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All-Stars sent home from state
The Bainbridge Island Little League Majors All-Stars’ journey concluded last Saturday as Richmond Little League defeated them by a score of 13-5. The semi-final loss ended a 44-day odyssey for manager Greg Wellbrock’s charges.
“There were 169 teams and over 2,100 players vying for the state little league championship. To finish in the final three is a great accomplishment for our team,” Wellbrock said. “It is an achievement all island Little Leaguers can be proud of.”
In Saturday’s game, Richmond held a 3-1 lead through three innings until Bainbridge pumped in four runs in the top of the fourth.
Liam Greiwe lead the inning with a base hit and moved around the bases on walks to Harrison King and Drew Diereckx to load the bases for Jack Post. Post drove a full count pitch into right center field to score Griewe and King. Drew Diereckx then stole home, his second daring theft of the tournament. The scoring ended as Ben Kussie drilled a pitch into the outfield to score Post.
The 5-3 lead didn’t last long as Richmond took advantage of several fielding miscues and a couple of clutch hits to score seven in the fourth for a 10-5 lead.
The Bainbridge boys didn’t lose hope. They had scored six or more runs in an inning six times in the past ten games.
They rallied in the fifth inning but fell short, leaving the bases loaded. Richmond put the game away with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to make the score 13-5.
“The kids were amazing,” he said. “The team batting average was .406 and pitching and defense were terrific. They were such a fun team to be a part of.
“The parents were wonderful too, having logged over 800 miles traveling to cheer the kids on at the district and state tournaments,” he continued.
“I’d also like to express my thanks to the many people who came to support out team.”
BILL’s Steve Queen
t One bad inning relegates Bainbridge to third place.