The Pendleton 12U Little League softball All-Stars have put together a tremendous run at the 2018 state tournament so far in Baker City, as the team aims for its third consecutive state championship.
The tournament began on Saturday and since the start Pendleton has played four games and won every one. Pendleton opened with a 6-2 win over Beaumont on Saturday, then defeated Taborville 20-10 on Sunday, and took care of Redmond 17-3 and West Valley 8-2 on Monday.
Pendleton’s dominance came from a lineup that produced 45 hits and worked 23 walks to score its 51 total runs so far, while also capitalizing on 26 errors from its opponents.
Melanie Boatman and Madaline Schumacher have a team-best seven hits apiece through four games, with Schumacher doubling twice, scoring nine runs and driving in five runs and Boatman scoring nine runs and driving in three runs.
Behind those two, Avery Krigbaum has six hits, nine runs and five RBI, Nessa Neveau has five hits with a double and four RBI, Lea Wilson has four hits with seven runs and three RBI, and Lily Brooks has four hits with two runs and three RBI.
Lanie Burke, Boatman, Schumacher and Brooks have all spent time in the pitcher’s circle, with Boatman having the best performance so far. In two appearances, Boatman has struck out 13 batters and allowed only three hits, two runs and walked three in nine innings.
Pendleton will next play Klamath Falls on Tuesday at 4 p.m. before the four-team bracket play starts on Wednesday.
Pendleton 11U baseball 2-1 at state tournament
At the Oregon Little League Baseball 11U state tournament in Medford, the Pendleton All-Stars have won twice and lost once.
Pendleton started the tournament with a close 11-7 loss to Medford on Saturday, but have dominated twice in the loser’s bracket with a 12-0 win over Grants Pass on Sunday and a 11-1 win over Scappoose on Monday.
In the win over Grants Pass, Pendleton collected 11 hits with its 12 runs. Connor Cook and Evan Lehnert each went 3-for-3 in the game, with Cook contributing a double and three runs and Lehnert scoring three runs and driving in two runs. Anson Dressler, Miller Johnson, Tugg McQuinn, Deacon Pace and Vance Nelson each had one hit.
Jacob Neistadt, Cook and Dressler combined to pitch a four-hit shutout, striking out seven batters and walking only three.
Then against Scappoose the team put together 11 hits with its 11 runs, recording four triples and one double. Nelson was 3-for-3 with a triple, a run and an RBI, while Keegan Kline was 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs and Dressler was 2-for-2 with two runs.
Art Hill and Lehnert both tripled and scored twice, while Cook doubled and drove in a run. McQuinn, Kline and Neistadt all pitched and the trio combined to allow only four hits and one run in five innings
Pendleton will next play on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in loser’s bracket semifinals. A win sends Pendleton to the loser’s bracket finals, while a loss will end its season.