PASCO — Locked in single-elimination games, Grays Harbor brought out its book of late-game heroics and wrote up a championship finish on Friday.
After Kennewick tied the game in the top of the seventh inning, Grays Harbor’s Rio Ortega hit a deep sacrifice fly to right field to score Kolby Standstipher to walk off with a 9-8 victory in the Southern Washington 15-year-old Babe Ruth state baseball tournament at Pasco.
Grays Harbor will represent Southen Washington in the Pacific Northwest regionals at Centralia’s Lewis County Sports Complex on July 28.
“That’s three games in a row,” said Grays Harbor manager Rusty Standstipher, who was hit with the ice water from its cooler by his players seconds after the walk-off run was scored. “The kids played well and came through a lot of adversity. They battled for a full seven innings. They’re beat right now, but had enough to pul it off. I’m really proud of them.”
Grays Harbor won two single-elimination games on Thursday with seventh-inning heroics and Kennewick forced it to try for three in a row.
Kennewick tied the game at 8-8 on a couple of walks, a wild pitch and one base hit in the top of the seventh inning. Kolby Standstipher led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, moved to second on an errant pickoff throw and to third on a wild pitch.
Following a walk, Ortega slugged his second sacrifice fly of the game to deep right field to score Standstipher and trigger the celebration.
Chazen Hurd led Grays Harbor with three hits, while Justin Spencer, Mike Beck and Kolby Standstipher added two hits each. Camden Andersen got a squeeze-bunt RBI and Kyle Standstipher drove in two runs.
Grays Harbor 8, Mt. St. Helens 6
Trailing 6-5 in the top of the seventh, the Harborites were down to their final out before rallying for the victory.
They caught a couple of breaks when consecutive two-out throwing errors allowed twins Kolby and Kyle Standstipher to reach base.
Ortega made Mount St. Helens pay with a long drive that cleared the left-field fence.
Winning pitcher Tristan Robinette worked a perfect bottom of the seventh to close it out. Center fielder Camden Andersen made a spectacular over-the-shoulder catch for the final out.
Kyle Standstipher and Chazen Hurd each doubled and singled for Grays Harbor.
Grays Harbor 11, Kelso 10
The Harborites faced an equally dire predicament in this contest. Capitalizing on multiple errors, Kelso owned a 9-4 lead after five innings, even though starting pitcher Kolby Standstipher was working on a no-hitter through four frames.
Kyle Standstipher’s two-run homer highlighted a four-run sixth, but Kelso also scored in its half of the inning to take a 10-8 lead into the seventh.
The Harborites tied it on three consecutive one-out hits. After Justin Spencer singled, Mikey Beck doubled and Kolby Standstipher rocketed a two-run double off the wall in right-center.
With first base open, Kelso planned to intentionally walk Kyle Standstipher. The pitcher, however, put the second wide one too close to the plate. Kyle reached out and slapped a single between first and second to produce the winning run.
Kyle Standstipher pitched a perfect bottom of the seventh to nail down the win.
The Standstipher twins drove in five runs apiece, with Kyle delivering four hits and Kolby three doubles. Beck had four hits and Spencer two.
Kenn 310 200 2 — 8 10 2 GH 303 110 1 — 9 10 4
Derrick Dyer, Gabe Duran (3), Layne Ball (5) and Skylar Morbey; Rio Ortega, Tristian Robinette (2), Cody Sutherby (5), Kyle Standstipher (7) and Chazen Hurd.
GH 310 004 3 — 11 15 6 Kel 230 311 0 — 10 5 1
Kolby Standstipher, Andersen (5), Kyle Standstipher (5) and Hurd; Russell, Groves (7) and Kochritz.
GH 010 211 3 — 8 8 3 MSH 130 101 0 — 6 5 2
Kyle Standstipher, Robinette (5) and Hurd; Vermilyea, W. Kuzminsky (5) and Toutai.