LONGVIEW — Mt. Hood erupted for six runs in the top of the seventh inning en route to an 8-4 victory Friday afternoon against Yakima Valley at the NWAC tournament at David Story Field.
The loss eliminates the Yaks, who finished the season 30-19.
The Saints improved to 32-11 and will play another loser-out game Saturday.
YVC starting pitcher Seth Kuykendall was cruising Friday, allowing just two hits in six scoreless innings.
The right-hander, however, gave up five runs on three hits without recording an out in the seventh. The defense behind him didn't help. committing two errors.
Mt. Hood added another run in the rally to take a 6-2 lead.
The Yaks scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, but would get no closer.
Yakima Valley opened the scoring in the second when Henry Lenaburg singled home Tylor Nixon, who had doubled two batters before.
Yaks catcher Matt James extended the lead with a solo home run in the fifth inning, his NWAC-leading 12th of the season.
Day, Minich (2), Grote (7) and Samperi; Kuykendall, Chase (6) and James.
YVC highlights: Matt James 2-4, HR; Henry Lenaburg 2-3, RBI; Tylor Nixon 2b, run.