Pacific 12s secure trip to state tourney

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CLARKSTON — Walla Walla Pacific’s 12-year-old all-stars made it a clean sweep for their league here Monday at the District 5 Little League baseball tournament.

After losing a second-round game to host Asotin County on Sunday, Pacific fought back to the finals and defeated Asotin County twice to claim the district championship and earn a trip to the Washington State Little League tournament. The 12-year-olds join Walla Walla Pacific’s 10s and 11s, who captured district honors and state tourney berths here over the weekend

Walla Walla Pacific began tournament play Saturday with a 12-1 victory over rival Walla Walla Valley, but on Sunday the Walla Wallans were defeated by Asotin County 4-3.

Pacific avoided elimination later Sunday with a 13-1 victory over Walla Walla Valley and earned the right to face Asotin County again Monday. But Pacific would need to defeat Asotin twice to claim the tourney title.

Pacific did just that, defeating Asotin County 6-3 in Monday’s game and then returning to Clarkston Tuesday to defeat the tournament host again, this time by an 8-4 margin.

Pacific had its hitting shoes on throughout the tournament.

Brian Jerald, Austin Olson, Zander Morris and Adam Justice each slugged a home run during the tourney.

Kyler Barnett, Luke Jordan, Ryan Watilo and Olson stroked two hits each in the tourney-opening victory over Walla Walla Valley. Reagan Bond, Taylor Hamada, Nate Treadway and Olson garnered two hits each in the loss to Asotin County. Barnett and Hamada hit safely twice each in the second win over Valley. Hamada had two more hits as did Watilo in Monday’s win over Asotin County. And Barnett added two hits in Tuesday’s deciding victory, giving him seven hits in the tournament.

WW Pacific 12, WW Valley 1

WW Valley 001 0 — 1 3 2

WW Pacific 231 6 — 12 13 0

Batteries unavailable.

HR — WW Pacific, Jerald.

Hits — WW Valley: unavailable; WW Pacific: Arias, Barnett 2, Hamada, Jerald, Jordan 2, Morris 2, Olson, 2, Watilo 2.

Asotin County 4, WW Pacific 3

Asotin County 000 031 — 4 8 1

WW Pacific 100 011 — 3 9 0

Batteries unavailable.

HR — WW Pacific, Olson.

Hits — Asotin County: unavailable; WW Pacific: Arias, Bond 2, Hamada 2, Olson 2, Treadway 2, Watilo.

WW Pacific 13, WW Valley 1

WW Pacific 170 23 — 13 11 0

WW Valley 000 10 — 1 2 5

Batteries unavailable.

HR — WW Pacific, Morris.

Hits — WW Pacific: Barnett 2, Hamada 2, Jerald, Jordan, Justice, Morris, Treadway, Watilo; WW Valley: unavailable.

WW Pacific 6, Asotin County 3

Asotin County 100 020 — 3 0 3

WW Pacific 023 10x — 6 9 0

Batteries unavailable.

Hits — Asotin County: unavailable; WW Pacific: Barnett, Hamada 2, Jordan, Norris, Olson, Treadway, Watilo 2.

WW Pacific 8, Asotin County 4

WW Pacific 004 004 — 8 8 3

Asotin County 000 103 — 4 6 1

Batteries unavailable.

HR — WW Pacific, Justice.

Hits — WW Pacific: Aria, Barnett 2, Bond, Justice, Norris, Treadway, Watilo; Asotin County: unavailable.

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