PASCO — Two dramatic come-from-behind victories have earned Grays Harbor’s 15-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars a regional berth.
Rio Ortega’s three-run homer in the seventh gave Grays Harbor a thrilling 8-6 win over Mount St. Helens in a Southern Washington State 15—year-old Babe Ruth baseball semifinal late Thursday night at Pasco.
The Harborites also narrowly escaped elimination in their quarterfinal contest earlier in the day. Kyle Standstipher’s RBI single on what was designed as an intentional walk gave Grays Harbor an 11-10 victory over Kelso.
Grays Harbor faced Kennewick this morning for the state title. Both teams are assured regional berths later this month at Centralia, since British Columbia will not be fielding a regional entry.
“They showed a lot of heart,” Grays Harbor manager Rusty Standstipher said of his troops.
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 thes 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.
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.