Pacific sweeps All-City quarters


WALLA WALLA — A quartet of Pacific Little League baseball teams, including defending All-City champion Baker Boyer, earned quarterfinal victories over their Valley counterparts Saturday during the opening session of the Walla Walla Little League All-City Championships at Alan Ashmore Field.

Baker Boyer, which slugged 34 home runs during the regular season, mashed four in a 13-3 triumph over Farmer’s Co-Op, Tom’s Chevron scored at least one run in every inning during a 10-0 shutout of Pepsi, McDonald Zaring Insurance used a six-run third inning to coast to a 7-1 win over Banner Bank, and Coca-Cola Zero commenced the day of Pacific dominance with a 13-4 conquest of Cox-Jones.

Tournament play continues Monday with a pair of semifinal matchups. Coca-Cola Zero will do battle with Baker Boyer at 4 p.m. and MZI takes on Tom’s Chevron at 6:30.

Tom’s Chevron 10, Pepsi 0

Matthew McKenzie and Nathan Treadway collected four hits apiece and Anthony Senne added three knocks for Tom’s, which improved to 20-2 on the season.

McKenzie and Treadway combined for a one-hitter over six innings of shared pitching duties.

“I’m happy with the way our kids played,” Tom’s manager Rod Fazzari said. “But I was impressed with Pepsi, especially with their pitching.

“Matthew and Nathan threw well,” Fazzari said. “They kept their off-speed stuff around the plate. When you keep off-speed stuff around the plate, you’re going to be tough. They kept their hitters off balance.”

Pepsi’s lone hit was a one-out single by Tyler Neissl in the second inning.

“Tom’s is an excellent team,” said Pepsi manager Jarrod Evensen, whose team ended the year 12-10. “They are well-coached and hit all the way through the lineup. Their pitchers gave us a hard time.”

Baker Boyer 13, Farmer’s Co-Op 3

Keldan Swant belted an RBI triple and Zach Bagley contributed a run-scoring single to give Farmer’s Co-Op (14-8) a 2-0 edge after a half-inning.

Taylor Hamada led off the home first with a solo home run. Adam Justice and Hunter Polley stroked two-run shots to cap a five-run frame.

Austin Olson hammered a triple that plated a pair of runs in the second inning and launched a two-RBI homer in the fourth for Baker Boyer (19-3).

Kole Stubblefield brought the 10-run mercy rule into effect with a run-producing single.

“Adam’s been big all year,” Baker Boyer manager Nathan Ferraro said. “We don’t swing at a lot of pitches we shouldn’t swing at.”

Ferraro also praised the pitching effort of Josiah Wik, who took the mound in the third inning and helped keep Farmer’s Co-Op off the scoreboard.

“He made them swing the bat and gave our guys (chances) to make plays,” Ferraro said.

Farmer’s Co-Op won nine of its last 11 games to earn Valley’s No. 3 seed into the city tourney, a fact that pleased manager Sam Worth.

“We have good kids,” said Worth, a little league coach and umpire since 1978 who managed his final game on Saturday. “We had six new kids this year. We finished the season pretty strong. It was a lot of fun this year.”

MZI 7, Banner Bank 1

Alexander Norris, Gavin Wolcott, and Andrew Arias teamed up to strike out 13 and yield just two Banner Bank hits.

Norris and Arias had two hits apiece for MZI (14-7).

Arias broke a scoreless tie with a lead-off home run in the second inning.

Becker Saltmarsh highlighted MZI’s big third inning with a three-run bomb to center that gave his team a 5-0 lead. Norris and P.J. Stilson drilled RBI singles in the stanza.

“Arias took the wind out of their sails,” MZI manager Steve Barker said. “It was huge having Saltmarsh hit that home run. I saw them (Banner Bank) completely deflate.”

“We had some opportunities,” Banner Bank manager Pat Graham said. “We couldn’t push runners across. They got the timely hits with runners in scoring position. Give them credit. They hit the ball well and we didn’t.”

Banner Bank ended its season 17-5.

Coca-Cola Zero 13, Cox-Jones 4

Brian Jerald struck out 10 over 5 2/3 innings while Austin Richard registered three hits and four RBI for Coca-Cola Zero (14-8).

Richard pounded a two-run homer to center in a four-run third inning and slapped a two-RBI single in the fourth.

Dylan Ashbeck started a seven-run, sixth-inning rally for Coca-Cola Zero with a two-run tater to center.

“Our kids came out with great attitudes and played good team ball,” Coca-Cola Zero manager Travis Jerald said. “Brian has been solid for us all year. Once he got his groove, he shut down their offense.

“The coaches couldn’t be prouder,” manager Jerald said. “We have great character kids this year.”

Bobby Holtzinger clobbered a solo shot in the first inning and Ricky Oliver, who had two hits in the game, hit a three-run jack in the third to account for Cox-Jones’ tallies.

Cox-Jones (17-5) did itself in with six errors.

“We hurt ourselves defensively throughout the day,” Cox-Jones manager Rob Holtzinger said. “Jerald did an outstanding job. Zero was a more aggressive team at the plate.

“We have a great bunch of kids,” manager Holtzinger said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better group to coach.”

Tom’s Chevron 10, Pepsi 0

Tom’s Chevron 213 211 — 10 13 1

Pepsi 000 000 — 0 1 2

M. McKenzie, Treadway (5) and Senne; Warinner, Neissl (2), Tiner (3) and Tiner, Warinner (3).

HR — Tom’s Chevron: M. McKenzie.

Hits — Tom’s Chevron: M. McKenzie 4, Treadway 4, Senne 3, J.T. McKenzie, Adams; Pepsi: Neissl.

Baker Boyer 13, Farmers Co-Op 3

Farmers Co-Op 210 0 — 3 3 0

Baker Boyer 530 5 — 13 9 1

Swant, Jones (2), Bagley (4), Morgan (4) and Miedema, McKeown (4); Hamada, Morris (2), Wik (3) and Olson.

HR — Baker Boyer: Hamada, Justice, Polley, Olson.

Hits — Farmers Co-Op: Swant, Bagley, Miedema; Baker Boyer: Hamada 2, Olson 2, Justice, Wik, Polley, Morris, Stubblefield.

MZI 7, Banner Bank 1

MZI 016 000 — 7 7 1

Banner Bank 000 100 — 1 2 2

Norris, Wolcott (3), Arias (4) and Saltmarsh; Handcox, Gegen (5) and Terry.

HR — MZI: Arias, Saltmarsh.

Hits — MZI: Arias 2, Norris 2, Saltmarsh, Huntsman, Stilson; Banner Bank: Handcox, Terry.

Coca-Cola Zero 13, Cox-Jones 4

Coca-Cola Zero 002 407 — 13 9 0

Cox-Jones 103 000 — 4 6 6

Jerald, Ashbeck (6) and Ashbeck, Barnett (4); Holtzinger, Oliver (3), Cornia (6) and Oliver, Holtzinger (3).

HR — Coca-Cola Zero: Richard, Ashbeck; Cox-Jones: Holtzinger, Oliver.

Hits — Coca-Cola Zero: Richard 3, Jerald 2, Carlile, Lyford, Ashbeck, Barnett; Cox-Jones: Oliver 2, Cornia, Holtzinger, Gies, McCullough.


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