CENTRALIA, Wash. The Lower Columbia 12-year-old Cal Ripken All-Stars currently have the hottest bats in the Pacific Northwest, as the team of local players continues to cruise through pool play of the Pacific Northwest Regionals Tournament, in Centralia, Wash.
After an 11-1 win over West Montana Monday, Lower Columbia returned to Borst Park early Tuesday and scored a 15-2 victory over a team from Calgary, Alberta.
Along with their wins over Seaside and West Linn in the state tournament two weeks earlier, Lower Columbia has now scored 65 runs in its last five games.
They trailed 2-0 after a half-inning Tuesday, but weve been doing such a nice job of hitting the ball and scoring runs lately, I told the kids not to worry, said Lower Columbia coach Chris Dorman, following the win.
The All-Stars quickly made up the deficit in the bottom of the first, as Burke Matthews belted a three-run home run to left center field to give Lower Columbia the lead for good.
Kayde Putman followed with a triple, but did not score.
The All-Stars picked up where they left off in the second inning, highlighted by a solo homer to center field for game MVP Josiah Hirsch.
Mason Hoover and Matthews had doubles in the inning, and Matthews scored on a steal of home plate as Lower Columbia began to pull away.
Tristan Wallace had a triple in the third inning, and Mason Henderson added a bases-loaded, pinch-hit triple for three more runs.
Wallace pitched three innings and Hoover pitched the fourth to finish the game, Lower Columbias second double-digit win in two days.
Lower Columbia has one game remaining in pool play, vs. Nisqually, Wash., 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. The winner will be a No. 1 seed to championship bracket play, which begins Thursday.