Aberdeen didn’t waste time Tuesday putting itself into position to challenge Chehalis again.
After Centralia scored the game’s opening run in the top of the first inning, host Aberdeen scored 12 unanswered runs to eliminate Centralia, 12-1, in 3 1/2 innings in the District III 10-11 Little League tournament at Failor Field in Aberdeen.
The mercy- rule victory for the hosts established a rematch with Chehalis in Wednesday’s tournament championship game.
Chehalis wound up winning that game and tournament, 20-12.
Aberdeen parlayed two key hits, two Centralia errors and four walks into five runs and the bases loaded with no outs in the bottom of the first inning. Liam Odell’s RBI double and Jaxson Larson’s RBI fielder’s choice drove in runs, while two errors and a double steal helped plate the other three runs for the hosts.
Centralia escaped further damage with a pitching change — from Brandon Wilkerson to Matt House. House got two fielder’s choice outs at home plate and an infield popup to end the Aberdeen threat.
Wilkerson’s RBI groundout in the top of the first inning was the only scoring play of the game for Centralia.
Aberdeen starter Carter Olsen and Larson combined for a two-hitter in four innings of work. Cameron Cabrera’s leadoff single and Brett Wasson’s double were Centralia’s only hits.
Olsen threw 2 1/3 innings for the win. He gave way to Larson, who needed just 17 pitches to finish the final 1 2/3 innings.
Aberdeen picked up where it left off in the second inning. Odell slugged a leadoff solo home run to center field to start the eventual six-run frame that made it 11-1.
House followed with two straight outs, and then Aberdeen scored five straight runs.
Trenton Fridlund slugged a single down the first-base line. Reserve Hunter McCullough struck out, but advanced to first base on a dropped third strike. Reserve Marky Nelson walked to load the bases. A fielding error off Jeremy Roberts’ at-bat plated two runs.
Olsen got a fielder’s choice RBI, but all runners were safe when pinch-runner Colby Miller scored ahead of the tag at the plate.
Giovanni Pisani followed with an RBI double and Olsen finished the scoring by coming home on a wild pitch for an 11-1 lead.
Larson’s one-out double in the third inning turned into the final run of the contest following a wild pitch and a throwing error.
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Wilkerson, House (1) and Bean; Olsen, Larson (3) and Pisani, Brown (4).