Posted: Aug 8, 2013 5:18 PM by MTN Sports
SAN BERNARDINO, CA - The Big Sky Little Leaguers are one win away from heading back to the Little League World Series.
Big Sky beat Lake Oswego, Oregon, 3-0, in a Northwest Regional semifinal Thursday, behind a complete game shutout from Jack Leuthold. Leuthold allowed only three hits and struck out four for his second win of the tournament.
Big Sky jumped on Oregon early, scoring three runs in the top of the first. Connor Polkowske lead off the game with a single, and scored on Hayden Gall's single after getting to second on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Jayden Kay hit one off the right-center field wall, scoring Nolan Askelson. Karsen Binstock drove in the third run with a single up the middle, scoring Leuthold.
Oregon's best chance came in the top of the fourth, when they put the first two runners on. But Jackson Laurent, who started the game on the mound for Lake Oswego, hit into a 4-6-3 double play on the first pitch he saw, and Kellen Rice then flew out to center to end the inning.
Big Sky draws the winner between Sammamish, Washington, and Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, in Saturday's Northwest Championship game set for 3 p.m. Mountain time. on ESPN. Big Sky lost to Washington, 10-4, during pool play, and beat Idaho, 9-5.
The winner of Saturday's championship moves on to the World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.