SK Eastern finishes fourth

After suffering a loss in the opening round of the Little League state tournament in Sea-Tac, the South Kitsap Eastern 11-12 year-old all-star team reeled off three straight wins in the loser-out bracket before watching its run end in a 10-5 loss to Kirkland Nationals.

The winning streak started last Sunday with a 12-0 blanking of Montesano.

Eastern followed with a 12-2 drubbing of South Shoreline.

Mike Cooper led the hitting arsenal with three hits, including a home run. Cameron Pettay and Ghyrn Hobson had two hits.

Eastern continued its winning ways with an 8-7 win against Federal Way Tuesday.

Mike O’Brien, Dominique Barefield, Jacob Espalin, and Hobson each had two hits.

Luck ran out on Eastern against Federal Way, but it wasn’t because of a lack of offense.

Six Eastern players hit .500 or better.

Those players were O’Brien (.571), Hobson (.555), Cooper (.500), Espalin (.500), Alex Wilson (.500), and Joey Seitz (.500).

Uptown Autobody stays alive at CABA

Uptown Autobody, a 16U baseball team made up of mostly South Kitsap players, won enough games at the Continental Amateur Baseball Association (CABA) World Series in Marietta, GA., to put itself in a position for third place Friday.

To get there, Uptown first had to win its pool in order to advance to the field of 16.

Uptown lost its opener 10-0 to the Ohio Heat but rebounded with a 5-1 win against the Roswell Spartans of Georgia.

North Kitsap’s Kyle Howe struck out 13 batters in the win.

Chris Anderson had three hits, including a game-winning three-run home run.

Uptown lost its defense (seven errors) in a 13-8 loss to the Michigan Wolves.

Pat Kelly and Derek Abad each had three hits and Aaron Cunningham followed with two hits in the loss.

Uptown was able to survive a two-hour rain delay to defeat the Missouri Triple Play All Stars 7-5.

Marcus Faulkner struck out nine hitters, while offensively Faulkner helped his own cause with two hits.

Kelly and Cullen Hamm also had two hits.

Uptown lost the following day against host team East Cobb Astros 9-1, but came back strong in the afternoon with an important 13-5 win against the Jersey City Cobras.

That win thrust Uptown into a loser-out bracket Friday.

If Uptown won Friday morning, it was to play Friday evening for third place.

Results were unavailable at press time.

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