The Pendleton 12U Little League Softball All-Stars kept their dominance going at the state tournament on Tuesday in Baker City, as the team thumped Klamath Falls 14-2.
The win ends pool play for Pendleton, which locked up the top seed for the four-team bracket play after a perfect 5-0 record, winning by a combined 67-19 score.
Bailey Moore led Pendleton’s offense on Tuesday as she went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored from the No. 9 spot in the batting order. After her, Samantha Wilks was 2-for-4 with a triple, two RBI and two runs, Melanie Boatman was 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBI and Madaline Schumacher was 1-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second, Pendleton took control of the game when Lily Brooks, Nessa Neveau and Moore all scored on errors and Lanie Burke scored on a passed ball for a 4-1 lead. Wilks’ RBI triple helped Pendleton push its lead to 7-1 in the fourth inning, and Boatman’s two-run inside-the-park home run followed by run-scoring singles from Schumacher, Wilks, Neveau and Moore helped the lead grow to 14-1 in the fifth.
Brooks and Schumacher both pitched in the game, with Shumacher striking out eight in three innings of relief and Brooks striking out three in two innings. Both allowed two hits and one run apiece and walked three.
Pendleton will play in the state semifinals on Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Pendleton baseball All-Stars ousted at state
The Pendleton 11U Little League Baseball All-Stars’ run at the state tournament came to an end on Tuesday evening as the team lost 8-3 to the Bend North All-Stars, eliminating Pendleton from the tournament.
Connor Cook was 2-for-3 batting with two RBI and Kaden Moore was 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead Pendleton’s offense. Jacob Neistadt, Miller Johnson, Anson Dressler and Vance Nelson picked up one hit apiece for Pendleton.
Pendleton scored first run of the game in the second inning, when Jacob Neistadt single to right to score Art Hill for a 1-0 lead. However, things unraveled in the top of the third inning for Pendleton, when seven fielding errors allowed seven Bend runs to score as Bend took control of the game 7-1.
Pendleton got one run back in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Connor Cook to score Kaden Moore, and scored its final run in the fifth when Cook singled to left to bring home Anson Dressler.
Bend will go on to play in the loser’s bracket final on Wednesday with a spot in the state final up for grabs.
Hermiston Legion thumped at home by Kennewick
The Hermiston Legion baseball team’s tough summer took another step back on Tuesday, as the team was swept by Kennewick 13-0 and 11-1.
In Game 1, Hermiston mustered up seven hits with Landon Jones and Ethin Randolph leading the way with two hits each.
Jones got the start on the mound but was replaced in favor of Gavin Hunter. Jones pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up six runs on three hits while walking three batters. Hunter couldn’t keep Kennewick at bay either, after allowing another six runs off 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings toeing the rubber. Randolph closed out Game 1 for Hermiston.
In Game 2, a RBI single off the bat of Randolph got Hermiston on the board early, but Kennewick’s offensive success continued as it handily took another double-digit victory.
Hermiston held its 1-0 lead until the top of the third when Kennewick put up a two spot, followed by five runs in the fourth and four more in the fifth to enforce the 10-run rule.
Hermiston continued to dig deep to try and find a pitcher to stop the streaking Kennewick squad but ultimately Jordan Ramirez got tagged with the loss after three innings of work. Ramirez surrendered six runs on four hits, walked two batters and struck out one. He was also one of only three players who recorded hits — Randolph’s RBI and Sergio Rosales’ single were the others.