There won’t be a run to the World Series this year for La Grande.
The Junior All-Stars were eliminated from contention for the West Regional title Monday afternoon in San Jose, California, following an 8-0 loss to Pearl City, Hawaii.
La Grande spotted Pearl City two first-inning runs and was never able to catch up. Hawaii pushed its lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning, then piled on five runs in the final two innings to keep its title hopes alive.
Meanwhile, the La Grande offense struggled for the second day in a row . The team managed just five singles, three of which came in the final inning during a last-ditch effort. Noah McIlmoil and Derek Begin both singled to start the frame, but a double play dealt a blow to the La Grande rally. Jace Schow singled to keep the slim hopes alive, but La Grande couldn’t cash in.
Schow, Begin, McIlmoil, Logan Williams and Devin Bell all had hits for La Grande.
Schow pitched 4-1/3 innings in the loss, allowing three runs on six hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
La Grande struggled with its control on the mound for the second day in a row , walking nine batters to match the amount of free passes it handed out in its opener against Nogales, Arizona.
While the loss eliminates La Grande from contending for a spot in the Junior World Series, it doesn’t end the team’s play in San Jose. La Grande will have an opportunity to end the trip on a high note when it faces West Valley, from Yakima, Washington, in a consolation game at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.