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Bainbridge Little League All-Stars notch 2 wins in district tourney
The Bainbridge Majors baseball All-Stars kicked off district play with two big wins in the Little League District tournament at Art Mikelsen Field in Port Orchard over the weekend.
Bainbridge defeated North Kitsap National 7-0 Saturday afternoon behind Pierre LeDorze’s stellar pitching performance and a balanced offensive attack.
LeDorze pitched a complete game and was dominant, striking out 15 and allowing only one hit. He struck out the side in the first, third and fifth innings.
The offense was powered by Tino Peleti’s four RBIs, three of which came off a home run in the fourth inning.
Ben Kussie, LeDorze, Peleti and Liam Griewe all had two hits each.
Against North Mason Sunday, Bainbridge struck in the top half of the first inning as LeDorze homered over the center-field fence with Kussie aboard to put Bainbridge in the lead.
Kussie then took control of the game from the mound. He struck out ten of the first 14 North Mason batters, mixing baffling change-ups along with his blazing fastball. However, North Mason grabbed the lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth.
In the sixth inning, with Bainbridge down to its final three outs and needing a run to keep the game going, hot hitting Griewe stepped to the plate. After taking ball one, Griewe slammed the next pitch over the center-field wall, sending the partisan Bainbridge crowd into a roaring frenzy.
With momentum on their side, the Bainbridge nine put up three more runs with Campbell Queen, Lincoln Beal and Ben Freedman crossing the plate.
North Mason had three outs to come back but Peleti – who closed the fifth pitching in relief of Kussie – slammed the door shut with three straight outs on fastballs matching the afternoon heat.
Peleti finished the day by striking out five of the final six North Mason hitters.
Manager Greg Wellbrock emphasized that it wasn’t just one or two kids propelling the team but “every one of our 13 players has made significant contributions to our success.”
Bainbridge hopes to keep the fireworks going against Gig Harbor American at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
If they win, they move on to face the winner of the South Kitsap Eastern/South Kitsap Southern Sunday at 7:30 p.m. with the winner to make it to the championship game next Wednesday.
Also starting their tournament are the two baseball All-Star teams in the 10-11 year-old district bracket.
Bainbridge Island Blue plays Gig Harbor National Saturday at 2 p.m. in Gig Harbor while Bainbridge Island Gold plays the winner of North Kitsap American Red/South Kitsap Western Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
The 9-10 year-old All-Stars started their tournament yesterday.
If both teams win, they play Sunday.
On the softball side, the Majors All-Stars open the district tournament against East Jefferson/South Jefferson/ Port Townsend at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Snider Park in Poulsbo.
The 9-10 year-old All-Stars play East Jefferson/South Jefferson/Port Townsend Saturday at 3 p.m. at Snider Park as well.
–With information supplied by BILL’s Laurie Isenman and Steve Queen
Gilbreath shines in blowout loss
Tim Donovan, Craig Dowd, Andrew Feinberg and Dean Gibbons each scored three goals as the U.S. U-19 men’s lacrosse team defeated a Northwest all-star team 21-2 at Mercer Island Sunday in its final exhibition game before beginning play in the International Lacrosse Federation U-19 World Championship Thursday.
An estimated 1,000 spectators attended the exhibition game at Island Stadium.
Bryan Gilbreath, a former high school All-American at Bainbridge High School and now a sophomore at the U.S. Air Force Academy, scored once for the All-Stars.
Former Mercer Island star Chris Taylor, a senior at Georgetown, scored the other goal.
Former Garfield goalkeeper Jason Montoya, a junior at Lafayette, had 15 saves.
Ryan Young helped get the U.S. offense get going with five assists while faceoff specialist Matthew Dolente won 13 of 14 draws in the game. Goalies Tyler Fiorito and Adam Ghitelman combined for six saves.
With the win, the U.S. team completed its exhibition tune-up with a 4-0 record. The U.S. team was trailing 7-6 at halftime to a New Jersey All-Star team on June 14 when the second half was canceled due to lightning and storms. Since that game, the U.S. has outscored its last three opponents by a combined total of 53-15.
The 12-team ILF U-19 World Championship is being held in British Columbia, Canada. The U.S. opens play Thursday against the Iroquois Nationals and the championship game is slated for July 12.
The U.S. has won all five ILF U-19 world championships (1988, 1992, 1996, 1999 and 2003) that have been conducted and is a perfect 29-0 all-time heading into this year’s championships.