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Originally published May 24, 2008 at 12:00 AM | Page modified May 24, 2008 at 11:27 PM

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3A baseball | Kennewick's 24-12 victory sets state record for title game

The 3A baseball championship game turned into a scoring jamboree, setting the record for most runs scored in any Washington title game. Kennewick hammered Kelso 24-12 Saturday...

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The 3A baseball championship game turned into a scoring jamboree, setting the record for most runs scored in any Washington title game.

Kennewick hammered Kelso 24-12 Saturday at Safeco Field to win its first state title. The previous state record for runs in a prep title game was 32, set when Kiona-Benton beat Colton 28-4 in the first Class B final in 1973.

The game was a baseball carnival, with 30 hits, 10 errors, 35 players — including 11 pitchers — four balks, four hit batters, five half-innings with nine or more batters coming to the plate, and 90 plate appearances to get the 42 outs in a seven-inning game that took nearly three hours.

"I don't know how to describe it — wacky?" said coach A.J. Marquardt of Kennewick. "I figured the final score would be 5-4, not 24-12."

Said Lions senior outfielder Luke Loftus: "I was thinking it would be like 7-4."

Loftus did his part to blow the game apart by going 3 for 5 with four runs batted in. He also made the defensive play of the game, throwing out a runner from deep left field in the sixth inning.

When someone mentioned to Kelso coach Scot Meeker that the game had a football score, he quipped: "We should have gone for two."

Kelso (25-2) had used its ace, Trevor May, in beating Meadowdale 5-1 on a three-hitter in the semifinals.

Unranked Kennewick (19-7) came into the state playoffs as the second-place team from the 3A Columbia Basin League.

Other 3A game

Issaquah 7, Meadowdale 2 (3rd-4th)

Defending champ Issaquah bade farewell to the 3A classification "at least for a while," as coach Rob Reese put it, by winning the third-place game.

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Issaquah, which was seeking its fourth 3A title of the decade, is moving to Class 4A in the fall because of increased enrollment.

The Eagles (17-9) jumped on undefeated, Washington-bound starter Matt Gorman of Meadowdale for two runs in the second inning. In the fourth, Issaquah executed back-to-back squeeze bunts by Michael Dixon and Grant Gellatly.

It was the second straight fourth-place finish for the Mavericks (16-11) from Lynnwood, and coach Bill Hummel said, "There's nothing to hang our heads about. Our best ball of the season didn't come this weekend."

Class 2A

Sehome 8, East Valley 1 (championship)

At Yakima County Stadium, Derek Handy and Ryan Williams each went 3 for 4 and Conor Long tossed a four-hitter as Sehome captured its second straight championship.

The victory capped a dominating run through the state playoffs by the Mariners (23-4) from Bellingham, who won their previous two games 17-7 and 21-5.

Handy had an RBI double in the second and a two-out, solo homer in the fourth that put Sehome ahead 6-0. East Valley of Yakima finished 20-7.

Cedarcrest 16, Pullman 1 (3rd-4th)

Left-hander Kyle Olson struck out 12 and Cedarcrest (20-7) erupted for 13 runs in the final three innings against the Greyhounds (15-9).

Dakota Bunce hit a grand slam off the left-field scoreboard in the seventh and Craig Chittenden hit a three-run homer just to the right of the scoreboard in the fifth as the Red Wolves from Duvall cruised.

Bunce finished 3 for 4 and teammate Cameron Padron was 3 for 3. Chittenden finished with five RBI and Matt Colton drove in two runs.

Olson struck out six straight in the first through third innings and had a no-hitter until Cody Weber singled in the sixth.

The Yakima Herald-Republic contributed to this report.

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