North Bothell tops Central Vancouver in Little League state tournament

District 4 champ falls into loser-out bracket

By Matt Calkins, Columbian Sports Reporter

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Updated: July 23, 2011, 10:10 PM

 
photoJacob Barnes gets ready in the on-deck circle for his at-bat for the Central Vancouver all-stars in their first game at the Little League state tournament Saturday at Fort Vancouver Little League.

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photoDamon McPherson pitches for Central Vancouver in Saturday's game against North Bothell.

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Central Vancouver Little League manager Terry Barnes was confident in one thing.

“They’ll forget about this by tonight,” he said. “Tomorrow morning they’ll wake up, and it will be whole new day.”

What Central Vancouver players are hoping to erase from their minds is Saturday’s 22-4 loss to North Bothell in their first game of the Washington State Little League Tournament.

They’re still alive in the double-elimination event for 11 and 12 year olds being held at Fort Vancouver Little League, and will next play on Monday, but not likely against an opponent as strong as the one they just faced.

North Bothell scored seven runs in the first inning and didn’t slow down in the second, hitting two home runs before an out was recorded. It added 10 runs in the third inning, but Central Vancouver didn’t wilt.

Shawn Craig began a third-inning rally with a double, which was followed by a single from Joshua Mulcahey, a double from Nick Simonsen, and singles from Royce Cone and Kobe Howard. The burst of offense was responsible for all four of the team’s runs. The game was called in the fourth inning because of the mercy rule.

Central Vancouver won the District 4 championship by beating a team that had beaten them earlier in the tournament. So Dawson Allen, Saturday’s starting pitcher, feels his squad is still alive.

“They beat us by a bunch the first time,” Dawson said. “And then we came back to win.”

District 6 champion Salmon Creek plays its first game Sunday at 5 p.m.

The tournament runs through July 30.

MAJOR (11-12) STATE BASEBALL

at Fort Vancouver LL

Saturday’s Games

Spokane South 10, South Whidbey 0

Kent 8, Chehalis 0

Eastlake 15, West Seattle 2

North Bothell 22, Central Vancouver 4

Bainbridge 9, Asotin County 2

Today’s Games

G6, Salmon Creek vs. Spokane South, 5 p.m.

G7, Kent vs. Eastlake, 3 p.m.

G8, Pasco vs. North Bothell, 12:30 p.m.

G9, Bainbridge vs. Alderwood, 2:30 p.m.

G10, Chehalis vs. West Seattle, 5:30 p.m. (loser out)

Monday’s Games

G11, South Whidbey vs. G8 loser, 3 p.m. (loser out)

G12, G9 loser vs. G10 winner, 2:30 p.m. (loser out)

G13, Asotin County vs. G7 loser, 5 p.m. (loser out)

G14, Central Vancouver vs. G6 loser, 5:30 p.m. (loser out)

NORTH BOTHELL 22, CENTRAL VANCOUVER 4

North Bothell 75(10) 0—22 12 0

Central Vancouver 004 0— 4 5 8

Central Vancouver

Pitching —Dawson Allen ⅔ IP; Daniel Thompson 1 IP; Damon McPherson ⅔ IP; Jacob Barnes ⅓ IP; Koben Jamison 1⅓ IP. Highlights — Josh Mulcahey 1B; Shawn Craig 2B; Nick Simonsen 2B; Royce Cone 1B; Kobe Howard 1B.

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND 9, ASOTIN COUNTY 2

Asotin County 200 000 —2 2 3

Bainbridge Isl. 041 22x —9 11 0

EASTLAKE 15, WEST SEATTLE 2

Eastlake 002 76 —15 13 0

West Seattle 001 10 — 2 5 1

KENT 8, CHEHALIS 0

Chehalis 000 000 —0 1 1

Kent 401 03x —8 9 0

SOUTH SPOKANE 10, S. WHIDBEY 0

South Spokane 003 7 —10 9 0

South Whidbey 000 0 —0 1 4

(Click here for the tournament bracket and schedule)