Pacific Little League’s Major all-stars opened the Washington State Little League Baseball Tournament in a big way Sunday afternoon.
Ian Michael hit two home runs, including a grand slam, and Colton Walsh smacked a three-run home run to lead Pacific to a 13-7 victory over Eastlake in a first-round game at the Bar-S fields in Seattle.
Pacific next faces Federal Way at 3 p.m., Tuesday, July 15 at the Bar-S fields.
Head coach Robley Corsi noted that Pacific lost to Federal Way in a first-round game as 10-year-olds at the state tournament.
“We have a little unfinished business,” Corsi said.
Pacific took care of business against Eastlake as Walsh hit his three-run home run in the third inning and Michael followed with his grand slam in the fourth. Michael added a solo shot in the sixth.
But perhaps the biggest hit of the game came from Ben Grant, who drove in three runs with a double in the fifth.
Eastlake intentionally walked Walsh to get to Grant, who finished 3-for-4 for the day.
“He put the nail in the coffin,” Corsi said.
After Grant’s bases-clearing double, Pacific took a 12-1 lead and was on the verge of ending the game early because of the 10-run mercy rule. Eastlake, however, battled back with four runs in the bottom of the fifth to avoid an early end to the game.
“Everybody here is never going to quit,” Corsi said. “Never say die.”
Michael started the game and pitched four innings before giving way to Walsh and Matthew Turcotte.
“(Michael) is just a force to be reckoned with,” Corsi said. “He has command of three pitches. He’s really tough to hit.”
Corsi liked what he saw from his team on Sunday.
“These boys came to play,” he said. “It was a great game. … I feel real good.”
– By David Pan