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Monte 9-10 Little League state tournament run comes to end

Unable to repeat a comeback from the previous day, Montesano bowed out of the State 9-10 Little League Baseball Tournament on Monday.

West Valley of Yakima eliminated Monte, 13-3, at Richland.

Struggling with 105-degree heat, Montesano dropped its state opener to Federal Way, 11-1, on Saturday.

The District III champions rallied from a 5-0 deficit to stay alive in the double-elimination tournament with a 6-5 win over West Seattle on Sunday.

Monte tied that contest with a five-run fifth. After three walks loaded the bases in the sixth, Jack Anderson lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Jayden McElravy with the winning run.

Christian Prall, Jackson Busz and twins Isaac and Isaiah Pierce delivered hits against West Valley. Montesano manager Mike Prall cited the starting pitching of Dylan Schoch.

Montesano’s victory Sunday was the third time it had come from behind for a post-season victory.

“It was exciting to come over here and represent Montesano in the tournament,” Mike Prall said. “I thought we competed well. I’m very proud of their effort and heart.”

Elma Hall of Fame racing fund-raiser planned

The sixth annual Elma Auto Racing Hall of Fame spaghetti feed fund-raiser and EARA reunion is scheduled for July 26 at the Borden-Seabert Exhibition Hall at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds.

Held in conjunction with the Shipwreck Beads Modified Nationals and Dwarf Car Nationals that weekend at Grays Harbor Raceway, the event will run from noon to 3 p.m.

“Next to our inductions each year, this is our favorite activity and biggest fund-raiser,” Hall of Fame President Rick Leighty said. “This is an important event for us in our effort to honor and preserve the heritage of Grays Harbor Raceway and continue to offer the EARHofFame scholarships. Without the support, the (Hall of Fame) would not be a reality.”

In addition to the spaghetti feed, memorabilia will be on display. That will include vintage racing photos, newpaper clippings, trophies and videos. A dessert auction, raffle and games are also scheduled.

An open mike will be available for those attending to share stories about racing.

The meal costs $6 for adults and $4 for children in the 7-15 age group. Children under 7 will be admitted free.

Keating one over in Public Links golf championship

Elma’s Alexis Keating is well-positioned after two rounds of qualifying for the United States Women’s Amateur Public Links Championship Tuesday at the Home Course in DuPont.

Keating carded a two-over-par 74 and was tied for 45th at the halfway point of the 36-hole qualifying before shotting a one-under-par 71 on Tuesday. Keating had worked her way into the top 30 for the tournament, but not all of the field had finished as of The Vidette’s deadline. The top 64 advanced to match play which began on Wednesday.

An Elma High School graduate who is both a former state individual champion and member of a state title-winning team, Keating is a member of the University of Colorado women’s golf team.

Montesano pitchers throw no-hitters

Two members of Montesano’s Precision Pipe AA Legion team pitched no-hitters in the Lakefair Wood Bat Tournament that is in progress at Olympia.

Kyle Englund threw a six-inning no-hitter in an 18-0 rout of North Thurston on Thursday. Englund struck out 13.

Riley Olsen tossed a five-inning no-hitter in an 11-0 victory over Steilacoom on Friday. Olsen struck out eight.

Quarter Midgets to race at Elma

The I-5 Quarter Midget Club will host its annual Mudslinger Shootout this weekend at the Grays Harbor Fairgrounds’ mini-track.

The event attracts racing families from the Pacific Northwest and Canada. The Fairgrounds has one of the few quarter midget dirt track on the West Coast north of California.

Racing begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday.