Today’s Games: 2:45 p.m. — Grays Harbor 14U All-Stars vs. Tualatin Hills, Ore. 4 p.m. — Grays Harbor 15U All-Stars vs. Glacier Bay, Mont.
CENTRALIA — Grays Harbor’s two All-Star teams are carving a swath through their pool-play opponents during the first days of the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth baseball tournaments at Borst Park in Centralia.
On Wednesday, Grays Harbor moved to 2-0 in their respective tournaments with mercy rule victories. The 14U All-Stars blew past Sheridan, Wyo., 12-2, in five innings. The 15U All-Stars ended their day with a 20-9, mercy rule victory over Green River, Wyo.
Today, the two Grays Harbor teams will have an opportunity to punch their tickets to Saturday’s championship semifinals.
Grays Harbor 14s 12, Sheridan, Wyo. 2 (5 inn.)
Sheridan took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Grays Harbor responded quickly and decisively.
Grays Harbor tied the game at 2-2 in the third inning when an infield error plated a run. Josh Collett, Harbor’s starting pitcher, got his team on the board with an RBI single in the bottom of the first.
Jack Skinner gave Harbor the lead for good with his second consecutive solo inside-the-park home run over the center fielder’s head in the fourth inning. This highlighted a four-run frame and a 6-2 lead. Skylar Jump added an RBI double, while a passed ball and an infield error pushed two more runs across.
With the momentum, Grays Harbor ended the contest with a six-run fifth inning. Collett, Jump and Karsen Legg had back-to-back-to-back RBI singles, with two passed balls pushed two runs across. C.J. Oldham ended the game with a walk-off RBI single to right field.
Collett, who went 4-for-4 with two RBI at the plate, picked up the win on the mound. Sheridan made some noise to get back into the game, but Collett got out of the threats and finished with eight strikeouts and five walks.
“Josh showed good maturity on the mound and he battled through runners on base,” Grays Harbor manager Scott Busz said. “I was really pleased with his ability to handle his emotions out there. Give a lot of credit to Wyoming. They battled us the whole game, never gave up and kept making plays. Finally, our hitting was just too much.
“These aren’t slack teams,” Busz said. “We can hang with anyone, but we have to be quick. We just have to clock and be ready to play. For the last two nights, they have been.”
Busz cited Legg for his defense at third base, Jerod Steen for his work at shortstop and Jump for his job on the mound during the opening game against Glacier Bay.
Grays Harbor 15s 20, Green River, Wyo. 9 (6 inn)
Every player who entered the game for Grays Harbor registered at least one hit in the contest, igniting a 25-hit game overall.
“The kids came to play today and hit the heck out of the baseball,” Grays Harbor manager Rusty Standstipher said. “If we can keep this up and improve our defense late in games, we’re going to be OK. Everyone in the lineup had at least one hit and are just pounding the baseball right now.”
A 10-run second inning put Harbor up for good against Green River, which kept on chipping away to the end.
Kyle Standstipher led Harbor with three hits, including a double, and four RBI. Justin Marsh added three hits, including a double, and three RBI. Mikey Beck and Camden Anderson added three hits, with Beck getting a double and Anderson an RBI.
Justin Spencer, Rio Ortega, Cody Sutherby, Tristan Robinette and Dean Benjamin added two hits each, with Ortega a triple and Robinette and Spencer an RBI each. Kolby Standstipher added a triple and three RBI.
Robinette got the win on the mound, throwing three innings of work before Austin Silva and Kolby Standstipher came in in relief.
Tuesday’s Games Grays Harbor 15s 9, Kennewick 4
This was the rematch from last week’s Southern Washington Babe Ruth state title game, won by Grays Harbor with a bottom of the seventh-inning rally.
No rally was necessary this time.
After putting down a top-of-the-first surge by Kennewick, Kyle Standstipher got to the plate in the bottom of the first. On the first pitch he saw, he smashed a two-run home run far over the left-field fence for a 2-0 lead.
Kennewick found a way for a 2-2 tie in the third with Gabe Duran’s two-run double down the third-base line, but Grays Harbor grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the frame. Standstipher was intentionally walked to load the bases with one out, allowing Ortega to get an RBI walk and Chazen Hurd an RBI single for a 4-2 score.
Standstiper pitched his way out of several jams, stranding 12 Kennewick runners on base — including two bases-loaded spots — in his 5 1/3 innings of work. He struck out 10 and walked nine in the win.
However, it was his bat that drove Grays Harbor. After seeing his brother, Kolby, picked off at first base in front of him, Kyle Standstipher tattooed another first-pitch offering over the left-field fence for a 5-2 lead in the fifth.
Marsh’s sacrifice fly RBI to center field made it 6-2, but Grays Harbor added the insurance runs in the sixth. Kolby Standstipher delivered a two-run double to the right-field fence and Kyle Standstipher ended his four RBI day with an RBI single and a 9-2 lead.
Reliever Silva, who took over for Standstipher in the sixth inning, was dinged for two runs — one on an infield error and another on an RBI single by Lane Dahl — before getting the final outs to secure the win.
Kyle Standstipher was the only Grays Harbor batter with more than one hit. Dahl, Pavin Coats and Skyler Morby each had two hits for Kennewick.
Grays Harbor 14s 13, Glacier Bay, Mont. 1 (6 inn)
A tight contest for the first three innings turned Grays Harbor’s way for good in a six-run fifth inning.
Leading 3-1 after three innings, highlighted by Skinner’s inside-the-park solo home run in the third, Grays Harbor got to Glacier reliever Wyatt Green. On just one hit, a single to center field by Seth Brink, Grays Harbor parlayed three hit batters, two errors and three walks to push six runs across for a 9-1 lead.
A four-run top of the sixth inning, with all four runs coming home with two outs, secured the mercy rule win. Legg and Brink each had RBI singles in the frame, while two runs came home on infield errors.
Grays Harbor got onto the board in the second inning wtih an RBI single by Oldham and a passed ball plated another for a 2-0 lead. Glacier Bay got its lone run in the bottom of the fourth, an RBI single by Dan Seymour off starter Jump.
Jump picked up the win with four strong innings on the mound, striking out two and walking one. Grant Larson and Collett each got one inning of work, with one strikeout each, to keep Glacier Bay from mounting a return rally.
Glacier Bay finished with four errors, all coming in the fifth and sixth innings, in the field.
Grays Harbor needed just seven hits to get its scoring tally. Skinner led Grays Harbor with two hits, including the inside-the-park home run, and Brink added two hits, including an RBI, as well.
Kenn 002 000 2 — 4 7 3 GH 202 023 x — 9 8 3
Morgan, Dahl (5) and Morby; Ky. Standstipher, Silva (6) and Hurd.
GH 021 064 — 13 7 1 Gla 000 100 — 1 6 4
Jump, Larson (5), Collett (6) and Skinner; Bridwell, Green (4), Gravelin (5) and Gravelin, Bridwell (5).
Sher 200 00 — 2 1 4 GH 101 46 — 12 16 1
Shanor, McCafferey (5) and Steel; Collett and Skinner.
GH 1(10)1 404 — 20 25 5 GR 202 212 — 9 9 4
Robinette, Silva (4), Kol. Standstipher (6) and Hurd, Bowley (4); Heretord and Hopkins.