The Pendleton 12U Little League Softball All-Stars now sit just one win away from a state championship.
The All-Stars won their sixth straight game at the 12U state tournament in Baker City on Wednesday, thumping Klamath Falls 18-3 in the semifinals to reach the championship game. The win came on the heels of Pendleton’s 14-2 win over the same Klamath Falls team to finish up pool play Tuesday.
Klamath Falls scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning when Pendleton pitcher Melanie Boatman walked the bases loaded and then let a run in with a passed ball. But Pendleton answered back with a four-run top of the second inning when Nessa Neveau scored on a wild pitch, Boatman scored on an error, Avery Krigbaum on a passed ball and Lea Wilson on a RBI single from Madaline Schumacher.
Pendleton and Klamath Falls then each scored a run in the third to make the score 5-3 in favor of Pendleton. However in the fourth inning, Pendleton blew the doors off the game as 18 batters stepped to the plate in the inning and 13 of them scored. Pendleton recorded five hits in the frame, worked three walks and had the help of six Klamath Falls errors.
Schumacher was Pendleton’s leading hitter, going 2-for-3 with a double, three RBI and a run scored and Krigbaum was 1-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs. Neveau scored a team-best three runs while Bailey Moore, Lanie Burke, Sammantha Wilks and Wilson each scored two runs.
Boatman pitched all four innings for Pendleton, allowing three hits, three runs and five walks with six strikeouts.
Pendleton plays for the championship at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Baker Sports Complex against Beaumont Little League, which defeated Redmond 21-1 in the other semifinal. Pendleton defeated Beaumont 6-2 on Day 1 of the tournament on Saturday.
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