RENTON, Wash. — The executive board for Washington Interscholastic Activities Association voted Sunday against renewing its contract with the Tacoma Dome as the host site for the football state Championship games.
The WIAA cited fan experience and financial implications for both the WIAA and spectators as the primary reasons for the change.
“The Tacoma community and the Tacoma Dome have been great hosts for many WIAA state championships over the years,” executive director Mike Colbrese said in a news release. “They will continue to provide an exceptional experience for the WIAA Mat Classic and Hardwood Classic events.
“Ultimately, the executive board needed to evaluate whether holding the Gridiron Classic in the Tacoma Dome made sense for the association, student-participants and fans,” he said. “Costs of renting the facility have continued to increase and WIAA staff received criticisms regarding the new seating arrangement for football.”
The executive board and WIAA staff will begin surveying potential new sites and plan to make a decision in the fall. The change will likely bring an end to the single-site championships format.
LEGION BASEBALLBlues win 2; Devils go 1-1
MOSCOW — Connor Hayes singled, doubled and tripled as the Asotin County Blues posted a 2-0 record in a three-team gathering of Legion baseball teams Sunday, with the Moscow Blue Devils going 1-1.
The Blues defeated the Devils 9-8 before downing the Walla Walla Bruins 14-9. Moscow beat Walla Walla 11-4.
In what would prove the decisive sequence in the Blues-Devils game, Hayes tripled in the top of the seventh inning and scored on an error.
Moscow wound up producing two runs in the bottom of the inning before reliever Damon Peace induced a grounder to himself to end the threat.
In the Blues’ other game, they forged six runs in the third inning as Walla Walla committed four of its seven errors.
“These guys just came out and hit the ball and threw strikes,” Blues coach Steve Judy said.
In Moscow’s game against Walla Walla, Chad Redinger singled three times and the Devils erupted for 10 runs in the second inning. Kyle Lynas and Ryan Delusa combined for a six-hitter.
Moscow 0(10)0 100 0—11 11 2
Walla Walla 000 030 1— 4 6 4
Kyle Lynas, Ryan Delusa (4) and CJ Anderson. Rose, Holtzinger (2) and Chase.
Moscow hits — Chad Redinger 3, Barrett Abendroth 2 (2B), Hayden Thompson (2B), Billy Adams, Lynas 2 (2B), Anderson, Payton Waters.
Walla Walla hits — Zehner, Holtzinger, Terry 2, Chase 2.
Asotin Co. 012 050 1—9 8 3
Moscow 222 000 2—8 9 2
Jon Bean, Damon Peace (3) and Connor Hayes. Redinger, Mack Hagenbough (4) and Anderson.
Asotin County hits — Colby Bolen 2, Ryan Denham, Josh Eggleston 2, Evan Bartels, Hayes 2 (3B).
Moscow hits — Redinger (2B), Abendroth 2, Adams, Lynas 2, Hagenbough, Isaac Staszkow, Marcus Delusa.
Walla Walla 005 022 0— 9 11 7
Asotin Co. 116 240 x—14 15 2
Zeke Paloma, Joe Terry (3) and Anthony Parish. Justin Spencer, Bolen (6) and Danner Maves.
Walla Walla hits — Casey Swanson 3, Hunter Polly, Ian Kopf 2, Parish (2B), Will Kyotola 2, Will Huntsman, Ethan Zenner.
Asotin County hits — Kian Ankerson 2, Kelton Judy, Bolen 2, Peace 3 (2B), Eggleston 3, Bean, Maves, Jacob Nissen, Hayes (2B).
Cougars 17-9, M. Lake 14-9
MOSES LAKE, Wash. — The Whitman County Cougars, a Class A Legion baseball team, split a late-reported season-opening doubleheader Saturday against the 16U Moses Lake Sun Devils.
The Cougars won the opener 17-14 before bowing 10-9.
Nick Strenge batted 4-for-4 for Whitman County in the first game, with two doubles, a triple and five RBI. In the second contest, Colin Dreewes had two hits and three RBI.