Today’s Regional Schedule: 2:45 p.m. — Grays Harbor vs. Sheridan, Wyo., 14U tournament, Wheeler Field; 4 p.m. — Grays Harbor vs. Green River, Wyo., 15U tournament, Field 9.
CENTRALIA — Grays Harbor’s 14- and 15-year old All-Stars got a chance to sit down a watch the Pacific Northwest Babe Ruth regional baseball tournament play on Monday. On Tuesday, they joined in and picked up key first wins in the process.
Powered by two monstrous home-run blasts by starting pitcher Kyle Standstipher, the Grays Harbor 15s held off a late rally for a 9-4 victory over Kennewick at Wheeler Field.
Just west of Wheeler, Grays Harbor’s 14s took advantage of a disintegrating Glacier Bay, Mont., defense to roll to a 13-1, six inning mercy rule win at Field 9.
Today, Grays Harbor will continue pool play — the 14s will take on Sheridan, Wyo. at 2:45 p.m. and the 15s will face Green River, Wyo. at 4 p.m. — at the Lewis County Sports Complex at Borst Park.
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, 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 Rio 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.
Justin 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 Austin 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.
Green River, Wyo., possesses a 2-0 pool-play record, while Grays Harbor, along with South Coast-Southern Oregon, sit with 1-0 records. The Dalles, Northern Oregon, are at 1-1 and Alberta, Canada is at 0-1.
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 Jack 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. Karsen 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 C.J. 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 Skyler Jump.
Jump picked up the win with four strong innings on the mound, striking out two and walking one. Grant Larson and Josh Collet 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.
Tualatin Hills, Ore. (North Oregon) leads the National pool with a 2-0 record. Grays Harbor is second with a 1-0 record, followed by Sheridan, Wyo. at 1-1, Lewiston, Id. at 0-1 and Glacier Bay, Mont. at 0-2.
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), Collet (6) and Skinner; Bridwell, Green (4), Gravelin (5) and Gravelin, Bridwell (5).