Baker Boyer, Mr. Ed's advance to quarterfinals in Little League All-City tourney

Baker Boyer defeats Oil Can Henry's and Mr. Ed's takes Dairy Queen to continue play Saturday.



Surrounded by smiles, high-fives and pats on the back, Oil Can Henry's pitcher Joe Yenney (center) trots back to the dugout after his second three-run home run during their game against Baker Boyer Bank at the Little League All-City Championships Thursday at the Pacific League fields. Despite Yenney's effort at the plate and on the mound, Oil Can Henry's could not overcome an early defecit and lost 13-10.


Dairy Queen catcher Shea Kimball charges up the third-base line to collect an errant throw from the outfield, trying to catch Mr. Ed's Jared Guttromson (background) at the plate during the first inning Thursday. Guttromson got the run, putting Mr. Ed's up 3-0 en route to a 13-1 victory over Dairy Queen.


Baker Boyer's Cody Smith slides safely across home plate and under a jumping Joe Yenney (34) from Oil Can Henry's, who was waiting for a throw that never came after a wild pitch, Thursday.

WALLA WALLA - Sixth grader Cailin Bloom opened the 35th annual Walla Walla City boys Little League Tournament here at the Pacific complex Thursday with the star spangled banner, co-sixth grader Haylee Taylor did the honors before the night cap, and Baker Boyer and Mr. Ed's did the rest.

Baker Boyer scored nine first-inning runs to end Oil Can Henry's season with a 13-10 victory in the opener.

Mr. Ed's rapped out 10 hits and held Dairy Queen to one hit as Ed's moved on with a 13-1 win.

Baker Boyer moves onto Saturday's quarterfinals and will face Valley champion Cox Jones at 10 a.m. Mr. Ed's earned a date with Pacific champion Tom's Chevron at 4 p.m. Saturday.

In Saturday's other quarter final match ups, Fire Department faces McDonald Zaring at noon and Cummins Athletic squares off with Farmers Co-Op at 2 p.m. All games are at the Pacific complex on the Vet's Hospital grounds.

Baker Boyer 13, Oil Can Henry's 10

Baker Boyer sent 13 hitters to the plate in the first inning, collected five hits, drew two walks and a hit batsman, and took advantage of three Henry's errors to score nine runs and take command early.

"One through nine in the order competed real well," BB manager Nathan Ferraro said. "They put the ball in play and we ran the bases real well."

Donovan Romero collected two hits in the first-inning explosion. Kobe Morris ripped a two-run double just inside first-base foul line, and Andrew Harvey added - with the help of a Henry's throwing error - a bases-loaded clearing single, and Baker Boyer took a 9-0 lead after one.

Andrew Feistner's two-RBI double capped a BB four-run second, as Baker Boyer expanded the lead to 13-2.

Henry's struck for three in the third.

Nic Dougherty and Tanner Bren drew walks and Joe Yenney followed with his first of two three-run home runs, this one a blast to right, and Henry's crept to within 13-5 after three.

Henry's loaded the bases on three walks to open the fourth and looked poised for a big inning.

Bren lifted a fly ball to center that was gathered in by Baker Boyer's Michael Henry, who fired the ball back to the infield, and Baker Boyer completed a triple play as Henry's runners at third and second were called out for leaving early.

"That's the first triple play I've experienced," Ferraro said. "The (Henry's) kids didn't tag up, and I was glad our kids were paying attention."

Yenney, who came on in relief with one out in the first, silenced Baker Boyer after the second inning. Yenney did not allow a Baker Boyer hit over the last three innings and struck out 12 of the 14 outs he recorded.

"He (Yenney) had us on that curve ball," Ferraro said. "Our kids got a little anxious, and when you allow yourself to get behind in counts, it's tough to play baseball."

Stevie Gonzalez belted a fifth inning solo homer as Henry's cut the lead to 13-6 going to the sixth.

Ezekiel Gonzalez knocked in a run and Yenney blasted his second three-run bomb in a four-run Henry's rally, but Harvey, who came on in relief to begin the sixth, snuffed out the Henry's rally with a strike out and Baker Boyer was through to Saturday's quarter finals.

Mr. Ed's 13, Dairy Queen 1

Jacob Roth's double was followed by consecutive singles from Seth Guttromson and Jared Guttromson with one out in Mr. Ed's first.

Jake Leining drew a walk and Riley Michener capped the four-run uprising with a two-run single as Mr. Ed's plated four runs and never looked back.

"Every kid hit in the first inning," Mr. Ed's coach Jim Johnson said. "We didn't have any problem hitting today."

Mr. Ed's continued to add on as Joey Camacho hit a solo homer, making it 5-0 after two.

And Mr. Ed's put it away with a six-run fourth.

Jared Guttromson's lead-off line-drive home run to left set the tone for the fourth.

Camacho's two-run single capped it, as Ed's took a 13-0 lead to bottom of the fourth.

DQ had been blanked on no-hits going to the fourth. Weston Wernette reached on an error and followed an errant pitch and a ground out to reach third with two outs.

Luke Freedle topped a Leining pitch and legged it out for an infield hit as Wernette scored. But, that was all DQ would get on this night.

Seth Guttromson, Leining, and Jared Guttromson, who came on to get the last out, combined to toss the one-hitter and pitch Mr. Ed's into Saturday's round of eight.

"Our pitching was excellent," Johnson said. "Seth (Guttromson) did really well in the first two (no runs allowed and six strike outs). We kept the ball out of the dirt. I hope we can do the same thing Saturday."

Baker Boyer 13, Oil Can Henry's 10

Henry's 023 014 - 10 5 6

Baker Boyer 940 00x - 13 6 1

S. Gonzalez, Yenney (1) and Kleck; Smith, Romero (3), Feistner (3), Harvey (6) and Hamada.

HR - Henry's: Yenney 2, S. Gonzalez.

Hits - Henry's: Yenney 3, S. Gonzalez, E. Gonzalez; Baker Boyer: Harvey, Romero 2, Olson, Morris, Feistner.

Mr. Ed's 13, Dairy Queen 1

Ed's 412 6 - 13 10 1

DQ 000 1 - 1 1 1

S. Guttromson, Leining (3), J. Guttromson (4) and Roth; Meyer, Sc. Kimball (3), Freedle (4) and Sh. Kimball.

HR - Ed's: J. Guttromson, Joe. Camacho.

Hits - Ed's: Roth 2, S. Guttromson, J. Guttromson 2, Joe. Camacho 3, Leining; DQ: Freedle.


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