No. 1 Hornets knock Kingston out of state tourney

Kingston snuck into the state tournament as the 16-seed after winning three-straight games at the district tournament.

Their reward, unfortunately, for making state tournament for the first time in 12 years was facing top-seed Enumclaw at Auburn High May 18.

Although Kingston was a long shot, the Bucs only lost 5-3.

Chayton Walker and Gavin Garner started the game by reaching base safely. However, the next three batters failed to move the runners along.

Walker stepped onto the mound to face the Hornets and stung the batters early with a couple of strikeouts. Kingston picked up two outs to start the second inning but picked up two runners on base too. However, the Bucs stranded the runners again.

Tristan Scott gave the Bucs a 1-0 lead in the top of the third with an RBI hit. Tyson Oliver followed with a 2 RBI double to extend the lead to 3-0. The Bucs loaded the bases with two outs but could not score any more runs.

But Enumclaw’s offense caught fire in the bottom of the third. The Hornets scored four runs, including on a passed ball and a pair of RBI singles. Enumclaw extended its lead to 5-3 with another RBI single in the bottom of the fourth.

Kingston’s Peau Tamieleau began the top of the seventh with a double. However, a double play ruined the Bucs chance for the upset.

The winners improved to 22-1, while Kingston’s season ended at 14-11.

North Kitsap

An update on the Vikings, 21-6 and ranked third, game is coming later. They are taking on West Valley of Spokane, 13-8, and ranked 14th.

Viking Dawsyn Anderson hits the ball. Nicholas Zeller-Singh/Kitsap News Group photos

Viking Dawsyn Anderson hits the ball. Nicholas Zeller-Singh/Kitsap News Group photos

Viking Tate Stearns heads to home plate.

Viking Tate Stearns heads to home plate.