The West Central Gold and Tri-Valley White 14U teams did battle in Humboldt on Tuesday, June 7th. West Central Gold broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the fourth and won the game 12-2.
West Central scored a run in the bottom of the first. Lando Whiting had an RBI ground out for an early 1-0 lead. Tri-Valley tied the game in the top of the third. Brady Jewett had an RBI single to make it a 1-1 game.
The scoring then took off for West Central in the bottom of the fourth. Jacob Mallinger had an RBI single, Braxton Huber added an RBI ground out, and L. Whiting stole home for a 4-1 West Central lead. Sullivan Snethen stole home for Tri-Valley in the top of the fifth to cut the lead in half, 4-2, but West Central scored the next eight runs of the game.
Chase Nelson had an RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. West Central then scored seven times in the bottom of the sixth, six of those coming with two outs. Jericho Klein scored after a fly-out to right double play. L. Whiting scored on a wild pitch, Nelson scored on an error, JT Steckley, Klein, Bubba Kono, and CJ DenBoer all had bases-loaded walks for RBIs.
For Tri-Valley Jewett had a hit and an RBI. Austin Puetz had two hits, including a double. Noah Eggert also had a single. Snethen pitched three innings allowing two earned runs on five hits and two walks. Luke Strom pitched two innings allowing three earned runs on three hits and three walks with one strikeout. Landon McGill pitched 2/3 of an inning giving up six runs on two hits and five walks. Cooper Nielson allowed an earned run on four walks.
West Central was led by Klein and Mallinger with two hits and an RBI each. L. Whiting and Nelson had a hit and an RBI. Connor Mebius and Hayden Whiting each had a hit. DenBoer had two RBIs. Kono, Huber, and Steckley each had an RBI. Klein pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing two runs, one earned, on a hit and five walks with seven strikeouts. Kono pitched 1 1/3 innings giving up just one hit while striking out one.