Eastlake kept its record perfect and ensured itself a spot in the knockout stage of the Northwest Regional Little League tournament with a pair of wins, 10-4 win over Montana on Monday and a 9-5 comeback effort against Lake Oswego, Ore., and now sits two wins from a spot in the Little League World Series.
Bryce Delay had three hits and Jack Casper and Nathan Fitzgibbons each knocked in a pair of runs in the win over Montana while a Jacob Dahlstrom grand slam in the top half of the sixth inning with the game tied capped the run back from a 5-0 deficit and give Eastlake the win against Oregon.
Eastlake fell behind in both games, 1-0 in the first inning to Montana and 5-0 in the third to Oregon, but was able to rebound both times and now finds itself as the top seed headed into Thursday’s semi-finals.
The semi-final game, against an opponent to be determined, will be Thursday after the other semi-final game and is set to be broadcast on television on ESPN2.
Dalton Chandler had a pair of hits and knocked in three runs and four Eastlake pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the squad from Sammamish moved to 2-0 with a 16-2 win over the state champions from Cody, Wyo. at the Northwest Regional Tournament.
Eastlake, which dropped Alaska 10-2 to open the tournament Friday, will meet one of the two other unbeaten teams in the tournament Monday at 8 p.m. when it faces the Montana state champs from Big Sky Little League (Billings). A Tuesday matchup with Lake Oswego, Ore., the other 2-0 team left in the field, will finish pool play for Eastlake before bracket play begins Thursday.
The top four teams from pool play will advance to the final four, with the championship game set for Saturday at 5 p.m.
Stats and information from the tournament are available online and the game is available for viewing on Watch ESPN.