VANCOUVER, Wash. - After being no-hit Sunday, the Pendleton Majors bounced back in the Little League West Regional softball tournament with a 6-3 win over Arizona Wednesday.
Pendleton (2-1) rallied form a 3-1 deficit, posting a run in the second inning and four in the third to improve its position in the pool-play segment of the tournament.
"This was a key win for us," Pendleton manager Debbie Alger said. "The two days off were good for the girls and they came with a little more fire in them."
Pendleton will face Nevada at 6 p.m. today and with a win will claim the Southwest Pool No. 2 seed for the semifinals Saturday. Pendleton could still qualify for the championship round Saturday via the tie-breaking system based on number of runs surrendered.
"The win over Arizona gave us two ways to get in if we were to lose to Nevada," Alger said. "We feel that we can win (today) and win the No. 2 spot."
Costly errors hurt Pendleton in its only loss to Northern California, but Pendleton played error free Wednesday and Alex Hillmick picked up her second pitching win of the tournament.
"Alex pitched a solid game," Alger said. "She believes in the defense behind her and realizes that she doesn't have to strike every batter out to win."
Hillmick tossed all six innings, scattering six hits and striking out six.
After Pendleton gained the lead in the third inning, Arizona sent just 11 batters to the plate over the final three innings.
Kayla Stewart led off the third inning with a single, igniting a four-run rally that also included singles by Rachel Treloar, Shoni Schimmel and Leini Alger.
"We worked with the girls in our two off days and I think they did a much better job with the bats," coach Alger said.
Arizona posted two runs in the first using bunt singles and matched Pendleton's run in the bottom of the first with a run in the top half of the second inning.
Schimmel had three singles, Treloar finished with two singles and Presley Pahl hit a double.
"I was pleased with the girls' effort," coach Alger said. "We want to play pretty bad Saturday and it would mean so much to this team."