CHEHALIS — Riverview Little League, of Spokane, patiently waited for Aberdeen’s bats to cool off before running away at the Washington State 10-11 Little League tournament on Tuesday.
Following Kobie Fall’s second home run of the game that gave Aberdeen a 5-4 lead, Riverview used timely hitting, fielding errors and a few wild pitches to score 11 unanswered runs for a 15-5, mercy rule win at Stan Hedwall Park in Chehalis.
This winner’s bracket game loss sends Aberdeen back to Chehalis today to face Pacific West in a loser-out contest at 7:15 p.m.
For the first two innings, this contest had the makings of a slugfest.
After Riverview got a two-out, RBI double from Ethan Moriniti in the top of the first, Aberdeen struck with back-to-back solo home runs — Fall and Carter Olsen — to power a three-run frame.
Riverview took a 4-3 lead in the second off Aberdeen starter Eli Brown on a combination of wild pitches, an RBI single by Conner Andreas and a sacrifice fly by Cole Seaman.
Fall gave Aberdeen the lead back in the bottom of the second with a smashing two-run home run to right field at 5-4. Riverview reliever Andrew Heesh settled in after the blast to get Aberdeen out in order to limit the damage.
Fall led Aberdeen at the plate with two home runs and three RBI. Four of Aberdeen’s seven hits in the game were for extra bases.
Fall’s hit was the end of Aberdeen’s scoring punch. Heesh gave up just a lead-off double to Jayden Watson in the third inning and nothing else until a one-out walk in the fourth inning.
Riverview took full advantage of Aberdeen’s cold bats. Two fielding errors, along with several wild pitches by Brown, contributed to a five-run third inning and a 9-5 lead.
In the fourth, Brown went the full limit of his pitch count and gave way to relievers Fall and Connar Sherman to finish the contest.
Riverview loaded the bases in the fourth with two outs. The Spokane group got an RBI walk and a bases-loaded clearing double to pace a six-run surge and set up the 10-run mercy rule.
Heesh and Chad Carlson finished the bottom of the fourth inning on the mound with Aberdeen threatening to extend the game. Carlson got a strikeout to end the game with two Aberdeen runners in scoring position.
Andreas and Moritini each drove in four runs for Riverview.
Riverview-Spokane 135 6 — 15 9 1
Aberdeen LL 320 0 — 5 7 5
Monson, Heesh (2), Carlson (4) and Moritini; Brown, Fall (4), Sherman (4) and Olsen.