EAGLE POINT - Tyler Schatsick was dominant for the first three innings of Pendleton's opening game of the 15-year-old Babe Ruth Western Regionals and his offense got a quick lead to help them earn a 9-2 win over host Eagle Point.
Pendleton took advantage of some early wildness from the Rogue Valley starting pitcher who hit four batters in the bottom of the first. Tucker Whitten got hit three times in the game and helped Pendleton to a 4-0 advantage. Schatsick singled to start the inning and scored on a single by Trevor Smith.
Pendleton added two more runs in the third on a single by Kyle Humphries, who also had two stolen bases in the game.
Manager Greg Whitten said the team played a little tight in the state tournament in Astoria, but played much more relaxed Thursday.
They play at 1 p.m. today against South Washington, who defeated Wyoming easily Thursday and coach Whitten said they will need to step it up a notch.
"We'll have to play well," he said, adding that Dan Straily will get the starting nod on the hill.
"We're going to have to hit the ball better," Whitten said.
Jake Rasmussen was 1 for 3 and scored three runs while Shae Schimmel also had a single for Pendleton.
"It was a fun game. They played well," the coach said, summing up the first pool play game.
Pendleton plays Montana Saturday and Wyoming Monday.