Oak Harbor drops state opener | Babe Ruth
By JIM WALLER
Whidbey News Times Sports editor
July 20, 2012 · 8:21 AM
Maybe the delay at the ferry was an omen.
Running late, the Oak Harbor Babe Ruth baseball team lost 14-2 in five innings to North Kitsap in the opening round of the North Washington State Tournament in Port Angeles Thursday, July 19.
Oak Harbor plays Olympic at 5:30 p.m. Friday and Ellensburg at 9 a.m. Saturday to complete pool play.
Olympic defeated Ellensburg 21-13 in eight innings Thursday.
The top two teams from the two pools advance to the championship round Sunday.
North Kitsap jumped to a 3-0 lead on two hit batters and three hits in the first inning and never let up, mixing 11 hits with six Oak Harbor errors to cruise to the win.
Oak Harbor scored both its runs in the fifth inning. Noah Zuniga led with a single, stole second and moved to third on Christian Bertram's bunt. Kevyn Johnson walked, then back-to-back singles by Robert Herring and Tyler Snavely scored the two runs.
Although his club lost, coach Bill Young said Oak Harbor "showed occasional brilliance on the field" with nice defensive plays by Preston Rankin, Bertram and Ryan Valencia.
Offensively, Zuniga was 2-for-2, and Herring, Snavely and Rankin collected singles.
Snavely took the pitching loss.Contact Whidbey News Times Sports editor Jim Waller at email@example.com or 360-675-6611 ext. 5060.