YAKIMA — Pitcher Zach Klinger turned in a solid effort and got plenty of offensive help as the Mount Vernon Riverdogs downed the Pullman Posse 9-6 in a first-round game of the American Legion AA State Tournament on Saturday.

Klinger went 5 1/3 innings before Mount Vernon coach Tony Wolden pulled him after 80 pitches and with a 9-2 lead “so we can pitch him” in three days.

“He was outstanding,” Wolden said. “That’s a real good Pullman team. They can swing the bats. He did a great job.”

Mount Vernon trailed 2-1 before taking control of the game with four runs in the fourth inning for a 5-2 lead.

“We held on after that,” Wolden said. “We made a couple errors in the seventh and things got a little right.”

Skyler Jensen went 3-for-4 with three RBI to lead the Riverdogs offensively. Vynce Rodriguez was 3-for-4 and Klinger went 2-for-4.

Mount Vernon plays the Yakima Peppers at 4 p.m. Sunday at Davis High School.

In other games involving local teams:

Hanford 16, Burlington 8

Hanford pounded out 21 hits in the game and scored nine runs in the fourth inning en route to the opening-round victory.

Burlington faces the Yakima Beetles at 1 p.m. Sunday in a loser-out contest at Parker Faller Field.

Gonzaga Prep 1, Sedro-Woolley 0

Gonzaga Prep scored the game’s lone run in the first inning and no-hit Sedro-Woolley in the first-round contest.

Sedro-Woolley pitching limited Gonzaga Prep to two hits.

Sedro-Woolley plays Lynden in a loser-out contest at 10 a.m. Sunday at Parker Faller Field.

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