Ruth 13s open play with rout

"As host of this year's state tournament, Bainbridge's 13-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars didn't need to win their way into the tournament.But on Wednesday, the hosts definitely proved that they belonged, as they drubbed Ferndale 15-0 in a tournament-opening game called after five innings by the 10-run rule.We had excellent pitching, great defense and superb clutch hitting, Bainbridge coach Mike Patterson said. I'm ecstatic about the way we played."

  • Saturday, July 22, 2000 6:00am
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“As host of this year’s state tournament, Bainbridge’s 13-year-old Babe Ruth all-stars didn’t need to win their way into the tournament.But on Wednesday, the hosts definitely proved that they belonged, as they drubbed Ferndale 15-0 in a tournament-opening game called after five innings by the 10-run rule.We had excellent pitching, great defense and superb clutch hitting, Bainbridge coach Mike Patterson said. I’m ecstatic about the way we played.Bainbridge, designated the visiting team for the opening game, jumped off to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on bases-loaded singles from Tyler Hannon and David Vander Hoek.For a moment, it looked like the visitors would bounce right back. Ferndale loaded the bases with one out on two bloop singles and a walk.But Barrett Kanyer caught the next batter swinging at a sweeping curve for strike three, then got the final out on a bouncer to first base.When Ferndale pitcher Luke Larson retired the first two Bainbridge batters in the second, the game looked like a real contest.Then disaster struck Ferndale.Matt Frazee was safe on an infielder’s overthrow of first. Kevin Roach singled down the line, scoring Frazee. Kanyer walked, and Hannon was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Vander Hoek then singled to left, advancing the runners.And when it looked like Blake Jensen’s grounder to second would end the inning, the Ferndale second baseman threw behind the shortstop into centerfield, allowing two more runs to score.The third inning proved to be the killer. Kris Patterson, Frazee and Roach loaded the bases on a walk and two misplayed ground balls. Kanyer hit a two-run single, a balk scored another run, and Vander Hoek was safe on a grounder to short.Ferndale registered its first out on a fluke play. Jensen hit a soft liner into centerfield, and the runners had to hold. When the ball bounced for an apparent hit, the centerfielder had time to throw to third for a force out.And it still wasn’t over. Williams lined to center and Matt Koehler singled to right, sending Williams to third. Koehler then made a lazy steal of second, hoping to draw a throw. He did, and was tagged out, but Williams remained at third.Then Bainbridge got a second chance at the same play. Patterson was hit by a pitch. Again, he went halfway to second, then stopped and waited for a throw to initiate the rundown. And while that was going on, Williams scampered home with Bainbridge’s seventh run of the inning and 13th overall.Meanwhile, Kanyer was near perfect. He struck out two of his seven batters in the second and another in the third while not allowing a ball out of the infield. Pitching confidently behind a huge lead, he again set Ferndale down in order in the fourth.Bainbridge cleared the bench in the fifth, but still scored two more runs, one on some nifty base-running by David Wesolowski.Kanyer looked like he might be tiring in the fifth when he gave up a leadoff walk. But he induced the next batter to ground out to second base, then finished with a flourish, striking out the last two batters he faced.The win sent Bainbridge into a winner’s bracket game yesterday. The double-elimination tournament continues throughout the weekend at the high school field.My fast ball, curve and drop pitch were working, Kanyer said. And I didn’t get down on myself in the first inning.According to coach Patterson, the unsung hero of the game was Wesolowski. Earlier this week, the team learned that Wesolowski’s father was recently diagnosed with cancer. The players dedicated the game to the elder Wesolowski.Each and every one of these guys contributed to an overall excellent game, Patterson said. When they heard about Wesolowski’s dad, they reached down deep and did it for him.* * * * *BAINBRIDGE 11-12s 9, SOUTH KITAP EASTERN 3The Bainbridge Island 11-12 all-stars downed South Kitsap Eastern by a 9-3 count Thursday evening at Mikelson Field in Port Orchard. Details of the game were not available at press time, and will appear in Wednesday’s Review.”

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