Independence Day may be on Friday, but there was plenty of fireworks for the Montesano and Elma Little League teams at the District III Little League 11-12 baseball tournament at Nelson Field.
The East County rivals combined for 38 runs against their respective opponents on Monday after Montesano put up 38 runs on Capitol on Saturday.
Both teams won their opening round games on Saturday, but lost winners’ bracket games on Sunday and moved through the loser’s bracket on Monday. Montesano and Elma faced off in a loser-out contest at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, after The Vidette’s deadline. A run-down of the game will be online at www.thevidette.com. Centralia and Chehalis met in the winner’s bracket contest.
Monte 17, Willapa Harbor 4
Montesano jumped out to a 6-0 lead early in the game, thanks in part to a two-run double in the first inning and a two-run home run in the second inning by Peyton Quintinilla. Quintinilla hit for the cycle in the game, drove in seven runs and scored four times.
Willapa Harbor fired back in the bottom of the second inning with a home run of its own. Andrew Minton hit a high fly ball over the right field fence, plating Frank Roonsberg and Chase Flynn, and cutting Montesano’s lead to 6-3.
Montesano fired back with a five-run third inning and never looked back. Quintanella drove in Hunter Schoor and Braden Dohrmann with a line-drive single. After advancing to third base on a throwing error, Quintinella stole home to give Montesano a commanding 10-3 lead.
Cyrus Parsons also did some major damage with his bat for Montesano. The lefty crushed a line drive over the fence down the right field line in the fourth inning for as solo shot. In the top of the fifth inning, Parsons capped Montesano’s scoring with a two-run homer to the opposite field, well over the left field fence. Montesano recorded 17 hits in the game.
Elma 21, Capitol 1
Elma’s bats were hot from the start. Tysen Richardson opened up the scoring with a three-run blast that sailed over the left field fence and onto the dirt of the neighboring field. Colton Miller and Raiden Aho scored on the play.
Elma led 6-0 after two innings, but did the majority of its scoring in the third inning alone. Elma racked up 14 runs in the third frame and carried a 20-0 lead into the fourth inning.
Josh Allen hit a two-run home run to start Elma’s third-inning scoring, Allen drove in two more runs with a single later in the inning. 10 different Elma players scored at least one run apiece during the 14-run third inning.
Elma was equally as dominant on the mound in the first three frames. Richardson, Cody Vollan and Justin Elliot combined to face the minimum number of Capital batters through three innings, striking out seven. Aho pitched the fourth inning and added three strikeouts of his own.
Elma did not commit a single error in the game, compared to eight for Capital.
Centralia 7, Montesano 5
A six-run surge by Centralia in the first two innings made Montesano play catch-up in this second-round contest.
An RBI double by Derek Beairsto and an RBI single by Ryan Mack put Centralia up in the first. A four-run second inning, highlighted by two Monte errors for three unearned runs, gave Centralia a 6-1 lead.
Parker Plato, who only lasted 1 1/3 innings on the mound as the starter, hit a two-out RBI double for Monte in the bottom of the first. Payton Quintanilla slugged a solo home run to center field in the bottom of the third to trim the deficit to 6-2.
Mack ended Centralia’s scoring in the fourth with a solo home run. Mack led Centralia with two hits and three RBI, with Beairsto adding two RBI.
Montesano’s big — and best chance — inning came in the fourth against Centralia reliever Blaine Wass and happened with two outs, down 7-2.
Brent Hollatz slugged his first career home run, a two-run line-drive blast to right field, for a 6-4 score. Two walks by Wass bracketed a Braden Dohrman single to load the bases to bring in reliever Beairsto.
Beairsto got Quintanilla to strike out, but catcher Matt House dropped the third strike. The home plate umpire, amid the confusion of the play, called third-base runner Hunter Schoor out at the plate to end the inning. Montesano manager Corey Daniels argued the call that House never stepped on home plate to end the inning and was ejected.
An infield error in the fifth gave Monte its fifth run and Beairsto ended the threat, the hosts’ last in the game.
Dohrman and Quintanilla each had two hits for Montesano, with Hollatz leading the team with two RBI.
Chehalis 10, Elma 0
Elma went through seven pitchers to try and stem the tide against Chehalis in this second-round contest.
Chehalis send nine batters to the plate in the second inning, scoring four runs on an RBI bases-loaded walk by Jaiyden Camuza, a sacrifice fly RBI by Carver Brennan and a two-run double by Drew Reynolds. Reynolds led the team with two hits and three RBI.
A two-run fourth inning made it 6-0 on Brennan’s second sacrifice fly RBI of the game and Garrett VonMoss’s RBI single.
Chehalis finished the scoring in the sixth when Reynolds hit a solo home run to center field, two wild pitches plated two runs and Ashton Lopez hit an RBI single.
Relief pitcher Vollan was Elma’s most effective thrower — three strikeouts and one hit allowed in 1 1/3 innings of work. Tyson Richardson, Josh Allen, Raiden Aho, Colton Miller, Brady Shriver and Justin Elliot all saw work on the mound, but no more than 1 2/3 innings at a time.
Aho snapped a potential no-hitter in the third inning as Chehalis’ LeAndre Gaines, Josiah Johnson and Chance Bishop combined for a three-hitter.
Montesano 38, Capitol 0
The district hosts showcased its home-field advantage against an overmatched Capitol squad to begin the tournament.
Monte slugged 26 hits and cracked seven home runs overall in the four-inning, mercy rule game. Quintanilla, Plato and Parsons each hit two home runs in the contest, with Quintanila and Parsons contributing their two homers in the second inning alone.
Plato hit a homer in the first and second innings and Hunter Schoor knocked in the final Monte home run in the third inning — a grand slam.
Ben Wills, Parsons, Braden Dohrman and Cole Daniels each threw one inning for Monte.
Elma 4, Willapa Harbor 3
Tanner Vaughn scored the winning run in the top of the seventh inning when Aaron Nielsen was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for Elma.
Willapa Harbor tied the game in the bottom of the fourth when two wild pitches plated two runs at 3-3. A four-man pitching line from Elma — Richardson, Nielsen, Vollan and Vaughn — held Willapa Harbor to just four hits overall.
Elma took the lead in the second on Justin Elliot’s solo home run and Josh Allen’s RBI single at 2-1 and added a single run in the top of the fourth on an infield error. Willapa Harbor plated the game’s opening run in the bottom of the first, an RBI double by Luke Gerow.
Mason Crawford led Willapa Harbor with two hits, including a double. Vaughn and Allen each had two hits for Elma.
The winner of the contest between Elma and Montesano on Tuesday will move on and still need one more win to move on to the state tournament, while the loser will be done for the season. The winner of the East County rivalry will play the loser of Centralia and Chehalis for a spot in the state tournament for the winner and the loser exiting the tournament.
Visit www.thevidette.com for more updates throughout the tournament.
The Daily World’s Rob Burns and Justin Damasiewicz helped compile this report.