Saturday, June 22, 2013
WALLA WALLA — Austin Olson fired a no-hitter and aided his own cause with two hits Saturday afternoon to lead defending champion Baker Boyer to a 10-0 victory over Tom’s Chevron in the title game of the Walla Walla Little League All-City Championship baseball tournament at Alan Ashmore Field.
Olson struck out 11 in the contest that was called after three-and-a-half innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
“He threw a lot of strikes,” Baker Boyer manager Nathan Ferraro said. “When he gets ahead on the count and throws strikes, he’s successful. His control has been phenomenal all year.”
Both championship finalists ended their seasons with 21-3 records. Saturday’s championship game was the fourth meeting of the year between the two teams with each squad claiming two victories.
Baker Boyer tallied four runs in the home half of the first inning. Adam Justice and Josiah Wik slapped scoreboard-pleasing singles to center field. Justice’s hit scored the first run of the game and Wik’s rap brought in two more.
Christian Chavez capped the first-inning rally with an RBI ground out.
Back-to-back home runs in the second inning added three more tallies to the Baker Boyer total. Olson tomahawked a two-run shot to left and Kyren Morris slugged a solo blast to right.
Morris dropped a two-run bloop double into left in the third inning and Wik produced the final run of the game with a grounder to shortstop.
“Coming out and hitting the ball set the tone,” Ferraro said. “The first six guys in the order have stroked the ball all year. The kids are real selective. We got pitches we knew we could hit.
“All of these kids are upstanding individuals,” Ferraro said. “They (worked) hard to get the most out of their abilities.”
“When they have all 12 of their kids, they’re unbeatable,” said Tom’s Chevron manager Rod Fazzari, whose team edged Baker Boyer for this year’s Pacific Little League championship. “They are the best little league team I’ve ever seen offensively. I don’t know how you beat them. There is no shame losing to the best team in Walla Walla.
“We were thrilled to be (in the championship game),” said Fazzari, whose team was seeking its third city crown in four years. “They (Baker Boyer) were on today. They are so talented at the plate. We couldn’t shut them down. I take my hat off to them.”
Baker Boyer 10, Tom’s Chevron 0
TC 000 0 — 0 0 0
BB 433 X — 10 7 0
M. McKenzie, Treadway (2) and Senne, M. McKenzie (3); Olson and Hamada.
HR — Baker Boyer: Olson, Morris.
Hits — Tom’s Chevron: none; Baker Boyer: Olson 2, Justice, Wik, Stubblefield, Polley, Morris.