Eastlake cruises to wins at Little League regional
August 8, 2013
Eastlake Little League’s all-stars used an overwhelming offensive attack to claim Washington’s 12-and-under baseball championship on July 21.
Through two games at the Northwest Regional tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., Eastlake hasn’t let up.
In its Aug. 2 opener, Eastlake had four extra-base hits and cruised to a 10-2 victory over Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League of Anchorage, Alaska. On Aug. 3, the Washingtonians were even hotter, pounding out 16 hits in a 16-2 rout of Cody, Wyoming.
The Eastlake program is making its first appearance at the regional tournament, and got off to a great start in its quest for a Little League World Series berth. Eastlake was scheduled to play games against Big Sky (Mont.) and Lake Oswego (Ore.) after press time this week.
Against Alaska, Jack Carper set the tone with a leadoff homer. He finished 2-for-4 and scored two runs as Eastlake built a 6-2 lead after two innings.
Eastlake manager Rob Chandler used his team’s pitching surplus to advantage. Five hurlers – Jacob Dahlstrom, Carper, Dalton Chandler, Will Armbruester and Jack Matheson – saw action, and all were effective. They combined to hold Alaska to five hits and two walks while striking out 10.
The following day against Wyoming was a similar story. Dalton Chandler belted a solo homer – his ninth of the postseason – as Eastlake scored five runs in the first.
Eastlake scored in all six innings and had five extra-base hits. Chandler was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs, Bryce Delay was 3-for-3 with two RBIs, and Nate Fitzgibbons was 2-for-2 with three runs scored.
The pitching staff was strong again. Dahlstrom, Zack Olson, Dylan Matsuoka and Chandler combined for six walks, but they gave up only three hits and struck out eight.