In the quarterfinal matchup of U.S. bracket play, Pacific Southwest and North Arkansas battled Monday afternoon on Chicago Field. Like Pacific Southwest has done all tournament, their bats were booming and balls were flying out of the ballpark. Pacific Southwest cruised to victory, 10-0, and advances to the semi-final against a tough Middle Atlantic team.
Pacific Southwest got on the board early and never looked back. Beginning the scoring in the first, Tanner Aoki ripped a long fly-ball single of the right field fence. Following Aoki, Zechariah Takahashi drove in Aoki with an RBI single to put Pacific Southwest up 1-0.
Pacific Southwest starting pitcher, Evan Elarionoff, was lights out on the mound. In three innings of work, Elarionoff breezed through the North Arkansas line up. Elarionoff struck out four, did not walk a batter, allowed three hits, and shut out North Arkansas. On top of his spectacular performance on the mound, Elarionoff has had a red hot all World Series and remained hot against North Arkansas. Elarionoff’s bat help propel Pacific Northwest to victory and went 2-3 with a homerun, single, and two RBI. Because of his overall performance on both sides of the ball, Elarionoff was named player of the game for Pacific Southwest.
In the bottom of the second, Chyler Desilva pushed the score up to 4-0 with an absolute bomb over the left field fence. Desilva’s homerun drove in three and Aoki and Elarionoff followed with singles. Takahashi caused damage again as he drove in Aoki and Elarionoff with a two run double. Takahashi’s bat was to much for North Arkansas to handle and he finished the day 2-3 with a single, double, and 3 RBI. After the second inning, Pacific Northwest had a commanding lead of 6-0.
The third inning experienced little to no action.
In the top of the fourth, Desilva came in to replace Elarionoff on the mound. Desilva continued right where Elarionoff left off. In one scoreless inning work, Desilva allowed one hit, did not allow a walk, and struck out two.
In the bottom of the fourth, Pacific Northwest pushed their lead up to 10-0 and ended the game. As stated early, Elarionoff crush a two-run homerun to make the lead 9-0. Jase Ellamar singled and eventually, scored the winning run. To end the game, Noah Camlin drove in Ellamar with a single.
For North Arkansas, James Douglas was named player of the game. Douglas had a perfect game at the plate and finished 1-1 with a single but was later replaced in the fourth inning.
Unfortunately, North Arkansas’ time at the Cal Ripken Major 70 World Series concludes, but reaching the quarterfinals is still a great achievement for the program.
Pacific Northwest has played remarkable all tournament and their bats seek to remain hot as they move on to the semi-finals to play Middle Atlantic. This game has the making to be a thriller. Pacific Northwest will play Middle Atlantic on Tuesday evening at 5:30 PM on St. Louis Field. In a hard-fought battle, Middle Atlantic advanced to the semi-finals with a 4-2 victory over Southeast. The winner will earn rights to play for the Cal Ripken Major 70 U.S. Championship on Wednesday.