Baker Boyer, Tom's advance at All-City Little League tourney


WALLA WALLA — Defending champion Baker Boyer and Tom’s Chevron earned semifinal victories Monday night during session two of the Walla Walla Little League All-City Championship baseball tournament at Alan Ashmore Field.

Baker Boyer rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to overtake Coca-Cola Zero, 5-3, while Tom’s Chevron topped McDonald-Zaring Insurance, 11-2.

Baker Boyer and Tom’s Chevron will battle for the tournament crown Wednesday at 6 p.m. on field one at the Valley Little League complex.

While Baker Boyer will be gunning for back-to-back All-City titles, Tom’s Chevron will be looking to claim its third city championship in four years.

Baker Boyer 5, Coca-Cola Zero 3

Austin Olson began Baker Boyer’s sixth-inning surge with a game-tying, two-run home run to center field that tied the score at 3-3.

“He’s worked hard and that’s why he’s hitting the ball so well,” Baker Boyer manager Nathan Ferraro said.

Josiah Wik produced what proved to be the winning run when he banged a two-out, RBI bouncer to center.

“Nothing rattles that kid very much,” Ferraro said. “He’s been hitting the ball hard all year.”

Kyren Morris led Baker Boyer with three hits and Taylor Hamada added two.

Hamada also shined on the mound. He teamed up with Olson for a four-hitter and struck out 12 over five innings.

Olson fanned three hitters in the sixth.

“The kids have worked hard,” Ferraro said. “It’s nice to have that chance (to play for the championship on Wednesday). It’s pretty special.”

Austin Richard drove in two of Coca-Cola Zero’s three runs with singles in both the first and third innings.

“That was a good one,” Coca-Cola Zero manager Travis Jerald said. “We played a great game. Give them credit. They hit the ball when they had to. Congrats to them. They’ve been tough all year.”

Jerald also praised his team’s defense and the pitching performance of Dylan Ashbeck, who only yielded a first-inning run before tiring in the sixth.

“Our kids were ready to play,” Jerald said. “They did a great job.”

Tom’s Chevron 11, MZI 2

MZI took a 1-0 edge in the first on an RBI triple to right by Andrew Arias.

Nathan Treadway led off the Tom’s second with a game-tying home run to center and Drew Adams made it 2-1 with an RBI grounder later in the frame.

J.T. McKenzie started a three-run uprising in the third inning and widened the Tom’s advantage to 4-1 with a two-run knock to right. Anthony Arroyo capped the rally with an RBI single to left that resulted in a 5-1 lead for Tom’s Chevron.

MZI loaded the bases with no outs in the bottom of the third, but managed just one run. Arias collected the RBI with a sacrifice fly to right.

Clutch relief pitching in the stanza by Treadway — who took the bump after starting pitcher Matthew McKenzie allowed three consecutive hits — proved to be a difference maker, according to Tom’s Chevron manager Rod Fazzari.

Tom’s took complete command of the game with a six-run fifth inning. Five different players drove in one run apiece — Matthew McKenzie (sacrifice fly), J.T. McKenzie (infield out), Arroyo (double), Chase Phipps (single), and Anthony Senne (single).

“We were very worried because they hit the ball so well,” Fazzari said. “MZI has as much plate discipline as anybody.

“Our defense was pretty solid,” Fazzari said. “We had some really good defensive plays. They hit a couple of balls solid, but not very many.”

“That was ugly,” MZI manager Steve Barker said. “They’re a good team.

“Our kids came together as a group (during the season) — from the studs to the reserves,” Barker said. “The sad part is that I’m losing six of them — five are 12 year olds and one of my 11 year olds is moving to Bellevue.”

Baker Boyer 5, Coca-Cola Zero 3

Baker Boyer 100 004 — 5 8 6

Coca-Cola Zero 101 010 — 3 4 2

Hamada, Olson (6) and Olson, Morris (4); Ashbeck, Richard (6) and Barnett.

HR — Baker Boyer: Olson.

Hits — Baker Boyer: Morris 3, Hamada 2, Olson, Wik, Polley; Coca-Cola Zero: Richard 2, Jerald, Ashbeck.

Tom’s Chevron 11, MZI 2

Tom’s Chevron 023 060 — 11 8 1

MZI 101 000 — 2 7 5

M. McKenzie, Treadway (3), Senne (6) and Senne, M. McKenzie (6); A. Norris, Wolcott (3), Stilson (6), Hamada (6) and Saltmarsh.

HR — Tom’s Chevron: Treadway.

Hits — Tom’s Chevron: Senne 2, J. McKenzie 2, Arroyo 2, Treadway, Marsh; MZI: Arias, Bennett, Hamada, Wolcott, Zehner, A. Norris, Stilson.


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