PENDLETON - La Grande wasted no time putting runs on the board in their District 3 Little League 9-10-year-old All-Star Championship game against Pendleton, putting up eight runs in the first two innings.
After a middle-innings lull in production, La Grande rebounded in the top of the sixth inning to put four more runs on the board and hold off a surging Pendleton team to take home the title with a 14-9 win.
The game was a rematch of the teams' meeting Monday that Pendleton won 5-2.
"We didn't throw our top pitching at Pendleton first round," La Grande manager Allen Childs said. "We came at them with our best this time and it worked out for us pretty good."
Mitch Workinger started the game and recorded the win for La Grande, going three full innings and ringing up four Pendleton batters.
"It feels good because this is our first time winning it," said La Grande's Troy Williams, who was 3 for 5 from the plate with four RBI's and a two-run home run in the second inning.
"It was gone when it first left the bat," Williams said of his shot that bounced off the roof of the bleacher enclosure in right field.
Pendleton struggled to record hits and outs early in the game, getting two singles in the first three innings while pitchers T.J. Hancock and Brady Smith faced 25 La Grande batters and allowed 13 hits in the same time span.
"We handle tough pitching real well," Childs said. "We got back in the groove today."
Pendleton found themselves trailing 10-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, needing at least one run to extend the game.
After Brandon Hergert walked and Quentin Quaemps singled, Marc Rasmussen wanswered the call with a two-RBI rope down the third-base line.
That started a four-run fourth for Pendleton that was capped with a Will Paige RBI double.
La Grande, who had been so productive in the first two innings, didn't score in the fifth while Pendleton hung another four runs on them in their at bat.
Jacob Engblom knocked in two with a double and Alex O'Rourke followed that with a two-RBI single to make it 10-8 going into the last inning. O'Rourke had three RBI's in the game on 2-for-4 hitting.
"We knew they were going to make a run," La Grande coach Tony Boyd said. "We knew they were going to make it close, we knew we weren't going to 10-run them. Those boys never give up. You know Pendleton is always going to be tough."
La Grande could taste victory, though, and responded with a four-run sixth that got rolling with a Trenton Powers RBI and ended with a Kurt Boyd RBI double.
Daniel Cribbs came to the mound to close out the win for La Grande, notching the last out on a strikeout that prompted a pile-up along the first-base line as the team celebrated their title.
Pendleton's Hancock also went long in the game with a solo shot to left-center field in the sixth. He was 2-for-3 and also had a double.
La Grande's Eli Childs was 4-for-5 in the game with one run scored. Malcom Slack went 3-for-5 with one RBI and three runs scored and Micah Fuller was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI's. For Pendleton, Quentin Quaemps was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.
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La GRANDE 441 104 - 14 17 1
PENDLETON 000 441 - 9 11 6
Mitch Workinger, Malcom Slack (4), Daniel Cribbs (6) and Kurt Boyd; T.J. Hancock, Brady Smith (2) and Quentin Quaemps, Marc Rasmussen (2). W - Workinger; L - Hancock.
2B - Trenton Powers, Micah Fuller, Boyd, (La Grande); Will Paige, Jacob Engblom, Hancock (Pendleton). HR - Troy Williams (La Grande); Hancock (Pendleton).