MONTESANO — Rallying from a four-run deficit, Montesano edged Willapa Harbor, 7-6, to capture the Little League 9-10 Tournament of Champions on Saturday at Nelson Field.
Trailing 6-2 after 3 1/2 innings, Monte scored three runs in the fourth and twice in the fifth to complete an unbeaten run to the championship. Montesano pitcher Parker Plato closed out the game by retiring the side in order in the sixth, twice handling grounders back to the mound in that inning.
Plato went 2 for 2 and Garrett Iverson scored twice for the hosts. Andrew Minton and Jack Jordan collected two hits apiece, while Chase Flynn scored twice for Willapa Harbor.
Willapa Harbor advanced to the title contest Friday with a wild 11-10 win over Aberdeen. The Pacific County crew scored six runs in the top of the sixth and withstood a five-run Aberdeen outburst in the bottom of the same inning.
Jordan and McCartney Maden led the Willapa Harbor attack with three hits apiece.
Earlier on Friday, Aberdeen stayed alive with an 11-9 win over South Beach. Dylan Cribbs delivered two hits, while Kobie Fall and Gavin Timmons scored three and two runs, respectively, for Aberdeen. Evan Waara and Cesar Martinez had two hits each (with Martinez’s output including a double) for South Beach.
Aberdeen placed third and South Beach fourth in the tourney.
Host Centralia won the 11-12 Tournament of Champions with a 15-4 rout of Aberdeen in Friday night’s title contest at Fort Borst Park.
Capitol edged Chehalis, 6-5, in the title contest of the 10-11 Tournament of Champions, also at Centralia.