Take away one inning and the Pacific Little League all-stars were standing toe-to-toe with Federal Way in a second round game at the Washington State Little League tournament Wednesday at the Bar-S fields in Seattle.
A double by Pacific’s Nate King to drive in Ian Michael had tied the score at 6 in the top of the fifth inning, the third time the game had been tied.
The bottom of the fifth inning proved to be Pacific’s downfall as Federal Way scored seven runs and went on to prevail 13-7 and move on to the quarterfinals.
Pacific dropped down to the losers bracket and takes on Gig Harbor at 6 p.m., Wednesday at the Bar-S fields.
“Now we get to do it the hard way or the fun way,” Pacific coach Robley Corsi said.
So instead of having to win four games to advance to Saturday’s championship game, Pacific will have to win possibly six or seven games to make it to the finals.
“These kids are fine. These are good kids,” Corsi said. “You know they are 12 too. That’s something we have to keep telling ourselves.”
Federal Way’s first run of the fifth came on a wild pitch/passed ball and what followed was a string of uncharacteristic miscues in the field.
“We hung in there,” Corsi said. “We made silly mistakes. That’s something we don’t typically do and it just shows you when you’re at this level, you make a mistake, it’ll cost you.”
When the statistics were totaled up at the end of the game, Pacific had committed six errors.
“I don’t think we’ve had six errors in three years,” Corsi said.
Pacific is missing one of its best players, who is out with a broken hand.
“We’re kind of doing a make-shift infield and trying to find people to fit in those spots,” Corsi said. “We’re a little banged up. We’ll be all right. Win as a team, lose as a team.”
Federal Way jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first inning but Pacific responded immediately.
A two-out single by Robley Corsi III and a two-run home run by Colton Walsh gave Pacific a 4-3 lead. Federal Way responded with a run in the second to tie the score
Pacific took a 5-4 lead on Walsh’s second home run, a solo shot in the fourth. In the bottom of the inning, Federal Way tied the score at 5 with a home run of its own and then took the lead on a throwing error.
In the top of the fifth, Nate King’s single to right field scored Michael, who had doubles, to tie the score at 6.
-By David Pan