YAKIMA, Wash. -- The troops are coming to town and they’re ready to play some ball.
The U.S. Military All-Stars, a touring baseball team made up of active-duty military members, veterans and first responders, is currently on a Northwest tour that includes visits here to play our two Senior Legion teams on Sunday and Monday.
The Yakima Valley Pepsi Pak will host the All-Stars on Sunday with the first pitch at 6 p.m. at Carlon Park.
The Yakima Pepsi Beetles will play the touring military team on Monday in a 7 p.m. game at Parker Faller Field.
An hour prior to each game there will be patriotic ceremonies to recognize local veterans, a color guard presentation and military appreciation festivities. Admission to the games is free with donations, for military charities, welcomed at the gate.
The U.S. Military All-Stars program was formed 25 years ago and has visited 45 states and 12 countries and has played all levels of competition, including the Boston Red Sox.
At Sunday’s nine-inning game, the Pak’s current roster will play the first four or five innings while alumni spanning 1984 to 2009 will take the field in the later innings.
Beetles win twice
Lucas Juarez pitched a complete-game three-hitter with seven strikeouts on Friday afternoon to power the Yakima Pepsi Beetles to a 3-1 victory over the Spokane Cannons in the Palouse Summer Series at Colfax High School.
The Beetles then traveled to Pullman for a late game and defeated the Spokane Expos 14-2. Chase Oldham and Michael Catton drove in three runs apiece, and Kelby Hauff had two hits, two RBI and three runs.
Yakima (8-9) will play the Puyallup Knights today at 9 p.m.
Yakima 3, Cannons 1
Spokane 100 000 0 — 1 3 1
Yakima 010 101 x — 3 10 1
Dwyer and Iris; Juarez and McDonald.
Yakima highlights: Lucas Juarez CG, 3 hits, 7 Ks; Chase Oldham 2-3; Gerardo Garfius 2-3, 2b; Parker Sandlin RBI; Kelby Hauf RBI; Michael Catton RBI.
Yakima 14, Expos 2
Yakima 052 020 5 — 14 15 2
Spokane Expos 000 020 0 — 2 4 3
Williamson and J. Catton; Brock, Heinline (5) and Dodge.
Yakima highlights: Brett Williams 2-4, 2 RBI; Chase Oldham 2-5, 3 RBI; Gerardo Garfius 2-5; Joey Catton 3-5; Kelby Hauff 2-4, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Michael Catton 3 RBI.
Yakima Junior Beetles 9, Prosser 1 (Yak: Steven Sires 2-2, 2b; Chandler Brandt 2-3; Jason Burge 1-3, HR, 3 RBI; Ryan Widhalm 2-3; Jake Ryan WP, 2 hits, 10 K, 5 IP).
West Valley Baseball Club 11, Naches Valley 3 (WV: Jacob Caffrey 2-3, 2 runs; Jarot Gress 3-4, 3b, 2 RBI; Austin Bivins 3 RBI; Cody Crow 3 RBI, CG, 4 Ks, 1 ER).
Yakima Valley Peppers 2, Walla Walla 1 (YV: Mitchell Belton 2b, 2 RBI; Cort Dietrich 4 IP, 0 ER, 8 Ks).
Walla Walla 11, Yakima Valley Peppers 4. (YV: Kasey Kosik 1-3; Dietrich RBI; Harper Keller 2-2, 2 2b).
Double-eagle for Borton
Jaime Borton recorded a double-eagle 2 on the ninth hole at Yakima Elks on Thursday.
Borton used a 7-wood on the 442-yard hole. It was witnessed by Kody McDonnell and Devin Rinaldi.
BASKETBALL: The Red Devils Hoop Camp will be Monday through Wednesday at East Valley High School from 9 a.m. to 11:30 each day. The camp is open to boys and girls ages third through eighth grade and the cost is $75 at the door. For more information, contact Steve Elder at 509-573-7500.