AUBURN, Wash. - Walla Walla Pacific's 9-10-year-old Little League run at the state tournament came to an end with a 10-9 loss to La Camas Monday evening.
On Saturday, the 9-10s opened the tourney with a 4-2 loss to District 7.
"The kids learned a lot, thats for sure," Pacific 9-10 coach Steve Barker said. "We got matched with two teams that we should have beat, but that's baseball. It's a learning experience for them, but it was fun. We got to play in two tight games."
Errors played a role in both losses, including in the eight-run rally that sunk Pacific in the sixth inning of the game against La Camas.
The 9-10s also struggled with pitch selection, Barker said.
"It was kind of weird this tournament," Barker said. "In the last tournament we hit the ball, this tournament we didn't. We didn't select good pitches to swing at, and I don't know if it was because they were tense or what."
Anthony Senne came on in the second inning against La Camas and lasted through the fifth, giving up just one unearned run while throwing 85 pitches before being relieved.
At the 10-11-year-old level in Mill Creek, Wash., Walla Walla Pacific opened with an 11-1 loss to Federal Way on Saturday.
Pacific played the loser of Monday's Chehalis-Bainbridge Island game at 10:30 a.m. today.
The Washington State Little League Majors tournament opens in Walla Walla at the Valley Little League fields at Lions Park Saturday.
Walla Walla Valley begins play at 11:30 a.m. Sunday against the winner of Saturday's game between Centralia and Burlington-Edison.
The tournament continues throughout July 28.