A one-hit shutout and a walk-off rally propelled Alaska and Sierra Vista to upset wins on Tuesday, while host Nogales and top-seeded Northern California also won to advance in the 2019 Little League Intermediate 50/70 West Regional Tournament.
Wednesdays semifinal round features Alaska taking on Sierra Vista at 5 p.m., and Nogales facing NorCal at 8 p.m. Both games are at Fleischer Park.
The two winners advance to the regional championship game Thursday at 8 p.m. The losers play a consolation game at 5 p.m. the same day.
Alaska 2, Hawaii 0
Hunter Manderson pitched the game of the tournament for No. 6 Alaska, throwing seven innings of one-hit, scoreless baseball against the high-powered offense of No. 3 Hawaii. He struck out 12 batters and walked only one to lead the team from Anchorage.
Alaska scored the only runs it needed in the third inning on a balk and run-scoring groundout.
Ben Neuberger had two hits, including a double, to lead the Alaskan offense. Nari Dumlao had the lone hit for Hawaii, which hailed from the island of Maui.
Tuesday’s pitchers duel came two days after Hawaii beat Alaska 21-20 with a nine-run walk-off rally.
Sierra Vista 8, Washington 7
The No. 7-seeded Sierra Vista All-Stars scored five times in their last two at-bats – including a three-run, game-winning rally in the bottom of the seventh – to erase a 7-3 deficit and walk off with an 8-7 upset of No. 2 Washington.
Damien Jackson started Sierra Vista’s game-winning comeback with a single to lead off the seventh. Davian Estrada was hit by a pitch and the two runners pulled off a double steal. Jackson then scored on a wild pitch to cut the Washington lead to 7-6.
After a strikeout, Alex Cushman singled and Brodyn Quinn reached on a run-scoring fielder’s choice that tied the game with two outs.
Adan Plantillas followed by singling Quinn to third, and Quinn then scored on a wild pitch to give Sierra Vista the victory.
Isaac Torres was the winning pitcher after throwing 2 1/3 scoreless and hitless innings of relief. He also had three hits in the game to lead the offense for Sierra Vista, the Arizona representative in the tournament.
Luke Slater had a triple for Washington and Jack Freytag scored two runs for the team from the city of Bellevue.
Nogales 9, SoCal 6
Trailing 6-2 after four innings, No. 4 Nogales scored three times in the fifth inning and four times in the sixth to beat No. 5 Southern California.
Nogales tied the game in the sixth when they loaded the bases on walks with two outs and Jonathan Reed came in to score on a wild pitch. Salvador Valenzuela followed with an RBI single to put the host team in front, 7-6.
After another walk, Raul Olvera delivered a two-run single to pad the lead. He was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the game.
Valenzuela was the winning pitcher for Nogales, allowing one earned run in 4 2/3 innings while striking out nine batters. He also picked off two SoCal runners at first base in the fifth inning, and started a double play in the seventh that erased a leadoff single.
SoCal, which came from the city of Northridge, was led by Ben Sanders, who went 3-for-3 with two doubles and two RBIs.
NorCal 15, Oregon 5
No. 1-seeded Northern California, hailing from the city of Petaluma, remained perfect after a 4-0 pool-play round, defeating No. 8 Oregon (Wilsonville).
Cody Armbright was 3-for-3 with two runs scored for the winners, and Ethan Arellano and Nicky Gonzalez-Dachev each had two hits and scored two runs. Jeffery Rice started on the mound for NorCal and threw three innings of three-hit, one-run ball.
Emmit Fee had two hits for Oregon.