Pacific Little League powers past Gig Harbor 17-9


Pacific Little League's Ben Grant swings at a pitch during a Washington State Little League game Wednesday at the Bar-S fields in Seattle. (Photos by David Pan)

Everyone had a hand in Pacific Little League’s 17-9 victory over Gig Harbor Wednesday in a loser-out Washington State Little League game at the Bar-S fields in Seattle.

Pacific used six pitchers and four different players hit home runs to stay alive in tournament. Pacific will play West Seattle at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 17 at the Bar-S fields.

“It was a great win,” said Pacific coach Robley Corsi. “We needed to win and now we have a good chance of going the whole way.”

Wednesday’s game didn’t start out the way Corsi hoped it would as Gig Harbor scored four runs in the bottom of the first.

“What I was telling the boys is that the hardest thing to do is to win that first game after your first loss,” Corsi said. “They just didn’t execute the way they were supposed to and when you don’t execute, they take advantage of you.”

Pacific Little League's Tyler Durbin throws a pitch against Gig Harbor.

Pacific didn’t take long to get back in the game. In the second, Logan Kruse hit a solo home run and then Tygan Duncan followed with a two-run shot and Pacific cut the deficit to 4-3.

Kruse then drove in two runs with a single in the third as Pacific took a 5-4 advantage. Duncan and Robley Corsi III each had an RBI single and Ben Grant drove in two runs with a single. Tyler Durbin drew a bases loaded walk and a wild pitch allowed another run to score as Pacific led 10-4.

Gig Harbor battled back with a run in the third and three runs in the fourth to cut Pacific’s lead to 10-8.

In the fifth, Colton Walsh and Grant hit back-to-back solo home runs. Karsen Tjarneberg had an RBI single and Read Carr smacked a two RBI single as Pacific stretched its lead to 15-8.

Gig Harbor scored a run in the fifth before Ian Michael hit a two-run home run in the sixth to boost Pacific’s lead back to 17-9.

Corsi kept the pitch count below 20 for all but one of the six pitchers so five of them are ready for Thursday’s game.

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