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TD advances at regionals

Game online Tuesday

Tuesday's game will be streamed online at 7 p.m.: wavestreamer.com

The Dalles 15U Babe Ruth All-stars are alive to play another day after a sixth-inning rally put them past Lewis and Clark, Idaho, 4-2 in opening competition at the Pacific Northwest Regional Playoffs in Centralia, Wash.

“They had a pretty tough pitcher who mixed his pitches up, but we were able to manufacture four runs off five hits,” said coach Matt McCall. “We had Colton Walker, who had a pretty solid six innings — not his best but solid. And Dawson Reynier was our closer.”

Walker pitched six innings, striking out seven and giving up six hits, four walks and two errors. Reynier had one strikeout during his inning on the mound.

The team had only two errors the entire game.

“That’s good for this team,” McCall said. “The boys kinda had a mental lapse in the third and fourth innings, but in the fifth and sixth they played really good baseball again. I’m proud of the way they competed. They battled really hard.”

The Dalles put players on base early as Dawson Reynier reached on a passed ball and Payton Eaton got a base hit. But the duo were left standing at the end of the first inning.

The bats went cold in the second inning, but the third was set up for a scoring rally when Alex Cash took base after being hit by a pitch. Reynier was next to reach, on a Lewis and Clark error. Matt Strizich advanced the runners with a single to left field, allowing the runners to put two on the scoreboard.

Lewis and Clark matched The Dalles with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth, as Walker gave up two hits and two walks.

The fifth inning was cold for both teams. Dylan DesRochers managed a single to left field, but was left standing.

But that wasn’t all The Dalles had to offer. Strizich and Walker set up the inning with a pair of walks to open, then Kellen Mathisen laid down a sacrifice bunt. DesRochers reached on a dropped ball, then Alex Bailey pushed the runners around on an L & C error. Strizich and Walker both scored, bringing the final tally to 4-2 in The Dalles’ favor when Lewis and Clark was left cold at the top of the inning.

The Dalles team has its work cut out for it tonight. They’ll play host to Centralia, which took fourth place last year in the Babe Ruth World Series.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be streamed online at http://stereo.wavestreamer.com.

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