OAK HARBOR — Kent scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to pull out a 6-5 win over Walla Walla Pacific here Saturday in the opening round of the Washington State 9-10 Little League Baseball tournament.
Pacific drops into the loser bracket and will play a loser-out game Monday at 5:30 p.m.
“It was a classic baseball game between two quality teams,” Pacific manager Rod Fazzari said. “There were five different times when the score was tied and five lead changes.”
Kent grabbed a 1-0 lead in the home first, but Pacific stormed back in the third. Brady Knowles’ two-out, two-run single gave Pacific a 2-1 lead.
Jaden Price singled in two in the Kent third to give Kent back the lead at 3-2. Pacific got it even on Ian Swanson’s two-out RBI double in the Pacific fourth.
Kent scored a run in the bottom of the fifth to grab a 4-3 lead after five.
Pacific rallied in the top of the sixth. Colton Hamada led off with a single and with one out, Justin McKenzie’s single scored Hamada with the tieing run. McKenzie scored on a short sac-fly by Knowles, and Pacific went to the home sixth with a 5-4 lead.
Kent loaded the bases with two walks and a single, and Jacob Yang delivered the dagger as he singled in the tying and winning runs.
“Kent has a quality ballclub and we played right with ‘em,” Fazzari said. “The boys learned today that they belong here and are as good as anyone. In every tournament, someone has to come up through the loser’s bracket, it might as well be Walla Walla Pacific.”
Kent 6, Walla Walla 5
WW Pacific 002 102 — 5 9 1
Kent 102 012 — 6 8 0
McKenzie, Knowles (4), Schreindl (5) and Chase; Yarr, Yang (3), Collins (5), Gregory (6) and Church.
Hits — Pacific: Hamada 2, Zehner, McKenzie 2, Knowles 2, Richards, Swanson; Kent: Gregory 2, Yarr, Yang, Church 2, Price, Reid.