Tommy Whiles scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning, and the Meridian U-12 team defeated Charles County, Md., 5-4 to begin pool play.
Jackson Reed had three hits, and Carson Bohning threw five hitless innings for the Pacific Northwest’s representative, which will face Pool A leader Mobile, Ala., at 1 p.m. Monday. Bohning and Mason Kielty combined for 15 strikeouts. Meridian trailed 3-0 in the fifth, but Brooks Rasmussen, Brayden Rundell and Mark Steward sparked rallies in the fifth and sixth to prolong the game.
The top two teams in the five-team pool advance to Thursday’s quarterfinals.