Baseball

Lower Columbia 11,

West Montana 1

CENTRALIA, Wash. — The ultimate goal is a trip to Hammond, Ind., next week for the 2013 Major 60 World Series. And the Lower Columbia 12-year-old All-Stars are off to a great start.

The team of local Cal Ripken Baseball 12-year-olds cruised to an 11-1 win over the representatives from Western Montana Monday, in a pool-play game of the Pacific Northwest Regionals at Borst Park in Centralia, Wash.

Lower Columbia will play a team from Nisqually, Wash. today, as pool play continues through Wednesday.

In Monday’s win, Lower Columbia’s Kayde Putman (named the game’s Most Valuable Player) went 2-for-2 with a triple down the right field line, and scored twice to spark the All-Stars. He also reached base on a walk.

Teammate Burke Matthews pitched a solid four innings for Lower Columbia, with Mason Hoover pitching the fifth to close out the victory.

“Overall, this was one of our best team efforts of the season,” said Lower Columbia coach Chris Dorman. “We played some small ball over the first three innings to establish a lead, then opened it up in the fourth and fifth innings.”

The All-Stars took advantage of several errant throws and passed balls by the Montana team, and executed some aggressive base-running to pull away for the 10-run win.

“Burke threw well on the hill, and defensively we only had one or two errors – nothing big or costly,” Dorman said. “Overall, I was real pleased with the effort, for not having played in a couple weeks.”

Tristin Wallace was scheduled to start today’s game on the mound.

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