10 a.m. — Grays Harbor vs. Twins. 1 p.m. — Mount St. Helens vs. South Thurston. 4 p.m. — South Thurston vs. Twins. 7 p.m. — Grays Harbor vs. Mount St. Helens.
A long opening night ended in disappointment for Grays Harbor’s 14-year-old all-stars.
Chase Lenzi’s bases-loaded single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave South Thurston a marathon 9-8 victory over the host Harbor team in the District III 14-year-old Babe Ruth Baseball Tournament on Friday night at Pioneer Park’s Ken Waite Field.
Mount St. Helens blanked the Twins of Centralia-Chehalis, 4-0, in the opening game of Friday’s doubleheader.
Round-robin pool play concludes with a quadrupleheader today. The semifinals and a third-place game, if necessary, are scheduled for Sunday, with the championship game planned for 6:30 p.m. Monday.
Grays Harbor (which will also be the host team for state) and two other clubs advance to the Southern Washington State Tournament in Elma.
South Thurston 9, Grays Harbor 8
Up 7-4 after 2 1/2 innings, Grays Harbor fell victim to control difficulties. Four Harbor pitchers combined to issue 10 walks and hit four batters.
Four walks, sandwiched around an error, helped South Thurston score three times in the fourth to regain the lead at 8-7. The hosts tied it in the fifth on Caden Blakely’s perfectly executed squeeze bunt that scored Mikey Beck from third.
Beck, the fourth Harbor pitcher, had restored order by working 2 1/3 scoreless innings after taking the mound in the fourth. South Thurston reliever Calvin Guzman, however, allowed only one hit in the final four innings.
Brandon Rogers worked Beck for a leadoff walk in the bottom of the seventh. Kaleb Strawn’s popped-up bunt dropped for a single when it barely eluded the grasp of a diving catcher Chazen Hurd.
After a passed ball advanced the runners to second and third, Thomas Pier was walked intentionally to load the bases. Lenzi, however, quickly ended the suspense by driving the first pitch into the alley in right-center field to end the 2-hour, 35-minute affair.
Grays Harbor’s Kyle Standstipher drove in four runs on a two-run single in the first inning and a booming two-run double to left-center in the third. Justin Spencer also had two hits, including a double, for the hosts.
Lenzi and Brayden Bennett delivered two hits each for South Thurston.
Mt. St. Helens 4, Twins 0
Wesley Kuzmnsky pitched a three-hitter for Mount St. Helens in the opener.
A breaking-ball specialist, Kuzmnsky recorded only one strikeout. But the Mount St. Helens right-hander issued only one walk and was aided by exceptional defense.
The Twin Cities team, in contrast, was guilty of five errors. Two of those came in a three-run third that also included singles by Aiden Arrington and Connor Vermilyea.
TC 000 000 0 — 0 3 5 MSH 013 000 x — 4 4 0
Sutton, Holcomb (4) and Steen; W. Kuzmnsky and McCloskey.
GH 205 010 0 — 8 7 3 ST 401 300 1 — 9 7 7
Hurd, Kyle Standstipher (2), Kolby Standstipher (4), Beck (4) and Beck, Hurd; Rogers, Strawn (2), Pier (3), Guzman (4) and Gilbreath.