Twin City Twins, Jake Sutton, ducks a pitch during the July 7th round robin play of the Dist. III Babe Ruth Tournament at Pioneer Park in Aberdeen. The first game of the day for both teams, Twins won 19-7 over East Grays Harbor. Grays Harbor finished the day with a 8-5 win over undefeated Mt. St. Helens.
Twins David Ayers gets in under the tag of East Grays Harbor catcher Chazen Hurd. The game, early in round robin play during the 14-year-old Babe Ruth Tournament played at Aberdeen’s Pioneer Park on July 7. East Grays Harbor will advance to play in the Southern Washington State Tournament, scheduled to be held at the Elma Eagles baseball park, July 21.
East Grays Harbor shortstop Mikey Beck signals that he made the tag on Twins runner Jake Sutton. Sutton was called safe and credited with a steal after his single allowed him on. Sutton would round the bases and arrive safe at home for another Twin run during Babe Ruth play in Aberdeen.
ABERDEEN — East Grays Harbor had to battle its way through the round-robin opening brackets to face Mount St. Helens on semi-final Sunday during the District III 14-year-old Babe Ruth tournament July 6-9 at Pioneer Park in Aberdeen.
East Grays Harbor dropped its first two games 9-8 to South Thurston and 19-7 to Twin City Twins. They ended the second day with a win over Mount St. Helens 8-5.
Working the first two days set the East County squad as the fourth seed going into the semi-finals against first seed Mount St. Helens. After watching the Twins beat South Thurston, 17-2, the East Grays Harbor team was set to play in the afternoon.
Having to work through their pitching staff as they had during the entire tournament, the Grays Harbor bats would just not make up for the walks and scoring of the St. Helens team. East Grays Harbor lost, 13-3.
The final game of the tournament brought the Twin City Twins against Mount St. Helens. Mounting a six run lead by the top of the second inning, the Twins held Mount St. Helens to only one run and finished the game 7-1. The Twins took the title in the 14-year-old Babe Ruth Tournament with a solid win over the St. Helens team.
As the host team, Grays Harbor will advance into the Southern Washington State 14-year-old tournament July 21 at the Elma Eagles ball field.
July 6: Mount St. Helens 4, Twins 0; South Thurston 9, Grays Harbor 8.
July 7: Twins 19 v. Grays Harbor 7; Mount St. Helens 9 v. South Thurston 4; Twins 17 v. South Thurston 6; Grays Harbor 8 v. Mount St. Helens 5.
July 8: Twins 17 v. South Thurston 2; Mount St. Helens 13 v. Grays Harbor 3.
July 9: Twins 7 v. Mount St. Helens 1.
15-year-old Babe Ruth
Moving on to face Castle Rock in the 15-year old Babe Ruth State Tournament, the East Grays Harbor team finished its District III Tournament with a second-place title after a disappointing loss to Twin Cities in the championship game.
Their early 2-0 lead fell quickly as Twin Cities’ bats started to connect, racking up 10 runs by the sixth inning.
The 15-year-old state tournament will run July 21 in Castle Rock. Grays Harbor is scheduled to hit the field for the 6 p.m. game.
13-year-old Babe Ruth
Pushing their championship game into extra innings, the team from East Grays Harbor reversed a 9-3 game to a tie that took the game into extended innings. During the eighth inning, Twin Cities was given a bases loaded opportunity and saw their winning run walk across home plate.
Taking a second-place District III title assures the East Grays Harbor 13-year-old team a place in the state tournament. They will start play at noon July 16 against Hazel Dell Metro. Round-robin play will continue with games against Richland on July 17 at 3 p.m. and South Thurston at 9 a.m. July 18.