PAC West defeats West Seattle Little League Majors to force provisional final
By Gerardo Bolong
Pac West starting pitcher Larry Siler held previously unbeaten West Seattle scoreless for the first four innings to lead once beaten Pac West to a 6-2 win in a championship round District 7 Little League Majors (age 11-12) All-Star baseball game at the Bar-S Play Fields in West Seattle on Saturday morning, July 6, to force an afternoon provisional final on the same day.
"I used the curve a lot, but really tried to mix the pitches and keep them off balance," Siler said.
Siler completed four innings, giving up four hits while striking out five batters. He had plenty of field support as Pac West played errorless ball.
John Kemp opened up the game with fireworks for Pac West by torching a pitch for an opposite field home run over the right center field fence. The ball sailed and just kept carrying.
"I thought the pitch would be a fastball because it was a 2-1 count," he recalled. "The next pitch was right down the middle and I hit it over the fence."
While right-handed Siler painted the corners of home plate with his sharp breaking curve, Pac West played the add-on strategy for the next two innings.
In the second inning, PW's Dylan Shaw pulled a two-run homer over the left field fence and Pac West led 3-0.
The West Siders posed a threat in the bottom of the second inning after Chris Frost and Will Douglas posted consecutive singles with one out, eventually reaching second and third on a ground out.
Siler buckled down to paint the outside corner with a curve ball to gain the third out on a strike out.
It was Siler who scored the fourth Pac West run in the third inning after he doubled with one out. Adrian Brown singled to score Siler. Then, Mark McClean singled ahead of an Ethan Weets run-scoring base hit.
Pac West notched one more run in the fifth to lead 6-0.
West Seattle broke through for a pair of runs in the fifth inning on RBI doubles by Kenji Suzuki and Dylan Diggdone before relief pitcher Adrian Brown settled down to retire the West Siders in the sixth to end the game.