CHEHALIS — The Grays Harbor All-Star 14-year-old Babe Ruth team traveled to Chehalis to take a run at the District III tournament and came home with a first-place trophy.
The combined team of boys around Grays Harbor faced little challenge on Saturday July 6, as they soundly defeated North Thurston, 18-1, and later pounded out almost as many hits to ten-run Nisqually Basin, 15-6.
Multiple errors from opposing teams and solid defense by Grays Harbor turned into advancement for the Grays Harbor All-Stars.
The team ended up facing North Thurston in the championship game taking six innings to over power the competition, 14-3.
Many individuals stood out during the tournament making strong contributions to the eventual outcome of the championship team. In the first game against North Thurston, Grant Larson was credited with four strikeouts. His catcher, Jack Skinner, held the Thurston runners tight with his play behind the plate and was the recipient of an outfield relay play that caught a Thurston runner at home, disallowing a run. Left fielder Gary Aube fired the ball to his cut-off, shortstop Jerod Steen, who whipped it into Skinner, tagging out the runner. Skinner and Karsen Legg would both hit triples during the game. Legg went 2-for-3 and Brody Bennett hit twice in as many at-bats.
When the team faced Nisqually Basin later in the day, Steen would be the third pitcher of the game and be on the mound taking down three in a row by strikeouts to shut down the Nisqually team. Steen was his own support with an inside-the-park home run. The other two pitchers for Grays Harbor also brought active offense bats when not hurling the ball past Nisqually batters; Josh Collett and Bennett each credited with a pair of RBIs, adding to the Grays Harbor total score.
In the final it would Seth Brink showing his teammates just what he could do with a bat, being the last batter for Grays Harbor and bringing in enough runs to close out the game.