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Area prep baseball teams well-armed with aces
YAKIMA, Wash. — Never, it’s long been said, can a baseball team have enough pitching.
Or the only thing better than having one ace pitcher is having two ace pitchers.
And while no local prep team is completely saturated with moundsmanship, at least seven of them are armed with at least one pitcher who in most regards would qualify as an ace.
“We feel good about Kyle,” Selah coach Mike Archer said about his own standout, senior Kyle Dexter. “He’s a big, strong kid. He’s 6-foot-4. But the thing I think about Kyle is that going through last summer, he learned to be a great competitor and he learned how to pitch and not just throw.”
Dexter, who helped the Yakima Valley team coached by Archer to a state American Legion state championship last summer, has signed with Yakima Valley Community College. Last year with Selah he was 10-2 with a 1.31 ERA, 67 strikeouts in 75 innings and nine complete games in 13 starts.
He clearly is one of the best pitchers in the area.
So are East Valley’s Riley Benedetti, Ellensburg’s Garrett Hull, Prosser’s Wyatt Wentz, Naches Valley’s Chase Wells, Cle Elum’s Ross Taklo and Riverside Christian’s Jacob Haas.
Others of quality might well emerge during the course of the season, or in the case of Davis’ Elias Moctezuma, might re-emerge. Others still might be as good or better than those mentioned, but thus far are not as well known.
Moctezuma, meanwhile, was a freshman phenomenon in 2012, throwing so impressively that he made the all-CBBN team as a first-team relief pitcher even though he was the Pirates’ top starter. The right-hander incurred shoulder problems, however, had surgery two years ago, according to Davis coach Brian Richardson, and is continuing to work his way back to his previous level of effectiveness.
“Last year his arm wasn’t quite there,” Richardson said.
Hull and Wells, both left-handers, were prominent members of state title teams last spring. Hull pitched in Ellensburg’s 6-3 Class 2A semifinal victory over Anacortes and Wells, while only a sophomore, worked Naches Valley’s 7-1 Class 1A championship triumph over Woodland.
The 6-4 Benedetti, meanwhile, has already signed with Washington State. He was 7-3 with a 2.44 ERA as a sophomore before being slowed last year by tendonitis. Still, Benedetti was 3-2 with a 1.96 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 35 innings.
“Riley,” said Jesse Benedetti, his father and coach, “used to be all knees and elbows. But he’s gotten more in tune with his mechanics and more in tune with his body. So his motion now is just more of a smooth process. And the thing that makes him stand out to me is he’s really dedicated to getting better.”
As, no doubt, are others such as Wentz, a 6-6 righty who’s headed for Columbia Basin College, and Haas is a southpaw who’s headed to Walla Walla Community College.
And if Taklo hasn’t yet been discovered by colleges in the region, he might be soon.
“He’s a two-year first-team all-leaguer,” said his coach, Colby Sherrill. “During his time with us he’s probably 26-4, I’d say off the top of my head. We’re lucky to have a guy like him in a small school like this.”
2015 Prep Baseball Capsules
SELAH has an impressive mix of pitching and experience and looks to be its typical formidable self. ELLENSBURG, though it lost many components of its Class 2A state championship squad, also has some talented veterans, EAST VALLEY appears solid and teams such as PROSSER, EPHRATA and OTHELLO could surprise. Newcomer QUINCY is an unknown quantity.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
Senior pitcher-shortstop Riley Benedetti and sophomore infielder-outfielder Ben Albright are all-league returnees for EAST VALLEY, which also will benefit from getting senior outfielder Loren Davido back. Davido was the Red Devils’ leading hitter last season before incurring a season-ending wrist injury. Sophomore pitcher-third baseman Lucas Juarez is also back along with junior outfielder D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs for coach Jesse Benedetti, who’s starting is 14th year as EV’s head coach. “We’re just trying to get better each day and hoping that when the playoffs roll around, we’ll host a game and go from there,” Benedetti said. ... ELLENSBURG lost eight seniors from last year’s Class 2A state champions, but if the Bulldogs are short on quantity they clearly have quality. Senior pitcher-center fielder Garrett Hull, a left-hander, is one of the league’s top pitchers and best all-around players, senior catcher Alonso Bibiano earned all-league honorable mention and sophomore standout Xander Orejudos has moved from second base to shortstop. Seniors Travis Lyman, Alex Ponchene and Matt Van Epps are all expected to contribute from a class that coach Toldd Gibson said, “Had quite a few kids who didn’t get a shot because the class in front of them was so good.” ... Second-year coach Joe Mora has made substantial improvement at GRANDVIEW, where the Greyhounds have a trio of players who have started for three or more years among a turnout of more than 30. Seniors Jorge Oros (P-CF) and Anthony Ramirez (P-1B-C) are both in their fourth year as starters while junior Anthony Mendoza (P-SS) is in his third. “We have more experience and our kids are playing a little more summer ball together,” Mora said. “We used to average eight to 10 errors a game, now we’re averaging about one a game.” He said Oros would be Grandview’s top pitcher with Mendoza a solid No. 2. ... Former Cle Elum coach Steve Schorzman has taken over at PROSSER, where the Mustangs already have a doubleheader sweep at Ephrata under their belts. Senior Wyatt Wentz, a 6-foot-6 right-hander, has committed to Columbia Basin College and will be Prosser’s No. 1 starter. Senior Alex Scarver (CF-P) and juniors Jason Munn (INF), Bailey Green (INF-P) and Riley Lusk (P-INF) were also varsity members last season. “All those guys will be critical to our success,” Schorzman said. “If we can play clean and minimize our errors, I think we can become a pretty competitive group.” ... With ace right-hander Kyle Dexter among six returning starters, SELAH looks primed for another strong season. Veteran coach Mike Archer also has seniors Blake Reeves (2B), Clark Streby (1B), Noah Minnick (LF), Connor Davis (P-CF), Josh Yarbrough (OF-DH) and Garrhett Petrea (C) back along with junior Dan Legg (3B) and sophomore Dac Archer (SS). Reeves has been temporarily sidelined by an injury. Junior Dustin Yates (OF-3B) will compete with Davis, Streby and sophomore Cort Dietrich for the No. 2 starting pitcher’s spot behind Dexter. “I like our guys,” Mike Archer said. “We’ll play defense and I think we’ll pitch well. We just have to find a way to score some runs.” ... The building process continues at TOPPENISH under coach Casey Sorensen, but this year it appears the Wildcats will field a full junior varsity team. As for Top-Hi’s varsity, seniolr Alex Aguilera (3B) joins juniors David Hernandez (CF), Nathan Smiskin (C) and Saul Godina (P-SS) as returners. Godina played as a freshman and has returned after missing last year. He also figures to be the Wildcats’ top pitcher. “I’m more excited about this year than last year,” Sorensen said, “but we’re still quite a ways away from where I want us to be.” ... Things are looking up at WAPATO, where coach Skip Gurtler believes he has a full enough roster to complete the season. The Wolves had to suspend play last year due to lack of players. Seniors Luis DeLeon (CF-P), Tanner Benscoter (2B) and junior Steve Rodriguez (LF) have experience and Gurtler is high on freshmen Caleb Cordova (SS) and Moises Delgado (P-3B), plus junior Cristian Chavez (P-1B), who is new to the program. “The kids are very coachable and they work hard, and those are the important things to me,” Gurtler said. “We have seven freshmen on our roster.”
VARSITY SEASON RESULTS
WHITERIVER @ EAST VALLEY
WHITE RIVER 7, EAST VALLEY 6:
At Yakima, Wash., the Red Devils dropped their non-league season opener when Sean Klapperich hit a two-out, two-run single to tie the score at 6-6 and Dylan Sutherland followed with a bloop RBI double to win it.
Ben Albright, Chase Oldham, and Riley Benedetti had two hits apiece for EV, which hosts Eisenhower on Tuesday.
White River 111 001 3 — 7 8 3
East Valley 300 030 0 — 6 9 4
Harris, Buchanan (4), Hill (7) and Johnson; Benedetti, Ribail (4), Juarez (7) and Hagler.
Highlights: Ben Albright (EV) 2-4, 2b, RBI; Riley Benedetti (EV) 2-4; Chase Oldham (EV) 2-4, RBI; Ty Hoffert (EV) 2 RBI
IKE @ EAST VALLEY
East Valley shuts out Ike
Lucas Juarez and Tyler Gutierrez combined on a no-hitter with 11 strikeouts Tuesday to lead East Valley to an 11-0 victory over Eisenhower in a non-league baseball game on the Red Devils’ diamond.
Casey Oldham went 1 for 2 with 3 RBI while Chase Oldham, Ty Hoffert and Riley Benedetti each had one hit and drove in a run for the Red Devils (1-1).
EV opens CWAC play on Saturday at home against Wapato. Ike plays Post Falls on Saturday at Davis High.
Eisenhower 000 00 — 0 0 7
East Valley 353 0x — 11 4 1
Henley, Delores (4) and Stewart; Juarez, Gutierrez (4) and Hagler, Ch. Oldham (5).
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) and Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 11 K; Casey Oldham (EV) 1-2, 3 RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 1-2, RBI; Ty Hoffert (EV) 1-2, RBI; Riley Benedetti (EV) 1-2, RBI.
wapato @ east valley
EAST VALLEY 22-28, WAPATO 1-0: At East Valley, Ty Hoffert drove in seven runs for the day and Lucas Juarez was 4 for 4 with four RBI in the second game and pitched three shutout innings for the Red Devils.
East Valley (2-0, 3-1) plays at Grandview on Tuesday.
Wapato 000 10 — 1 1 1
East Valley (15)00 7x — 22 18 0
Benscoter, Chavez (2) and Gonzalez; Benedetti, Ribail (4) and Hagler.
Highlights: Riley Benedetti (EV) 3 IP, 9 K, 2-3, 2 RBI; Ben Albrecht (EV) 4-5, 2b, 3 RBI; Loren Davido (EV) 2-2, 2 RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 2-4, RBI; Ty Hoffert (EV) 2b, 3 RBI.
Wapato 000 00 — 0 1 6
East Valley (11)85 4x — 28 22 1
De Leon, Diaz (2), Acevedo (4) and Gonzalez; Juarez, Gutierrez (4) and Oldham.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) 3 IP, 6 K, 4-4, 2 2b, 3b, 4 RBI; Davido (EV) 3-5, RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 3-4, 2b, 3 RBI; Casey Oldham (EV) 2-3, RBI; Hoffert (EV) 4-4, 2 2b, 4 RBI.
east valley @ grandview
EAST VALLEY 15, GRANDVIEW 1: At Grandview, Tyler Gutierrez and Casey Oldham combined to pitch four hitless innings while striking out seven and walking none to lead the Red Devils.
Ben Albrecht went 2 for 4 with three runs scored and a RBI and Loren Davido went 2 for 4 with three RBI for East Valley.
Maurice Prieto drove in the lone run for Grandview while Case Graf had the teams only hit.
East Valley 441 33 — 15 10 0
Grandview 010 00 — 1 1 7
Gutierrez, Casey Oldham (4) and Hagler; Oros, Enriquez (4) and Ramirez.
Highlights: Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-4, 3 runs, RBI; Loren Davido (EV) 2-4, 3 RBI; Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 7 Ks; Jorge Oros (G) 4 K; Case Graf (G) hit; Maurice Prieto (G) RBI.
OTHELLO @ EAST VALLEY
EAST VALLEY 2-4, OTHELLO 1-3: At East Valley, Riley Benedetti had a hand in both winning runs and he also struck out 11 in the opener as East Valley won a pair of extra-inning games.
In the opener, Benedetti scored on Ty Hoffert’s single in the bottom of the eighth for the winning run. In the second game, Benedetti’s single scored Ben Albrecht with the winning run in the ninth inning.
In that second game, Loren Davido hit a two-run single in the bottom of the seventh to force extra innings for the Red Devils (5-0, 6-1), who are off until a key CWAC showdown next Saturday with Selah, which also improved to 5-0 in league with a sweep of Prosser on Saturday.
Othello 000 100 00 — 1 6 2
East Valley 010 000 01 — 2 8 0
Montemayor and Carreno; Benedetti, Ribail (8) and Hagler.
Highlights: Villarreal (O) 2-3; Munoz (O) 2-4; Chase Oldham (EV) 2-3; Riley Benedetti (EV) 11 Ks.
Othello 010 010 010 — 3 8 3
East Valley 000 000 211 — 4 11 4
Munoz, Garcia (6), Fuentes (8) and Carreno; Juarez, Ribail (8), Gutierrez (9) and Hagler.
Highlights: Ruiz (O) 2-4; Garza (O) 2-4; Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-5; Lucas Juarez (EV) 2-4; Benedetti (EV) 3-5, RBI; Loren Davido (EV) two-run 1b in 7th.
east valley @ selah
Selah, East Valley baseball split
SELAH, Wash. -- It boiled down to a duel and a dash Saturday night at Carlon park.
In an early season showdown for CWAC baseball supremacy, East Valley’s Riley Benedetti won a duel of aces in the opener and Selah’s Dac Archer stole home in the bottom of the seventh inning of the nightcap for a split between the two rivals.
Benedetti threw a three-hitter with three walks and seven strikeouts as the Red Devils prevailed in the opener 6-4 after building a five-run lead. Selah’s Kyle Dexter fanned 10 and walked three in his complete-game effort.
Lucas Juarez had RBI singles for EV in the first and fourth innings.
In the second game, Clark Streby drove in a run in the first inning and pitched three innings of relief to close out the 5-4 victory. Archer stole home with two outs and the bases loaded. Blake Reeves was 2 for 3 with an RBI for the Vikings.
Selah moved to 7-1 in league, sharing the lead with Ellensburg, and 9-1 overall heading into next Saturday’s doubleheader with Wapato.
East Valley (6-1, 7-2) will host Grandview on Tuesday.
East Valley 200 300 1 — 6 8 1
Selah 000 022 0 — 4 3 3
Benedetti and Hagler; Dexter and Petrea.
Highlights: Riley Benedetti (EV) CG, 3 BB, 7 K; Kyle Dexter (S) CG, 3 BB, 10 K; Lucas Juarez (EV) 2-4, 2 RBI; Casey Oldham (EV) 1-4, RBI.
East Valley 201 010 0 — 4 7 3
Selah 120 001 1 — 5 8 1
Juarez, Ribail (7) and Hagler; Davis, Streby (5) and Petrea.
Highlights: Dac Archer (S) 1-3, run, RBI; Blake Reeves (S) 2-3, RBI; Clark Streby (S) 3 IP, 2 K, RBI.
2A state rankings
April 6, 2015
Arch bishop Murphy (8-1)
North Kitsap (6-1)
East Valley (Yak)(6-1)
West Valley (Spok.)(3-1)
GRANDVIEW @ EAST VALLEY
1. selah 7-1
2. ellensburg 7-1
3. east valley 7-1
4. quincy 5-3
5. othello 4-4
6. prosser 4-4
7. ephrata 3-4
8. grandview 2-5
9. toppenish 0-8
10. wapato 0-8
East Valley Shuts Out Grandview
YAKIMA, Wash. — Junior Brock Ribail and freshman Shane Maybee combined for a five-inning no-hitter as East Valley earned a 10-0 victory over Grandview in CWAC baseball on Tuesday.
Loren Davido scored twice and drove in four runs for the eighth-ranked Red Devils, who broke the game open with eight runs in the fourth inning.
East Valley improved to 7-1 in league and 8-2 overall and will play Ephrata on Saturday while Grandview hosts Prosser.
In other CWAC play on Tuesday, Othello defeated Toppenish 21-3.
Grandview 000 00 — 0 0 1
East Valley 110 8x — 10 10 1
Madera, Gonzalez (4) and Ramirez; Ribail, Maybee (5) and N. Hagler, M. Hagler (5).
Highlights: Loren Davido (EV) 2-4, 2 runs, 4 RBI; Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-4, RBI.
EPHRATA @ EAST VALLEY
1. SELAH 9-1
2. ELLENSBURG 9-1
3. EAST VALLEY 8-2
4. QUINCY 6-4
5. PROSSER 6-4
6. OTHELLO 5-5
7. EPHRATA 4-5
8. GRANDVIEW 2-7
9. TOPPENISH 0-10
10. WAPATO 0-10
EPHRATA 3-5, EAST VALLEY 2-6: At Yakima, Wash., Riley Benedetti scored on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning of the second game to help the eighth-ranked Red Devils (8-2 CWAC, 9-3 overall) salvage a split with the Tigers, who won the opener in the top of the seventh.
Benedetti had singled and stole second base to get into scoring position.
EV’s Chase Oldham had three hits and knocked in three runs in the twin bill.
Ephrata 000 101 1 — 3 6 0
East Valley 101 000 0 — 2 8 1
Schmidt and DeHoog; Benedetti, Ribail (7) and Hagler.
Highlights: Chase Oldham (EV) 2-3; Nektarios Hagler (EV) 2-3; Ben Albrecht (EV) 2b, RBI; D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs (EV) 3b, Riley Benedetti (EV) 7 Ks.
Ephrata 101 020 1 — 5 7 3
East Valley 001 121 1 — 6 7 5
Moss, Smith (5) and DeHoog; Juarez, Ribail (7) and Hagler.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) 8 Ks, Benedetti (EV) 2-3, 2 runs; Oldham (EV) 1-4, 3 RBI; Jon Schmidt (Ep) 2-4, Joe Mihelich (Ep) 2-3, 3 runs; Josh Kallstrom (Ep) 2-4, 2 RBI
2A state rankings
April 13, 2015
Arch bishop Murphy (10-1)
North Kitsap (6-1)
east valley @ toppenish
1. SELAH 11-1
2. ELLENSBURG 11-1
3. EAST VALLEY 10-2
4. QUINCY 7-5
5. PROSSER 7-5
6. OTHELLO 7-5
7. EPHRATA 5-7
8. GRANDVIEW 2-10
9. TOPPENISH 0-12
10. WAPATO 0-12
EAST VALLEY 14-19, TOPPENISH 2-1: At Toppenish, sophomore Tyler Gutierrez drove in six runs for the day as the Red Devils improved to 10-2 in league and 11-3 for the season.
Riley Benedetti struck out all six batters he faced in the opener and scored four runs in the second game for EV, which hosts Ellensburg on Tuesday for a single game.
East Valley 302 018 — 14 14 4
Toppenish 000 200 — 2 3 2
Benedetti, Gutierrez (3), Ribail (6) and Hagler; No. 10, Blain (6) and Smiskin.
Highlights: Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 3-4, run, 4 RBI; Ben Albrecht (EV) 3-5, run, 2 RBI; Ty Hoffert (EV) 2-4, 2b, 3b, 3 runs, 2 RBI; Casey Oldham (EV) 1-3, 2b, 2 runs, 2 RBI; Loren Davido (EV) 2-3, 2b, 2 sb, 2 runs, RBI; Riley Benedetti (EV) 2 IP, 6 K, 1-4, 2 runs, RBI; Nektarios Hagler (EV) 1-2, 2 runs, 2 RBI; S. Godina (T) 2-3, run.
East Valley 223 (11)1 — 19 10 0
Toppenish 000 10 — 1 1 5
Juarez, Oldham (4) and Hagler; Flores, Godina (4) and Smiskin.
Highlights: Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-3, 3 runs, 3 RBI; Brock Ribail (EV) 1-1, run, 3 RBI; Evan Fischer (EV) 1-2, 3 runs, RBI; Riley Benedetti (EV) 1-1, 3b, 4 runs, RBI; D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs (EV) run, 2 RBI; Lucas Juarez (EV) 3 IP, 4 K, 1-4, 2 runs, RBI; Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 1-3, run, 2 RBI; Nektarios Hagler (EV) 2 runs, 2 RBI.
2A state rankings
April 20, 2015
Arch bishop Murphy (13-1)
North Kitsap (8-2)
west valley, spokane (7-1)
ellensburg @ east valley
Oldham's blast, combined 5-hitter lift Red Devils
YAKIMA, Wash. — East Valley freshman Chase Oldham belted a two-run homer in the first inning and Riley Benedetti and Brock Ribail combined to pitch a five-hitter Tuesday as the Red Devils downed Ellensburg 4-1 in CWAC baseball action at East Valley.
Oldham was 3 for 3 as was teammate Ben Albrecht.
Benedetti pitched the first five innings, striking out four and allowing one unearned run.
The win moved East Valley into a second-place tie in at 11-2 along with the defending state champion Bulldogs. Selah leads at 12-1.
East Valley travels to Quincy on Saturday while the Bulldogs host top-ranked Selah.
Ellensburg 000 100 0 — 1 5 4
East Valley 200 200 x — 4 8 1
Hull, Van Epps (4) and Bibiano; Benedetti, Ribail (6) and Hagler.
Highlights: Bryce Helgeson (El) 1-3, RBI; Ben Albrecht (EV) 3-3, Chase Oldham (EV) 3-3, HR, 2 RBI; Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 1-3, RBI; Evan Fischer (EV) 1-2, RBI. Riley Benedetti (EV) 5 IP, 4 Ks.
east valley @ quincy
1. SELAH 14-1
2. east valley 12-3
3. ellensburg 11-4
4. othello 10-5
5. quincy 9-6
6. prosser 8-7
7. EPHRATA 7-8
8. GRANDVIEW 3-12
9. wapato 1-14
10. toppenish 0-15
east valley splits at quincy
QUINCY, Wash. — Chase Oldham and Nik Hagler drove in three runs each to spark East Valley to a 13-2 victory over Quincy in the second game of a CWAC baseball doubleheader on Saturday.
After dropping the opener 3-2, the Red Devils were even with Quincy at 1-1 through three innings of the second game before breaking out for nine runs in the fourth frame.
Riley Benedetti was 3 for 4 with a triple and two RBI in the win and pitched a four-hitter with five strikeouts in the opener.
East Valley (12-3, 13-4) will play at Ellensburg on Tuesday.
East Valley 100 000 1 — 2 7 2
Quincy 000 1002 x — 3 4 2
Benedetti and Hagler; Tobin and Villarreal.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) RBI; Riley Benedetti (EV) CG, 5 K; Villarreal (Q) 2b, RBI.
East Valley 100 93 — 13 15 2
Quincy 001 01 — 2 3 3
Juarez, Ribail (5) and Hagler; Murphy, Kehl (4), Deleeuw (5) and Villarreal.
Highlights: Riley Benedetti (EV) 3-4, 3b, 2 RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 2-3, 3 RBI; Nik Hagler (EV) 2-3, 2b, 3 RBI; Evan Fischer (EV) 2-4; D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs (EV) 2-3.
2A state rankings
April 27, 2015
north kitsap (12-2)
mt. spokane (13-3)
east valley @ ellensburg
ELLENSBURG 5, EAST VALLEY 0: At Ellensburg, Xander Orejudos pitched a shutout and Bryce Helgeson drove in three runs to help the Bulldogs pull into a second-place tie with East Valley heading into the final league games on Saturday.
Orejudos struck out nine and walked none, and Helgeson’s two-run single was part of a three-run fifth inning for Ellensburg, which again played without ailing Garrett Hull.
Both teams are 12-4 in league and 13-5 overall with Ellensburg traveling to Othello and East Valley hosting Prosser for doubleheaders on Saturday.
East Valley 000 000 0 — 0 5 1
Ellensburg 011 030 x — 5 6 1
Juarez, Ribail (5) and Hagler; Orejudos and Bibiano.
Highlights: Xander Orejudos (Ell) CG, 5-hitter, 0 BB, 9 K, 1-3, sb, 2b; Bryce Helgeson (Ell) 2-3, 3 RBI; Alonso Bibiano (Ell) 1-3, 2 runs, sb; Bobby Ward (Ell) 2b, RBI; Nate Andaya (Ell) 1-2, run.
prosser @ east valley
final CWAC STANDINGS
1. SELAH 17-1
2. east valley 14-4
3. ellensburg 14-4
4. EPHRATA 10-8
5. othello 10-8
6. quincy 10-8
7. prosser 9-9
8. GRANDVIEW 3-15
9. wapato 3-15
10. toppenish 0-18
EAST VALLEY 10-10, PROSSER 0-7: At East Valley, Riley Benedetti threw a one-hitter with 10 strikeouts in the opener and Chase Oldham hit a grand slam in the second game as the Red Devils clinched the No. 2 seed in the district tournament.
Ben Albrecht, Evan Fischer and Oldham had three hits each in EV’s 16-hit second game.
The Red Devils (14-4, 15-5) will host a district semifinal on Saturday.
Prosser, which got a two-run homer from Alex Scarver, finished 9-9 in league and one spot out of district.
Prosser 000 00 — 0 1 3
East Valley 322 3x — 10 7 2
Scarver, Romero (2), Veiga (4) and Taylor; Benedetti and Hagler.
Highlights: Riley Benedetti (EV) 1-hitter, 2 BB, 10 K, 2-3, 2b, 2 RBI; D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs (EV) 2-2, RBI.
Prosser 001 014 1 — 7 8 2
East Valley 013 150 x — 10 16 1
Wentz, Vanguardia (6) and Taylor; Juarez, Ribail (6) and Hagler.
Highlights: Alex Scarver (P) 2-4, HR, 2 RBI; Riley Lusk (P) 2-4; Ben Albrecht (EV) 3-3; Riley Benedetti (EV) 2-4; Chase Oldham (EV) 3-4, HR, 4 RBI; Ty Hoffert (EV) 2-3; Evan Fischer (EV) 3-4, 2b, 2 RBI.
Prep Report: Big Youth Movement in CWAC Baseball
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Scanning through the CWAC all-league baseball team one thing stands out: Youth.
Especially if you’re from East Valley, which nonetheless tied for second in league at 14-4 and host Ellensburg in a district semifinal on Saturday.
The Red Devils have a solid senior anchor in co-MVP Riley Benedetti, but four of their seven other all-league picks are sophomores. And one is a freshman.
“I haven’t had a team with this many sophomores and freshmen on the field at one time, but we thought we’d be a pretty good team,” said coach Jesse Benedetti. “At the start we thought we could finish anywhere in the top six because this league is so tough and we were so young. But we’ve gotten better, played in a lot of one-run games (six) and won some tough games.”
East Valley outfielder Chase Oldham is the first freshman to make the CWAC’s first team since the league changed from two divisions to one in 2007. There are a total of 12 all-league selections who are sophomores or freshmen — the most during this nine-year span. Last year there were five.
East Valley’s Ben Albrecht, a second-team freshman last year, join Ellensburg’s Xander Orejudos and Selah’s Dac Archer as first-team sophomores.
All of these youngsters will be playing in the district semifinals on Saturday and again Tuesday in either the championship game or a loser-out contest.
ELLENSBURG @ east valley
Ellensburg’s Orejudos blanks EV in district semi
YAKIMA, Wash. — Todd Gibson clearly understood that his game plan for Saturday’s CWAC district semifinal matchup with East Valley was easier said than executed.
His Ellensburg Bulldogs, after all, were going against Riley Benedetti, EV’s 6-foot-4, Washington State-bound ace and league co-MVP.
“I just told the guys we had to get the leadoff guy on,” Gibson said. “It’s really hard to string together hits against this guy. He’s the hardest thrower in the league — 85 to 87 (MPH). So if you have guys sitting at first base with two outs against him, you’re not going to score many runs.”
It turned out that Ellensburg didn’t score many on a flawless afternoon at Loftus Field, but thanks to sophomore Xander Orejudos the Bulldogs scored enough.
Riding Orejudos’ four-hitter with 10 strikeouts, no walks and one hit batsman, E-Burg advanced to the district title game with a 2-0 triumph.
It will be Ellensburg (17-5) and senior left-hander Garrett Hull against league champion and top-ranked Selah (20-1), which presumably will send senior righty Kyle Dexter to the mound for the 5:30 p.m. Tuesday start at Carlon Park.
East Valley (15-6) will host Othello (13-9) in a loser-out contest, also Tuesday.
Orejudos, a standout second baseman and leadoff hitter as a freshman on last year’s state title team, was also the Bulldogs’ best offensive weapon on Saturday. He lined a first-pitch double to left field to start the game for the first of his three hits, took third on Alonso Bibiano’s fly to deep right, then scored on a wild pitch.
It stayed 1-0 until the seventh, when Alex Ponchene doubled with one out and Bibiano scored him with a single to left-center. Orejudos, leading off, had sent the Red Devils’ left fielder against the wall in pursuit of his drive.
“Xander’s a special kid,” Gibson said of Orejudos, who blanked East Valley in a recent regular-season matchup. “That’s 14 scoreless innings against a very good team. I thought both guys pitched their guts out and left their hearts out on the field.”
Gibson’s counterpart, Jesse Benedetti, said, “It would have been nice if we would have scored some runs. Riley was a little stiff and sore when he woke up this morning, and it took him awhile to get loose. But he competed and battled, even without his best stuff.”
To be sure, the younger Benedetti walked four and hit two — all during the first four innings. He finished with seven strikeouts, having yielded three singles and three doubles, and standing nine baserunners.
Orejudos, however, allowed just four singles. And only one Red Devil reached third base — that coming in the second when Tyler Gutierrez singled and advanced on an error and wild pitch, respectively.
“We wanted this,” Orejudos said of a district title matchup with Selah. “We wanted another chance at them with Garrett.”
In an April 25 doubleheader at Ellensburg, the Vikings recorded a 10-2, 13-5 sweep. Hull, however, didn’t play due to a foot ailment.
Prior to Saturday’s 6-0 defeat of Othello, Selah had scored 10 or more runs in its last 10 games.
“I wouldn’t say we’re out for revenge,” Orejudos said. “We’ll just go out and take it inning by inning and do our best.”
Ellensburg 100 000 1 — 2 6 4
East Valley 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
Orejudos and Bibiano; Benedetti and Hagler.
Highlights: Xander Orejudos (Ell) 10 Ks, 0 BB, 1 HBP, 3-4, 2b, run; Alex Ponchene (Ell) 2b, run; Alonso Bibiano (Ell) 2-4, 2b, RBI; Chase Oldham (EV) 1-3; Tyler Gutierrez (EV) 1-3; Nektarios Hagler (EV) 1-3.
OTHELLO @ east valley
EAST VALLEY 11, OTHELLO 0: At East Valley, Lucas Juarez threw a four-hit shutout and Riley Benedetti homered and drove in four runs to lead the Red Devils in the loser-out game.
Benedetti was 3 for 3 with a double and clubbed a two-run homer in the third inning. Juarez fanned five.
East Valley (16-6) will play a winner-to-state, loser-out game on Saturday at West Valley of Spokane, the Great Northern district champion.
Othello 000 00 — 0 4 1
East Valley 222 5x — 11 11 1
Montemayor, Fuentes (3), Martinez (4) and Carreno; Juarez and Hagler.
Highlights: Lucas Juarez (EV) CG, 5 K, 2-3, RBI; Riley Benedetti (EV) 3-3, 2b, HR, 4 RBI; Ben Albrecht (EV) 2-3, RBI; D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs (EV) 2-2.
EAST VALLEY @ WEST valley
east valley qualifies for 2a state
SPOKANE, Wash. — Riley Benedetti pitched a three-hit shutout and the offense collected 10 hits as East Valley earned a state berth with a 2-0 victory over West Valley of Spokane in a CWAC-GNL crossover baseball game on Saturday.
With their second straight shutout in a loser-out game, the Red Devils improved to 17-6 and will join Selah for first-round state games at Davis High School next Saturday. East Valley will play Sammamish, the District 2-3 No. 5 entry, at 10 a.m. and Selah will face Franklin Pierce, the District 2-3 No. 6 team, at 1 p.m. The winners will play a state quarterfinal game at 4 p.m.
Benedetti walked two and struck out 11 to push his season record to 6-2.
Freshman Chase Oldham sparked the offense, going 3 for 3 with an RBI single in the fourth inning that put EV up 1-0. Ben Albrecht’s RBI in the seventh made it 2-0.
East Valley 000 100 1 — 2 10 3
West Valley 000 000 0 — 0 3 0
Benedetti and Hagler; Lee, Steen (7) and Flett.
Highlights: Riley Benedetti (EV) CG, 11 K, 2 BB; Chase Oldham (EV) 3-3, RBI; D’Andre Garcia-Stubbs (EV) 2-3, 2b; Ty Hoffert (EV) 2-3; Ben Albrecht (EV) RBI.
final 2A state rankings
may 18, 2015
NORTH KITSAP (19-4)
aRCH BISHOP MURPHY (18-5)
EAST VALLEY, YAKIMA (17-6)
selah, east valley on track for baseball rematch
YAKIMA, Wash. -- For Selah and East Valley, Davis Field has been a home away from home for the two CWAC baseball rivals. And on Saturday it will once again be their venue of reckoning.
For the ninth straight year, Davis will host a trio of Class 2A state games — two first-round clashes followed by a quarterfinal. Selah has been there for all but one year, and East Valley is making its fifth visit to the ball yard at So. 5th Ave. and Tieton Dr.
Should they win their openers and meet in the quarterfinal, which will likely go off around 4 o’clock, Selah and East Valley have an enticing history this season that suggests an exciting rematch.
In their league doubleheader at Carlon Park on April 4, East Valley won the opener 6-4 in a duel of aces — league co-MVP Riley Benedetti vs. Kyle Dexter in Selah’s only loss of the season. The top-ranked Vikings forced a split in the nightcap, winning 5-4 with starters Connor Davis and Lucas Juarez battling to a draw and Selah’s Clark Streby coming on for the win.
They did not meet in the district tournament.
To get Round 3, Saturday’s first-round draw looks favorable for the locals. Very favorable.
East Valley’s 10 a.m. opponent, believe it or not, went 1-19 in the regular season. Sammamish is a 2A team playing in the Kingco 3A and the Totems didn’t win a league game. Samammish and Liberty, also from the Kingco 3A, received berths in the 16-team District 2-3 tournament and both qualified for state.
Sammamish (5-20) earned three of its wins this season during two days in the district tournament, defeating North Mason and River Ridge in loser-out games and then beating Franklin Pierce 14-6 in the final for fifth and sixth.
Franklin Pierce (13-10) is the team that top-ranked Selah drew for its 1 p.m. state opener.
Saturday’s quarterfinal is scheduled to start 45 minutes after the conclusion of the Selah-Franklin Pierce game. Selah is 2-2 in quarterfinal games at Davis since 2007 and East Valley is 2-0.
Athletes of the week
The Yakima area earned a ton of recognition in the latest round of WIAA athletes of the week. Those included were West Valley junior Kassy Cruz (4A girls, softball), East Valley senior Riley Benedetti (2A boys, baseball), Ellensburg senior Alexia Rodriguez (2A girls, track) and Granger junior Sierra Heitzman (1A girls, tennis).
sammamish @ east valley
selah @ east valley
2a regional @ davis
dexter, selah survive delay, ev to reach 2a final 4
YAKIMA, Wash. -- Kyle Dexter stood in the third-base dugout Saturday, staring in apparent disbelief at his cell phone.
“Thirty percent,” he said. “The weather forecast on my phone says there’s a 30 percent chance of rain today.”
As the Selah senior spoke with his back to the Davis Field playing surface, rain fell in sheets and thunder rumbled in the distance. The Vikings’ Class 2A state quarterfinal matchup with East Valley, halted at the end of the second inning by the storm, was delayed 2 hours and one minute.
When play resumed, however, Dexter gave Selah a better-than-average chance at victory, pitching Selah to a tense 1-0 triumph and a berth in the final four Friday and Saturday at Yakima County Stadium.
The top-ranked Vikings, who whipped Franklin Pierce 10-2 in a first-round game earlier Saturday, will take a 15-game winning streak and a 23-1 record into a 4 p.m. Friday semifinal against unranked Squalicum of Bellingham (20-6).
For East Valley, which began the day by riding Riley Benedetti’s two-hitter to a 1-0 first-round conquest of Sammamish, the loss was bitter.
Not only did the Red Devils’ season end at 18-7, it did so despite a superlative performance by sophomore Lucas Juarez.
The right-hander allowed just two singles, striking out four and walking two, but was undone by a pair of fourth-inning errors that led to the game’s only run.
“It’s just unfortunate,” said EV coach Jesse Benedetti. “Lucas’ performance was way beyond anything we could have dreamed of.”
And unfortunately for the Red Devils it came against Dexter, who seemed bent on getting his team to its first final four since 2010.
“This is my senior year,” he said. “All of the other years we got to state but came up short, but this time we got ‘er done. We’re going to the final four.”
Ironically, the only loss either Dexter or the Viks had suffered all year came against East Valley. They fell 6-4 in the first game of an April 4 doubleheader at Carlon Park.
This time a classic pitcher’s duel materialized — the game took only 1 hour and 30 minutes to play — with the difference being two errors that followed Clark Streby’s one-out single in the fourth.
The first was an errant pickoff throw that allowed Streby to reach third base, and with two outs another miscue enabled him to score.
“Great high school baseball,” said Selah coach Mike Archer. “We beat a well-coached team in a game where both pitchers threw really well. There wasn’t much difference other than we managed to scratch out a run.”
Dexter finished with one walk, a hit batsman and six strikeouts — including the game’s final two hitters with the tying run on second.
The Vikings’ state opener had no such drama, with Selah banging out 10 hits and cashing in on six Franklin Pierce errors.
Asked about starting senior left-hander Connor Davis instead of staff ace Dexter in Saturday’s first game, Archer said, “There was a debate, but we’d done some solid scouting and what it came down to was we have nine seniors we wanted to get to the final four, and we decided this was the way to do it.”
Davis acquitted himself nicely, scattering six hits while fanning seven, walking four and hitting two.
He was staked to a 6-0 lead after two innings with four errors by the Cardinals (13-11) weighing heavily in a five-run second.
Blake Reeves led the offense, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored and RBI singles in the second and sixth.
Riley Benedetti, in his final pitching appearance of a stellar prep career, dominated Sammamish in Saturday’s opener.
He struck out 12 and walked two while his teammates turned three double plays.
The game’s only run came on Juarez’s fifth-inning sacrifice fly off Totems junior Nathan Aebi, who pitched a no-hitter against River Ridge to cap Sammamish’s district tournament run that netted a state berth after a 1-19 regular season in the Class 3A-2A KingCo Conference.
Selah 1, East Valley 0
Selah 000 100 0 — 1 2 1
East Valley 000 000 0 — 0 4 4
Dexter and Petrea; Juarez and Hagler.
Highlights: Kyle Dexter (S) 6 Ks, 1 BB, 1 HBP; Lucas Juarez (EV) 4 Ks, 2 BB, 0 ER; Clark Streby (S) 1-3, run; Dan Legg (S) 1-3; Chase Oldham (EV) 3-3; Ben Albrecht (EV) 1-2.
East Valley 1, Sammamish 0
Sammamish 000 000 0 — 0 2 3
East Valley 000 010 x — 1 5 0
Aebi and McCormick; Benedetti and Hagler.
Highlights: Riley Benedetti (EV) 12 Ks, 2 BB; Juarez (EV) sac fly, RBI.