BI Blue (10-11) knocked out of state tournament
By BRIAN KELLY
Bainbridge Island Review Editor
July 20, 2011 · Updated 12:57 PM
Play in the Washington State Little League (10-11) Tournament ended for Bainbridge Island's Blue all-star baseball team on Tuesday with a 10-4 loss to West Seattle.
West Seattle continued play in the loser's bracket Wednesday with a game against Walla Walla. Mercer Island and Bonney Lake/Sumner were the only two teams still undefeated in the 13-team, double-elimination tournament, and were scheduled to play Wednesday.
Bainbridge, which won two of its four games in the Cheney-area tournament, had advanced to play West Seattle with a 10-9 extra-inning victory over Woodinville on Monday. The team opened the tournament last Saturday with a 7-2 loss to Glennwood, but then dominated Riverview with a 13-3 four-inning win on Sunday.
Bainbridge spotted Woodinville to a 7-0 lead, but slowly got back into the game and scored twice in the sixth inning to go into extra innings at 9-9.
Bainbridge held Woodinville scoreless in the top of the seventh, then scored on a single, a hit-batsman and Jason Snare's line-drive single to win the game.
"That probably was the most exciting game I've been involved with as a coach and we've played as a team," coach Troy Aichele said. "Woodinville is a good team. We threw guys out a home, had a couple double plays and caught some line shots for outs. It was a great game."
Aichele said his players, all of whom are playing in their first state tournament, "were a little tight in the first game with the huge crowds and the teams being good. But we adjusted and started hitting the ball better in the second game."Contact Bainbridge Island Review Editor Brian Kelly at email@example.com or 1-206-842-6613.