Pacific Little League jumps on Idaho early, clinches spot in semifinals

Pacific Little League's Matthew Turcotte runs to first base during a Northwest Pool game at the Little League Western Regional tournament Monday at Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.

Pacific Little League’s Mason Vaughn runs to first base during a Northwest Pool game at the Little League Western Regional tournament Monday at Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif.

Pacific Little League’s victory over Idaho wasn’t just the team’s third win in three games in Northwest Pool play at the Little League Western Regionals in San Bernardino.

Monday’s 5-2 win at Houghton Stadium assured Pacific of a spot in the single-elimination semifinals on Aug. 7. The Northwest Pool includes Alaska, Montana, Oregon and Wyoming. The top four teams advance to the semifinals.

The winners of the two semifinal games face off on Aug. 8 with a berth to the Little League World Series on the line.

Pacific (3-0) is the only unbeaten team in the pool and has all but locked up the No. 1 seed.

Pacific Little League's Ian Michael pitches to Idaho.

Ian Michael pitches to Idaho.

Unlike the two previous games, Pacific jumped on their opponent early, loading the bases with two walks and a single in the first inning. Tyler Durbin followed with a single that drove in two runs.

In the third inning, Ian Michael hit a single to drive in Colton Walsh, as Pacific extended its lead to 3-0.  Pacific tacked on two more runs in the fifth when Michael scored on a fielder’s choice and Durbin then scored on a single by Matthew Turcotte.

Durbin pitched 3 1/3 innings, allowing no runs and striking out three. Michael and Logan Kruse pitched in relief.

Pacific closes out Northwest Pool play against Wyoming at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 5.  For those who want to join with other Pacific fans, the game will be aired via ESPN 3 at Hamburger Harry’s, 610 5th Ave. S., in downtown Edmonds.

Updated at 10:20 a.m., Aug. 5 with corrected names in photo captions. 

Pacific Little League's Tygan Duncan tells the runners to stay on their bases.

Ian Michael tells the runners to stay on their bases.

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