Kennewick National Baseball: KN Info & History

Who We Are
Kennewick National Cal Ripken Baseball League, located in beautiful Kennewick, Washington, is a not-for-profit entity with a goal of educating children between the ages of 5 and 12 about the great game of baseball. All of our Board positions, concession stand operators, field maintenance, team managers and team coaches are volunteers. Our objective is to teach the fundamentals of baseball in a fun environment that will enable our players to enjoy their baseball experience, develop physical fitness, self-confidence, discipline, and good sportsmanship so they may carry these qualities into their future life experiences. Last season, we had over 500 children participating in our various divisions. In any given week, up to 40 games are being played on our fields with approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people in total attendance.

Due to the generosity of sponsors and the many hours of volunteers’ work, KN has been able to complete several modifications to make our facility cleaner and safer for the athletes and their families. The following major improvements have been made at our fields over the past few years:
- Fully remodeled the concession stand.
- Built two new dugouts, one on each of the Major and Minor fields, to improve athlete safety and increase spectator viewing.
- Leveled the playing surface, replaced pitching mounds and installed new infield sod on both Major and Minor fields.
- Installed a new retaining wall and paved the spectator viewing area along 4th Avenue.
- Installed a new grass viewing area along the Minor Field.
- Demolished old bleachers and purchased new, safer bleachers.
- Built two new pitching bullpens for the Major and Minor fields.
- Replaced batting helmets and catchers’ gear including purchase of knee savers to provide safe equipment for the ball players’ protection.   
- Gutted, re-wired, sided, sealed, and painted scorer's tower on the Major and Minor fields.
- Installed 2nd floor door, steps, and landing on the scorer's tower.
- Demolished old backstops and posts on Major and Minor fields and installed new chainlink backstops.
- Leveled and re-sodded Rookie field.
- Installed batting cages near the Major and Rookie fields.
- Installed fencing around the complex to limit the pedestrian traffic when the park is unattended.
- Purchased and installed a new equipment shed.
- Purchased security roll-down doors for the concession stand.

In addition, we have several future modifications planned to update our ballpark for the enjoyment of our players and their fans.


How To Find Us
Map to Fields
KN Fields
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The Kennewick National fields are located on W. 4th Ave, right where 4th Ave passes under Highway 395.
There is no access to 4th Ave from 395, so you'll have to exit the highway on 2nd Ave, 7th Ave, or on Kennewick Ave and make your way to the ballfields via surface streets. 

 Click   Map for an overhead view of the ballfields. 

There are several motels in the area.
The two closest are:
Days Inn - (509) 735-9511
EconoLodge - (509) 783-6191

Others in the general area:
Best Western Kennewick Inn - (509) 586-1332
LaQuinta Inn & Suites - (509) 736-3326
Kennewick Inn and Suites Travelodge - (509) 735-6385

There are also several hotels and motels down along Columbia Center Blvd near the Columbia Center Mall, just 3-4 miles away from the ballfields:
Super 8 Motel - (509) 736-6888
Red Lion Inn - Kennewick - (509) 783-0611
Comfort Inn - (509) 783-8396
Fairfield Inn - (509) 783-2164
Kennewick Silver Cloud Inn - (509) 735-6100

Additionally, there are hotels and motels in neighboring cities, Richland and Pasco.
Click HERE for an interactive map of area lodging.



Feedback- We want to hear from you!
If you have comments, questions, or would just like to bring up issues about this website, the condition of the fields or any KN facility, the actions of a coach, player, umpire, concession crew, fan, or any KN member, please feel free to contact us via e-mail. You can reach us at:


Kennewick National

kn.baseball@yahoo.com



Baseball History
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Past KN All Star Successes
12s
District Champions* - 1981, 1985, 1988
State Champions - 1981, 1988, 1994, 1996, 2004, 2005
Regional Champions - 1994, 1996, 2004

11s
State Champions - 2004
Regional Champions -

10s
State Champions -
Regional Champions -

* Washington Babe Ruth Baseball dropped the District Playoffs from the Tournament Trail in 2000. Now all teams from all Districts are invited to their respective State Tournaments.
NOTE: If you have additional information to add to this list, please let us know. We don't want to leave anybody out!


KN 1994 World Series Champions!!
Did you know that the Kennewick National 12-year-old All-Stars won the Bambino (now called Cal Ripken) World Series back in 1994? To date, they are the only Northwest Region team to accomplish that feat. The 1994 team was led by Jason Smith, who won Most Outstanding Player for the tournament as well as Batting Champion with a .560 average.
KN still holds the Bambino / Cal Ripken record for most wins in single World Series tournament. The same kids that won in 1994, lost their first game before running the table with 7 straight wins in the double elimination tournament.

Here is a list of past Bambino/Cal Ripken World Series winners:
2005 Honolulu, HI
2004 Mexico
2003 Mexico (first International Division winner)
2002 Visalia, CA
2001 South Lexington, KY
2000 West Palm Beach, FL
--- Babe Ruth Baseball changes it's 12-under division from Bambino to Cal Ripken Baseball ---
1999 Danbury, CT
1998 West Palm Beach, FL
1997 Brooklyn, NY
1996 Oakland, CA
1995 Abbeville, LA
1994 Kennewick, WA (KN)
1993 Connersville, IN
1992 So. Lexington, KY
1991 Oakland, CA
1990 Oakland, CA
1989 Oakland, CA
1988 Oakland, CA
1987 Oakland, CA
1986 Oakland, CA
1985 Brooklyn, NY
1984 Oakland, CA


Monday, May 24
Congratulations to all KN Post Season Players!

12 Year Old All-Stars:
Cory Dearing
Jared Deatherage
Gabriel Duran
Julio Gonzales
Noah Hammon
Jake Kirchhoff
Aaron Mansfield
John Mantanona
Caleb Pflieger
Matthew Rowell
Brandon Searls
Malik Sitler
Manager: Brett Kirchhoff
Coach: Wayne Dearing
Coach: Greg Rowell

11 Year Old All-Stars:
Tyson Brown
Melese Crowley
Dawson Daniels
Cooper Ellison
Kyler Lee
Blake Marboe
Chase Meilleur
Hunter Mulderig
Jace Navejas
Drake Ofsthun
Cory Schouviller
Jashaun Simon
Manager: Aric Ellison
Coach: Jeff Daniels
Coach: Aaron Meilleur

10 Year Old All-Stars:
Conner Banta
Colten Chelin
DJ Cooke
Dillon Crawford
Payton Flynn
Champ Grayson
Carson Green
Ryan Heiman
Nicholas Irwin
Kyle Riche
Kohlter Trimble
Alex Vega
Manager: Scott Crawford
Coach: Don Flynn
Coach: Mat Irwin

9 Year Old All-Stars:
Tyren Baker
Jordan Chase
Jack Chastain
Conner Gray
Ford Gross
Cameron Gutierrez
John Koskinen
Landon Kutschkau
Matthew Legard
Jakob Mulholland
Ben Pflieger
Tristan Vrieling
Manager: Chris Chastain
Coach: Dan Legard
Coach: Dean Kutschkau

12 Year Old Tournament:
Zack Avery
Taylor Duberstein
Josh Eaton
Alex Godinez
Gabe Johnson
Chase Kissell
Hayden Larson
Luke Mauth
Brandon Mooney
Jethro Questad
Justice Salazar
Evan Spiel
Manager: Rowdy Gonzales
Coach: Chris Avery
Coach: David Spiel

11 Year Old Tournament:
Chris Barnett
Nick Chesnut
Ryan Dearing
Riley Ellsworth
Tyler Elsethagen
Kaden Enriquez
Joe Jackson
Will Koskinen
Chase Krumm
Levi Orren
Trevyn Vrieling
Gavin Watters
Brittney Yocom
Manager: Del Krumm
Coach: Mando Enriquez
Coach: Larry Barnett

10 Year Old Tournament:
Tyler Baker
Daniel Berg
Hunter Berg
Kyle Carr
Easton Clem
Nolan DeGarmo
Gabe DuBois
Nate Gee
Chase Grillo
Jamas Middleton
Tyler Todish
Christian Wingle
Gavin Woods
Manager: Troy DeGarmo
Coach: Jeremy Grillo
Coach: Dan Wingle Coach: Matt Berg

9U Year Old Tournament:
Remmington Bethje
Alden Brown
Joseph Duberstein
Kobe Dumo
Garrett Grillo
Jeremiah Kennell
Nicholas Lindholm
Kyle Marboe
Dawson Matthews
Lucas Pedroza
Ethan Rogers
Dalton Taylor
Garrett Wood
Manager: Kevin Bethje
Coach: Cory Duberstein
Coach: Ben Lindholm

9U Year Old Tournament:
Paige Aldrich
Wesley Banks
Austin Davis
Ian Driggers
Adam Elsethagen
Tim Gee
Nathaniel Huldt
Tazmin Milton
Gavin Pratt
Camden Simmelink
Elijah Wisehart
Manager: Josh Pratt
Coach: Todd Milton



Thursday, June 16
Fun in the Sun 2011 12U