KENNEWICK -- The bats were burning for Kennewick as the All-Stars snapped a two-game losing streak with a 14-9 victory over American Division rivals and Glacier League champions Whitefish, Mont., in the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth 13-year-old tournament at Roy Johnson Field.
Gerald Hein led the way for the All-Stars both in attack mode -- he had a 4-for-5 performance at the plate -- and in the defensive end of the spectrum. He gave up one hit and struck out five over the first four innings.
Kennewick suffered losses of 12-9 to Calgary (Alberta) in their tournament opener Tuesday and 15-2 in a matchup Wednesday against the Seattle Bombers.
"The guys played more relaxed," Kennewick coach Nate Holdren said. "They just went out and played baseball the way they know they can and the way we know they can."
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In other games: Calgary edged Rock Springs, Wyo., 7-6 in a mid-morning American Division contest, and in National Division afternoon matchups, Meridian, Idaho, won 14-3 over Centralia, and Bend, Ore., bested Hazel Dell 11-1.
Centrala and Willamette Valley open today's pool play in a 10 a.m. contest and the All-Stars return to the field at 4 p.m. in a contest against Wyoming.
Montana 000 232 2 -- 9 5 3
Kennewick 432 221 x -- 14 11 0
Montana battery unavailable; Gerald Hein, Lane Dahl (5), DJ Dyer (6) and Dyer, Luke Mauth (5), Garrett Dixon (7).
Highlights--Tyson Patten (K) 3x5; Hein (K) 4x5, 4IP-1H-5K.