Second baseman Ryan Grotjohn hit a three-run home run to highlight a five-run third inning, and the Scottsdale 12-and-under team had no trouble advancing to the Cal Ripken World Series title game, routing Wakulla, Fla., 9-3 Wednesday at Van Buren, Ark.
Grotjohn went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Left fielder Max Shuman hit a solo home run, and first baseman Sam Ferguson was 2-for-2.
Pitcher Dillon Jackson gave up five hits, walked one and struck out nine in a complete-game performance.
Scottsdale will face South Lexington, Ky., at 4:30 p.m. today for the championship. The game can be heard at www.sportsnet.com.
• J.J. Wood, David McDaniel, Nathan Tyler and Ken Kellaney, the four top seeds, all advanced through their first round of matches at the 83rd Arizona Amateur Championship at Tucson Country Club.
• Sam Smith of Turlock, Calif., shot an 8-under 64 to lead the boys division of the PING Phoenix Junior by one stroke after the first round of play at Moon Valley Country Club in Phoenix.
Danielle Frasier of Encinitas, Calif., leads the girls division after also firing a 64 to tie the third-lowest 18-hole score by a girl in AJGA history.
• Manzanita Speedway, the oldest continuously operated sports facility in the Valley, has changed hands for only the fourth time in its 56-year history.
Local businessman Mel Martin and his son Bobby assumed control of the track located at 35th Avenue and West Broadway in Phoenix Wednesday, purchasing it from Joe and Millie Kimbro, the owners since 1992.
Their first project started Wednesday as crews began removing the front straightaway safety fence and will install a new one that will be about five feet higher.
The first special promotion will be a free T-shirt giveaway to early arrivals for the Friday and Saturday night anniversary races.