over Wilbur-Creston (13-9) as Colin Deyarmin had three hits.

SJE started with a 10-1 win over Lake Quinault as Samuel Raynor had three hits and three RBIs and Van Lith struck out 11.

Colton eliminated Curlew (14-7) 9-7 at CV.

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