WALLA WALLA - Tom's Chevron culminated its perfect 24-0 run with its second consecutive All-City Little League baseball championship in the title match here at Valley Field Wednesday.
Tom's Chevron had it all going against a pitching-challenged Dairy Queen.
Tom's banged out 13 hits and got a one-hit shutout from Isaiah Standard in posting a 12-0 win to earn the All-City championship.
"I would like to congratulate Tom's Chevron," DQ manager Craig Rouse said. "They are a bunch of great ball players."
Dairy Queen reached the final with an eight-inning, 3-2 win over Sun Rental, but used up its two leading pitchers in getting to the final.
Tom's Chevron took advantage.
In the first inning, Standard blasted a two-run home run over the Mill Creek bike path in left-center as Tom's grabbed a 2-0 lead and took command.
"We were in a tough situation (with our pitching)," Rouse said. "We had a couple of one-run losses to them (Tom's) this year. We wish we could've gotten (Dexter) Aichele in there. It would've been a nice final with Aichele and Standard."
"That (DQ) is the second best team in town," Tom's manager Rod Fazzari said. "Without Dexter, they couldn't really show it tonight. I wish we could've faced him tonight and won anyway, but that's the way it goes."
Alex Lemus led off the DQ first with a single to right, but that was the only hit Standard would give up. Standard retired the next 11 DQ hitters in a row before Shea Kimball reached on Tom's Chevron's only error, and then Standard retired the last four in order.
On the night, Standard finished with a five-inning, one-hit shutout and struck out 11.
"Lemus got us going," Rouse said. "(But) Isaiah is pretty tough. When you have opportunities, you have to take advantage. He (Standard) doesn't make many mistakes. He's throwing 65-67 miles per hour - that's coming up there pretty good."
At the plate, Standard added a two-run double and a bases-loaded walk to go with his two-run bomb to finish 2-for-2 with five RBI.
"He (Standard) crushed that baby," Fazzari said of Standard's first-inning blast. "Isaiah is the most dominating Little Leaguer I've ever coached or ever seen play in Walla Walla. He's just phenomenal."
Behind a lead-off triple from Peter Aguilar and a two-run single from Levi Haen, Tom's added four runs in the second, and it could've been worse except for DQ third baseman Jacob Needham. Needham made a diving stop on a drive down the line by Nathan Treadway, and threw Treadway out from his knees to end Tom's Chevron's second.
Jordan French, on in relief, retired Tom's in order in the third to temporarily close the flood gates. Elijah Marsh led off the Tom's fourth with a leg single, and the next four Tom's hitters hit safely as Tom's put up three more in the fourth and led 9-0 after four innings.
A Marsh hit was followed by hits from Grayson Wycoff and Kenneth Rooks as Tom's closed out its back-to-back title runs with three more runs in the fifth.
And that could've been more, except Luke Jordan came on in relief with the bases loaded and no outs. Jordan caught a liner and doubled Rooks off first, then got out of the jam by enticing a ground out.
Nine Tom's Chevron hitters combined to collect 13 hits with Haen's 3-for-3 performance - making him a perfect 7-for-7 over the semifinal and final Tom's wins - leading the way.
Tom's Chevron finishes with the Pacific League regular season title, the All-City championship and a perfect 24-0 mark.
"This is not an all-star team," Fazzari said. "It's a team of 9-12-year-olds that play really well together.
"It takes a great team to go undefeated," Fazzari continued. "I consider this team great, but that's not enough. You have to have some breaks. Waitsburg missed a three-run homer (in Tom's 9-1 win over Waitsburg in the All-City quarterfinals), when it hit the top of the fence and bounced back in. It's a game of inches. If we get down 3-1, they (Waitsburg) would've been playing tonight. (Overall), it's a great accomplishment to finish undefeated, and I'm proud of our boys."
For Dairy Queen, a team that was 0-21 four years ago, it finishes 17-7 and with second place in the tourney.
"We're not going to let one game take away from the season that we had," Rouse said. "We had a really good year. We were one game away from our ultimate goal and just fell a little bit short. I'm proud of them for getting here."
Tom's Chevron 12, Dairy Queen 0
Tom's Chevron 240 33 - 12 13 1
Dairy Queen 000 00 - 0 1 2
Standard and Lesmeister; Lemus, French (3), Jordan (5) and Kimball.
HR - Tom's: Standard.
Hits - Tom's: Standard 2, Haen 3, Aguilar, Lesmeister, Bergevin, Phipps, Marsh 2, Wycoff, Rooks; DQ; Lemus.