WALLA WALLA - Comebacks were the order of the day at the 2011 11-12 All-Star state tournament in second-round District Five Little League baseball action at Walla Walla Valley's fields.
Walla Walla Pacific overcame a 7-5 Touchet Valley lead in the top of the sixth inning in 11-12 All-Star action. Pacific scored nine runs to take a 12-5 win. The win moves Pacific to within one win of a ticket to the 11-12 state tournament in Vancouver beginning July 23.
In 10-11 All-Star action, Walla Walla Valley overcame a 4-0 deficit and came back for a 6-4 win over WW Pacific.
In other 11-12 play, Asotin County stayed alive as it exploded for two home runs and 11 hits to eliminate WW Valley 12-0.
In 9-10 play, WW Pacific moved to within one win of a state ticket as Pacific defeated WW Valley 15-6.
Asotin County eliminated Touchet Valley 14-3 in the loser-out 9-10 battle.
Games resume at the Valley complex on Tuesday.
In 11-12 play, Asotin meets Touchet Valley on Field 1 at 6 p.m Tuesday to determine who survives to play WW Pacific on Wednesday for the district title. The winner of the Tuesday match must beat Pacific on Wednesday and Thursday to advance to the state tournament.
In 10-11 Tuesday action, WW Valley looks to punch its 10-11 state ticket with a win over WW Pacific at 3 p.m. on field 1. If Pacific wins, it forces the rubber match for a state berth on Wednesday.
The 9-10 All-Stars will stage an elimination battle between WW Valley and Asotin County at 5 p.m. on field 2. The winner plays WW Pacific on Wednesday needing two wins over Pacific to advance to state in Redmond July 16.
WW Pacific 12, Touchet Valley 5
Pacific got an RBI double from Dexter Aichele and a RBI ground out from Jared Ortiz to take a 2-0 lead in the second in its winners bracket match with Touchet Valley.
TV answered in the home second as Touchet Valley drew four walks, and got a run-producing infield single from Kyle Gradwohl. Nic Dougherty and Ben Kleck drew bases-loaded walks to force in runs and TV lead 3-2 after two.
Mitch Lesmeister's single and a dropped fly ball got Pacific even at 3-3 in the third.
In the home third, Devin Newman drew a one-out walk, Kobie Sunderland's fly ball was misplayed and Ezekial Gonzalez delivered both Newman and Sunderland with a base hit down the right field line. TV took a 5-3 lead after three.
TV starting pitcher, Jacob Dunn, made the lead stand up heading to Pacific's last at bat.
Dunn limited Pacific to only four hits, while striking out six and not walking anyone through five.
"My hat is off to the Dunn kid," WW Pacific manager Rod Fazzari said. "He had a lot of different pitches that he was throwing for strikes. He had our kids off balance. He had us."
TV made the most of three hits - two from Gradwohl and Gonzalez' clutch two-run single - and took advantage of six walks and a hit batsman to build its 5-3 lead after five.
"When you give up walks in the first few innings, they are going to come back to bite you," Fazzari said. "I told our pitchers, that the only way they (TV) win this game is if we give them free passes. Three of them scored."
With three outs left, Pacific was looking at dropping into the loser's bracket.
"We were concerned," Fazzari said. "Not only about losing this game but going into the loser's bracket without our top three pitchers. It's like not only are you going to lose the game, but you're going to lose the tournament."
Pacific responded explosively.
"We start with the heart of our order," Fazzari said. "We had some good at bats. They were patient and they got good pitches to hit and they didn't miss."
Isaiah Standard greeted Dunn's first pitch of the sixth with a howling single to center. Riley Winett followed with a base hit and Aichele knocked home Standard with a single.
The tying run was at third and the go-ahead run at second for Ortiz. Ortiz put Pacific up for good with a three-run blast to right center and Pacific had all it needed with a 7-5 lead, but Pacific wasn't finished.
Standard would add the exclamation point to the nine-run explosion with a grand slam over the center field scoreboard as Pacific pulled out the 12-5 win.
Asotin County 12, WW Valley 0
WW Valley's Jake Shafer had the 2010 11-year old state champions shut out and no hit through two.
Asotin showed its merits in the third.
Hunter Hansen's two-run single and Jared Hill's RBI double keyed a five-run, five-hit inning and Asotin took command with a 5-0 lead after three.
Asotin finished this one off behind back-to-back home runs from Blake Callahan and Hansen, as Asotin scored seven times in the fourth to go up 12-0.
WW Valley had no luck against the pitching of Hill and Chris Mingo. Hill didn't allow a hit and struck out six in his two innings. Mingo was touched for a hit, but that was all as he completed the shut out.
Kurt Blackman led off the WW Valley sixth and roped one to center for Valley's lone hit.
The loss eliminated WW Valley from the tournament.
WW Valley 6, WW Pacific 4
WW Pacific opened its best-of-three series with WW Valley for a state 10-11 berth with offensive pop.
Mason Knowles opened the game with a ground-rule double when his shot bounced over the centerfield fence. A sac fly from Levi Haen and two Valley errors and Pacific had a 2-0 lead before Valley batted.
Scott Golden legged out an infield hit to lead off the Pacific second. Knowles chased Golden home with a triple and scored on an errant pitch. 4-0 Pacific heading to the home second.
"These kids (Valley) weren't playing the way I've seen them play," WW Valley manager Dan Camacho said. "They had the first-game jitters. I told them to calm down and not to look at the score as we had five innings of play and we'd just keep chopping away. They're a good bunch and that's exactly what they did."
The first chop came in the home second. Parker Likes and Brent Hays reached on errors. Likes scored on an errant pitch and Silas Shumate picked up Hays with a sac fly, 4-2 Pacific after two.
On the mound, Valley starter Carter Davis righted his ship and kept Pacific at bay into the home fourth.
Turner Edwards and Dalton James worked walks and both were aggressive on the base path to get around and score to tie the game at 4-4 after four.
"We ran the bases well," Camacho said. "We've got experienced runners and some fast guys."
Cody Worden opened the decisive Valley fifth by drawing a walk. Connor Lemma followed with Valley's only hit of the night, and Josh Camacho got a bunt down. Worden scored on Davis' fielder's choice, and following a walk to Edwards, Davis would eventually score on an errant pitch for a 6-4 Valley lead after five.
Likes, who came on in relief for Valley in the fourth, gave up a one-out single to Haen in the Pacific sixth. Likes got Ben Ortiz to line to second baseman Camacho who doubled Haen to end the game and leave Valley one win away from a state trip.
"We have a lot of good solid players," Camacho said. "That's why I was surprised when we fell behind, but the other guys (Pacific) were really racking the ball. Give them a lot of credit.
"We kept our composure," Camacho added. "We came back and came out with a win."
WW Pacific 14, WW Valley 6
Taylor Hamada, Anthony Senne, and Austin Olson ripped consecutive singles to start the game for Pacific. Kyren Morris walked and all four would come around to score as Pacific jumped out to a 4-0 lead . Valley never recovered.
Valley got one back in the first, but Pacific, behind Nathan Treadway's double and five walks scored three more in the second for a 7-1 lead after two.
Jackson Shumate drew a bases loaded walk in the Valley third to cap a two-run rally and cut the lead to 7-3 after three.
Pacific got hits from Treadway, Reagan Bond, and Kris Serrano to highlight a four-run fifth which put this one away.
Three walks and Valley's first hit of the game, a single to right by Shumate, keyed a two-run Valley fifth. Jared McAlvey tripled in the sixth as Valley rallied for a run, but it wasn't enough as Pacific, with the 15-6 win, awaits the winner of Tuesday's WW Valley Asotin battle, to play for a state ticket Wednesday.
Asotin Co. 14, Touchet Valley 3
Touchet Valley dug themselves an 11-0 hole after three and were being no hit and on the verge of having this one ended by the mercy rule.
TV rallied as Gavin Gould drew a lead-off walk to open the TV fourth. Eli Williams collected TV's first hit as Gould scored when the Asotin fielder misplayed Williams' hit.
Walks to Josh Helm and Josh Hartwell, an Asotin error, and a single by Jack Willis and TV hung a three-spot on the board to force a bottom of the fourth.
Asotin scored three times to close out the 14-3 win and end TV's tourney run.
Walla Walla Pacific 12, Touchet Valley 5
WWP 02 009 - 12 11 2
TV 032 000 - 5 3 6
Aichele, Lesmeister (2), Zehner (6) and Bridges; Dunn, Gonzalez (6) and Gradwohl.
HR - WWP: Ortiz, Standard.
Hits - WWP: Winett 2, Aichele 3, Lesmeister 2, Standard 2, Ortiz, Bridges; TV: Gradwohl 2, Gonzalez.
Asotin County 12, Walla Walla Valley 0
Asotin Co. 005 7 - 12 10 0
WWValley 000 0 - 0 1 5
Hill, Mingo (3) and Magnuson; Shafer, Smith (3), Kimball (4) and Hammond, Terry (4).
HR - AC: Callahan, Hansen.
Hits - AC: Mingo, Magnuson 2, Callahan 2, Hansen 2, Hill 2, Poe; WWV: Blackman.
WW Valley 6, WW Pacific 4
WWP 220 000 - 4 9 2
WWV 020 22x - 6 1 3
Oliver, Hoeft (4) and Ortiz, Haen (4); Davis, Likes (5) and Lemma.
Hits - WWP: Knowles 2, Golden, Haen 2, Calzadillas 2, Ortiz, Morris; WWV: Lemma.
WW Pacific 15, WW Valley 6
WWP 430 044 - 15 9 2
WWV 102 021 - 6 2 3
Hamada, Treadway (3), Morris (3), Serrano (5) and Olson; Swant, Ahrens (2), Handcox (5),Holtzinger (5) and Ahrens, Swant (2).
Hits- WWP: Hamada, Senne, Olson 2, Treadway 2, Bond 2, Serrano; WWV: Shumate, McAlvey.
Asotin Co 14, Touchet Valley 3
TV 000 3 - 3 2 2
AC 452 3 - 14 4 3
Loper, Helm (2) and Swan; Savolainen, Elskamp (3), Wilkinson (4) and Alverti.
Hits - TV: Williams, Willis; AC: Olszewski, Savolainen, Elskamp, Bergland.