CHEHALIS — Montesano put on a power show to win its first two games in the District III Little League Major League baseball tournament in Chehalis.
Blasting 10 home runs in its two contests, Monte crushed Capitol, 22-1, on Saturday and Larch Mountain, 19-2, on Sunday. The games were shortened to four and five innings, respectively, via the 10-run mercy rules.
The only Grays Harbor County team entered in this tourney, Monte will face Chehalis a winners bracket final scheduled for 7 tonight at Stan Hedwall Park.
Chehalis trounced Willapa Harbor, 15-5, in a tourney opener Saturday. Monday night’s results were unavailable at press time.
Montesano also won its first two games in the district 9-10 tournament at Monte’s Nelson Field. The host team will face Larch Mountain at 7 tonight.
Both tourneys are scheduled to conclude Friday, with a second championship game (if necessary) planned for Saturday.
MAJOR LEAGUE Montesano 22, Capitol 1 (4 innings)
Teegan Zilyett drove in 10 runs with three homers — including a grand slam — in Montesano’s rout of Capitol. Zillyett also doubled in the contest.
Kyle Trout added a home run and two doubles while Jett Bowers’ three hits included a homer and a double. Winning pitcher Payson Parker also homered while Parker Plato doubled twice.
Montesano 19, Larch Mountain 2 (5 innings)
An 11-run fifth inning enabled Monte to close out this game via the mercy rule.
Dakoyta Reninger homered twice and drove in six runs for the winners. Lane Douglass added four hits, including a triple.
Zillyett’s three hits included his fourth homer of the tourney. Parker also homered in this game. Montesano used five pitchers to maintain maximum eligibility for the remainder of the tourney. Tracy Ridgway winning pitcher.
Monte 5(10)0 7 — 22 16 1 Cap 000 1 — 1 2 3
Parker, Plato, Douglass and Douglass, Reninger; Sayner, Reed, Dominguez, Cartwright and Martin.
Monte 202 4 (11) — 19 17 0 LM 001 01 — 2 3 3
Parker, Douglass, Zillyett, Plato, Reninger and Douglass, Reninger; Griffins, Casto, Hovda and Dedskey.
District 9-10 Saturday
Larch Mountain 14, Chehalis 8.
Aberdeen 12, Centralia 8. Dylan Cribbs four hits, including two triples and double; Carmen Beck two hits; Kobie Fall two hits, including double, for Aberdeen. Sierra Hammond winning pitcher.
Montesano 11, Capitol 1: Braden Dohrmann and Ben Wills two hits each, Jacob Douglass triple for Montesano.
Larch Mountain 18, Patriot (Dupont) 8.
Montesano 14, Aberdeen 12. Braden Dohrmann three hits, including a triple; Ben Wills two hits for Montesano. Tracy Ridgway winning pitcher. Kobie Fall tripled and doubled; Conner Sherman two hits; Carmen Beck tripled for Aberdeen.
Centralia 10, Capitol 9.
Aberdeen 12, Chehalis 9. Conner Sherman three hits, Anthony Alexander and Sierra Hammonds two hits each, including doubles, for Aberdeen. Sherman was the winning pitcher.
Centralia 12, Patriot (DuPont) 0.
5 p.m. — Aberdeen vs. Centralia (loser out). 7:30 p.m. — Montesano vs. Larch Mountain (winner to title round).