Two Sunnyside boys took first place honors at the Pepsi Pitch, Hit and Run sectional competition held this past Saturday at South Hill Park in Sunnyside.
Thomas Niemeyer placed first with a score of 476 points in the 7 and 8-year-old division and Tyler Niemeyer placed first in the 13 through 14-year-old division with 1,058 points.
The two were among 58 participants qualifying to take part in the event. Youngsters from Moses Lake, Pullman, Pasco, Ellensburg, Airway Heights and Spokane joined those from the Lower Valley who participated in the event, according to Joan Niemeyer, recreation coordinator for the city.
Also placing first was Dan Whittaker of Spokane, who earned 938 points in the 9 and 10-year old division, and Cody St. Marie of Moses Lake, who had 998 points in the 11 and 12-year-old division.
The first place winners could advance to the State competition, which is set for June 19 at Safeco Field. According to Niemeyer, only the top four scorers in each age division from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana will move on to the State competition. Niemeyer said she will not know if any of the local sectional age division winners will move on in the competition until next month.
Second place winners at the event included 7 and 8-year-old division contestant Jordan Rathbone of Spokane with 423 points; 9 and 10-year old division participant Brandon Moore of Sunnyside with 475 points; 11 and 12-year-old participant Kramer Ferrell of Ellensburg with 676 points and 13 and 14-year-old participant Jaime Sarmiento of Sunnyside, who had 506 points.
In the 7 and 8-year-old division, Kendall Lee of Pasco and Sam Kawakami of Sunnyside tied for third place honors. Erik Sauve placed third in the 9 and 10-year-old age division, racking up 455 points, and Zachary Kass of Airway Heights placed third in the 11 and 12-year-old division. He earned 558 points.