Baseball Championship: Yakima and Lower Columbia remain undefeated
Both teams collected a few hits in the opening two innings before the Trojans gave up a pair of unearned runs on a 2 RBI single by Alec Chaney to put the Yaks up 2-0 on 3 hits and an error.
Yakima Valley tallied another run in the 7th when Taylor Shea served a wild pitch with the bases loaded to score Von Ferguson from third.
Chaney registered two more RBIs in the top of the ninth to put the Yaks up 5-0. Everett loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but fell short in the rally.
Everett will take on the Bellevue Bulldogs in an elimination game Saturday at 11:05am While Yakima Valley will take on Lower Columbia Saturday at 5:35pm
Pierce's Keenan Lum and Lower Columbia's Tyler Parsons put on a pitching clinic for the first 8 innings, each allowing 4 hits and leaving 4 runners on base in a 0-0 draw.
Pierce then drew first blood in the top of the ninth when Hudson Byorick RBI singled Rayven Kahana to score the first run to put Pierce up 1-0.
With Byorick and Kahana on threatening to add to the score - on first and third - LCC head coach Eddie Smith called on LCC ace reliever Max Tilton to stop the bleeding.
The former Mark Morris HS standout, sporting a perfect 0.00 ERA on the year in 34.2 innings of relief, collected the final out to leave the rest of the work to the Red Devil offense.
The Devils wasted no time igniting the home crowd into a frenzy as Lorin Archibald singled, then was replaced on first by pinch runner Justin Hughes.
Kade Kryzsko, the game 4 winning pitcher for LCC, then doubled to send Hughes to third base.
With 2 runners in scoring position Garrett Myers hit a blooper to left field that was just slightly too shallow for Dylan Moran to scoop up as LCC scored a pair of runs to to end the game.
Pierce will face Everett in an elimination game Saturday at 2:05 pm while the Red Devils will take on undefeated Yakima Valley at Saturday afternoon at 5:35 pm.