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Pacific rolls over Montana 10-3

  • Pacificís Karsen Tjarmeberg (right) is congratulated by teammate Ian Michael (7) after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against Montana at Al Ho...

    Will Lester / The San Bernardino Sun

    Pacificís Karsen Tjarmeberg (right) is congratulated by teammate Ian Michael (7) after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against Montana at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino. Pacific won 10-3 to advance to the Northwest Regional championship.

  • Pacificís Tygan Duncan slides under the tag of Montanaís Zack Tallman Wednesday night. Pacific won 10-3 to advance to the Northwest Regional champions...

    Will Lester / The San Bernardino Sun

    Pacificís Tygan Duncan slides under the tag of Montanaís Zack Tallman Wednesday night. Pacific won 10-3 to advance to the Northwest Regional championship.

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  • Pacificís Karsen Tjarmeberg (right) is congratulated by teammate Ian Michael (7) after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against Montana at Al Ho...

    Will Lester / The San Bernardino Sun

    Pacificís Karsen Tjarmeberg (right) is congratulated by teammate Ian Michael (7) after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against Montana at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino. Pacific won 10-3 to advance to the Northwest Regional championship.

  • Pacificís Tygan Duncan slides under the tag of Montanaís Zack Tallman Wednesday night. Pacific won 10-3 to advance to the Northwest Regional champions...

    Will Lester / The San Bernardino Sun

    Pacificís Tygan Duncan slides under the tag of Montanaís Zack Tallman Wednesday night. Pacific won 10-3 to advance to the Northwest Regional championship.

The Pacific Little League All-Stars are one win away from Williamsport.
Pacific received a strong pitching performance, then erupted offensively late in the game to defeat Montanaís Boulder Arrowhead Little League team 10-3 Thursday night in the Northwest Regional semifinals at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.
Pacific, an 11/12-year-old team made up of players from Lynnwood and Edmonds, received a six-hitter from pitchers Ian Michael, Logan Kruse and Tai Starchman. Then Tyler Durbin and Karsen Tjarneberg slugged home runs during a seven-run sixth inning that turned a close game into a rout.
ďIt was like each of our games,Ē Pacific manager Robley Corsi Jr. said via cell phone. ďWe like to wait to score runs until the sixth. Itís hard on me, but itís exciting to them.
ďOur pitchers were outstanding, all three of them,Ē Corsi added. ďAnd then the runs came in a bunch.Ē
Pacific, which was the top seed from round-robin play, remained perfect in the tournament at 5-0. Pacific advanced to the championship game, where it will face Oregonís North Bend Little League, the No. 2 seed, for a berth to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Penn. Pacific beat North Bend, which advanced to the championship game by beating Alaskaís Eagle River Little League 7-6 in Thursdayís other semifinal, 10-2 during round-robin play.
ďI think itís pretty awesome,Ē Corsi said about advancing to the title contest. ďWeíre having a ball doing it. Itís just one of those types of teams, theyíre a good group of kids and theyíre all about the team.Ē
The regional championship game is 1 p.m. Saturday and will be televised on ESPN.
Montana finished the tournament 1-4.
Pacific opened the scoring in the top of the first inning courtesy of Durbinís RBI double into the left-field corner, which scored Ben Grant from first base.
Boulder Arrowhead tied it in the bottom of the fourth, but Pacific immediately regained the lead in the top of the fifth. Grant scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then Kruse lined an RBI single to center to make it 3-1.
Pacific then put the game away in the sixth. With two on and one out, Durbin blasted a mammoth shot ball down the left-field line that just stayed fair for a three-run homer. Then after courtesy runner Tygan Duncan scored on a wild pitch, Tjarneberg lined a two-run shot to right-center. Robley Corsi III tacked on an RBI single to center to make it 10-1.
Montana scored a pair of consolation runs in the bottom of the sixth, but it couldnít prevent Pacific from advancing to the finals.
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