CLARKSTON — Walla Walla Valley stayed alive here Sunday in the District 5 Little League 11-year-old baseball tournament with a pair of loser-out victories.
Valley defeated North Franklin County 18-4 and host Asotin County 13-3. The two victories came after Valley had dropped a 3-0 game to rival Walla Walla Pacific in Saturday’s tournament opener.
Jacob Wallace stroked three hits and Bobby Holtzinger, Logan Jones and Jackson Shumate each contributed a pair of hits in Valley’s victory over North Franklin County. Shumate and Holtzinger added three more hits each in the win over Asotin County.
Shumate started on the mound against North Franklin County and pitched the first two frames. River Sanders pitched the third and fourth frames and Brock Betzler closed out the victory in the fifth. The 10-run mercy rule ended the contest after five innings.
Jared McAlvey, Wallace and Jones pitched one inning each, respectively, in the victory over Asotin County. The game was called after three innings because of the 10-run rule.
Three Walla Walla Pacific pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout in Saturday’s first-round victory over Walla Walla Valley.
Sloan Senne pitched the first two innings, Kristopher Serrano took over in the third and Gavin Wolcott came on in the fourth and finished up the mound duties for the Pacific squad.
Valley actually outhit Pacific 3-2, with Shumate picking up a pair of hits and Jones contributing the third. Senne and William Huntsman accounted for the two Pacific hits against Valley’s Holtzinger, who went the distance on the mound.
All of the scoring came in the bottom of the third inning when Pacific struck for three runs.
WW Pacifc 3, WW Valley 0
WW Valley 000 000 — 0 3 3
WW Pacific 003 00x — 3 2 1
Holtzinger and Crudup; Senne, Serrano(3), Wolcott(4) and Ashbeck, Senne(3),
Hits — WWV: Shumate 2, Jones; WWP: Senne, Huntsman.
WW Valley 18, N. Franklin County 4
WW Valley 511 47 — 18 10 0
NFC 210 00 — 4 3 5
Shumate, Sanders(3), Betzler(5) and Crudup, Holtzinger(3); Angel, Pauley(4) and Haye.
Hits — WW: Shumate 2, Holtzinger 2, Jones 2, Sanders, Wallace 3; NFC: Pauley 2, Kekitalo.
WW Valley 18, Asotin County 3
WW Valley 235 3 — 13 8 3
Asotin 003 X — 3 2 2
McAlvey, Wallace(2), Jones(3) and Crudup; Wyatt, Olsen(3) and Harout.
Hits — WW: Shumate 3, Holtzinger 3, Jones, McAlvey; AC: Peace, Hurst.
Pacific 10-year olds one win away from district title
CLARKSTON — Walla Walla Pacific won its first game in the District 5 Little League 10-year-old baseball tournament here Sunday and needs one more victory today to capture the district title.
Pacific struck for four runs in the top of the sixth inning to overtake Walla Walla Valley for a 5-4 victory in the winners bracket game. Pacific received a first-round bye Saturday while Walla Walla Valley advanced with a 3-2 victory over Asotin County.
Later Sunday, Walla Walla Valley was eliminated by Asotin County 14-2.
Asotin County and Walla Walla Pacific meet here tonight at 5:30 p.m. Asotin County must defeat Pacific twice to claim the championship in the double-elimination tournament.
After grabbing a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Walla Walla Pacific saw Walla Walla National plate single runs in the first, second, fourth and fifth innings to seemingly take control of the game.
But in the top of the sixth, consecutive walks to Kole Stubblefield, Ian Swanson and Carter Schreindle loaded the bases with two out. Another walk to Colton Hamada forced in a run, a passed ball allowed the second run to score and Ethan Zehner slammed a two-run double to put Pacific on top.
Lucas James, who came on in relief in the second inning, retired Valley in the bottom of the sixth to seal the victory.
“Lucas was the key to the game,” Pacific manager Rod Fazzari said. “Our first pitcher, Justin McKenzie, developed some arm pain, thus Lucas came on in the second inning and pitched through the sixth.”
Kopf pitched the first four innings for Valley and held Pacific to one run on two hits.
Each team collected four hits in the game, with Brady Knowles getting two hits for Pacific and Grady Lemma collecting two for Valley.
In Walla Walla Valley’s 3-2 victory over Asotin County, Kopf paced a seven-hit Valley attack with a pair of safeties. Lemma, Casey Swanson, Jacob Rose, Kallen Kenny and Zack Mahan each added one hit.
Rose, Kopf and Swanson and Joe Terry shared the pitching duties.
Sunday’s Walla Walla Valley linescore was not submitted.
WW Pacific 5, WW Valley 4
WW Pacific 100 004 — 5 4 3
WW Valley 110 110 — 4 4 0
McKenzie, James (2) and Chase, McKenzie (4), Knowles (5); Kopf, Graham (5) and Terry.
Hits — WW Pacific: Hamada, Zehner, Knowles 2; WW Valley: Lemma 2, Swanson, McCollaugh.
WW Valley 3, Asotin County 2
Asotin 000 002 — 2 4 0
WW Valley 011 01x — 3 7 3
Caldwell, Schofield (3), Eggleston (5), Larson (6) and Larson, Bogen (3); Rose, Terry (3), Kopf (5), Swanson (6) and Terry, Gonzalez (3).
Hits — Asotin County: Perez, Larson 2, Eggleston; WW Valley: Lemma, Swanson, Kopf 2, Rose, Kenny, Mahan.