SAN BERNARDINO, Cali. - The Northwest Regional Little League Championship game took place Saturday afternoon in California. La Grande, Oregon took on Walla Walla, Washington for a chance at the Little League World Series Tournament.
In the first La Grande pitcher Sam Tsiatsos cruised through the top of the first inning, striking out two and allowing one hit. La Grande loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the first, but Brady Hutchins grounded out to third to end the threat. It was 0-0 by the end of the first.
After both pitchers settled into a grove in the second Walla Walla took a 4-0 lead in the top half of the third on an RBI single from Keegan Weston, a two-run groundout from Caiden Thomsen and three La Grande errors. Thomsen's groundout went under the glove of the second baseman, allowing two runs to score. After an errant throw home and an errant throw to third, Thomsen scampered all the way home on the play for the fourth run of the inning. La Grande got on the board in the bottom half on an RBI groundout from Logan Williams, and an RBI single from Brady Hutchins.
Walla Walla took a 4-2 lead over La Grand after the third inning.
By the fifth La Grande right hander Sam Tsiatsos worked around a leadoff double in the top half, keeping Walla Walla off the board. La Grande mounted a rally in the bottom half, getting back-to-back singles from Cesar Rodriguez and Brady Hutchins with one out. But Walla Walla escaped unscathed to maintain the two-run lead.
In the sixth La Grande kept Walla Walla off the board in the top half. In the bottom half, La Grande's Alex Rodriguez led off with a single and came around to score on a two-out double from Logan Williams. But Noah Mcllmoil struck out with the tying run on second base to end the game.
The final score was 4-3. Walla Walla Valley advances to the Little League World Series for the first time.
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