CHENEY - The Walla Walla Pacific 10-11 All-Stars shelled the boys of Riverview Saturday in the opening round of the Little League state tournament, winning by a lopsided score of 13-3.
The win advances Pacific to the next round of the double-elimination tournament, when they will take on the Glenwood All-Stars from District 6 (the greater Vancouver area) today at noon.
Pacific didn't waste any time getting on base. Lead-off batter Mason Knowles singled to start for Pacific and the rout began. The next five batters all reached base with Ben Ortiz and Devon Oliver hitting singles and Kobe Morris recording a double. The next batter hit a pop-up to first and another hit a come-backer to the pitcher who picked off a base-runner at first to end the inning.
Riverview failed to answer Pacific's walloping with any runs, ending the inning in a 5-0 hole.
"We're a pretty good hitting team," Pacific manager Stacy Bergevin said. "We were real aggressive in the start - that's our philosophy. We came out swinging and got a good lead."
After two quick outs to start the second inning, Pacific batter Connor Hoeft found base with a double and was quickly sent trotting home when Levi Haen cranked a two-run home run to left-center field.
Riverview answered with a homer of its own in the bottom of the second, however the one-runner barely dented Pacific's lead and Pacifc came back up to bat with a 7-1 lead.
In what became a trend for the game, Pacific scored some more - then they scored some more.
Kobe Morris led off in the third with a double and was followed by hits from Oliver and James Calzadillas. Garrett Elsom reached base on balls, and Mason Knowles reached on an error.
Pushing the score to 11-1, Pacific could have ended the game in the third thanks to the ten-run mercy rule, but Riverview managed to hang around after knocking in two scores in the bottom on the inning.
Devon Oliver led off the fourth with Pacific's second home run for the night, and Knowles had an RBI single to once again check Riverview.
After allowing two hits to lead off the fourth inning, Pacific pitcher Kobe Morris struck out the final three batters he faced and check-mated the boys from Riverview, 13-3.
Morris was the third pitcher manager Bergevin played in the four inning game, as the huge lead Pacific built early allowed him to rotate pitchers and save his arms for the remainder of the nine-day, 13-team tournament.
"We want good pitching and defense, to force other teams to out hit us," Bergevin said. "We feel like we are a pretty good hitting team."
Despite the big win, Bergevin remained modest about his team's chances against Glenwood.
"It was a good start, we feel pretty confident," Bergevin said. "Our goal was to get these first two wins. Glenwood looks good, so its going to be a tough game; we've been hitting the ball well so hopefully we can continue that."
Pacific 13, Riverview 3
WW 524 2 - 13 11 0
Riverview 012 0 - 3 6 2
Hoeft, Haen 2, Morris 4 and Ortiz Hoeft 4; Tomlinson and Edwards.
HR - ww: Haen and Oliver; Riverview: Transue.
Hits - WW: Knowles 2, Hoeft, Haen, Ortiz, Morris 2, Oliver 3, Calzadillas; Riverview: Tomlinson, Pichette, Transue 2, Wonder, Parker.