WALLA WALLA - Pitcher Isaiah Standard struck out 17 while fashioning a two-hit shutout as Tom's Chevron captured the championship of the 35th annual Walla Walla City Little League baseball tournament with a 10-0 victory over Cox-Jones Wednesday night at the Pacific Little League Complex.
"Isaiah had good stuff," Tom's Chevron manager Rod Fazzari said. "He was the gold standard."
"He did a great job of keeping us off balance," said Cox-Jones' Tim Boutz, whose 40-year managerial career at the Little League level ended on Wednesday. "It's the only time all year we haven't hit the ball."
Wednesday's triumph earned Tom's its first City title since 2003.
Standard fanned the side in every inning except the sixth. The only hits he allowed were a two-out single to Noah Porter in the third inning and a base knock by Dillon Courson with one out in the sixth.
Tom's tallied the only run Standard would need in the top of the first inning. Mitchell Lesmeister led off the contest with a double, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and scored on a passed ball.
Cox-Jones got its first two batters aboard in the home first. But Standard kept his composure and registered three Ks to snuff out the threat.
"In the first inning, they were stealing our signs, but it didn't matter because he's a good pitcher," Fazzari said. "He was averaging 15 strikeouts a game. When he's on, he's tough. He's a very special pitcher."
Tom's Chevron added to its lead in the third. With two out, Levi Haen reached base on an error, one of six for Cox-Jones in the game.
Standard followed with a walk, and Ethan Haen singled to center field to drive in a run and send Standard to third.
Ethan Haen garnered the attention of the Cox-Jones defense moments later by getting into a pickle between first and second. By the time he was tagged out, Standard had crossed the plate with Tom's third run of the evening.
Tom's Chevron doubled its lead in the fifth inning with the aid of one hit and three Cox-Jones errors.
"We committed more errors in ths game than we did all year," Boutz said.
"When you put pressure on the defense, good things will happen," Fazzari said.
The game of add-on concluded in the top of the sixth. Nathan Treadway made it 7-0 with an RBI double and Lesmeister unloaded a three-run home run to left to end the scoring.
"There isn't any shame in losing the championship game," Boutz said. "They've been fun kids to work with. I'm proud of them.
"It's been a fun 40 years," Boutz said. "Now it will be fun just watching."
"I didn't expect to shut this team out," Fazzari said. "Everything went our way. Tonight was just our night. I'm excited for our team."
Tom's Chevron 10, Cox-Jones 0
Tom's Chevron 102 034 - 10 6 2
Cox-Jones 000 000 - 0 2 6
Standard and Mi. Lesmeister; Chabre, Wicklund (6) and Hano.
HR - Tom's Chevron: Mi. Lesmeister.
Hits - Tom's Chevron: Mi. Lesmeister 2, E. Haen, L. Haen, Bergevin, Treadway; Cox-Jones: Porter, Courson.