Fresh off winning the Cal Ripken Baseball 11U North Washington state championship, the Whatcom Americans started pool play in the Pacific Northwest Regional with a 5-1 victory over the Kennewick Nationals on Thursday, July 21, in Meridian, Idaho.
“We’ll take it,” coach Bill Hatchett said in a phone interview. “At this level, everyone is a state champion and everyone is really good.”
The Americans, who improved to 29-0, got a combined two-hitter from Landen Hatchett and Clayton O’Larey✔. Each threw three innings and neither allowed an earned run. Landon Hatchett did not allow a hit and struck out three, while O’Larey allowed two hits and struck out four.
Andrew James had Whatcom’s biggest hit, belting a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth to open up what was a 3-1 ballgame.
In their second game Thursday, the Americans lost to tournament host Meridian 12-4. They will wrap up pool play with games on Friday, July 22, against West Linn, Ore., at 9:30 a.m. PDT and Belgrade, Mont., at 2:30 p.m. PDT. The top two teams from each five-team pool will advance to a tournament semifinal on Saturday, July 23.