Commandos catch Rams late
WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Valley Rams were poised to avenge their only loss of the season Saturday, but instead came away with another loss to the Okanogan County Commandos.
Leading 17-6 in the fourth quarter, the Rams surrendered a pair of touchdowns in the game’s final seven minutes and lost 21-17.
The Commandos edged the Rams 18-14 in their first meeting of the season April 2.
Wenatchee led 10-6 at halftime Saturday, and extended to a 17-6 lead on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Dave Mott to Garret Brown at 12:21 of third quarter.
But the Commandos closed to within 17-14 with a touchdown and two-point conversion with 6:32 left, then took the lead with another score with 3:35 to go.
The loss dropped the Rams into a second-place tie with Okanogan, a game behind Spokane. The Rams have two regular-season games remaining, at Hermiston on Saturday and at home May 21 against the Wolfpack.
Four more car classes made their 2011 debuts at Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval on Saturday.
Randy Adams took the checkered flag in the first Bump-2-Pass race of the new season. Adams was second to George Casey in the preliminary heat race, but those two drivers swapped positions in the feature race.
In the Northwest Outlaw Compacts feature race, Justin Childress held off runner-up Chad Benjamin and big brother Josh Childress for the win.
Robert Rux was first in the Vintage Modifieds feature race, and Evan Margeson won the Washington Midget Racing Association final.
Kasey Meyer and Nicholas Boersma each blew away the competition Saturday to win the men’s 10K and 5K events respectively at the Apple Blossom Run.
Meyer, of Spokane, finished in 34:05 to win the 10K by more than two minutes, while Boersma, of Wenatchee, was just as dominant in the 5K. His 15:15 was 65 seconds faster than Zane Carlson of East Wenatchee.
Tiffany Albright of Gig Harbor won the women’s 10K in 39:18, while Emily Nordt of Wenatchee won the women’s 5K in 18:10.
Eric Ballard of East Wenatchee won the 2.1K youth race, with Daniel Tveten of Leavenworth second.
The fastest girls finisher was Betsy Arlt of Wenatchee, with Kelsey Browning of Waterville second.
About 600 runners completed one of the three races.