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Larch Mountain Falls to Mill Creek in Semifinals

Larch Mountain’s Chris Butcher releases a pitch against Mill Creek during the U10 State Little League semifinal game at Failor Field in Aberdeen on Wednesday.

STILL ALIVE: Larch Mountain Plays Friday in a Loser-Out Game in Aberdeen
By Matt Baide
ABERDEEN — Larch Mountain’s five-game win streak came to an end here on Wednesday, as Mill Creek won 14-0 in four innings in the 10-year-old Little League State Tournament winner’s bracket semifinals.
The Rochester-Tenino squad’s run isn’t over, though; Larch Mountain plays a loser-out game on Friday at 5 p.m., back at Failor Field.
“We got off on the wrong foot there in the top of the first, putting guys on base and I think it all just kind of rolled over into our hitting and into the following innings,” Larch Mountain coach Phil Sayamnet said. “It all just kind of snowballed there from the first inning. We’ve got to flush this one away and look forward to the next one.”
Taydee Evenstar and Will Feltus each had a hit for Larch Mountain, while Mill Creek tallied eight hits and made the most of nine walks.
“We’re working with 8, 9 and 10 year olds here so it’s really hard to get away from some of that. They’re not quite as mature as our older players,” Sayamnet said. “It’s real tough for some of these young kids when they’re on the big stage and things aren’t going quite the way they want it too. It’s something we’ll keep working on and we’ll try to put this game behind us and start a new streak over on Friday.”
Mill Creek built up a 3-0 lead after the first inning, and added on five more runs in the second inning to take a commanding lead. Mill Creek plated six runs in the fourth to cruise to the win.
Mill Creek’s starting pitcher Lucas Poindexter pitched the first three innings, allowing two hits and a walk while striking out six batters.
“He had a pretty nice spread of pitches, he had a good fastball. He was locating the fastball and had some pretty good velocity,” Sayamnet said. “He could throw that breaking ball for strikes and that changeup for strikes.”
Larch Mountain will play Friday against either PacWest or Soundview, and has to win out in order to capture the state title.
“We’ll get rid of this one and we’ve got to win three straight here to get to where we want to be,” Sayamnet said.

Little League 10s
At Aberdeen
Mill Creek 350 6 — 14 8 0
Larch Mountain 000 0 — 0 2 4
Batteries: Mill Creek — Lucas Poindexter and Caden Tashiro; Larch Mountain — Chris Butcher, Carson Rotter (3), Preston Snider (4) and Austin Gonia

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