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An All-Star Baseball Salute Exciting times ahead for Little League baseball on Bainbridge.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The Mini-Mariners may meet their maxi-size counterparts Sept. 19.That's if plans in development for the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars to be honored before the Seattle Mariners' Sept. 19 game against the Anaheim Angels come to fruition. Tentative plans, according to island league board member Stephen Smith, call for the Bainbridge team to be honored along with Kirkland's 11-and-12-year-old girls' softball team, which also made it to their national tournament. The boys will take part in batting practice at Safeco Field, may receive individual introductions over the public-address system, and may have one member selected to throw out a first pitch. Team members and coaches will get a block of right-field seats, and family members may able to join the group for tickets at a discounted price, Smith said. About 60 seats in all will be available. "

New faces across the netSpikers look forward to Metro play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"Bainbridge High School volleyball coach Julie Miller leads her team into the new season with one certainty and two uncertainties. The varsity is definitely better than last year, she said. They're the strongest group of hitters I've ever had, and everyone can play multiple positions. The core group played club ball, which is a higher level than high school, and you can really tell the difference.At all levels, this is the best group I've ever had. The freshmen look really good.The uncertainties revolve around the team's first year of play in the Metro League, as well as the as-yet-unsettled question of allocation of district teams to the state meet, which is Nov. 9-10 in Lacey.Miller, a former collegiate player at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee now in her fourth year as varsity coach, welcomes the league change.I think it's fine, she said. We're ready for a change, to play different people. But I don't know anything about them.Based on previous reputations, she sees Blanchet, Eastside Catholic and Seattle Prep as perhaps the most formidable league foes in the upcoming season, though all three are in the opposite division of the Metro League. "

All-Stars come home winnersThe team will participate in a homecoming parade downtown today at 1 p.m.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - Believe it or not, Bainbridge Island's All-Stars left the Little League World Series on a winning note.On Wednesday, a day after being eliminated from the 16-team tournament with a 5-0 loss to Rolando Paulino of The Bronx, Bainbridge players assembled for their last game in Williamsport - a hastily arranged scrimmage on a practice field against the Khovrino Little League team from Moscow, Russia.With the pressure off on a sunny, slightly breezy Northwest-style afternoon, the Bainbridge players cheerfully trash-talked among themselves. They wore each other's gloves. They played each other's positions. They played six outs per half inning.And they probably won, behind home runs by Coby Gibler, Peter Huisinga and Robby Stevenson, but it didn't really matter - for once, nobody was keeping score. "

"All-Stars fall, ousted from Little League World Series"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"The Bainbridge All-Stars were eliminated from the Little League World Series on Tuesday.They dropped a 5-0 decision in the afternoon to the Rolando Paulino team from the Bronx, N.Y., giving up four unearned runs on three errors while managing just four hits.Their final hope for advancing to Wednesday's semi-final round evaporated when Apopka, Fla., crushed Davenport, Iowa, 10-3 that evening, slamming four home runs in the process.Bainbridge needed Davenport to win and score at least six runs. "

All-Stars earn weekend series splitEarly play sees lots of drama.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - By today, Bainbridge Island's Little League All-Stars will be flying high - or flying home.The team was in the thick of a complicated tiebreaker scenario heading into Tuesday afternoon's game against Rolando Paulino of The Bronx, N.Y., its third and final pool-play contest at the Little League World Series in this central Pennsylvania city.Bainbridge, with a 1-1 record, sought to be one of two teams in its four-member pool to advance to single-elimination semifinal play beginning today. To do so, the team had to beat the undefeated Bronx squad, and get some help later that day from Davenport, Iowa, which faced Apopka, Fla. in a 4 p.m. PST contest. "

"Groupies, the press and a world without laundryWorld Series life - a fan's notes."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:50PM

"WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. - It's hard to decide whether to live in the incandescence of the moment or try to step back for some immortalizing perspective at the Little League World Series.On the one hand, I'm standing at the center of the youth baseball universe, staring wonderingly at the sheer scale of the spectacle before me, marveling that my hometown boys from nearly 3,000 miles away are one of just 16 teams among thousands to make it here. On the other, I'm surrounded all day by cotton candy, crying kids and country music, making the World Series seems like nothing so much as the Kitsap County Fair - with 12-year-old boys on display instead of 4-H goats amid the pavilions and Polish sausage.Some of the blue-ribbon sidelights from everyday life among the diamond elite: "

14s bow out in tough defeatThe manager puts the blame on poor umpiring in the Pasco tourney.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Manager Mike Patterson wasn't ready to go home.We should still be playing, he insisted Thursday, following his team's elimination from the U.S. Amateur Baseball Association 14-year-old World Series in Pasco this week.After a five-game, three-day weekend seeding round in which the team won two games and lost three, Bainbridge overcame an early three-run deficit to defeat Puerto Rico 4-3 earlier in the day in the tournament's opening game. "

"Around the island by oarIf you paddle it, you can race it in the island's annual circumnavigation."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"One of the island's least-known athletic events celebrates a birthday Sept.15, as the Around Bainbridge Island Rowing and Paddling Marathon turns 20. It starts at 9:30 a.m. that day at Fay Bainbridge State Park, and finishes at the same location. The race is open to any human-powered watercraft, says island resident Jim Raney, who's often been the race director in previous years for the 23.2 nautical-mile course. This year he's concentrating on lining up volunteers.He explains that kayaks - either singles or doubles - usually comprise about half the entrants, which may number up to 20. Others are open water rowing shells or rowboats. Canoes are rare.We'll even make up a special class if we don't already have one, he adds. "

Little League World Series is a family affair

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Kevin Gent just couldn't keep his mind on the needs of his clients during business meetings, the week before last in Oregon and Montana.Several times an hour, Gent, who operates his own Seattle-based architecture firm, would excuse himself, duck into a quiet hallway and call up a fellow Bainbridge Island Little League parent on his cellular phone to get updates on the All-Star team's Northwest Region tournament contests in San Bernardino, Calif.Mike Baggett, BILL's vice president of baseball, was often the one providing radio-quality play-by-play from the sun-soaked stands and offering a little good-natured color commentary when Gent's son, Dalton, came to bat.Now Don (manager French) is pulling Dalton aside, Baggett said with a broad smile. It looks like Dalton's crying. It looks like Don's giving him a big kiss because Dalton says he's not getting enough of his daddy's love. "

"Next stop: WilliamsportThe Bainbridge All-Stars run the table, earn a berth in next week's Little League World Series."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. - Say it out loud. Shake your head and smile in stunned disbelief. See if a slightly shocked laugh slips from your lips.And then say it again for good measure: Bainbridge Island is going to the Little League World Series.As of Monday night, with a fibrillating 5-4 Northwest Region finale victory over West Salem, Ore., a nationwide television audience saw in living color what Bainbridge All-Stars coaches and players have slowly come to see over the course of a summer of dreams:Bainbridge Island has one of the 16 best Little League baseball teams on Planet Earth.If you don't love this, you don't love baseball, said Bainbridge Manager Don French, drained but delighted moments after his elite squad of 11- and 12-year-olds swept a six-game slate in this Southern California city to advance for the first time in island history to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. "

Little Leaguers are 3-0 in tournament play

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- After Tuesday night, the idea of Bainbridge Island playing in the Little League World Series no longer sounds like some sort of goofy pie-in-the-sky fantasy.That's because, with the Bainbridge All-Stars' 6-5 extra-innings stunner win over Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo., the team, at 3-0, has almost certainly earned enough points in pool-play competition to advance to the four-team semifinal round of the 14-team Western Region Little League Tournament. "

"Tour of an unfolding AmericaHoward Kirz and Stephanie Ager Kirz ride 4,000 miles on a personal odyssey."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

" Few passengers on Saturday evening's 6:10 ferry from Seattle gave the pair of middle-aged cyclists much notice as they devoured several cheeseburgers and cups of chowder. Like most of their fellow passengers, Stephanie Ager Kirz and Howard Kirz were simply heading home. The only difference was that they'd just cycled nearly 4,000 miles across the United States in more than three months to get there.A fellow cyclist had expressed some curiosity as they boarded the boat a few minutes earlier, noticing their panniers and bike trailer. Where'd you come from? he asked.Cle Elum.And before that?Virginia. "

All-Stars continue march to series

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"By today, the Bainbridge Island Little League All-Stars will come closer to knowing whether nationwide television exposure is in their immediate future. Bainbridge, which leveled its first two opponents 27-0 in Western Region tournament play, faced another unbeaten, unscored-upon team Tuesday night in Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo. A victory, regardless of the disposition of Bainbridge's final pool play game Thursday morning against Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, would almost guarantee Bainbridge's advancement into the 16-team field's final-four round. "

Stevenson pitches Stars to titleOn to California for the state champs.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"WALLA WALLA - A 5-1 nightcap victory over Mill Creek - in a second and final game forced by Mill Creek's 10-1 win over Bainbridge two hours earlier - gave the island's Little League All-Stars their first-ever state Majors title Tuesday.With the triumph, Bainbridge advances to the Western Region Little League Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif.. The squad opens play at 5 p.m. today against Montana's state champion, Billings Big Sky. The regional 16-team tournament is one of four nationwide, and the winners of each will move on to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa. "

"Pushing on, strong as SamsonAn islander rides 530 miles to benefit AIDS programs."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Her only ride was old mountain bike with a baby seat on it, and Sally Samson had never gone more than 20 miles.Then last Thanksgiving, she got a call from her brother Mike Kuhn in Chicago. He wanted Samson to accompany him on a six-day, 530-mile bike ride from the Twin Cities to Chicago in mid-July, to raise money for several Midwest AIDS service organizations.At first I said 'no way,' Samson said. Then I thought, it's so far ahead that I can train for it.Though she was accustomed to physical exercise - power walking, kickboxing, whitewater kayaking - cycling represented something of a departure. So she spent the next few months riding a stationary bike, often attaining speeds of up to 20 miles an hour. "

Leaguers perched on verge of titleOne more win will push the team on to Southern California.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"WALLA WALLA - To what extent has Bainbridge Island baseball history repeated itself?By the time you hold this newspaper in your hands, Bainbridge's Little League All-Stars will have their answer.Bainbridge, which played in last night's state Majors baseball tournament championship, needed just one win to take the title and trot for airline tickets to Southern California.There, play in the Little League Western Region Tournament - one level shy of the World Series in Williamsport, Pa. - will take place in the city of San Bernardino beginning Saturday. "

Roller Hockey Roundup

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Division One (ages 7-10) Lightning 3, Coyotes 2 The Lightning clinched the Division One title with one goal scored by Lyle Daniel and two by Cole Kawaguchi, with assists from Brandon Keller and Lyle Daniel. Throughout the season the Lightning focused on developing its strong defense, and they would not have won without goalie Matt Sandridge's performance. The Coyotes, coming off a spectacular win against the Mighty Ducks in sudden death overtime during the playoffs, came close to tying up the final game in the last period when Bjorn Ostenson and Cameron Parker both scored. "

"Gosney, Gleason, Clune take top honors at meet"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"Three Bainbridge Island Swim Club swimmers took High Point honors at the Starlight Invitational Swim Meet in Wenatchee July 21-22. They included Zachary Gosney (boys 10 and under), Sarah Gleason (girls 13-14), and Melissa Clune (girls 15 and over).High Point honors are given to the swimmer in each age group who scores the most points based on their overall meet performance, in all events. "

"Coming home to RuthThe 14-year-old All-Stars fall just short, taking second in the state tourney."

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"The Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars came up a game short in their quest to win the state championship, falling 4-0 to North Kitsap on Tuesday afternoon after forcing a final game with a 6-5, 11-inning win earlier in the day.I think the first game took a lot of energy out of them, said Charles Peach, who coached many of the players during the regular season. It was hot, and we had to play an extra game to get to the finals. "

11/12 leaguers beating the heatThe squad opens with two wins at Walla Walla.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"WALLA WALLA - Tonight, Bainbridge Island's boys of summer may be sound asleep in their beds with visions of Southern California dancing in their heads.Bainbridge's 11/12-year-olds, competing as one of 11 district-tournament-winning teams in the state Little League Majors baseball tourney, won their first two games of the week-long event despite being forced to play in - for them - uncharacteristically searing heat. "

Island walkers on the moveTwenty islanders are in training for a three-day trek for cancer research.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

"How far is it from the downtown Colman terminal to the Vashon ferry dock in Fauntleroy?It's 13 miles, says Cookie Gaulding of Bainbridge, matter-of-factly. She knows - she walked the route as part of her training for the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, which begins in Enumclaw on Aug. 10 and concludes in Seattle, Aug. 12. "

Freak play tough on 9/10 girls at tourney

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:49PM

What girls softball 9/10 All-Stars coach Tony Gaspich called the weirdest play I've ever seen was a major factor in the team's 3-2 loss on Sunday to Redmond West in the state tournament in Vancouver.Following wins in the team's two opening games - including Haylee Baker's no-hitter on Saturday - the defeat set up a loser-out game yesterday.

"Ruth 14s rally, stay alive in state play"

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Bainbridge Babe Ruth 14-year-old All-Stars hoped that the old baseball adage Let's play two held true yesterday.After wins in their first two games, they lost to North Kitsap 4-2 on Monday morning to drop into the loser's bracket in state tournament play. "

On to state for 11/12 StarsThe squad bounced back to down Gig Harbor on consecutive days

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The two key hits in Thursday's 5-2 district championship win over Gig Harbor, advancing the Bainbridge 11/12 All-Stars to next week's state championships, couldn't have been more different.The first was Peter Huisinga's 210-foot, two-run homer that climaxed a three-run first inning. The other was Rudy Sharar's 15-foot bunt single that trickled down the third base line to ignite a two-run sixth inning and provide some breathing room in a close game. The victory was the third in three days as the team rebounded from a Sunday defeat by the Gig Harbor Americans to take home the championship trophy. "

Ruth squad digs itself a holeA shutout loss to North Kitsap dimmed prospect for state play.

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 7:48PM

"The Babe Ruth 15-year-old All-Stars have a Herculean task ahead of them after dropping a 5-0 decision to host North Kitsap Wednesday, in the first game of their state tournament at Poulsbo's Snider Field. The loss dropped Bainbridge into the loser's bracket, where they would have to win yesterday, today, twice tomorrow and two more times on Monday to capture the tournament title and advance to the regional tournament in Idaho. "

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