TOLEDO — Grays Harbor’s bats were firing from the get-go on Friday afternoon.
Starting the District III Babe Ruth 15-year-old tournament against South Thurston, Grays Harbor slugged 13 hits and got stellar pitching and defense to complement the offensive surge for a 14-3 victory.
Today, Grays Harbor will take on Mount St. Helens in its second and final pool play game at 3 p.m. A win today will give the Harborites the top seed entering Sunday’s championship games.
“(We) hit the ball well; it came together today,” GH manager Rusty Standstipher said. “I’m really happy with the way they hit the ball. Hopefully we can do it again Saturday and Sunday.”
Austin Silva did double duty for Grays Harbor. At the plate, Silva hit two doubles and drove in two runs. On the mound, Silva struck out 10 batters. Defensively, Grays Harbor recorded no errors as opposed to three for South Thurston.
Rio Ortega added two hits and two RBI, Camden Anderson had two hits and the trio of Tristan Robinette, Kyle Standstipher and Justin Spencer each had a double and two RBI.
STh 100 20 — 3 8 3 GH 236 3x — 14 13 0
Matt Shields, Armando Bonjas (3) and Sean Adams; Austin Silva and Mike Beck.