Two good innings Friday, Aug. 2, put Columbia Basin over the top with a 4-3 win against The Dalles in the 15U Babe Ruth All-stars Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.
The northern Washington team went on to face the Centralia-Chehalis Twin Cities team Sunday in the regional championship. Twin Cities won that game and a chance to better their fourth-place outcome at the last Babe Ruth 15U World Series.
Columbia Basin struck early in Friday’s game, putting two runs on the board in the top of the first inning.
The Dalles answered back in the bottom of the second when reached on a single to center field. Cash Mathewson brought him home with a triple to right field, narrowing the gap to 2-1.
The Dalles team knotted the score at 2-all in the bottom of the second inning. Dawson Reynier reached on a single. Matt Strizich got the RBI off a fielder’s choice.
The tie didn’t hold for long, though, as Columbia Basin put two more on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth.
The Dalles put plenty of players on base in the fifth, but didn’t manufacture a run until the bottom of the sixth, when Mathewson doubled to right field. Devin Wilson promptly brought him home on a single to right-center.
Matthewson led the offense, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. Payton Eaton was 1-1. Wilson and McCall were both 1-3 with an RBI. Raynier, Colton Walker and Dylan DesRochers were all 1-4.
Walker pitched for The Dalles team, tallying eight strikeouts and giving up four hits, two walks and two errors.