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Montana pins opening-round loss on Corvallis

Corvallis Richey's Market reached the American Legion AAA Northwest Regionals by winning its first Oregon championship since 2003.

But the Marketmen could not sustain its momentum against Billings, Mont., in an opening-round game Thursday at Harry & David Field.

Corvallis fell behind in the middle innings and could never recover, suffering a 10-7 loss to the Scarlets.

Billings (46-14) will play the South Wolverines of Anchorage, Alaska, in a winner's round game at 4 p.m. today. Corvallis is confronted with an elimination contest against Cheyenne, Wyo., at 9:30 this morning.

The Scarlets capitalized on erratic play by Richey's Market. Pitchers Ryan Hansen and Ross Orman allowed seven hits but combined for 11 walks, four hit batters and four wild pitches. Corvallis also made three errors.

Billings scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good, 6-4, then added two more in the fifth for an insurmountable 8-4 advantage.

Richey's Market (32-18) got off to a fast start when Nathan Williams stroked a two-run double in the first and Michael Hamilton belted a two-run homer in the second.

Unfortunately for Corvallis, Hansen felt the pressure early. The Scarlets answered with two runs in the bottom of the first without getting a base hit.

Hansen hit lead-off hitter Justin Black before issuing consecutive walks to Ty Gilmore and Aleksei Grosulak. A wild pitch scored Black from third. After getting two outs without allowing any more damage, Hansen walked Matt Schrotenboer to load the bases again and a passed ball tied the game.

Brady Muller's two RBI singled highlighted the Scarlets three-run fourth. In the fifth, Black smacked a two-run triple. And in the sixth, Muller scored from third on a bases-loaded walk.

Corvallis mounted a two-out, two-run rally in the eighth. But Billings relief pitcher Ty Gilmore came in the game and got Kellen Sparks to pop up to shortstop Grosulak with the bases loaded to end the threat.

Gilmore struck out the side in the ninth for the save.

Hamilton sparked Corvallis' 12-hit attack with a 3-for-4 performance.

For Billings, Muller contributed two hits with three RBIs and two runs scored and Black had two hits, three runs and two RBIs.

Montana 10, Corvallis 7

corvallis montana

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Corwin dh 4 2 1 0 Black cf 3 3 2 2

Boustead cf 2 2 2 0 Gilmore ss-p 4 2 0 0

Smith cf 0 0 0 0 Grslak 2b-ss 3 1 0 0

McCarthy 1b 3 0 0 1 Roberts p-1b 4 0 1 0

Williams ss 4 0 1 2 Muller rf 4 2 2 3

Sparkes rf 5 0 2 1 Schrtnber 3b 1 0 0 0

England 3b 5 0 1 0 Moller c 5 1 2 1

Sanders c 5 0 0 0 Miron 1b 2 0 0 1

Likewise 2b 5 1 2 0 Dukart 2b 1 0 0 0

Hamilton lf 4 2 3 2 McDonald lf 4 1 0 0

Hansen p 0 0 0 0

Orman 0 0 0 0

Totals 37 7 12 6 Totals 31 10 7 7

Corvallis 220 000 120 —7

Montana 201 321 10x —10

E—McCarthy, England, Orman. DP—Corvallis 2, Montana 1. LOB—Corvallis 10, Montana 12. 2B—Williams, England. 3B—Black. HR—Hamilton. SB—Likewise 2, Hamilton. S—Miron.

IP H R ER BB SO

Corvallis

Hansen L 4 3 6 5 8 3

Orman 4 4 4 2 3 3

Montana

Roberts W 72/3 12 7 7 4 3

Gilmore S 11/3 0 0 0 0 3

WP—Hansen 3, Orman 1. HBP—by Hansen (Black, Roberts), by Orman (Black 2). PB—Sanders 2, Moller. Umpires—Home, Mik Hendrickson First, Scott Rice Second, Jerry Eklund Third, Luis Ramirez.

CALIFORNIA 7, WASHINGTON 6 — Brent Milan's two-run ninth inning double lifted Charter Cove of Covina, Calif. to a dramatic come-from-behind victory.

Pitcher Jared Fisher of Lakeside Recovery out of Bellevue, Wash., had limited Charter Cove to one run on three hits through seven innings.

Fisher retired the first two batters in the eighth, then Charter Cove (24-6) scored four runs on four hits, two walks and an error to cut Lakeside's lead to 6-5.

In the ninth, Josh Surdo opened with a walk and Kevin Jones reached on a throwing error for Charter Cove. After a sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Milan got the game-winning extra-base hit in the right-center field gap.

Milan had two hits and three RBIs to pace Charter Cove.

California 7, Washington 6

california Washington

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Loefke lf 5 0 0 0 Somers 2b 5 1 1 0

Surdo cf 3 1 0 0 Hering dh 5 2 2 4

Jones cf 2 2 0 0 Sanelli ss 2 0 1 1

Bailey c 3 1 1 0 Suthrland c 4 0 1 0

Milan 3b 3 1 2 3 Sadeh 1b 4 0 1 0

Ayers 1b 4 1 0 0 King lf 5 0 1 0

Kissell 2b 5 1 2 2 Penbrthy rf 5 1 2 0

Northrop ss 4 0 1 1 O'Dnnell 3b 3 1 0 0

Andrde dh-p 4 0 2 0 West cf 3 1 1 0

Garkow p 0 0 0 0 Fisher 0 0 0 0

Totals 33 7 8 6 Totals 36 6 10 5

California 100 020 042 —7

Washington 030 300 000 —6

E—Milan 3, Kissell, Northrop, Sanelli, O'Donnell. DP—California 1. LOB—California 9, Washington 10. 2B—Milan, Sanelli.. SB—Jones, Hering. S—Jones, Bailey, West.

IP H R ER BB SO

California

Garkow 7 9 6 4 4 6

Andrade W 2 1 0 0 1 1

Washington

Fisher 72/3 4 4 4 7 6

Harrod L 11/3 4 3 1 1 3

WP—Fisher. HBP—by Garkow (Sanelli). Umpires—Home, John Black First, Jerry Eklund Second, Kendall Snyder Third, Jon Harris

ALASKA 5, WYOMING 4 — Alex Archuleta capped the winning rally with an RBI single and Trevor Allred pitched one inning of scoreless relief to pick up the save for Anchorage, Alaska in the opening game of the tournament.

The South Wolverines scored two runs in the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Chris Schierhorn got the rally going with a one-out single and Allred followed with a double. Schierhorn scored on a sacrifice fly by Hayden Karnos. Allred came home with what proved to be the winning run on Archuleta's base hit.

Cheyenne answered with two runs in the bottom of the fifth on Ty Lain's RBI double and a run-scoring single by Matthew Pullos.

The Wyoming squad cut the deficit to 5-4 with a run in the eighth, but a base-running mistake proved costly. Pullos singled to open the inning and moved to second on a wild pitch. After one out, pinch hitter Zach Lain doubled down the left field line to score Pullos. But on Andrew Fanning's grounder to Allred at shortstop, Lain was thrown out trying to go the third base .

Cheyenne threatened in the ninth off of Allred. But Jorden Mossey, who singled to open the inning, was stranded on third when Pullos grounded out to end the game.

Wolverine starter Schierhorn pitched eight innings to register the win despite allowing 13 hits.

Anchorage receved two hits and one run each from Eric Holland, Schierhorn and Archuleta. Karnos had two RBIs.

For Cheyene, lead-off hitter Mossey collected three hits and scored once to lead the attack. Ty Lain, Pullos and Ty Svec added two hits apiece.

Alaska 5, Wyoming 4

alaska Wyoming

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Holmes c 5 0 0 0 Mossey 2b 4 1 3 0

Hllnd 3b-2b 4 1 2 0 Nimmo cf 4 0 1 1

Schrhrn p-lf 4 1 2 0 T. Lain ss 5 1 2 1

Allred ss-p 3 1 1 0 Pullos c 5 1 2 1

Karnos rf-ss 2 0 0 2 Cheever 1b 4 0 1 0

Archleta 1b 4 1 2 1 Haugh dh 3 0 0 0

McKim 2b 4 0 1 0 Z. Lain ph 1 0 1 1

Ryan 3b 0 0 0 0 Fanning 3b 4 0 1 0

George lf-rf 4 1 1 0 Svec rf 3 1 2 0

Reimer cf 4 0 1 1 Renner lf 4 0 1 0

Schmitt p 0 0 0 0

Smith p 0 0 0 0

Totals 34 5 10 4 Totals 37 4 14 4

Alaska 100 220 000 —5

Washington 001 020 010 —4

E—Mossey, Cheever. DP—Alaska 2, Wyoming 2. LOB—Alaska 5, Wyoming 9. 2B—Schierhorn, Allred, Archuleta, Reimer, T. Lain. SB—Archula. S—Mossey, Nimmo. SF—Karnos.

IP H R ER BB SO

Alaska

Schierhorn W 8 13 4 4 1 2

Allred S 1 1 0 0 0 0

Wyoming

Schmitt L 4 7 3 3 2 0

Smith 5 3 2 2 0 2

WP—Schierhorn 2, Schmitt. Balk—Schmitt. Umpires—Home, Luis Ramirez First, Jon Harris Second, Mik Hendrickson Third, Scott Rice.