Portland Tribune

Providence Park delivers great experience for fans, Timbers
Author: Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Renovation allows for more than soccer, but westside expansion not so easy

The weather was superb Sunday night, the result was what the hometown fans wanted — a 1-0 victory for the Portland Timbers over FC Dallas — and it was obvious that the ol' park cleans ...

Providence Park delivers great experience for fans, Timbers
Author: Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Renovation allows for more than soccer, but westside expansion not so easy

The weather was superb Sunday night, the result was what the hometown fans wanted — a 1-0 victory for the Portland Timbers over FC Dallas — and it was obvious that the ol' park cleans ...

SLIDESHOW: Down goes FC Dallas
Author: Portland Tribune
Scenes from the Portland Timbers' 1-0 MLS victory Sunday night at Providence Park

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    SLIDESHOW: Down goes FC Dallas
    Author: Portland Tribune
    Scenes from the Portland Timbers' 1-0 MLS victory Sunday night at Providence Park

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    Blaze destroys Cowlitz County bed and breakfast
    Author: Jack Heffernan

    A bed and breakfast was destroyed in a fire early Sunday in Cowlitz County.

    Emergency crews were called to a report of a structure fire just before 3 a.m. on the 6300 block of Willow Grove Road. First-arriving crews found the two-story house engulfed in flames and attacked the blaze from the exterior, according to a Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue news release.

    The fire was under control after roughly one hour, according to the release. Six people vacated the building, and only a minor foot injury was reported.

    The bed and breakfast is considered a total loss, according to the news release. The cause remains under investigation.

    Three engines and three water tenders from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and the Longview Fire Department responded to the fire.

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    Hicks gets some derby practice in Raptors’ loss to Pickles
    Author: Joshua Hart

    RIDGEFIELD — Ridgefield designated hitter Michael Hicks got his home-run derby started early.

    The all-star from Boise State is slated to play in Monday’s West Coast League home-run derby, and showed exactly why he’s a contender to win it with a line-drive solo bullet in the sixth inning of a 12-3 loss to Portland on Sunday at the Ridgefield Outdoor Recreation Complex.

    “The kid was struggling to throw his offspeed for a strike and had thrown 12 fastballs in a row or something,” Hicks said. “So I was sitting dead red, if I’m being honest.”

    Hicks leads the Raptors with five home runs on the year and is bringing in some special help in his quest to bring a derby crown to Ridgefield.

    “I’ve got our stud BP coach and he’s our catching coach at Boise State, he’s coming in to throw to me,” Hicks said. “I’ll just let him provide all the power.”

    Hicks also had an RBI double to open the Raptors’ scoring in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pitch to cut into a 6-0 early hole. But the scoring stopped there in the fourth for the Raptors, who had two on with no outs before being shutdown in the frame.

    A five-run ninth inning by the Pickles ensured Ridgefield a second consecutive lopsided defeat. It was the eighth time this season the Raptors have allowed double-digit runs, including each of the past two games.

    Teams now enter the all-star break, with Hicks, Steve Ramirez (Riverside City College) and Carter Benbrook (UC Santa Barbara) scheduled to represent Ridgefield in Bend on Tuesday. The rest of the Raptors will await a return to action for a nonleague game against the Northwest Stars before getting back to WCL action on Thursday against Victoria.

    3 key moments

    Bottoms up — The Pickles’ started their damage on Sunday from the bottom of the order. After the fifth and sixth batters walked, the seven-hole loaded the bases with a bunt single. It paved the way for nine-hole hitter Kyle Velazquez to put Portland on the board with a two-run double that rolled to the right-field fence. The top of the order followed with two more doubles and the Pickles led 4-0 in the second inning after batting around.

    Reliever kills rally — No, not the mascot. With no outs, and two runs already across the plate courtesy of a Michael Hicks’ double off the left-field wall, the Raptors were poised to quickly erase a 6-0 deficit. But University of Oregon sophomore Christian Ciuffetelli relieved KC Hunt for the Pickles with two runners on base, and struck out Michael Yourg and got Tyler Erne to ground into a double play. In just seven pitches, the comeback was stifled.

    Final dagger — Chase Luttrell (Long Beach State) put the final nail in the Raptors’ coffin Sunday with a two-run home run to right field that extended Portland’s lead to 9-3 in the ninth inning. The Pickles tacked on to that by scoring five runs on two hits in the inning to make it 12-3.

    3 key players

    Kyle Velazquez — The Pickles’ nine-hole hitter, from Saint Mary’s College, was hitting .143 and hadn’t played in a WCL game in a month entering the series with the Raptors. He ended the series going 6 for 9 with three doubles and five RBI, including a 4-for-5 day on Sunday.

    John Jensen — The UC Santa Barbara senior continued to tear up Raptor pitching, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI. He finished the series 8-for-15 with four RBI.

    Michael Hicks — The Boise State senior hit a solo home run in the sixth inning, a bullet over the right-field fence, and finished 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double.

    3 numbers

    1 — Time this season that Dusty Garcia (Arizona State) as been caught stealing. He got thrown out attempting to steal his team-high 10th base in the first inning Sunday.

    5 — Home runs hit by Michael Hicks for the Raptors this season, a team-high.

    7 — Consecutive games that all-star Michael Hicks has a hit, including an RBI double to open the scoring for the Raptors in the fourth Sunday. He’s hitting .314 on the year.


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    Pitching — KC Hunt 3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 4 K; Christian Ciuffetelli 3 IP (W), 1 H, 1 R, 4 K; Justin Kelly 2 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 1 K; Patrick Hubbs 1 IP, 1 H, 2 K; Highlights — John Jensen 3-5, 2 2B, RBI; Kyle Manzardo 1-4, 2B; Thomas Rudinsky 1-4, 2B, 2 R; Chase Luttrell 2-4, HR, 2 RBI, 3 R; Alex Lambeau 2-4, 2 R; Kyle Velazquez 4-5, 2 2B, R, 5 RBI.


    Pitching — Eli Schubert 1.2 IP (L), 4 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K; Branden Nipp 1.1 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 3 K; Hayden Minich 3.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 K; Marc Lidd 1.1 IP, 3 K; Harrison Grow .1 IP, 1 H, 5 R, 4 BB; Carter Powell .2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB; Highlights — Dusty Garcia 1-1; Jack Bauer 1-2, R; Michael Hicks 2-3, 2B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI; Steve Ramirez 1-4; Michael Yourg 1-3.

    Oregon man who fled troopers in custody
    Author: Mike Carter, The Seattle Times

    SEATTLE — A Newport, Ore., motorcyclist is in custody after eluding Washington State Patrol troopers and other lawmen across five counties in Washington on Saturday, officials said.

    The 38-year-old man refused to yield to a state trooper after he was clocked driving a Kawasaki motorcycle at 76 mph in a posted 55 mph-zone on U.S. 101 about 6 miles west of Sequim on Saturday afternoon, according Trooper Chelsea Hodgson. The trooper ended the chase after the motorcycle accelerated and used oncoming traffic lanes and the right shoulder to pass other vehicles in heavy traffic.

    The state patrol had an aviation trooper in a Cessna plane in the area, which was equipped with an infrared camera. The trooper provided the location of the rider to officers on the ground as the motorcycle traveled through Clallam, Jefferson, Mason, Thurston and Pierce counties. The abandoned motorcycle was found near Steilacoom, more than 90 miles from where the trooper initially tried to stop the rider.

    Hodgson said the rider fled on foot and was found later by Steilacoom Public Safety Department officers. The rider, who was not identified, was taken back to Clallam County and booked in Clallam County Jail for investigation of felony eluding, reckless driving and driving with a suspended license out of Oregon.

    $1.7 million awarded for Northeast 68th Street sidewalk
    Author: Columbian staff writer

    Clark County’s plans to build a sidewalk along Northeast 68th Street in Hazel Dell have received a $1.7 million boost from the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council.

    The council’s board of directors earlier this month selected the project, plus another proposed sidewalk improvement in Hazel Dell and a third project in Skamania County, to receive funds through the federal transportation alternatives program.

    Building a sidewalk on Northeast 68th Street has been a longtime priority for area residents and the Northeast Hazel Dell Neighborhood Association.

    Only a few sections of sidewalk exist on the street, from Northeast Highway 99 to Northeast St. Johns Road. Along portions of the street, there isn’t even a narrow shoulder that pedestrians can use.

    About 3,300 vehicles a day use this section of Northeast 68th Street. The road has a posted 35 mph speed limit, but nearly 400 vehicles a day speed through the corridor at more than 45 mph.

    According to Clark County, there have been 19 reported crashes along the street section in the past 10 years. Vehicles hitting roadside objects accounted for 10 of those crashes.

    Most of the street section is in unincorporated Hazel Dell, although a portion west of Northeast St. Johns Road is inside the Vancouver city limits.

    The county and city will partner on the project, with the county building missing sidewalk segments for about 5,500 feet on the south side of the road and the city making street improvements for about 1,400 feet. Construction is tentatively scheduled for 2021.

    Estimated project costs are $3 million for the county and $1.5 million for the city. Clark County previously was awarded $150,000 in federal funds to help pay for design. The Clark County Council also allocated real estate excise taxes, which are collected when property sells, to project design.

    Susan Wilson, programming section supervisor for Clark County Public Works, said the county still has more than a $1 million shortfall to build the project.

    The county has applied for a $1 million grant from the federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program, which is administered through the Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council, and intends to seek state grants to fill the funding gap, Wilson said.

    Besides building missing sidewalk sections, the county intends to add crosswalks at Northeast 14th, 17th and 28th avenues and at the entrance to 20-acre Hazel Dell Community Park, along with installing street lighting and pedestrian warning signs at each crosswalk.

    The county may install a rapid-flashing pedestrian beacon at the Northeast 14th Avenue crosswalk, where there is limited sight distance because of a hill.

    The transportation council’s board of directors also awarded $79,600 to help design pedestrian and bicycle movements on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue, from Northeast 99th Street to Northeast 117th Street. Improvements include building missing and damaged sidewalk sections, providing disabled-accessible sidewalk curb ramps, adding bicycle lanes and relocating a mid-block pedestrian crossing.

    The third project, which will receive $575,400, is for pedestrian amenities and overlook on Southeast First Street in Stevenson.

    Youth baseball: Primetime wins Babe Ruth regional for World Series berth
    Author: Columbian staff

    Primetime Baseball of Clark County is headed to the Babe Ruth 16-18 age group World Series.

    Primetime won twice on Sunday to win the Pacific Northwest Regional at Calgary, Alberta, capping the day with a 6-4 win over host Calgary Blues AAA.

    Primetime beat Calgary Blues AA 14-4 in the earlier semifinal.

    Primetime (34-11-3 overall) went 6-0 at the regional, outscoring opponents 92-16.

    Next stop is Mobile, Ala., for the World Series. That tournament runs Aug. 2-9.

    Tyler Russell and Alan Merrill combined on a seven-hitter in the championship game for Primetime. Russell struck out five and Merrill two.

    Hayden Williamson went 2 for 2, and Preston Thornton was 1 for 3 with an RBI double that was part of a three-run first inning.

    Major Baseball

    District 6 champion Hazel Dell was eliminated from the state tournament in Richland on Sunday, losing to Rainier 6-5.

    Camas, the District 4 champion, plays a loser out game at 5 p.m. today against Walla Walla Valley.

    9-11 Little League

    The Camas Little League All-Stars finished second at the state tournament in Woodinville.

    Greater Richland needed to beat Camas twice to win the title and did just that, completing the task on Sunday with a 10-2 victory to win the state title. Greater Richland forced the Sunday game by winning 9-0 on Saturday against the previously unbeaten Camas squad.

    Greater Richland led Camas to four hits over the two games.