VANCOUVER, Wash. — Ridgefield catcher David Lindbo’s good day proved disastrous for the Pacific 12s Monday at the Washington State Little League tournament at Luke Jensen Sports Park in Vancouver, Wash.
Lindbo, batting in the leadoff spot, left the yard with the first strike Pacific pitcher Bryan Jerald threw his way and repeated the feat in his last at-bat to cap a 3-for-4 day at the plate and help send Walla Walla home from the state tourney with a 9-3 defeat.
“That kind of sets everybody back on their heels a little bit,: Pacific coach Rob Watilo said. “His first at-bat and his last at-bat were home runs. He had a good day.”
Ridgefield, which drove just 15 miles down I-5 to get to the state tournament, piled on three more runs in the first inning to take a 4-0 lead after one inning.
Walla Walla rebounded with a three-spot in the next inning, its only runs of the game.
“It was great composure by the kids after getting four runs put on them in the first,” Watilo said of the second-inning rally. “It’s kind of a trademark of this group of kids — they handled adversity really well the whole summer.”
Taylor Hamada, who led Walla Walla with two hits on the day, got his first single to lead off the third. Kyler Barnett followed with another base hit and Austin Olson brought Hamada home with a single. After a strikeout, Barnett scored on a Zander Norris fielder’s choice. Jerald completed the rally when he hit into an error at third base, scoring Olson.
Walla Walla got the bases loaded again in the third after Ryan Watilo singled and Adam Olson and Adam Justice drew one-out walks, but that rally was squelched with a 5-2-3 double play.
Ridgefield cruise the rest of the way, tacking on two runs in the fourth inning and three more in the sixth en route to the winning margin.
“They had some good pitching,” manager Watilo said. “It was one of those games.
“Watching Ridgefield on Sunday, they made a lot of errors,” Watilo said of Ridgefield’s 14-4 loss to Federal way. “They didn’t make a lot of errors (Monday). Their defense tightened up a lot. We hit the ball and they made great plays.”
Ridgefield will now move on to face the loser of Chehalis vs. Queen Anne on Thursday. Queen Anne, which defeated Pacific 1-0 Saturday, went on to hammer Sedro Woolley 21-0 in the following game Sunday.
On the other hand, Pacific’s run at state is now over. With the Pacific 10s losing Monday as well, Walla Walla has just the Pacific 11s with games still to play.
“The kids represented the city with sportsmanship and class really well all summer,” manager Watilo said. “I was real proud of all of them. And thank you to the city for all the support. We would have loved to have had ended up on ESPN later this summer (at the Little League World Series), but we had a great run.”
The Pacific 11s begin their state tournament play Saturday against Greater Richland at 2 p.m.
Ridgefield 9, Pacific 3
WW Pacific 030 000 — 3 6 2
Ridgefield 400 23X — 9 10 1
Jerald, Norris (3) and Olson. Bringhurst, Bate (2) and Lindbo.
HR — Ridge: Lindbo 2.
Hits — Pacific: Barnett, Hamada 2, Olson, Treadway, Watilo; Ridge: Bate, Bringhurst 2, Gaylor, Lindbo 3, Radosevich, Ryder.