After suffering their first loss of the season late Thursday, July 21, the Whatcom Americans bounced back with a 3-1 pool play win over West Linn, Ore., on Friday, July 22, at the Cal Ripken Jr. Baseball 11U Pacific Northwest Regional in Meridian, Idaho.
“Yesterday, it was just one of those things where we got a lead and held it through the fourth inning, and they came back and tied it, and in the fifth, we just kind of fell apart, as 11-year-old boys will do,” coach Bill Hatchett said of Thursday’s 12-4 loss to tournament host Meridian. “We still think we can compete with those guys, but yesterday was definitely their day against us. ... It was nice to bounce back today with a win.”
The Americans (30-1) again relied on solid pitching Friday, as Landon Hatchett allowed just two hits and no earned runs while striking out seven in five innings of work, before Clayton O’Larey picked up the save with a scoreless sixth, in which he allowed a hit and struck out two.
Despite the strong pitching, Whatcom still trailed 1-0 heading into the fifth. But the Americans managed to scratch out a run to tie the game, before Isaiah Carlson singled up the middle to bring home two runners with the winning runs.
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Whatcom will wrap up pool play at 2:30 p.m. (PDT) with a game against Belgrade, Mont.
“We have to win it,” Hatchett said of the game. “If we win it, things look promising that we’ll advance (to the tournament semifinals on Saturday, July 23), but there could be some tie-breakers involved if teams tie. Bottom line is we need to win.”