MONTESANO — Host Montesano put patience before power in setting up another showdown with Chehalis for the District Little League championship.
After parlaying an abundance of walks into an early lead, Monte erupted for a seven-run fourth inning Wednesday night to finish off Centralia, 10-0, and advance to the title round of the District III Major League Little League Baseball Tournament at Nelson Field.
Cyrus Parsons and Payton Quintinilla combined on a two-hitter and Quintinilla slugged a three-run homer as once-beaten Montesano earned the right to challenge unbeaten Chehalis in the title round. That will be a rematch of last year’s championship series, won by Chehalis in dramatic fashion, 17-16 in seven innings.
The first title contest is scheduled for 6 p.m. today. Chehalis can wrap up the championship with a victory. A Montesano win would force a winner-take-all second title contest, slated for 4 p.m. Saturday (an earlier starting time than previously announced).
The district champion advances to state beginning July 12 in West Seattle.
Montesano had stayed alive in the losers bracket of the double-elimination tournament by blanking rival Elma in four innings Tuesday, 14-0. Chehalis downed Centralia, 7-1, in Tuesday’s winners bracket final.
Wednesday Montesano 10, Centralia 0 (4 inn)
The hosts used outstanding plate discipline to avenge their only loss of the tourney with unexpected ease.
Montesano mustered only one hit — Quintinilla’s leadoff single in the third inning — through three innings, but still owned a 3-0 lead at that stage as Centralia starting pitcher Jeremy Wood issued eight walks through the first three frames.
A throwing error on Parker Plato’s two-out grounder scored Cole Daniels from third base in the first inning. Brent Hollatz drew a bases-loaded walk in the third and Parsons later came in from third on a wild pitch.
Wood was removed after walking Braden Dohrmann to lead off the fourth. Daniels greeted reliever Derek Beairsto with a double inside the right-field line, with Dohrmann stopping at third.
The lanky Quintinilla then cleared the bases with a line-drive homer over the left-field fence. The hosts added four more runs later in the inning, sandwiching singles by Plato, Parsons and Taylor Clark around an error and a couple of wild pitches.
The left-handed Parsons, in contrast, displayed excellent control, walking only one in his three-inning mound stint. He pitched hitless ball after surrendering first-inning singles to Wood and Ryan Mack. Quintinilla worked a scoreless fourth to close out the contest via the 10-run mercy rule.
Tuesday’s Games Montesano 14, Elma 0 (4 inn.)
Montesano won the coin toss, elected to be the visiting team and dropped eight runs on rival Elma to cruise in this loser-out contest on Tuesday.
The first five batters of the game — Dohrmann, Daniels, Quintinilla, Plato and Garrett Iverson — got hits off Elma starter Tyson Richardson, who only lasted six batters.
Dohrmann led off the game with a bunt single. Daniels drove in Dohrmann with an RBI double and scored off an RBI single from Quintinilla for a 3-0 lead. Plato followed with an RBI single and Iverson capped the start with a towering two-run home run to deep left field.
The hosts sent 13 batters to the plate in the frame, with Cyrus Parsons scoring on a wild pitch, Quintinilla got an RBI single in his second at-bat of the inning and Dohrmann scored on a throwing error for an 8-0 lead.
It was all Montesano needed. Pitchers Plato, Dohrmann, Clark and Daniels combined for a four-inning one-hitter. Richardson got a two-out single in the first inning for Elma’s lone hit.
Plato led Monte at the plate with three hits, including a double, and four RBI. Quintinilla added three RBI to the cause.
Richardson took the loss on the mound for Elma, with Tanner Vaughn eating up 3 2/3 innings of work in relief. Cody Vollan finished the pitching for Elma.
Chehalis 7, Centralia 1
Chehalis punched its ticket into today’s district title game by virtue of the long ball against rival Centralia in this winner’s bracket contest.
Chehalis had two hits in the first two innings — both of them home runs. LeAndre Gaines slugged a long solo home run that hit the windshield of a car in the center field parking lot in the first inning. Jaiden Camoza added a line-drive three-run blast to right field in the second inning.
Camoza led all batters with three hits, two of them home runs. His two-run blast into the back of a truck bed in the right-field parking lot ended Chehalis’ scoring in the sixth.
With the lead, Chehalis’ pitchers limited Centralia’s opportunities until the end of the game. Gaines threw three innings and stopped at 37 pitches to gain eligibility into today’s title game as the starter, with Colby White and Chance Bishop finishing off the four-hitter.
Centralia stranded four runners in scoring position, not including one runner tagged for the third out at home plate in the second inning. Mack’s two-out RBI single in the bottom of the sixth snapped the shutout.
Gaines picked up the win for Chehalis, while Jackson Hull only lasted 1 2/3 innings for Centralia.