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Whatcom Americans open 11U regional with victory over Kennewick

The Whatcom Americans 11U baseball team is playing in the Cal Ripken Baseball Pacific Northwest Regional this week.
The Whatcom Americans 11U baseball team is playing in the Cal Ripken Baseball Pacific Northwest Regional this week. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

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.

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