I spent this past weekend watching a scintilating Little League touranment game at the District 3, All-Star tournament in Montesano. I am fan of the Capitol LL squad as i have watched some of these lads for four seasons and i have a vested interest in one specific player (who will remain nameless but he rulez!).
Saturday’s game was the first time in 4 years of tournaments that Capitol beat Chehalis (some of these small towns are powerhouses) behind the valiant 87-pitch, complete game by the pitcher who also accounted for 2 RBI in the 3-1 win (for the record, the one run was scored on an error when the only ball which left the infield got past the left fielder).
The young hurling warrior dug deep and got it done in thrilling fashion after a shaky first inning against a pumped up Chehalis team, ending up with a 2 hitter for the day.
(a player to be named later)
Chehalis’ pitcher got off to a stellar start striking out 8 of the first 10 batters before catcher Tony finally made some contact to break the mojo. Soon after, young Jacob thwacked a ball hard on the fence barrier – missing a home run by millimeters – despite his dimuntive size.
Sunday’s match-up i did not attend but Aberdeen’s Daily World newspaper gives some highlights of the other games as well as a recap of the Capitol versus the host team Montesano matchup. Despite being based in the largest city of the region, CCLL has alwys taken a backseat to the small town teams who live and die for the success of the younglings and the small town squads take the losses hard especcially the hosts who had smacked East Grays Harbor 18-4.
Capitol 7, Montesano 5
Thurston County-based Capitol scored in every inning to keep a jump or two ahead of Montesano.
Elliot Mendenhall’s two-run double over the right fielder’s head capped a three-run third that rallied Monte to a 4-all standoff.
But Austin Lee singled and eventually scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the same inning to put Capitol in front to stay. Following an exchange of runs, Tony Davis launched a gigantic homer that landed in the outfield at adjacent Crait Field in the fifth to make it 7-5.
An error and walk enabled Montesano to put the potential tying run aboard with one out in the sixth. But Capitol reliever Jacob Mowry enticed the final two batters to hit into forceouts at third base.
Montesano enjoyed an 8-7 edge in hits, but Capitol capitalized on three early walks and some Monte baserunning misadventures.
Mendenhall, Charlie Dietrich and Matthew Jensen had two hits each for Montesano. Lee and Noah Anderson paced the winners with two hits apiece.
This means a
rematch between CCLL and Chehalis Centralia on Tuesday for the title and the right to represent in the state tourney which i think is in Richalnd WA. 5PM mark it on your calendar.
UPDATE: From Dustin’s mom:
We WON! It was an awesome game. We played Montesano (whose reputation is for bleeding baseball) and apparently the players were overheard saying that it’s going to be a piece of cake game….. no problem beating Capitol. Well, we showed them!
Final score was 7-5. Austin had a nice hit. He played third. Some great defense. Dustin hit a double that was 4 feet from being out of the park and it scored Noah. Then Mr. Tony Davis hit his first ever out of the park homerun!!!! He has never hit a homerun in a game or practice! He was so excited!
Dustin’s RBI was the game winning run and Tony’s homerun was the insurance. Coaches told the boys, good defense, good hitting and good pitching. All together won the game. Monte was not a happy team!