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SK Eastern splits first two games at state

The South Kitsap Eastern Little League team remained alive at the state tournament in Sea-Tac going into a loser-out game against Highline Monday.

Results of that game were unavailable at press time.

Eastern opened with a 13-2 loss against Richland National — a team that went undefeated at its district tournament last week.

Dominique Barefield was the lone bright spot for Eastern, belting a home run in the second inning.

Alex Wilson, Brandon Mayfield, and Jacob Espalin all had hits in the loss.

Eastern rebounded with a 12-0 whitewash against Montesano.

The boys from SK scored eight runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach early.

Wilson pitched five shutout innings and gave up just three hits while striking out five.

Joey Seitz, Mike Cooper, and Wilson each had two hits to lead the hitting attack.

SK Babe Ruth 14s take fourth place

It wasn’t a coincidence that the top three teams that placed at the Babe Ruth state tournament in Naches were from the east side of the state.

Having to cope with 100-degree temperatures, the SK Babe Ruth 14-year-olds overcame the heat to win three of its five games.

SK opened with wins against Yakima Valley (8-3), and Ephrata (20-10) before losing 5-1 to Burlington.

SK rebounded to defeat Othello 10-5 but lost to Ephrata 7-1 to end its run for the state title.

SK coach Ron Pease said he was pleased with his team’s output despite the high temperature.

“The kids from that area are used to the heat but we were not used to it,” Pease said. “But I’m real happy with the way the way our year ended. The guys went to a pool after the tournament and got to have some fun.”

SK Babe Ruth 13s go two and out

The thrill of being at state was short-lived for a pair of South Kitsap Babe Ruth baseball teams.

The SK 13-year-olds went two and out at the 2002 North Washington Babe Ruth state tournament at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham.

The SK 13-year-olds watched an apparent opening round victory snatched in the seventh inning against Bellingham.

SK led 4-0 going into the final frame only to watch Bellingham score five runs to win the game Friday.

After an error and two walks loaded the bases in the seventh, Bellingham’s Trent Leach hit into a fielder’s choice for the first RBI, followed by Adam Rager’s one-run single. Kai Hatch singled to load the bases, and Taylor Schenk’s hit bounced off the third-base bag into left field to score two more runs and tie the game at 4-4.

James Culwell singled to load the bases again before Alan Kennedy

hit into a fielder’s choice that Schenk beat out at third base with an evasive slide, and Hatch scored the game-winner.

In the bottom of the frame, T.J. Fife relieved Mitch Ludtke — who gave up one earned run in four innings - and struck out two before Rager made a diving catch in center field for the final out.

SK followed this game with a loss to North Kitsap to end the tournament.

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