The Bellingham Post 7 Senior Legion baseball team beat the Spokane Blue Devils 11-8 on Sunday, July 21, in Spokane at the Senior Legion Regional Tournament to advance to the state tournament.
Post 7 battled through six errors in the game and put up four runs in the first inning and the seventh en route to the victory.
Starting pitcher Chad Richards gave up four runs - none earned - and eight hits while striking out three in seven innings for the win.
Post 7 coach Steve Slesk said Richards kept going strong despite the defensive struggles.
"He battled through. He was probably the key for us in that game," Slesk said in a phone interview. "He got a little bit frustrated at times. We had a couple big innings to get us going."
Pete Pennylegion was 4 for 6 with two doubles for Post 7, and Tanner Olson was 2 for 4 with a home run.
Post 7 will play in the Senior Legon State Tournament, which runs from Saturday, July 27, to Wednesday, July 31. Post 7 opens with a team yet to be announced.
POST 7 11, SPOKANE 8
Post 7 410 010 410 - 11 15 6
Spokane 201 001 0 13- 8 11 3
WP: Chad Richard. LP: Erickson. Highlights: Post 7: Pete Pennylegion 4-6, 2 2B; Jake Manson 2-5; Luke Christianson 2-4; Tanner Olson 2-4, HR; Dan Goebell 2-3.