CHEHALIS — By continuing their high-scoring ways, Montesano’s all-stars have taken the District III Little League Major League Baseball Tournament to the limit.
Lane Douglass homered and Montesano scored multiple runs in four innings to top previously unbeaten Chehalis, 12-7, in the first game of the district title round Friday night at Stan Hedwall Park.
Avenging a 3-0 loss to the Chehalins in Tuesday’s winners bracket final, Monte forced a winner-take-all second title contest today at noon.
Montesano has scored in double figures in all four of its district victories.
Benefitting from 10 walks and five Chehalis errors, Monte had a scant 10-9 edge in hits and was actually out-homered in this one, 2-1.
The Grays Harbor team’s lone four-bagger was a a big one, however, both in distance traveled and importance.
After Chehalis scored three times in the third inning to forge a short-lived 3-3 tie, Douglass cleared both the center-field fence and the batting cage building beyond the wall with a blast in the fourth. That scored Garret Iverson, who had walked, ahead of him.
Teegan Zillyett walked and scored all the way from first when Parker Plato’s hard grounder caromed off the shortstop’s leg and away from the onrushing center fielder. Kyle Trout’s double to left plated Plato.
Chehalis got one back in its half of the fourth on Daniel Fagerness’ RBI single. Montesano, however, answered with three more in the fifth.
The dangerous Zillyett was issued an intentional walk to load the bases with one out. That tactic backfired when Plato drew an unintentional walk to force in a run, Dakoyta Reninger scored from third on a passed ball and Jett Bowers lined an RBI single to left.
A slew of walks and errors produced another three runs in the sixth that gave Monte a 13-5 lead.
Brock Jones homered to center to lead off the Chehalis half of the sixth. Ryan Pedersen singled home another run and the hosts had runners at the corners with one out when Shaydon Farmer made a nifty stop of Colton Baker’s hot shot to second and flipped to Reninger to start a game-ending double play.
Payson Parker, who took the mound after starter Douglass walked the bases loaded in the first inning, worked into the fifth before reaching his 85-pitch limit. He collected the victory, allowing six hits but only one walk while striking out six.
Plato recorded the final three outs.
Reninger had three hits, including a double, while Trout and Douglass added two hits apiece.
Plato’s RBI double was the key hit in Monte’s two-run first, which also included hits by Reninger and Trout.
Fagerness delivered the other Chehalis homer, a solo shot in the third inning. He had two hits for the hosts, as did Jones and Pedersen.
Zillyett made a couple of nice catches in center field.
Monte 210 433 — 13 10 3 Che 003 112 — 7 9 5
Douglass, Parker (1), Zillyett (5), Plato (6) and Reninger, Douglass; O’Neil, Smith (4), Jones (4), Bunker (6), Viggers (6) and Baker.