PORTLAND — With more strong hitting and pitching, Pendleton won again in lopsided fashion at the Oregon Little League Softball State Tournament on Tuesday to punch its ticket to the championship.
It was another run-rule shortened game as Pendleton beat SE Portland 12-2 in four innings, and Sauren Garton pitched the entire way giving up just three hits.
She got SE Portland out in order in the first, two on comeback hits to the mound, then Pendleton went right to work supporting her with four runs in its first at-bat.
Garton was the lead-off batter and reached on an error, then Jaden Samp hit a one-out single and both of them scored on a double by Ellie Samford.
After another out, Faith Broadfoot hit a triple to center field that pushed Samford in for the eventual game-winner, and Kylee Sellers followed with an RBI double to make it 4-0.
Pendleton added two more runs in the second and five in the third before SE Portland could get onto the scoreboard.
Looking to initiate the run-rule, Pendleton got two quick outs in the bottom of the fourth, but Charlie Mae Franklin kept the inning going with a single to center, and then took second on the throw. Garton walked to bring up Nora Yoshioka, and she came through with a single to center that brought in Franklin for the 12-2 win.
Samford led Pendleton at the plate, going 3 for 3 with three RBI and two runs. Garton also had a big day hitting going 2 for 3 with two RBI and three runs.
The championship round begins Thursday, and Pendleton would have to lose twice in a row to be eliminated.
Their opponent will be determined by today’s games in the losers’ bracket.