EAGLE POINT - Pendleton's 15-year-old all-star team came back from a 3-0 deficit, but could not prevent a 5-4 win by South Washington in the Pacific Northwest Regional Babe Ruth Tournament in Eagle Point.
A lead-off walk and a series of hits put South Washington ahead by three in the third inning, but Pendleton tied the game n the fourth inning.
"South Washington is probably the best team we've played this summer," Pendleton manager Greg Whitten said.
He said that he and the team were disappointed with the loss, but pleased with the effort.
Tyler Schachtsick led off the fourth inning with a double to left and Tucker Whitten provided a two-run double in the fourth inning and tied the game on an error following a single by Jake Rasmussen.
Pendleton starter Dan Straily pitched well except for the third inning when he got into a little trouble. Coach Whitten said that Straily tired a bit in the fifth, prompting Whitten to bring in Colin Lewis.
"Dan Straily pitched very well, I give him a lot of credit," Greg Whitten said. "He kept us in the game. I was really proud of him."
Lewis got on base with a slow rolling infield single as a fifth inning pinch-hitter. Jake Van Cleave sacrificed him to second and Schachtsick moved him to third before Pendleton took the lead with an RBI single by Shae Schimmel.
"It was intense," Greg Whitten said. "This was great baseball, they played their hearts out."
Schachtsick, Whitten said, made a diving stop at third base and threw to first only to see the runner called safe. Whitten felt the runner was out, but the umpire saw it differently. Schachtsick made a diving stop and tagged a runner going to third for an unassisted double-play as well, highlighting a solid defensive effort.
Greg Whitten called the loss "tough,"but Pendleton will return to the diamond today to take on Montana before taking a break Sunday. Trevor Smith or Tucker Whitten will start today and Pendleton will conclude pool play at 10 a.m. Monday against Wyoming.