Lake Oswego Majors all-stars dump Wyoming 11-0 in regional tourney
Three games into the Pacific Northwest Regional tournament, the Lake Oswego Little League Baseball Majors all-stars have hit their stride.
The Lakers, after an opening-round loss to talented Washington, have outscored their last two opponents 25-0, including a 14-0 rout of Idaho on Tuesday, Aug. 10, and an 11-0 shutout of Wyoming in four innings on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, California.
"I feel the team played really well," said Lake Oswego shortstop Crew Corry, who went 2 for 2 at the plate (including an inside-the-park home run) with two RBIs and three runs. "We got good hits (and we) played good defense."
"We played well, we threw strikes and we put the ball in play," explained pitcher Ben Robertson, who picked up the win after throwing three innings and allowing no runs on one hit and no walks while striking out eight. "The key to our success (was) the energy in the dugout and the ability to not make errors and throw strikes."
With the win, Lake Oswego improved to 2-1 in the regional tournament (trailing only 2-0 Washington) and advanced to the regional semifinals at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13. The Lakers will face the loser of the Washington (2-0) vs. Montana (1-0) contest set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12.
The regional championship game is slated for 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14. The winner of the six-team Northwest Regional will advance to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, from Aug. 19-28.
Now, with two straight wins under their belts and one game remaining before the tournament championship, the Lakers know just what they need to do to keep rolling.
"To keep winning, it will take everything, but mostly the energy and not making errors," Robertson said.
"It will take hard work, confidence and doing our best," Corry added.
In its win over Wyoming (1-2), Lake Oswego stepped up early and left no doubt, scoring three times in the first inning, four times in the second and four more times in the third to secure its overwhelming victory.
In the first inning, Ellis Bayne scored on a passed ball, Ethan Uecker drove in Chase Kelly on a groundout and Beckett Heher singled to left to plate Corry. In the second, Bayne singled and scored on a wild pitch, Kelly walked and later scored by stealing home, Corry walked and scored on a passed ball, and Smith walked and was forced home by Ryan Warhank's bases-loaded walk.
And in the third, Kelly reached base on a bunt single, Robertson walked and both scored when Uecker tripled to right field. Then, Corry followed up with his two-run, inside-the-park home run to right field for the final 11-0 margin.
"(The key to) our key to success was hitting the ball hard to get every advantage we could and play hard," Corry said.
For the game, Kelly went 2 for 3 at the plate and scored three times, Robertson was 2 for 3 with one run scored, and Uecker went 1 for 3 with three RBIs and one run. Heher and Warhank also drove in runs in the win. Uecker threw one inning to get the save, allowing no runs on no hits and one walk while striking out two.
Lake Oswego is managed by Chris Kelly and assisted by coaches Tony Sturgeon, Brad Smith and Keith Caylor.
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