Dimond out of regionals; Abbott loses Game 1

August 5, 2011 

The Dimond Post 21 American Legion baseball team was eliminated from the Northwest Regional on Friday morning, and the Abbott-O-Rabbit Little League team lost its opener at its Northwest Regional.

Boise, Idaho, beat Dimond, 14-2, at Dehler Park in Billings, Mont., to eliminate Dimond from the double-elimination tournament. The game was halted after seven innings because of the mercy rule.

Dimond lost 11-4 to Hawaii in its opener on Thursday.

Abbott-O-Rabbit fell 14-9 to North Bothell, Wash., in its opener at the Little League Northwest Regional for 11- to 12-year-olds in San Bernardino, Calif.

Cory Clevenger and Erik Scott each contributed two hits to Dimond against Idaho, but Idaho pounded 12 hits and benefited from 11 walks by Dimond pitchers.

Abbott-O-Rabbit led 5-1 after Julito Fazzini's second-inning grand slam, but Bothell responded with five runs in the third inning, three more in the fifth inning and five more in the sixth and final inning.

Dimond and Abbott-O-Rabbit are among four Alaska teams playing in tournaments Outside.

The Alaska Baseball League champion Peninsula Oilers on Thursday opened the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kan., with a 14-1 win over the Northwest Honkers and later today play the San Diego Force.

The Nunaka Valley Little League girls, a group of 13- and 14-year-olds, opened the Junior softball regional in Marana, Ariz., on Thursday with a 9-2 win over Utah. Nunaka Valley plays Arizona later today.

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