BILLINGS, Mont. - Milton-Freewater, the Oregon state champion, suffered a 10-0 loss Sunday to Montana in the final game of West Divisional Junior Little League pool play Sunday, but will have today off to prepare for championship semifinal play starting at 10 a.m. Tuesday against Alaska.
Amber Knight battled hard but was pulled from the pitching circle after the third inning Sunday. She was hampered by a groin injury she suffered Saturday while making a diving catch at third base.
Montana got all the runs they needed in the first inning, scoring three times, and Oregon never was able to get its offense on track.
Megan Kessler's double and singles by Knight and Kathyrn Jones were the only hits allowed by Montana pitcher Kelsey Jones.
Because the outcome of the game would not change the fact that Oregon (2-2 in Divisional play) would get today off and play Alaska, coach Berry Weis said he elected to pull Knight from the game to rest her injury.
Oregon threatened in the first and fourth innings but was shut out by Kelsey Jones and Shelby Baker.
Weis said that in assessing the tournament, "There's no team that can't compete." He added that Alaska won against Oregon and lost to Idaho, who was defeated by Oregon.
"I feel like we can more than handle that team," he said of Alaska.