The Salmon Creek all-stars’ run at the Little League Baseball Washington State Tournament ended Thursday with a 13-2 loss to Kent.
Salmon Creek, which was held to four hits, scored the game’s first run in the top of the first, but Kent tied it in the bottom half and then scored five time in the second to pull away.
Salmon Creek’s other run scored in the fourth, making it 7-2.
The game was halted in the fifth inning as Kent scored six times to invoke the mercy rule.
Kent moves on to face Eastlake at 5:30 p.m. Friday for a spot in Saturday’s championship game against undefeated North Bothell.
The championship game is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Should North Bothell lose on Saturday, a second championship game will be played on Sunday.
The winner of this tournament will represent Washington at the Little League Baseball Pacific Northwest Regional Tournament at San Bernardino, Calif., where it will compete for a spot in the Little League world Series.
The Fort Vancouver Little League fields are located on the south side of Mill Plain across from Hudson’s Bay High School. The games are free.
MAJOR (11-12) STATE BASEBALL
at Fort Vancouver LL
Kent 13, Salmon Creek 2 (loser out)
G23, Eastlake vs. Kent, 5:30 p.m. (loser out)
Championship: North Bothell vs. G23 winner, 1 p.m. (Second game, if necessary, 1 p.m. Sunday.)
KENT 13, SALMON CREEK 2
Salmon Creek 100 10x — 2 4 8
Kent 151 06 —13 12 1
Pitching — Jonny Carter 1⅔ IP, Karter Graves 3⅓ IP. Highlights — Graves 1B; Josh Thompson 1B; Brody Barnum 1B; Koby Kimball 1B.