ELMA — In the end, Grays Harbor ran out of time to mount one more comeback on Monday afternoon.
Down twice late in a loser-out game against Mount St. Helens, Grays Harbor’s 13-year-old all-stars mounted rallies to either take the lead back or tie up the game.
In the eighth inning, Grays Harbor couldn’t rally when Mount St. Helens hit a walk-off, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning in a 12-11 victory in the District III Babe Ruth 13s tournament at Eagle Field in Elma.
The loss for Grays Harbor eliminated it from the tournament and granted Mount St. Helens the second Southern Washington Babe Ruth 13s tournament berth. A half-hour after the win, Mount St. Helens lost to Twin Cities, 7-3, in the district title game.
MSH 12, Grays Harbor 11 (8 inn.)
The second comeback of the game for Grays Harbor allowed it to push this contest into extra innings.
An infield error and two consecutive hit-by-pitches loaded the bases for Grays Harbor with no outs in the top of the seventh inning. With one out, Daniel Bishop unloaded the bases with a three-run double over the left-fielder’s head.
Bishop came around to score the tying run at 11-11 on two, two-out wild pitches. Grays Harbor, behind reliever Shaydon Farmer, got MSH out in the bottom of the seventh to usher in extra innings.
After a quiet top of the eighth inning, Farmer walked the first two batters and was relieved by Carter Jacobson. Jacobson walked the bases loaded and Grays Harbor brought in the infield and outfield to cut off potential game-winning hits.
On the next at-bat, Trevor Minkoff hit a single up the middle into center field to score Jordan Purvis to win the game, 12-11.
MSH took an 11-7 lead after six innings with a five-run frame. Sending 10 batters to the plate, MSH got a two-run single from Elmer Loose, an RBI bases-loaded walk by Camden Ryan and a run-scoring error.
During the inning, Grays Harbor left fielder Avery Brown was injured on a pop fly. Brown appeared to lose the ball in the sun and the ball struck him in the forehead. Coaches, players and Brown’s parents rushed to him after play stopped and he was transported by his parents to the hospital for observation.
Grays Harbor’s first comeback came after MSH took a 6-3 lead with a four-run fourth inning. In the top of the fifth, the hosts posted four runs for a 7-6 lead. Two runs came in on errors, including Mike Muro’s three-base sprint from first base at the end of A.J. Hamilton’s two-out, two-run single.
Muro drove in the game’s first run on an RBI single in the top of the first inning. Farmer scored on a wild pitch soon thereafter for a 2-0 Grays Harbor lead. An infield error in the second inning made it 3-0 Grays Harbor.
MSH made it 3-2 after two innings with an RBI single from Cody Cooper and an infield error.
Twin Cities 8, Grays Harbor 2
Grays Harbor got off to a rocky start in the District III tournament on Saturday. Grays Harbor opened up the tournament with the Centralia/Chehalis team of Twin Cities and found themselves down 5-0 after a half inning.
Twin Cities only recorded three hits in the first inning, but two baserunners who reached on walks came around to score. Grays Harbor couldn’t find much offense only scoring two runs to drop the contest 8-2.
Cody Robinette came around to score in the first inning and Farmer drove in Carter Jacobsen with a triple in the sixth inning.
Mt. St. Helens 9, Grays Harbor 7
Grays Harbor ignited offensively against Mt. St. Helens in their second game of the tournament, but couldn’t keep the opposing batters off the base paths. Coach Steve Luellen credited Colten French with one of the best pitching performances of the weekend when he retired all six batters he faced over two innings of work to keep Grays Harbor within striking distance.
While Grays Harbor scored several runs on passed balls, Jacobsen led the offense going 3-for-4 from the plate and Robinette added two hits.
Grays Harbor 18, South Thurston 12
The best game for Grays Harbor at the plate was unfortunately a match up they had won before the first pitch. Because South Thurston had 14-year-old players on its team, it forfeited all of the games it played, including a high scoring affair against Grays Harbor on Sunday.
Grays Harbor grabbed the lead early, scoring seven runs in the first three innings. In the fourth, South Thurston turned five walks, two hits, two hit-batters and an error into seven runs to take a 12-7 lead. Trailing 12-11 in the bottom of the seventh, Grays Harbor scored the final seven runs of the ball game on just three hits.
Grays Harbor pitchers struck out nine of the last 10 South Thurston batters.
Led on offense by Farmer, who went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and Muro, who went 3-for-5 with five RBI, Grays Harbor finished with a total of 14 hits against South Thurston.
The Vidette’s Brenden Carl contributed to this report.