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Babe Ruth 15-year-olds taken down at home
t Too many errors keeps Bainbridge at home this year.
The South Kitsap Babe Ruth All-Stars kept the Bainbridge All-Stars from knocking the ball around on Sunday like they did on Friday, defeating them 16-4 and 13-5 to win the District 8 title at Battle Point Park.
Bainbridge defeated South Kitsap 17-7 in the opening round Friday night, then came back against Bremerton Saturday with several runs in its last half of the inning to win 13-12 and make it to the championship game.
In the first game, South Kitsap took a 3-0 lead in the first, then scored three more in the second on three walks, an error and a sacrifice fly.
The Bainbridge defense kept things from getting out of hand as the right fielder made two good throws to nail runners at home.
Bainbridge got two runs back when Evan Sanford scored on a wild pitch in the second while Nic Miller scored in the third on an error.
But South Kitsap sent 14 batters to the plate in the fourth inning to score 10 runs on five hits and effectively end the game.
South Kitsap also took advantage of four walks, a hit batter and two errors.
Bainbridge could only muster two more runs by Bryce deVeaux and Corey Touchette the rest of the way.
In the championship game, South Kitsap got on the board first as the leadoff hitter walked and came around to score on an error.
Bainbridge tied the game in its half of the frame as Miller hit a bloop double, then scored on a passed ball.
South Kitsap retook the lead in the second as it scored two runs on a passed ball and a bases loaded walk. Bainbridge cut the lead down when Touchette was hit by a pitch and eventually came around to score on a base hit by Miller.
South retook the lead in the fifth when Zach Hoffman tripled, then scored on an error.
Jeff Renner came around to score on a base hit.
South then put five on the board in the sixth, highlighted by a three-run home run to left field by Garrett Ashbaugh.
Bainbridge came back to cut the lead down as Miller singled, then Chris Bell doubled to score him.
After Derek Acuña popped up, Evan Sanford followed with a ground-rule double to score Acuña.
deVeaux then singled to score Sanford.
South Kitsap added two insurance runs on two walks, a base hit and an error in the seventh. Bainbridge didn’t give up as Ben Kallas, Bell and Acuña all reached on a fielder’s choice and two singles, but Hoffmann got two strikeouts to end the game.
The 13- and 14-year-old teams were eliminated in two games at the district tournament in Port Orchard.