By Luke Olson
It was not the start the West Seattle Little League All-Stars were expecting in the first inning of the first round of regionals against Idaho.
After Miles Gosztola’s struck out a batter for the second out—things seemed to subside. A couple walks and wild pitches had West Seattle in a bases-loaded jam.
But, from there, Idaho amassed a rally and was able to score 11 straight runs with two-out ball and West Seattle could never recover—falling 16-6.
Gosztola surrendered nine runs (six earned)—but only giving up three hits. He walked four batters and in that inning alone, the defense committed a couple costly errors.
“We really feel like we beat ourselves that first inning,” head coach of West Seattle, Mike Fahy said. “We had a lot of opportunities for outs and we just did not take advantage.”
“Obviously, that is not the start that we were looking for.”
Caden Fahy subbed in for Gosztola, but Idaho kept on pushing. A passed ball had runners advance to second and third–and Idaho immediately followed with a single to score two. Back-to-back errors in right field by Tristan Buehring, had Idaho take a comfortable 11-0 advantage.
Idaho tacked on two more in the bottom half of the third inning, but West Seattle did not give up hopes of an improbable comeback.
“Our message was just to relax and it’s the same game we have been playing all year,” Fahy said. “We have 14 exceptional hitters and it starts with one at bat.”
West Seattle in the top of the fourth rallied for a six-run inning, cutting Idaho’s lead to seven. A couple singles had them loaded with one-out and cold off the bench was Parker Eley, pinch hitting for Joseph Sherick– came through with his double to center field to score two.
A fielder choice and followed with Gosztola’s dropped third strike to advance to first, bringing Eley in added two more. Blake Taft’s ground ball single later scored two and all of a sudden, it was a new ball game.
Fahy was pleased with how his team was able to show grit and fight despite being down 13-0.
“Really proud of how the boys were able to recompose themselves after that.”
Idaho put the game away in the fifth—scoring three runs off of Behring.
West Seattle totaled 11 hits—with Matthew Henning-Dierickx, Taft and Palmer Elijah each having two.
Next game will be played tomorrow, but the matchup is to be determined later today. West Seattle will face an elimination game.
“We know we can compete with any team in this tournament,” Fahy said. “We will be ready.”
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