Montesano 9-10s eliminated from state Little League tournament

OAK HARBOR — Montesano’s stay in the Washington State 9-10 Little League Tournament came to an end on Monday.

After a quick 2-1 lead, Montesano watched as Bainbridge Island used the long ball to trigger nine unanswered runs to eliminate the District III champs, 10-4, in a loser-out contest.

“We just fell short to a couple of home runs balls that got us down,” Monte manager Brad Johansson said. “The kids played hard and represented Montesano well.”

Braden Dorman and Ben Willis each had two hits, with Trace Ridgway and Cooper Johansson each adding one hit each for Monte. Willis, Ridgway and Dorman did their work in the field on the mound.

Opening Round

OAK HARBOR — Breaking things open with a nine-run sixth inning, Northwest Seattle downed Montesano, 16-5, in the opening round of the state tournament on Saturday at Oak Harbor.

District III champion Montesano trailed only 7-5 before Northwest Seattle erupted in the top of the sixth.

“I thought we played real good ball against a quality team for five innings,” Johansson said.

Jacob Douglass had two hits, including a double. Cayleb Reninger added a pair of singles for Montesano.