Pacific rolls over Montana 10-3

  • By Nick Patterson Herald Writer
  • Thursday, August 7, 2014 11:42pm
  • SportsSports

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 Montana’s 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.

“It was like each of our games,” Pacific manager Robley Corsi Jr. said via cell phone. “We like to wait to score runs until the sixth. It’s hard on me, but it’s exciting to them.

“Our pitchers were outstanding, all three of them,” Corsi added. “And then the runs came in a bunch.”

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 Oregon’s 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 Alaska’s Eagle River Little League 7-6 in Thursday’s other semifinal, 10-2 during round-robin play.

“I think it’s pretty awesome,” Corsi said about advancing to the title contest. “We’re having a ball doing it. It’s just one of those types of teams, they’re a good group of kids and they’re all about the team.”

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 Durbin’s 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 couldn’t prevent Pacific from advancing to the finals.

More in Sports

Seahawks shake off slow start, sideline fracas to beat Giants

Russell Wilson throws 3 2nd-half TD passes and Seattle’s defense allows just 177 yards in 24-7 win.

Analysis: Huskies still in good shape at midseason

Despite a loss to ASU before the bye, UW is still in a good spot to repeat in the Pac-12 North.

Seahawks notebook:Baldwin meets with commissioner Goodell

Plus, running back C.J. Prosise gets hurt again and rookie offensive lineman Ethan Pocic debuts.

Grading the Seahawks’ 24-7 win over the Giants

Here’s how the Seattle Seahawks grade out in their 24-7 victory over… Continue reading

Thunderbirds hand Silvertips 4th consecutive defeat

Seattle beats Everett 4-3 in the first of 10 scheduled matchups between the two U.S. Division rivals.

QUOTES: Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on win vs. Giants

Seattle coach Pete Carroll gives his opening remarks following the Seahawks’ victory over New York.

Sounders wrap up regular season with win over Rapids

Nicolas Lodeiro scores twice to life Seattle to a 3-0 win.

High school football at a crossroads

Local high school football participation numbers are following a downward trend.

Patterson: Much changed for Seahawks in bye week

Normally a quiet time for teams, the Seahawks bye week was very eventful.

Most Read