The Ferndale 10U baseball team got off to a rough start at the Cal Ripken Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament on Thursday, July 25, in Helena, Mont., dropping a pair of games in pool play.
Black Hills, a team out of Olympia, scored five runs in the top of the sixth to come back and claim an 8-6 win over Ferndale, while defending 9U regional champion East Boise (Idaho) overwhelmed the Northwest Washington state champions 15-2 in the second game.
Black Hills used three hits and three Ferndale errors to stage its rally in the fifth. Andrew James went 3 for 4 with two doubles and a run scored for Ferndale, while Carson Peters went 2 for 4 with two RBI and Shea Jeffrey was 2 for 2 at the plate.
East Boise scored seven runs in the first inning of its game against Ferndale on six hits and an error and tagged on four more runs in each the second and third innings.
"We just couldn't generate the offense to stay with them," coach Hank Schwarz said in a phone message.
Despite the losses, Schwarz said Ferndale is still mathematically alive to advance beyond pool play, but they must win both games against teams from Helena and Willamette, Ore., on Friday, July 26, to do so.